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SuperReturn International 2016

The World’s Largest Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

22 - 25 February 2016

InterContinental Hotel, Berlin

David co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $156 billion from 32 offices around the world. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, David was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, he practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman).

Mr. Black is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Global Management, LLC and a Managing Partner of Apollo Management, L.P. which he founded in 1990. From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, where he served as Managing Director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. He serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, The New York City Partnership and the general partner of AP Alternative Assets.



Steve Koltes is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of CVC Capital Partners. From 1980 to 1988 he worked in Citicorp’s corporate and investment banks in New York, Zurich and London. In 1988 he joined Citicorp Venture Capital Europe in London, later spun out of Citicorp to become CVC Capital Partners. He has lived in Europe since 1983 and in Switzerland since 2005.


Charles R. Kaye, Co-Chief Executive Officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations. Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Co-Chairman of the Partnership Fund for New York City and the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He is the former Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and The Asia Society. Mr. Kaye is also an Investment Committee Member of Sheridan Production Partners.

Mr. Gogel serves as Chairman and CEO and is a member of the Investment and Management Committees. Prior to his 26 years at CD&R, Mr. Gogel served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company and a Managing Director at Kidder, Peabody & Company. He is Vice Chairman of the Cancer Research Institute, Senior Vice Chairman of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust and Chairman of the SeriousFun Children's Network. 


Guy is Terra Firma’s Founder, and sits on the General Partners’ boards. He started his career with Goldman Sachs International where he went on to become Head of Eurobond Trading and then Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Asset Structuring Group. Guy left Goldman’s in 1994 to establish the Principal Finance Group (PFG) at Nomura International plc which acquired 15 businesses with an aggregate enterprise value of €20 billion. Guy led the spin out of PFG to form Terra Firma in 2002.


Thomas von Koch was part of the team that founded EQT Partners in 1994 and as of March 2014, Thomas is Managing Partner at EQT. During his tenure, Thomas has been involved in a majority of EQT’s landmark transactions, and more specifically in the TMT sector. Between 2008 and 2011, Thomas headed the EQT Equity investment strategy. Prior to joining EQT, Thomas worked at Investor AB.

Alexander Navab joined KKR in 1993. He is the Head of KKR’s Americas Private Equity business. Mr. Navab serves as the Chair of the Americas Private Equity Investment Committee, is a member of the Management Committee, Americas Portfolio Management Committee, and serves on KKR’s Special Situations Investment Committee.Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Navab was with James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance advisory work. From 1987 to 1989, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked in the Investment Banking Department.


Brent is Chairman and Co-Founder of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK. Brent co-founded PROfounders Capital in 2009. Brent also co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. lastminute.com  acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 lastminte.com  was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent chairs and co-founded Founders Forum in 2006, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow which take place in London, LA, NYC, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Shanghai (Rio & Mumbai).  Brent is also Executive Chairman of Founders Factory, a multi­-sector accelerator and incubator based out of London.


Brian joined TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm, in 1984. He is the former co-Head of TA’s Technology Group, and is currently Chairman of TA’s Executive Committee, Chairman of the firm’s Portfolio Committee, and is Co-Chair of TA’s Core Investment Committee.  He has worked with numerous TA portfolio companies, including Boards of eight publicly held companies, and is a former Trustee of Amherst College.


Jacques P. Chappuis is a Managing Director, Head of Carlyle Solutions, and serves on The Carlyle Group’s Management Committee.  He is also Chairman of AlpInvest Partners, a board member of Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation (DGAM), and Chairman of the Carlyle Solutions Tactical Investment Committee. 


Peter Pereira Gray works with a Team managing the £14 billion multi asset global investment portfolio. Previous roles held were Co Head of the Portfolio Management team and Head of Property Investment. Peter has a wide brief, responsible for the oversight of the Investment Services, Support and Portfolio Management teams. Prior to joining the Trust in January 2001, Peter worked for 12 years at Prudential Property Investment Managers, latterly as a Director of Property Fund Management and Deputy Life Fund Manager.


Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman & CEO, of Vista Equity Partners, the world’s #1 private equity firm based on its performance over the last 10 years, according to the HEC-Dow Jones ranking. Vista manages equity capital commitments of approximately $14Bn, has completed over 170 completed transactions representing over $45Bn in transaction value. Founded in 2000, Vista focuses exclusively on enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors.

Mr. Sisitsky is a Partner of TPG, the global alternative asset management firm.  He is the Managing Partner of TPG Capital North America, head of the firm’s global healthcare investing platform, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Prior to joining TPG in 2003, Mr. Sisitsky worked at Forstmann Little & Company and Oak Hill Capital Partners. 





Glenn R. August is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oak Hill Advisors, a $24.5 billion investment firm specializing in below investment grade corporate credit and structured products. Mr. August leads the firm's distressed investment business and has served on nine corporate boards.


Since 2010, Mr. Wages has been Head of Private Equity for Emirates International Investment Company (Abu Dhabi), managing its global and regional portfolio of PE direct, co-investments and fund investments.  Previously, Mr. Wages was the Executive Director – Private Equity for the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (InvestAD) and, before that, spent 17 years with Castle Harlan, Inc., a well-known US middle-market private equity firm, where he was involved in all phases of investment acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as overseeing portfolio companies as a board member.  Mr. Wages began his career as a management consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Company focusing on financial services.


Anselm is a member on the LPACs of some of PECA’s investments, and also member of the IC of Reig Patrimonia. He has over 20-years’ experience in PE and VC investing and in investment banking having worked at Schroders, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.


After being struck with polio as a youngster, Ade went on to compete on an international level. Known as ‘The Michael Jordan of wheelchair basketball,’ he represented Great Britain at the European and World Championships and the Sydney Olympics, and won bronze in Athens. Ade has since taken part in the documentary series Beyond Boundaries, in which he trekked through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains in Nicaragua. In one episode he pulled himself to the summit of a 5000ft volcano - without the wheelchair. In presentations Ade describes how a couple of physiotherapists spotted him in a supermarket and asked if he’d like to go to the Junior Wheelchair Games. Ade was so inspired by the players he met that the wheelchair ceased to be an obstacle to sport. He also talks about being motivated by his parents’ ambition in bringing him to England and opening up new possibilities. It taught him not to accept unnecessary boundaries.



James joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 becoming a Partner in 1987. James headed our European Equity Team until July 2003 when he became Head of our Long Term Global Growth Team. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Group.


David Andryc is Head of US Co-Investments at LGT Capital Partners (USA) Inc.  Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he was a managing director for 13 years at Auda International L.P., where he founded and managed the global co-investment program and was a shareholder of the firm.  Prior to Auda, Mr. Andryc was a partner at Behrman Capital, a US private equity firm.  He began his investment career at Lazard.



George joined the senior investment team as a Managing Principal in 2007. From 2004 until beginning his tenure at Knightsbridge, George was Director and head of venture and growth equity fund investments for Citigroup Private Equity. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 100 fund relationships with commitments of $1.3 billion, sat on a dozen advisory boards, and brought Citigroup into some 29 new venture and growth equity funds, many of which are difficult to access by most investors. From 1998 to 2003, he invested directly in private technology companies alongside venture investors on behalf of Citigroup, serving as a director or observer on many of their boards .




André co-heads the firm’s Private Equity Secondary practice. Prior to joining LGT Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Aubert was a Principal at Index Ventures, a pan-European venture capital firm, which he joined in 1999. Prior to joining Index, Mr. Aubert worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in the Zurich and Geneva offices, primarily in the telecommunications and banking sectors.


Prior to joining the PEGCC, Bronwyn managed an analytics team at BlackRock to optimize distribution strategy and promote asset growth of iShares ETFs. She was formerly the research director at SVB Capital, the private equity division of SVB Financial Group. Here, she assessed market dynamics; guided investment decisions, and benchmarked and monitored a $1B fund portfolio. She also advised the Institutional Limited Partners Association as an external consultant to develop benchmarks measuring private equity investment performance.



Skardon Baker is a Partner in Apollo's European Principal Finance Funds having joined Apollo in 2012. Prior to joining Apollo Mr. Baker was a Managing Director with Carlyle Strategic Partners, The Carlyle Group's $2 billion distressed debt investment vehicle. Between 2003 and 2011, Mr. Baker was an Equity Partner and Managing Director with Oaktree Capital Management where he focused on distressed debt, special situation, and opportunistic control investments across a variety of industries.

With a focus on improving financial presentations and increasing pitch win rates, Ben advises business leaders how to present themselves in front of investors, clients and the media.  Clients he has advised include Statoil, Microsoft, Lend Lease and Olswang as well as many hedge funds and private equity firms. Previously Ben was a corporate financier at dot com specialist Durlacher following senior roles at Pearson, Cable and Wireless and the BBC.


John is responsible for Bridgepoint’s investor relations, investor communications and capital raising activities. He is also a member of the Firm’s Operating Committee. John was previously a managing director at Helix Associates. Before joining Helix in 1997, John co-founded Yucatan Foods in Santa Monica, California. John is a member of the Mid-Market Buyout Platform Council of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA).



Christophe actively heads all investment activities and chairs all Investment Committees. Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, he held senior positions within the AGF-Allianz Group, as CIO and geschäfts führer of Allianz Private Equity Partners and, in France, as CIO of Allianz Global Investors. Christophe Bavière is President of the Private Equity Commission at AFG, French Asset Management professional association



Mr. Beard is the Global Head of Natural Resources and a Senior Partner at Apollo, having joined in 2010. Mr. Beard overseas all investment activities in the energy, metals and mining, and agriculture sectors. Since Mr. Beard joined the Firm, Apollo private equity funds have invested or committed to invest approximately $6.3 billion in natural resources-related investments. Previously, Mr. Beard was at Riverstone Holdings, an energy focused private equity firm, as a founding member and Managing Director. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he played an active role in energy-sector principal investment activities.


Maarten is Associate Principal since he joined Spring in 2007. He has extensive experience in advising on the conceptual and operational aspects of responsible investment (he is co-author of the official PRI guide on the integration of ESG in private equity) impact investing and CSR. During his tenure at Spring Associates, he has worked on overall business strategy, setting up new business and (corporate) venturing initiatives,



Adam has worked within the sustainability, environmental and safety sectors for over twenty one years. Prior to joining Doughty Hanson in 2008, he worked in the oil and gas industry, in technical environmental consultancy and at KPMG Europe’s Sustainability Practice. His primary focus is responsible investment and sustainability, addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities across the group’s portfolio companies – from the perspective of value creation and risk management.



Doris is a Managing Partner, Venture Asset Management with Siemens Venture Capital (SVC).Doris joined SVC in May 1999 and is an expert in VC fund-of-funds investments on a worldwide basis. Since 2009, her core responsibility is the management of Siemens Global Innovations Partners I, a venture capital fund-of-funds launched at the beginning of 2009 as well as the advisory services for all VC fund allocations globally for the German Siemens Pension Trusts.



David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003.  David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He is on the Board of New Forests, SHINE, The Nature Conservancy, Dialight and Ashden. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.


The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. Early in his career, Mr. Blumenthal built and managed American Capital Ltd., (NASDAQ: ACAS).  He left ACAS in 2002 to serve as First Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. from 2002 – 2005. In this capacity, he oversaw the capital markets activities of the Comptroller’s office, including overseeing the City’s debt issuance, managed the assets of the New York City Retirement Systems, and issued budget, financial, and economic analyses.


Daniel joined the company in 2011. He is responsible for the identification, analysis, due diligence and selection of buy-out funds. Before joining Golding Capital Partners, Mr Boege gained experience as an investment professional in private equity firms over 10 years. During this time he worked for Permira in Frankfurt and Vestar Capital Partners in Munich and was involved in various national and international transactions.





Northwestern Mutual Capital is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, a US insurer with over $145 billion in assets. Northwestern Mutual has been investing in private equity funds for over 35 years.  Mark Boyle has been involved in Northwestern Mutual’s investment business for 34 years and is a member of Northwestern Mutual’s private debt and equity group where he focuses on private equity and mezzanine investments.


Hendrik’s current domain focus is enterprise web-powered infrastructure and SaaS in addition to selected consumer services. Hendrik brings together long-standing investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Hendrik gained his entrepreneurial experience as a Co-Founder of GMM, a group of private investors focusing on buy-outs of mid-sized companies and gained his operational experience as Project Manager in the Technology Department of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace) focusing on the design and innovative manufacturing processes of composite aircraft structures. Previously, Hendrik was a Partner with McKinsey & Co. in their Munich and Madrid offices where he led McKinsey's small and mid-sized company initiative and participated in creating McKinsey New Venture.


Marc Brugger heads the European Fund-of-Fund and Direct Investment operations of LFPI Group, focusing on small and midcap target companies all over Europe. Marc is also in charge of the group’s Mezzanine and Private Debt activities in the DACH region. LFPI Group is an independent manager of alternative assets with approximately EUR 3.0bn assets under management.


Till Burges joined the primary partnership group of HarbourVest's London-based subsidiary in 2006.  He focuses on researching, monitoring, and reporting on European buyout and venture capital investments and serves on a number of advisory boards. Prior to joining the Firm, Till spent six years as a consultant at Bain & Company in the U.K. and Germany.


Ed is responsible for maintaining and developing all strategic relationships pan Group. Prior to joining Salamanca Group in 2011, Ed was CEO and founder director of a privately owned, strategic advisory company that provided a bridge for investors operating in emerging and frontier markets. Ed retired as a Brigadier General in 2008 following a distinguished 24 year career in the British Army. He was the Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan during the break-in battle into Helmand Province in 2006 and was responsible for all of UK’s global, contingency operations, with a particular focus on the MENA and Sub-Sahara. He was privileged to command 22 SAS over the period of 9/11, and was fortunate to lead men in combat in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Sierra Leone and other undisclosed places.

Jason Carley is Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of the European Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining RiverRock in 2009, Jason Carley was a Senior Portfolio Manager at BlueMountain Capital Partners (London) LLP. Until 2005, Jason Carley analysed corporate credit with Merrill Lynch across three continents. He was Managing Director and Head of European Corporate Credit Research for Merrill Lynch in London. Jason Carley moved to Europe with Merrill Lynch from Hong Kong, where he ran the Asian Credit Research group through the end and aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, with particular focus on multi-sector private and public emerging markets transactions (predominantly stressed and distressed) in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and China.



Mathieu co-founded Tikehau and joined as Managing Partner of Tikehau Capital Advisors in 2004. He became CIO of Tikehau Investment Management in 2009. He started his career at Merrill Lynch and joined the European Leveraged Finance team, where he was based both in Paris and London, and moved to Deutsche Bank in 2002.


Before co-founding Point Nine Capital in 2011, Pawel was a co-founder and partner at Team Europe where he led Team Europe’s investment activities. Prior to that, Pawel worked as an Associate for the US investment banking firm Greenhill & Co. in Frankfurt and London. Previously, he graduated from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL). He is fluent in English, German and Polish and has a basic command of Russian.



Simon Clark is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal in London. He writes mainly about private equity and investment funds in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A British citizen, he has been a journalist since 2000, reporting on a wide range of financial, economic and political subjects that led him as far as the poppy fields of Afghanistan, the copper mines of Congo and to lots of banks and financial institutions in and around the City of London.

Beezer Clarkson leads Sapphire Ventures’ international fund investment program which focuses on early stage venture firms in the US, Europe and Israel. She began her career in financial services over 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. Since, she has held various direct and indirect venture investment roles, as well as operational roles in software business development at Hewlett Packard. Most recently, Beezer managed the day-to-day operations of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, which then had $7 billion under management across 16 venture funds worldwide. In 2014, Beezer was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch.



Before joining SWEN Capital Partners, she began her career in 2001 at MAIF, a french mutual insurance company. There, she spent 10 years as an Equity portfolio manager both on public and private equity markets. In 2012, she joined OFI Asset Management (now SWEN Capital Partners) and its private assets investment team. She is Investment Director and in charge of the Responsible Investment Policy and its implementation.


Francesca Cornelli is Professor of Finance at London Business School. She is also the Director of the Coller Institute of Private Equity, a research institute of the London Business School. She previously held positions or taught at the Wharton School, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow. Her interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, of the Journal of Financial Intermediation and of the Review of Economic Studies. She is a director of the American Finance Association, a member of the Scienti_c Committee of the Banque de France Foundation, and a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). She has been a member of the Council of the European Economic Association and of the Council of the Royal Economic Society.

Mr. Costabile joined the firm’s predecessor company in 2000 and is the Managing Director of the Private Funds Group. He serves on the Developed Markets Fund Investment Committee, Secondaries Investment Committee and Asia Private Equity Investment Committee. His current responsibilities include overseeing all private funds investments in the developed and many emerging markets, as well as sourcing, due diligence, monitoring product development and marketing.


Felix Capital is a new London-based venture capital firm operating at the intersection of technology and creativity. The fund was raised in a few months and closed at the hard cap at $120m, with commitments in excess of this amount. Felix's strategy is to invest in digital lifestyle, backing new digital brands and related enabling technologies. Frederic has worked in the technology industry for nearly 20 years. He was General Partner with Advent Venture Partners in London, which he joined in 2001. Previously he was an entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry, and before that a technology banker in London and New-York with Lazard. Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.


Tim joined VenCap in 1994 and is responsible for leading the strategy and development of the Investment Advisor. Tim has overall responsibility for the identifi cation, selection and ongoing monitoring of VenCap’s fund investments and is a member of VenCap’s Investment Committee. He also has overall responsibility for fundraising. Prior to joining VenCap, Tim was an Economist and Statistician at the Association of British Insurers in London.

Ben Cukier founded Centana Growth in 2015 and is one of its Managing Partners. Before founding Centana Growth, Ben spent over 20 years in growth equity and finance. Ben has developed a keen understanding of the key players, regulatory environment and complexities of the asset management sub sector, as well as the broader financial services world. Ben was a partner at FTV Capital, a $2 billion growth equity fund, where he was a partner, served on the management committee and led investments in financial services. Before FTV, Ben served on the telecommunications and media team at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Acanthus Advisers is an independent award-winning firm providing advisory services focused on European mid-market private equity. Since establishing Acanthus in 1998, Armando has advised GPs, LPs and financial institutions across Europe on fund structuring, placement and investor development. Previously he was Senior Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he co-managed a €700 million fund-of funds programme. Before this, he worked for 10 years as strategy consultant in the US and in Europe with Bain & Co, Alliance Consulting Group and Telesis.


Chris became a Partner in 2015. He leads the Investor Relations team and has responsibility for fundraising as well as investor communications and reporting. He has been closely involved in the raising of the two recent Permira funds and also has responsibility for overseeing the funds’ co-investment processes. Prior to joining Permira in 2005, Chris spent four years at Almeida Capital/ Alt-Assets where he launched a research business covering the Private Equity industry, with a particular focus on servicing the informational requirements of institutional investors.


Jesse de Klerk is the head of the global primary fund investment practice for RobecoSAM Private Equity. Prior to joining Robeco in 2004, Mr. de Klerk was a consultant at KPMG, involved with Performance Improvement, Risk Management and Financial Management. Prior to that, he worked at Andersen as a consultant within the Enterprise and Operational Risk Services division, advising both governments and large (international) companies in the field of risk management. Mr. de Klerk started his career at Deutsche Bank in London, where he worked in the Global Markets Research division.


Ellen de Kreij is a member of the Apax Investor Relations team based in London, with a particular focus on European investors. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the Technology sector.



Christiaan de Lint is a partner and co-founder of Headway Capital Partners, a London based firm which invests in private equity secondaries globally, with a focus on Europe and North America. Headway provides liquidity to institutions and individuals seeking an exit from their private equity investments, with a focus on portfolios of direct assets and structured transactions. Headway focuses on small to medium sized transactions. Prior to co-founding Headway in early 2004, Christiaan was part of the investment team at Coller Capital, one of the largest players in the private equity secondaries market where he worked since early 1999.  Prior to Coller Capital, Christiaan worked in the Alternative Investment Strategies and Corporate Banking divisions of Citibank in London and New York.



Previously, Laurent spent four years at Citigroup, most recently as director in the Citi Alternatives Distribution Group focussing on investor relationships in Europe. Other previous positions include: principal at Acanthus Advisers LLP, a corporate finance advisory firm focussed on private equity; marketing director at venture capital firm RVC Capital Europe Ltd (a spin-out from Reuters; and assistant vice president in the Alternative Investments Group at LCF Rothschild.


Prior to setting up Pemberton in 2010, Symon was Global Head of Debt Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland, responsible for all trading and underwriting risk across investment and non-investment grade debt, and CEO of RBS Americas. Previously Mr Drake-Brockman worked for ING Barings, where he was the Global Head of Debt Products from 1998-2001 and Regional Head of Financial Markets in Asia-Pacific from 1994-1998.


Thomas Duetoft has more than 20 years' experience in European loan and credit markets. Thomas was formerly a Managing Director at RBS, where he held a number of roles including Head of European Loan Sales & Sourcing, Head of European Loan Sales & Trading and Head of Credit Sales / Trading, Asia ex-Japan.  His responsibilities included managing loan/credit resources across multiple geographies in Europe, the US and Asia.  Previously, Thomas was a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort, responsible for European Loan Sales & Trading from 2001-2006, responsible for teams in London and Frankfurt, and also managed the firm's CLO warehouse risk. 


Martin joined Warburg Pincus in 2009 and is a member of the fi rm’s fundraising and investor relations team. Prior to joining the fi rm, Mr. Dunnett led the private equity group within wealth management at UBS, creating the leading team in the industry.



Mark joined the Environmental and Social Responsibility team as a Director in September 2013. Prior to CDC Mark led the sustainable finance team at WWF US for 6 years and was also part of the environment and social risk management group at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC for eight years, and was an Environment Adviser at DFID for 5 years.

Jake heads up Primary Private Equity and Infrastructure fundraising in the Americas. He co-founded the UBS Private Funds Group in 1998. UBS Private Funds Group is one of the largest and most active private fund placement agents with a team of over 55 individuals located in the US, Europe and Asia.


Rainer Ender co-heads Adveq's global Investment Management practice across all regions and market segments. Before joining Adveq in 2001, Rainer was an underwriter for alternative risk transfer at Zurich Reinsurance Company. From 1997 to 2000 he was a manager in the Financial Risk Management Practice at Arthur Andersen. In addition, Rainer served for several years on the Board of DTS, a regulated derivatives trader in Switzerland.


Christophe Evain is a Managing Director and CEO of ICG plc and joined the company in 1994.  Christophe has been instrumental in driving the international expansion of ICG having opened ICG’s first non-domestic office in Paris in 1995.  He then set up both the Asia and North American businesses.  He has held a number of roles in leading financial institutions including Banque de Gestion Privée, National Westminster Bank and Credit Lyonnais specialising in leverage and structured finance.  He was appointed a Managing Director of ICG in October 2003 and CEO in March 2010.  Christophe chairs of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee.


Nathalie Faure Beaulieu joined European Capital in 2005 as a Managing Director in the London office. She joined the firm from Mezzanine Management U.K., where she was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee for European Investments. Her transaction responsibilities included origination, structuring, syndicating and management of investments, and representing Mezzanine Management on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies. Ms. Faure Beaulieu was originally in charge of developing Mezzanine Management's French office, which opened in 1995. Prior to joining Mezzanine Management in 1992, Ms. Faure Beaulieu worked at DG Investment Bank in London. She has transaction experience in the U.K., France, Germany, Benelux, Italy, and the U.S. Since 1990 Ms. Faure Beaulieu has participated in 26 mezzanine transactions worth more than €315 million.


Alan Feld is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vintage Investment Partners. Prior to founding Vintage in 2002, Alan Feld was a general partner at Israel Seed Partners and at Vertex Ventures. Prior to Vertex, Alan was the Managing Director of Evergreen Capital Markets/Robertson Stephens Israel. Before moving to Israel in 1994, Alan was at Goodman’s (Toronto), one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.


Daniel Flaig has worked in Private Equity since 1995 when he joined Capvis’ predecessor company SBC Equity Partners Ltd. Previously he was a business consultant with Arthur Andersen in Zurich. In 2002 he became responsible for activities of Capvis Equity Partners AG in Germany.


BlueBay’s Direct Lending business provides senior and subordinated debt solutions to financial sponsors and mid-sized European businesses. Prior to joining BlueBay, Anthony was a Partner of Och-Ziff Management and Head of European Private Investments from 2005. Before joining Och-Ziff, Anthony was a Director at CVC Capital Partners from 1998. From 1994 to 1998, Anthony worked at Lehman Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Corporate Finance.


Anna Follér joined the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6) in 2014 as Sustainability Manager. Anna’s work includes supporting the investment organisation in integrating ESG factors into the investment and ownership processes as well as refining tools and processes for ESG integration. Prior to joining AP6, Anna spent nine years with Ethix SRI Advisors, SRI advisor to institutional investors, where she held several roles including Senior Analyst, Client Manager and Chief Operating Officer.


As founder and CEO of PitchBook Data Ltd., John Gabbert brings more than 15 years of experience in building comprehensive databases that cater to the private equity and venture capital industry. Gabbert is recognized as a leader in the PE and VC industry where he’s led several industry initiatives – namely building the PitchBook Platform from the ground up and growing the business into the foremost data and technology provider for the global PE and VC markets. Prior to founding PitchBook in March of 2007, he held a role as Managing Director of Private Markets for Dow Jones & Company and was the VP of Worldwide Research for VentureOne, VentureSource and The Private Equity Analyst.


Michele is a founder and Partner of Bridges Ventures and focuses on strategy, investor relations, public relations and social impact assessment. Michele Giddens has over 15 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA. There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia , Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector.



William is a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. He is responsible for making and overseeing private equity fund investments. The team manages in excess of £3.5bn on behalf of its clients.  William is also a member of BVCA’s Limited Partner Advisory Committee. Prior to joining SWIP (which was acquired by Aberdeen in April 2014) in October 2000, William worked for Murray Johnstone Private Equity for ten years.


Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore is also chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

Dr. Christoph Gort is a partner at SIGLO since 2010. He started his career at the City of Zurich Pension Fund in December 2003. As a member of the investment team he oversaw the investments in hedge funds, commodities, some of the equities and the currency overlay program. In 2008 he joined Harcourt Investment Consulting AG as a Fund of Hedge Funds Analyst and was promoted Director in 2009 and Head of Fund of Hedge Funds Research in 2010. In that role Christoph advised large public Swiss pension funds as well as Swiss private banks on fund of hedge funds investments.


Oliver’s current research focuses on the strategic logic and the performance determinants of private equity investments. A second stream of work looks at the implications of employee motivation for firm performance in different settings. In parallel to his faculty position at HEC, he is affiliated with INSEAD as a visiting researcher and the coordinator of the HEC Buyout Research program. His work has been published in leading academic journals and in various publications for practitioners. He regularly presents his research at academic conferences and private equity symposia and serves as an advisor to leading investors in the private equity industry. At HEC, he teaches a core course on business strategy and offers an elective on Management Buyouts.

James joined Permira Debt Managers in June 2007 and has led the business since January 2009. James has more than 25 years of experience in European Leverage Finance including time spent at Continental Bank, Bankers Trust, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director in Leverage Finance. He joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as co-head of European Leverage Finance, before moving across to the Financial Sponsor Coverage group in 2005.

Alicia has worked for MLC since 2002 and is Portfolio Manager of the European, MENA and African private equity portfolio along with the co-investment programme. Her primary responsibilities include identifying investment opportunities and accessing the best private equity managers and co-investment opportunities. Prior to joining the private equity team, Ms Gregory worked with the ThreeSixty Investment Strategy & Research team.


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Mounir Guen

Mounir founded MVision in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, advisor and manager, with 26 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 200 General Partnership funds. He was recognised as one of Private Equity’s 100 most influential personalities over the last decade by Private Equity International (PEI) in 2012. Previously Mounir spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for building up the international non-US business, both on the General Partner and Investor level.


Ralph is a member of Pantheon’s European Client Service team, focusing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and will also source deals for Pantheon’s secondaries team. Ralph was previously a Managing Director with bmp AG where he worked on private equity fund-of-funds and advisory services for institutional clients. H



Raeto Guler is a partner at IPF Partners, a dedicated healthcare growth debt fund with offices in Geneva and Luxembourg. IPF mainly focuses on direct lending to SME type, commercial stage healthcare companies. As a secondary focus the Fund acquires and finances healthcare royalty streams. The company was set-up in 2012 and is currently investing its first fund. Before establishing IPF, Raeto was a debt investment manager at Macquarie in their Special Situations Lending team based in London. Prior to that he worked in Leveraged Finance at Barclays Capital.


Mr. Harper is Chief Investment Officer for the Morgan Stanley AIP PE Team, and is based in the London office. He has 25 years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining AIP, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company operating in Europe, North America and Asia providing consulting services to corporate and private equity clients. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersen.


Prior to taking on his current role, Janusz was Head of Asset Management at Capital Dynamics for five years. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, he was head of Central and Eastern European private equity at Allianz Specialized Investments (formerly Dresdner Kleinwort Capital), having previously been deputy chairman and managing director of PTP-Kleinwort Benson.


Mark is head of Europe and based in the London investment offi ce. He is also an observer to the Investment Committee. Mark has 15 years’ experience in private equity, venture capital and commercial banking. His previous experience includes positions in the Private Equity Funds Group and DB Capital Partners, both at Deutsche Bank.


Christy Hoffman is the Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global union federation for the services industries. UNI has over 900 labor union affiliates, spread across 150 countries and representing over 20 million workers. Her work at UNI followed more than 25 years of experience as a U.S. based trade unionist. including years of service as legal counsel to leading US unions. She has expertise in the various international standards and tools which govern corporate accountability and the human rights of workers, including the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UNI Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. 


Joost Holleman joined Prime Ventures as Partner in 2009. Before joining Prime, Joost was with AlpInvest Partners in Amsterdam, one of the leading independent investors in private equity funds in the world (35 billion euro under management). As of 2001 he has led a large number of fund investments on behalf of AlpInvest in buy-out, mezzanine and particularly in venture capital. He was a member of numerous advisory boards in Europe and Israel. Before his time at AlpInvest Joost was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the area of strategy and organizational design (1997 – 2001). Preceding that period he was research fellow at Leiden University.


Klaus is partner at Lakestar and one of the leading European business angels with investments in some of the largest European and worldwide internet companies of the last years. He was an early investor in companies such as QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, king.com, Xing, airbnb and Spotify (including board membership). Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined AOL Germany as one of the first employees in 1995, where he was board member before being a partner at Benchmark Capital.


Richard is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Richard is based in the firm’s London office and focuses on both co-investment and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Richard worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments. Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments.


Dörte represents the industry at the highest levels of business and government. She is a regular industry commentator in the international media. In July 2012, Financial News named her the most influential person in European Private Equity. Dörte joined Invest Europe in 2011 after spending four years as Managing Director of the BVK, the German Private Equity Association.

Richard Howell joined PAI in 2009 and heads the Investor Team, responsible for managing all interactions with the Firm's investors as well as its Capital Markets and Co-Investment activities. He is a member of PAI’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.  Richard joined from Lehman Brothers (and following its acquisition, Nomura) where he was a Managing Director and Head of the European Corporate & Leveraged Finance group. Prior to joining Lehman, Richard worked at UBS in London and Hong Kong.



Andreas Huber joined EQT Partners in October 2007 and is Head of Infrastructure in continental Europe. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Andreas Huber held various positions with UniCredit and HVB in Munich and Singapore, where he spent most of his career working on transactions related to the infrastructure sector. He is a member of the Infrastructure Partners Investment Committee within EQT.



Ralf joined Advent's Frankfurt office in 1991 and has over 20 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Advent he was a financial analyst at Veba AG, a German industrial and energy conglomerate. Prior to that, he was a project manager in the mergers and acquisitions department of Continental AG, a leading European tyre manufacturer.


Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose academic work focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He explores these issues through two main avenues: a) examining the role of investors and capital markets in promoting a sustainable society in general, and sustainable and socially responsible business practices in particular, b) investigating the multilevel drivers of socially responsible behaviour by corporations. In recent pioneering work with Prof. R. Eccles and G. Serafeim, they establish the existence of a new type of the modern corporation, the sustainable enterprise, and empirically prove its long-term out-performance compared to traditional firms. Prof. Ioannou has been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50; the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers whose mission is to recognize ideas that have the power to change the world.


Marta Jankovic is responsible for the sign-off on the ESG aspects of all new investment proposals in the commodities, private equity, hedge funds and commodity asset classes and monitors existing investments on their ESG performance.  Marta practiced law for over 10 years with a focus on investment funds and corporate law. Prior to joining APG, she was an in-house counsel at SVG Advisers in London where she worked on the structuring and development of fund products. Marta is the Vice Chair of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s (EVCA) Professional Standards Committee and the Chair of the EVCA Responsible Investment Roundtable.


Mr. Jeffrey is the Head of StepStone’s European business.  StepStone is a global private equity specialist overseeing US$70 billion of private capital allocations, including approximately US$12 billion of assets under management. StepStone offers customized private markets investment management and advisory services to institutional clients using industry leading analytics and research capabilities, with a focus on providing highly responsive and collaborative client service. Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Jeffrey was a Managing Partner at Parish Capital where he founded the firm’s European and Asian practices and had responsibility for the secondary and co-investment businesses.  Before Parish Capital, Mr. Jeffrey served as Managing Director of Bank of America’s European Private Equity group before which he had been Managing  Director and Head of BancBoston Capital’s European and Asian operations.


One of the leading authorities on private equity, Tim’s research is widely quoted and has been published in the top academic journals. He is Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute, is one of the founders of the Private Equity Research Consortium and is a board member of several funds and companies. A renowned teacher and presenter, Tim teaches executive courses on private equity around the world, including specialist courses for institutional investors.


Jason Kelly is the New York bureau chief of Bloomberg and the author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry, the product of five years leading Bloomberg's global private equity coverage. He has served as managing editor of Bloomberg Link, the company's global conference business and is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Businessweek, where his work has spanned artificial intelligence on Wall Street to economic development during the war in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he edited a magazine about technology and venture capital in the Southeast U.S. 


Jan joined BC Partners in London in 2010. Previously, Jan spent three and a half years at AlixPartners working as a financial restructuring and operational turnaround advisor. Prior to this, he worked as the managing director of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation in New York, as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Munich, and an intern with Goldman Sachs’ in the mergers and acquisitions division in London.


New Mountain Capital currently manages over $15.0 billion of assets with a strategy that emphasizes growth in acyclical industries and businesses building, rather than reliance on high levels of debt and risk, as the best path to high and consistent private equity returns. Prior to founding New Mountain in 1999, Mr. Klinsky was co-founder of Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Leveraged Buyout Group (1981-1984), and was a partner of Forstmann Little & Co. from December 1984 through June 1999, which was a period of significant success for that firm. 


Jesper Knutsson is Senior Investment Manager at Danske Private Equity, which he joined in 2006. Jesper has been involved in the due diligence on several funds in Danske PEP III and Danske PEP IV, as well as being responsible for fundraising. He has 21 years of experience from private equity and investment banking, hereof 11 years internationally.


Theodore L. Koenig has over 25 years of experience in structuring and investing in debt and equity transactions.  Monroe Capital is a leading provider of senior and junior debt and equity co-investments to middle market companies.  Investment types include unitranche financings, cash flow and enterprise value based loans, acquisition facilities, mezzanine debt, second lien or last-out loans and equity co-investments. Monroe Capital has invested over $2.5 billion of capital in over 400 investment transactions since its inception. 


Mr. Kristensen is an Executive Director at LGT Capital Partners. Prior to joining LGT CP in 2004, Mr. Kristensen worked two years for the investment bank Lazard in the M&A division of the London office.


Jonathan  is Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors and its related funds. He is a Credit Committee member and Risk & Oversight Committee member, and has overall responsibility for the Firm’s investment strategy, management and risk. Before the formation of Sankaty, Mr. Lavine worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business.


Colin is a founding partner of Generation Investment Management and the Co-CIO of Generation’s growth equity Climate Solutions Funds. Prior to co-founding Generation in 2004, Colin was a Director at Zurich-based Sustainable Asset Management. He has also worked for the Energy Practice at Arthur D. Little in London, and Total as a natural gas analyst based in Paris. Colin holds a BSc in International Management and Modern languages from University of Bath, UK. Colin is on various Generation portfolio company boards. He also serves on the Board of San Francisco-based not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility.



Mr. Lee serves as the portfolio manager for Oaktree’s Strategic Credit strategy. Mr. Lee is also an investment professional within the Distressed Debt group and has led a number of the group's investments in the media, technology, and telecom industries. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2007, Mr. Lee worked within the Investment Banking division at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for advising clients on a number of debt and preferred stock restructurings, leveraged financings, buy-side and sell-side M&A, mezzanine financings and recapitalizations.


Dante is a founding partner of CP-DL, a boutique law firm with offices in Switzerland and Italy, specializing in fund structuring, formation and downstream investments. Dante assists a wide range of alternative asset managers, in their establishment, structuring, fund raising and investment activities throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Prior to founding CP-DL, Dante was with Debevoise & Plimpton.


Christian joined the firm in the San Francisco office in March 2003. He has since moved back to Europe where is working out of the Hamburg and Berlin offices, leading European Internet Consumer investments. He previously worked with management consulting firms in Paris and Berlin. Christian also held various research positions at the Daimler Chrysler Research Center India in Bangalore and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Christian is frequently quoted in the media as an expert on Venture Capital by key publications such as Spiegel Online and FAZ.


Michael co-heads Allianz Capital Partners’ (ACP) global private equity fund investment activities with AuM of EUR 8bn. He joined ACP in 2003 from PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance. Michael holds a master degree in business administration from LMU in Munich. He represents Allianz on several fund advisory boards and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA).




Jakob is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of CORDET, an independent credit investment specialist founded in 2013 providing direct lending solutions to mid-market businesses in Northern Europe. Jakob was previously at Morgan Stanley for 22 years, most recently as Co-Head of Global Financial Institutions Group EMEA. A financial services industry specialist throughout his career, Jakob has served as trusted advisor to many of Europe’s largest banks, insurers and asset managers.  


Elly Livingstone joined Pantheon in 2001 and has 18 years of private equity experience. Elly is a member of the Global Secondary Investment Committee, the International Investment Committee and the Emerging Markets Investment Committee. Prior to joining Pantheon, Elly was an investment manager focusing on the analysis, structuring and execution of direct investments at Actis Capital, an emerging markets private equity fund manager, having worked previously for Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers on a wide range of international consulting and corporate finance advisory assignments.

Rainer has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2008. He was responsible for Holtzbrinck Ventures‘ investments in Zalando (IPO 2014), Quandoo (sold to Recruit in 2015) and brands4friends (sold to eBay in 2010) as well as in HelloFresh, Home24, Outfittery, Stylight and several others. Before coming to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Rainer played an entrepreneurial role as Head of Business Development at 123people.com. The business was sold successfully to Pages Jaunes in 2010. Prior to that, Rainer worked for five years in the venture capital field at 3i and Siemens Acceleration, where he was involved in investments in the e-commerce sector. Rainer started his career at Siemens in 2000.


Andrew Malk, Managing Partner of Malk Sustainability Partners, founded the firm after recognising that even the most astute investors and innovative, well-managed companies need guidance to leverage environmental, social, governance management to protect and create value. Andrew works with investors and executives to design and deliver transformational ESG strategies. Andrew is a member of the Private Equity Working Group of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative. Prior to founding the firm, Andrew led strategy and acquisitions for the Midtown Niki Group, a real estate private equity firm. At Midtown Niki, Andrew started the firm’s Green Finance Program, an investment program promoting development of high-performing, greener buildings.


Monthly Barometer is a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision makers. Until 2011, Thierry was a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgment) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors. He was previously in charge of the Davos Annual event.


Jonny has over 30 years’ experience in private equity as both advisor and at senior board level, having previously been CEO of Standard Life Investments (Private Equity) Limited, and then CEO of Allianz Private Equity Partners GmbH, global head of Allianz Private Equity Fund of Funds, Chairman of APEP Inc. and member of the supervisory board of AGF Private Equity in France. Jonny is Chairman of the Muir Maxwell Trust which he founded in 2003.

Mr. McComb is a portfolio manager in the Private Equity Group of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he worked at AT&T Investment Management Corporation (ATTIMCO) managing private equity assets, including corporate finance, venture capital and natural resources. He also worked at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities as a private equity fund placement agent.




Prior to joining Hayfin, Mr McCullagh spent nine years at Merrill Lynch, where he was most recently Head of the European Leveraged Finance business, with responsibility for the origination, execution, capital markets and syndicate functions. Before his time at Merrill Lynch, Mr McCullagh was a senior member of the leveraged finance teams at Bankers Trust (from 1998 to 1999) and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (from 1990 to 1998).


Merrick is responsible for primary fund investments, secondary fund investments and has a particular focus on co-investments. Furthermore, Merrick is responsible for managing relationships with SL Capital’s Australian clients. Prior to joining SL Capital, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital.


Peter McKellar is Senior Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at SL Capital Partners LLP.  SL Capital Partners is a private equity and infrastructure equity manager, with operations in Europe and North America, that is focused on investing in buy-out funds, both primaries and secondaries, and co-investments.  SL Capital Partners currently manages around €8.8 billion of private equity money on behalf of 170 clients worldwide. Peter started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan, before moving into industry in 1995 as corporate development director and then group finance director of Clydeport plc, a London Stock Exchange listed company and a former Montagu Private Equity buyout.  Peter joined Standard Life Investments’ private equity team in the autumn of 1999.


Ken Mehlman helps KKR assess and improve the companies in which it invests by better understanding and managing geopolitical risk and engaging with their key stakeholders. Mr. Mehlman also oversees the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs for the firm and its portfolio companies. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Mehlman is Chairman of the Private Equity and Growth Capital Council,


John Micklethwait is one of the world’s foremost authorities on globalisation — how it works and where it’s headed — and a leading proponent of its positive impact and potential. John is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg’s financial news wire service. He was editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world’s leading business and current affairs weekly. Now John is the co-author of The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State.

James Moore heads up Primary Private Equity and Infrastructure fundraising in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He joined the fi rm in 1994 and co-founded the UBS Private Funds Group in 1998. This team has become one of the world's largest and most active private fund placement agents. The team of 55 has individuals located in the US, Europe and Asia.


Ross is a Principal primarily focused on the European Private Equity and Venture Capital portfolio including UK, the Nordic Region and Israel. Ross is also involved in Emerging Europe and Russia and is responsible for the coverage of Africa. Prior to joining Adams Street Partners, Ross was an Investment Associate with Horsley Bridge where he focused on making buyout and venture investments in Europe, the US and emerging markets. Prior to joining Horsley Bridge, Ross was on the Commercial Due Diligence team within the Private Equity group at Ernst & Young.


Fergal Mullen is a co-founder and Partner with Highland Capital Europe focused on e-commerce, software and business services companies with a particular emphasis on emerging growth opportunities in Europe. Until the formation of Highland Capital Europe, Fergal was a General Partner with Highland Capital Partners.Before joining Highland, Fergal was a founding partner of RSA Ventures, the corporate venture fund of RSA Security, Inc., where he led that firm‘s European and Boston investments.  Before RSA Ventures, was a founder and Senior Vice President of Cambridge Technology Partners (NASDAQ: CATP) and a member of the Global Executive Committee of the firm.


As a growth equity investor Jens works with CEOs, founders and management teams to help create and grow differentiated market leading technology companies and to provide superior business value. He has been at the forefront of the major technology trends of the last 25 years, initially as an entrepreneur and operator building businesses in the areas of analytics, big data, ERP and financial technology. Before joining Kennet in 2015 Jens was a technology investment banker with Corporate Finance Partners and Torch Partners, where he advised technology business owners and management teams on a range of transaction types including fund-raising and M&A, as well as general corporate and financial strategy



Reinier is a co-founder and Partner at Orange Growth Capital, which is a Financial Technology Venture Capital Firm founded in the fall of 2013. Prior to founding Orange Growth Capital, Reinier was a partner at McKinsey & Company, focussed on technology and financial services. Prior to McKinsey Reinier worked at Voyager Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston.



At EIF since January 2009, Marco is heading the Lower Mid-Market team investing in equity, hybrid debt / equity and private debt funds across Europe, with a particular focus on the Northern, Eastern and Southern regions. He represents EIF on the Advisory Boards of 30+ funds. Prior to joining EIF in January 2009, he worked in direct investments as a senior Investment Manager at Innogest Capital, an Italian VC fund focused on early stage investments. Previous appointments include Project and Engagement Manager at Capgemini (2001 to 2004), where he successfully led large management consulting engagements, and at Ernst & Young Consultants, where he started his career in 1998.

Previously, Tom was with Credit Suisse, where he was a managing director and head of global leveraged finance capital markets and syndicated loans. In this capacity, he was responsible for the underwriting of all high yield bond, mezzanine and syndicated loan transactions, as well as the sale and trading of both par and distressed loan assets. Tom joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when Credit Suisse First Boston (or CSFB) merged with DLJ, where he was a managing director and head of U.S. loan capital markets.



Arbour Partners is an advisor and arranger in global alternative asset markets. The fi rm has advised leading GPs in the private debt and mezzanine sector. Prior to founding Arbour in 2010, James led the Alternative Asset Funds business in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division of Merrill Lynch in London, having joined the firm in 2000. James began his financial markets career at Morgan Stanley in 1999.



Paul is the Head of Investment Management within the Private Assets team and a member of Unigestion’s Private Assets Investment Committee. He joined Unigestion in 2002. Paul began his career in 1995 as a Financial Analyst at Procter & Gamble. He then advised on public and private capital raising for technology companies at Quartz Capital and later was an investment officer at BancBoston Capital, making and managing venture capital investments in Europe.


Max is a General Partner at Sunstone Capital, an early stage venture capital firm investing across Europe. Based in Berlin, his investments include Last.fm (NYSE:CBS), Audibene (acquired by Sivantos), GetYourGuide, Dubsmash, Memorado, Kitchen Stories, Shipbeat and Kontakt.io. Max previously worked at Accel Partners and Atlas Venture.



Skandia has one the largest private equity programs in the Nordic countries and Jonas is responsible for the buyout portfolio with total AUM of almost EUR 3 billion. The program focuses on primary funds and co-investments in Europe and North America. Prior to joining Skandia, Jonas was a Management Consultant for seven years with Arthur D. Little where he focused on private equity, strategy development and due diligence, primarily in the Nordic region.




Vince O’Brien is a director of Montagu Private Equity and has worked in the private equity industry for over 25 years. Montagu Private Equity is one of Europe’s best known private equity investors and invests primarily in management buyouts of companies operating across a wide range of industries headquartered in Northern Europe. It has over €5 billion of assets under management and recently closed its €2.75 billion fifth fund, Montagu V.


Hans Otterling's primary areas of focus are ecommerce, enterprise software and related SaaS models. Prior to joining Northzone, Mr Otterling was active as an entrepreneur. He founded StreamServe Inc. in 1997, backed by Apax it grew to become one of the largest privately held software companies in Europe before it was sold to OpenText (Nasdaq) in 2010. Northzone has €650 million under management. Notable investments include Spotify, Market Invoice, Avito, Wallapop, Tobii, Widespace, Bloglovin and iZettle.




Over the past 30+ years, Maurizio has built a career as manager, advisor, entrepreneur and investor in a wide variety of high-growth companies. Maurizio has worked and lived in several European countries and in the US. Maurizio joined Kreos Capital in 1998 and for the past 12 years has focused on identifying, assessing and managing continental European and life science transactions as well as participating in the management and execution of Kreos's overall strategy. 


USS Investment Management Ltd is the wholly investment management subsidiary of Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd, which operates the principal pension fund for universities and other higher education institutions. The scheme is one of the largest in the UK with in excess of 330,000 members and approximately £49 billion in total fund assets. USS currently has approximately £10 billion invested across private equity and debt, infrastructure and property. Mike has overall responsibility for the Private Markets Group and is Chairman of the Private Markets Investment Committee. He is also a member of the USS Investment Management Ltd Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee.


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Gerald Ratner

Gerald Ratner is a British household name and a well-known businessman. He is also a name associated with one of the business world’s biggest falls from grace. His story of Riches-to-Rags disaster at his very own hands fascinates and intrigues. It will be an inspiration to many who have experienced rejection, loss and humiliation.


Frog Capital is a leading growth capital investor focused on technology-led businesses in Europe. Frog is a committed long-term partner, investing in ambitious companies with revenue up to €30m and requiring up to €20m of growth capital.Mike has been an active investor in growth stage, international companies for the last 18 years. Innovation and technology have been at the heart of all of these companies, and Mike’s approach involves working closely with management, co-investors and Board Members. Mike held a number of operational roles in British Gas Plc before spending 12 years at 3i investing in high-growth, technology companies. Mike became Managing Partner of Frog Capital in 2008.




Jörg Rockenhäuser is Head of Permira’s Frankfurt office. He serves on the Global Board and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Permira in 2001, Jörg was a Principal at A.T. Kearney. 


Nils Rode co-heads Adveq's global Investment Management practice across all regions and market segments. Nils is a member of Adveq's Management Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.Before joining Adveq in 2005, Nils was a Vice President with private equity backed SkyOnline, a US-based IT and telecommunications company, where he worked in the areas of finance and strategy from 2003 to 2005. From 1995 to 2002, Nils was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Germany, where he was the lead manager for several strategic, organizational and operational improvement programs for private and publicly listed companies in the technology and financial services sector.


Philippe Roesch is founding Managing Partner of RIAM Alternative Investments, an independent advisory firm based in Frankfurt advising reputable family offices and institutional investors on their private equity portfolio allocation, the selection of funds and direct investments as well as on the purchase of funds commitments in the secondary market. Before founding RIAM in 2011, he was Head of Private Equity Europe with Auda, prior to that, Head of Private Equity with Harald Quandt Holding. In the mid-nineties, he ran a significant global fund-of-funds as well as co-investments portfolio for DBG, the private equity captive of Deutsche Bank.


David founded Caledon in 2006 and is responsible for developing and guiding the Firm’s private markets investment strategies. He is involved with and oversees all phases of the investment process, including origination and sourcing, due diligence, execution, and investment monitoring and reporting. David is also actively involved with Caledon’s investor relations initiatives and takes an active approach to client interaction and portfolio management. Prior to founding Caledon, David was Senior Vice-President at OMERS and was responsible for the Private Equity team from 2001 to 2006.


Mr. Ruberton is responsible for European investments across the Apollo Credit platform. Mr. Ruberton has portfolio management responsibilities over multiple products, including the CreditOpportunity Funds, Apollo European Credit, various opportunistic managed accounts, and ALME-1, Apollo’s first European CLO. Previously, Mr. Ruberton was with Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund,


Harry Rubin is a partner and the Co-Chair of Ropes & Grays’ International Practice Group. He is a globally recognized authority on technology and intellectual property (IP) centric transactions. Harry's book International Technology Transfers is widely considered the standard reference text in the field.  Harry is former Co-Chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association


Rhonda is responsible for leading manager research in the EMEA region as well as having overall responsibility for Altius’ EMEA portfolio which today accounts for USD11.4bn of Assets under Advice and Management. Prior to joining Altius, Rhonda was Managing Director, Head of Private Funds Group Europe, at PineBridge Investments, the spin-out of AIG Investments, where she managed a team based in London and Zurich and invested and managed portfolios in private equity and credit for both separate account clients and the firm’s fund of funds.Prior to her appointment at PineBridge, Ms. Ryan was Head of Alternative Investments at Insight Investment (the asset management division of HBOS) where she had overall responsibility for the Alternative Investments team and portfolios.  


Katja has been a Senior Portfolio Manager at Ilmarinen responsible for sourcing, analysing and monitoring of private equity funds since January 2000. Currently around 5 % of Ilmarinen’s 31 billion euros AUM is invested in private equity. Before joining Ilmarinen, she worked at the Shell UK Pension Fund in London with the analysis of private equity funds and monitoring of a global private equity portfolio with over USD 1 billion of commitments, and earlier as an Investment Analyst in the European team at private equity specialists Pantheon Ventures.


Nicolas is an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates and is based in the fi rm’s London offi ce. He heads the ex-US private equity and venture capital research team in Europe and is responsible for performing due diligence on private equity and venture capital opportunities in Europe as well as across some emerging markets, including Latin-America and Africa. Before Nicolas joined Cambridge Associates, he worked at Macquarie Investment Management, in the Private Equity Fund of Funds team in London, where his responsibilities included the due
diligence and quantitative analysis of primary, secondary and co-investments, as well as portfolio management. Prior to this, Nicolas was with the Merger & Acquisition Advisory Teams of Lazard & Co. and ABN AMRO in London.

Peter primarily supports Portfolio Advisors' European activities in the Zurich office. Previously, he was a Partner at VCM Capital Management, a German-based private equity fund of funds firm, where he focused on conducting due diligence on European and U.S. private equity partnerships and advising institutional clients. Previous roles include Director with CAM Private Equity, a Managing Director with Sal. Oppenheim and a Director with AXA-Colonia in Germany.


Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007 and spends her time between Asia and New York. In addition to writing for the news pages, she writes columns frequently on both Asian and US capital markets. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor.


Paul is co-founder and Managing Partner of Beechbrook Capital, where he is responsible for originating and executing private debt and equity co-investment opportunities. He sits on the Investment Committee and also focuses on fund raising and investor relations. Beechbrook invests in the Northern European lower mid-market by financing new buy out transactions or providing expansion or acquisition finance. Beechbrook have made 28 investments to date from Funds I and II and continue to benefit from a lack of debt finance from traditional providers to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Beechbrook reached its hard cap of €151m at final close of Fund II in June 2014. Before starting up Beechbrook in 2008, Paul worked in the investment banking division of Schroders before joining MetLife to invest in European leverage loans, high yield bonds, mezzanine and private placements. He subsequently worked at Mizuho Investment Management to set up their inaugural mezzanine fund.


Mustafa Siddiqui is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group and leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Siddiqui was an investment professional at Springbok Capital Management LLC, a value-oriented equity hedge fund, and an Associate at General Atlantic LLC, where he was involved in the analysis and execution of private equity investments. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.


John is the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding Metric Capital Partners, John was a partner at TowerBrook Capital Partners where he invested in European private equity transactions. Prior to joining TowerBrook, he was the Global Head of Corporate Credit at UBS Investment Bank, based in London, and also served as a member of the Investment Banking Global Management Committee. Previously, John served as a senior member of the Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital Leveraged Finance teams and prior to that he invested in private equity transactions for Bankers Trust.


Lauge Sletting joined the team in 2000. He is of Danish nationality and has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity, portfolio management and investment research gained from his previous employments with Novi Venture, PensionDanmark and LD Pensions a.o. He serves on the advisory boards of Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund II, III and IV, Charter Life Sciences, FTVentures III, Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer I, II and III, MVM Fund III, TDR Capital I and II and ViewPoint Growth II.


David is a Managing Director and Co-head of Co-investment at Capital Dynamics. David is also Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy and Infrastructure Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, he worked with GE Capital in the UK and US, as well as with GE’s European private equity business. David also served as an adviser to AXA Private Equity and established the European business of First Reserve Corporation.


Hanneke is a Non-Executive Director of Sofina SA, a Euronext listed Belgian Investment Holding company; Co-Founder and Chair of Level 20 a not-for-profit organisation set up to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry and a Trustee of Impetus-PEF, a venture philanthropy organisation.  She has close to 25 years of experience in the private equity industry including over 17 years at Adams Street Partners which she joined in 1997 to establish its presence outside of the United States notably in Europe and Asia. She was appointed to Adams Street’s Executive Committee at the time of its spin out from UBS Asset Management in 2001 and was its Chief Investment Officer from 2008 through 2014.  Prior to Adams Street she was an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures; early work experiences were with Philips China Hong Kong Group and Orange Nassau Asia in Hong Kong. 


Since 2011 Anders Strömblad has been in charge of, among other things, alternative investments at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund. The asset class also includes investments in real estate, timber and farmland. In alternative investments Anders has designed the investment strategy and business plan and is responsible for implementation thereof. Before he became Head of Alternative Investments in AP2 he held various senior management positions in the manufacturing industry.


Helen leads Pantheon’s European primary investment activity and chairs the European Investment Committee. She is also a member of the International Investment Committee and the Co-investment Committee. Helen joined Pantheon in 2004 from Russell Investments in Paris, where she was Managing Director with overall responsibility for private equity in Europe. Prior to joining Russell in 1999, Helen spent five years as Director, European Private Equity with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. From 1989 to 1994, Helen was a senior investment manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada in Montréal.

David Stokoe is responsible for developing the sourcing operations for Sun Capital Partners’ affiliated portfolio companies which is based in Shenzhen, China. Previously, Mr. Stokoe was the President of JTECH Communications, Inc., a Sun Capital Partners’ affiliated portfolio company, until its sale in January 2005. Prior to JTECH, Mr. Stokoe held executive management positions with Invensys Sensor Systems, Inc., an UK-based production control and automation systems conglomerate, including Director of Asian Operations. He also served in senior roles with Kyocera, 3M UK, and GEC Telecommunications.

Jim Strang currently leads Hamilton Lane’s business covering the EMEA region and is head of the London office. Hamilton Lane is an independently owned investment manager with $$220 billion of assets under management and advisement in the global Private Equity markets.  Jim is a global Investment Committee member for Primary Funds, Secondaries and Co-Investments. He dedicates most of his investment related activity to sourcing and executing primary fund investments across EMEA.  Jim entered the Private Equity investment industry some 12 years ago having previously worked as a Strategy Consultant for Bain and Company.



With over 20 investments in start-up companies, Rainer is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capitalists in Life Sciences. Joining Wellington Partners in 1997, he became a Partner in December 2000. His fourteen years of investment activity have involved financing of some of the most successful European biotech, medtech, and diagnostics companies. Prior to joining Wellington Partners, Rainer was involved in medical research with a primary focus on cardiovascular physiology and in research on health economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.


Terrence co-founded Pioneer Point Partners, a GP dedicated to the sustainability (energy/water/environment) and digital economy sectors, in 2008. He previously co-founded and was Managing Partner of GMT Communications (previously Baring Communications), a €500 million TMT-focused fund group, where he oversaw 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. Terrence trained in international corporate finance/M&A at Baring Brothers in London and Hambrecht & Quist in Silicon Valley.


Geetha Tharmaratnam is a Director in the Healthcare team and is also responsible for advising The Abraaj Group's partner companies on environment, social and governance (ESG) performance. Prior to this role she worked at Alea Group in the US and Switzerland as Deputy Group Financial Controller. Ms. Tharmaratnam is part of the Investment Committee of the Small Enterprise Impact Investment Fund, a fund of funds investing in SME funds in growth markets.


Wendelin Thoenes has been with Allianz Capital Partners since 2007. He focuses on fund investment opportunities (primaries / secondaries) as well as co-investments in the European market and serves on the advisory boards of a number of European buyout funds. Prior to joining Allianz Capital Partners, he worked at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services where he advised private equity and corporate clients on buy-side and sell-side transactions, primarily in the mid-cap sector in Germany.


Miguel Toney is a Director in the MezzVest investment team, having joined in 2005. Since joining, he has participated in the origination, marketing and coverage of MezzVest’s main geographic markets. He has also acted as the deal principal on more than 15 investments since being at MezzVest. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse.



Rafaèle Tordjman joined Sofinnova Partners in 2001. Prior to this, she worked as a research scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in Cochin Hospital, Paris. Before joining INSERM, she was a medical doctor specializing in clinical haematology and internal medicine. She obtained her PhD, with high honours, in haematopoiesis and angiogenesis from the University Paris VII followed by a post doctoral fellowship in immunology. Rafaèle obtained her medical degree and her specialisation in Haematology and Internal Medicine as a five-year fellow in Paris University Hospitals. She also participated in the “Young Manager Program” at INSEAD (France, in 2002).


Roberto is a Principal in AlpInvest Partners’ Co-Investment team and focuses on equity transactions in Europe. He joined AlpInvest Partners in 2013 from Advent International, where he was a Director responsible for executing and managing private equity deals on the Italian and European market. Prior to Advent, he worked at McKinsey as an Engagement manager and at Philips Research.

As Head of the EUR 1bn ERP-EIF Dachfonds at EIF, Bjoern is part of the VC team where he is responsible for making and monitoring investments in Venture Capital funds in Europe with a particular focus on Germany. His portfolio includes some 80 European VC funds. He also oversees the European Angel Fund co-investment programme with Business Angels, the Dutch Venture Initiative fund-of-funds where he is also an investment committee member and the LfA-EIF Facility, a EUR 100m fund-of-funds for the Bavarian region.

Philip has advised numerous holders of private equity on their liquidity options, with clients including some of the largest state agencies, endowments and financial institutions. He joined UBS in 2001 to make strategic investments for the firm and, as a member of the Third Party Private Equity Funds Team, he managed a $2 billion portfolio of funds and executed a $1.3 billion joint venture between UBS and HarbourVest Partners called Tresser, L.P.


Simon co-founded Inflexion Private Equity and is a member of the Investment Committee.  In 1998 he was recruited to co-found Daiwa Europe’s Private Equity Group, before spinning it out to found Inflexion.  Prior to this, he spent six years with Guinness Mahon Development Capital, specialising in small and mid-sized buyouts and development capital investments with a particular emphasis on intellectual property rights, media and content sectors, latterly as senior Investment Director and one of four executive directors.  In 1998, he participated in the buyout of Guinness Mahon becoming a director and shareholder in the buyout vehicle, ProVen Holdings, which he left to join Daiwa.


Before YIELCO, Matthias  worked for 11 years in leading roles for European funds-of-funds managers (DB Private Equity, Sal. Oppenheim Private Equity Partners; VCM Capital Management) where he was responsible for all Private Debt (Mezzanine, Distressed Debt, Credit Opportunities, Infrastructure) fund commitments totaling over € 800m.


Maaike is AlpInvest Partner's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer and responsible for the development and implementation of the CSR policy since 2008. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2002. Prior to her current role, she was an investment manager in the Co-Investment team and before she was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in London.


Wilshire Private Markets (WPM) is an integrated global research platform providing customized private markets solutions to a wide range of clients. WPM has a global client base of more than 100 institutions. Mr. van Eesteren serves on WPM’s global Investment Committee and is co-responsible for the private markets activities in Europe.  He has 20 years of investment experience.  Prior to joining WPM, he worked in investment banking, most recently as Vice President with ING Barings.  Mr. van Eesteren was also previously with NationsBank and Bank of America in London.




Maarten is the global head of the Fund of Funds program as well as a member of the global operating committee of AlpInvest Partners.  AlpInvest is the Private Equity Fund-of-Funds Arm of Carlyle Solutions Group and a leading private equity asset manager with €37 billion (US$47 billion) of assets under management as of September 30, 2014. AlpInvest invests worldwide across the primary fund, secondaries and direct investment channels, covering the entire private equity spectrum including mezzanine.


Patricia specializes in structuring private investment funds and financial products (private equity, alternative assets, real estate), with a focus on corporate, investment, regulatory and insurance regulatory issues. She advises fund sponsors and German institutional investors. She is member of Invest Europe’s tax and legal committee and she chairs the Invest Europe PAE technical committee on AIFM-D and other EU regulatory issues relevant for PE/VC.


Richard advises across the range of the fi rm’s activities with particular focus on fund placement in Germany and Switzerland. Before joining Campbell Lutyens, Richard gained direct and secondary private equity investment experience at GMT Communications Partners and Vision Capital Ltd respectively. Prior to that he worked at J.P.Morgan in the M&A Group and in the General Industrial Advisory Group.


After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, he started his private equity career with 3i in 1983. Since then he has focused primarily on mid-market European transactions. Prior to joining Triton, Mark was a partner at Close Private Equity, Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and more recently, Cognetas.


Sean Whelan is a Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Sean has overall responsibility for ECI’s investor relations, exit strategy across the portfolio and post-investment added value including the Commercial Team. Before joining ECI in 1998, he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and Bain & Company.


Peter Wilson joined the Firm’s London-based subsidiary in 1996 and leads HarbourVest’s secondary investment activity in Europe. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent three years working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he originated and managed two regional venture capital funds in Russia.  Peter also spent two years at The Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 



Michael leads a team based in Toronto and London which sources, executes and manages transactions within three lines of business: LP Secondaries, Direct Secondaries and Co-Investments. He is responsible for all global markets excluding Asia. Today, our secondaries and co-investment portfolio is ~$7 billion. Previously, Michael was a senior member of the Private Equity Funds team for eight years. He managed a portfolio of ~$15 billion including four of CPPIB's five largest private equity manager relationships including Advent, Blackstone, CVC and TPG. Michael’s portfolio supported the origination of ~$10 billion in direct investments. Michael joined CPPIB from TD Securities in Toronto where he was an investment banker.


Marco was previously co-head of the private equity secondary activities at Capital Dynamics, a global asset management firm. In this position he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing secondary transactions on a global basis. In addition, he led primary investment activities in selected geographies. Prior to that, he worked for Munich Re Group as a private equity investment manager and helped in building up the firm’s private equity investment program. Previously, Marco was with Montagu Private Equity, a pan-European mid-market buyout firm focusing on direct transactions. He started his career in M&A Advisory for L.E.K. mainly advising private equity General Partners on buyout transactions.


Claudia Zeisberger is an INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise. Professor Zeisberger founded INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) in 2008. As the Academic Director, she is responsible for research, outreach & teaching in both Private Equity & Venture Capital. Through the centre’s work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insights on PE in emerging markets and as an incubator for talent and professionals.

Niklas Östberg is the Co-founder and CEO of Delivery Hero. He has been involved in the start-up scene since the late 90's after spending several years in banking and consultancy. Following five years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, he co-founded Pizza.nu (later OnlinePizza.se) where he served as the full-time chairman. Niklas was responsible for building market leading online food ordering companies in Poland, Finland and Austria before co-founding Delivery Hero in 2011.