They will share their expertise

François Aguerre

Partner
COLLER CAPITAL

 

As Co-Head of Origination, Francois is responsible for managing the firm’s investment origination activities worldwide. He is based in the firm’s London office.

Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2007, Francois worked in the Investment Banking division of UBS in London. Previously, he worked at Gimar Finance and PAI Partners in Paris, and at Société Générale in New York.

Francois has an MSc in Engineering from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jean Luc Allavena

Founder & Chairman
ATLANTYS ADVISORS

 

Jean-Luc Allavena holds a Master degree in Business Administration from HEC Paris.

Jean-Luc Allavena began his career as Analyst at Banque Paribas in 1986 before joining Lyonnaise des Eaux (now Engie) in 1989 as Financial Controller.

In 1992, he became Chief Financial Officer of Techpack International (Pechiney), then Chief Operating Officer in 1996, and finally Chairman and CEO of Pechiney World Luxury Cosmetics Division in 1999.

In 2000, he joined Lagardère Media as the Group Chief Operating Officer and therefore also became member of the Board of the four main branches of the group (Hachette Livre, Hachette Filipacchi Médias, Hachette Distribution Services and Lagardère Active).

Strongly attached to his homeland, Monaco, where his family has been established for 150 years, Jean-Luc Allavena was called to serve as Chief of Staff of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2005 – 2006.

Jean-Luc Allavena joined Apollo Global Management as a partner in London in 2007. Apollo is one of the major alternative asset managers in the world with a portfolio of almost $200 billion. Jean-Luc Allavena has established its franchise in France with a strong track record in industrial investments, among which Monier, Constellium, Latécoère and Verallia.

He is member of the Board of Altice Group, Verallia and the bank Paris-Bertrand-Sturdza.

Besides, Jean-Luc Allavena has been involved for several decades in non-profit organizations. He served as Chairman of the HEC Alumni Association in 2001-2003 (then Honorary Chairman), Chairman of the HEC Foundation from 2003 to 2005 (then Honorary Chairman) and Chairman of the Board of the French-American Foundation France from 2010 to 2015 (then Honorary Chairman).

Jean-Luc  Allavena  has been awarded Chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur.

John Anderson

Head of Corporate Finance
MANULIFE

 

John C. S. Anderson is Head of North American Bond Investing at John Hancock and parent company Manulife. He directs U.S. and Canadian investment teams in the origination, analysis, and management of investments in public bonds, private placement debt, and private equity to support the insurance and other products guaranteed by Hancock and Manulife.

 

John is also an approving officer for all private equity investments made by the Boston investment teams, and sits on the global credit committee of parent company Manulife.

 

Prior to his current role, John led the U.S. investment teams, and prior to that led the firm’s Power & Infrastructure investing team, growing that team’s assets under management from $10 billion to $17 billion.

 

Prior to joining John Hancock in 2001, John worked for 10 years in the New York and London offices of JP Morgan Chase, where he led teams that advised on or arranged more than US$ 8 billion in bank and bond market financing.

 

John holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago.

Benjamin Arm

Managing Partner
OMNES CAPITAL

André Aubert

Partner
LGT CAPITAL PARTNERS

 

André Aubert is a Partner, Private Equity at LGT Capital Partners AG. He joined the firm in 2005 and leads private equity secondaries at the firm. Prior to this, André was a Principal at Index Ventures. He joined the firm in 1999. Previously, he was a Consultant at McKinsey, primarily in the telecommunications and banking sectors. Before this, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Telecom Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. Mr. Aubert holds an M.Sc. in Telecom Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Gordon Bajnai

Chairman Global Advisory Board
CAMPBELL LUTYENS

Gordon Bajnai, an economist and businessman, was born in 1968, Hungary. From April 2009 until May 2010, he served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary. Earlier, he held positions as Government Commissioner of the National Development Agency, as Minister of Regional Development and later as Minister of economy and National Development. In the private sector Mr. Bajnai has recently served as Group COO of Meridiam Infrastructure between 2014 and 2017 and he continues as a member of the Supervisory Board. Earlier, between 2000 and 2006, he was CEO of the Wallis Group, a major Hungarian diversified holding. Between 1995 and 2000, he was deputy CEO of CA IB Securities, a leading Hungarian investment bank. During his career he also acted as advisor or director for Budapest Airport, Antin Infrastructure, Aegon Insurance and Raba plc. Currently Mr. Bajnai is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council and the Advisory Board of the New Pact for Europe initiative, and was an adjunct professor of Columbia University.

Stéphane Barret

Managing Director
CREDIT AGRICOLE CIB

 

Max Bautin

Managing Partner
IQ CAPITAL

Max is a founding partner of IQ Capital. He has worked in venture capital since 2001 and has led investments into over two dozen start-ups – including Grapeshot (Oracle), Phonetic Arts (Google), Neul (Huawei), Stillfront (IPO) and Quotient (EKF). He currently represents IQCP on the boards of Audio Analytic, Concirrus, Fluidic Analytics, Spectral Edge and Thought Machine and works several seed stage companies as board advisor.

Max is an elected member of InvestEurope (EVCA) Venture Capital Council since 2015.

Max holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Christophe Bavière

CEO and Managing Partner
IDINVEST PARTNERS

CEO of Idinvest Partners since 2001, Christophe Bavière actively heads all investment activities and chairs the Investment Committees.

Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, Christophe Bavière held senior positions within the AGF-Allianz Group, as CIO of Allianz Private Equity Partners and as CIO of Allianz Global Investors. Previously, Christophe Bavière had worked at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations as well as BNP Paribas. In the late nineties, he was instrumental in developing private equity as a separate asset class within the balanced portfolios under his management and in 1997 he sponsored the establishing of Idinvest Partners (formerly AGF Private Equity).

Christophe Bavière is the President of the Private Equity Commission at AFG, the French Asset Management professional association. Until 2015, Christophe Bavière was Vice President of AFIC, the French private equity professional association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the French Regulator Authority (AMF) and is a Colonel in the French Air Force Reserve.

Christophe Bavière holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a business degree from ESLSCA, Paris. He is also a certified actuary of the French Institut des Actuaires. In 2007, he was elected “Private Equity Personality of the year” by Capital Finance Les Echos.

Charles Beigbeder

CEO
GRAVITATION

Depuis 2007, Charles Beigbeder développe au sein de Gravitation de nouvelles activités dans les domaines de la croissance verte, des services financiers et des nouveaux médias.

 

Harel Beit-On

Founder & Managing Partner
VIOLA GROUP

Harel is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of management leadership in the IT industry and an extensive investment and exit record. He is one of the Co-founders of the Viola Group; one of the original Co-founders of Viola Ventures and the Founder of Viola Growth, where he serves as General Partner.

Harel serves as an active board member of several leading technology companies, where he leverages an extensive global network of partners, investors, entrepreneurs and executives to help these companies achieve their objectives and build value.

Harel is Chairman of Gaon Holdings and Matomy Media Group, and a Director at Playbuzz, SimilarWeb, Behalf and Pyramid Analytics.

As the former CEO, President & Chairman of Tecnomatix (NASDAQ: TCNO), a leading provider of Manufacturing Process Management software solutions, Harel led the company for over eight years, during which the company grew to $100 million in revenues and more than 650 employees. In 2005, he led the successful sale of Tecnomatix to UGS for $228 million.

Harel is a former Chairman of ECtel (NASDAQ: ECTX) and former Chairman of Lumenis (NASDAQ: LUME), Israel’s largest medical device company, where he led a $150 million investment and led the company’s turnaround eventually resulting in its sale to XIO Group for $510 million in June 2015.

Jonathan Benartzi

Managing Partner
FIRSTTIME VC

Jonathan has been a serial entrepreneur and executive in digital companies for the last 20 years.

He is a Co-founder and Chairman at Latto, and a Co-founder of the Itzhak Rabin Center and museum.

Joost Bergsma

Managing Partner & CEO
GLENNMONT PARTNERS

As founding partner and CEO of Glennmont Partners, Joost has been involved in negotiations of some of the fund’s key wind and solar transactions. He is actively involved in originating new deals through the fund’s development partners, and regularly speaks at conferences and industry events.

Joost has more than 12 years’ experience in energy and power utilities transactions across the value chain, in Europe and emerging markets. In this time, he has devised and implemented asset and exit strategies, raising in excess of EUR 10bn of sales proceeds for energy clients. His CV includes long periods at BNP Paribas (formerly ABN AMRO) and SG Warburg & Co.

 

Pau Bermudez Canete

Partner & Investment Committee
SUMA CAPITAL

Private equity investor, with 17 years of investment experience in Spanish SMEs and international markets. With focus on growth capital since 2001.

He focuses on growth capital investments since 2001. At Baring Private Equity Partners España (BPEP, funds II and III) in Madrid, he executed several investments and was member of Baring’s Investment Committee. All investee companies had a strong internationalization component: Gas Gas Motos into LatAm and Africa, Expert Components throughout Europe, Laboratorios Boniquet into Mexico and Brazil or Grupo Navec to LatAm are relevant examples. Additionally, he has executed investments in business services, technology and healthcare in Africa and the GCC.

At Suma Capital, he co-manages the Spain growth capital funds investment team, with a portfolio of SMEs across eCommerce, specialized retail, manufacturing and business services.

MBA from Stanford University (USA).

Dual Business degree from ESADE (Barcelona) and HEC (Paris).

Speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, French and English

Arthur Bernardin

Managing Direcor Small Cap
LBO FRANCE

Arthur joined LBO France in 2010. He began his career in 1995 as a financial analyst at Schneider mainly in New-York. He then moved to strategy consulting and spent more than 12 years within L.E.K. in Paris, handling a number of projects for industrial clients and being involved in over sixty projects for Private Equity clients, mostly strategic due diligences in LBO context. Arthur is based in Milan. Arthur graduated from HEC Business school.

Ramon Betolaza

Managing Partner & CEO
BLACK TORO CAPITAL

Ramón Betolaza has over 18 years of investment experience in special situations, rescue and stabilisation of companies across different life cycles in Europe, U.S. and Asia. Ramón was a partner from inception at MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC in New York, created in 2002 through the spin-off of the Credit Suisse Distressed Securities Group. He was the Head of Europe from 2006 and a member of the Investment Committee until his retirement from the firm in December 2009. Prior to July 2002, Ramón was a director at Credit Suisse in the Distressed Securities Group, the predecessor group to MP, which he joined in 1997 in London. Mr. Betolaza started his investing career in special situations at Banco Santander in London since the inception of the European HY Market in 1996. He holds a Degree in Economics and Financial Management from Universidad Comercial de Deusto and earned his MBA, summa cum laude, from IE Business School, Madrid, where he currently serves at its International Advisory Board and is a member of the Council of Advisers to the IE Fund in New York. Ramón has extensive experience as a proactive board member in private and listed companies and currently serves on the boards of various privately held companies.

Andreas Bohn

Managing Partner & Co-CEO
SWANCAP

Andreas is Co-CEO & Managing Partner of SwanCap Partners since October 2015. Prior to joining SwanCap, Andreas was with UniCredit/Hypovereinsbank since 1994 having served most recently as a Management Board Member at UniCredit Bank AG and as a member of the Global UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking Executive Committee.

In the 22 years that Andreas has been with UniCredit and through various management functions, he built several highly successful franchises within the bank. Andreas is a Co-founder of UniCredit’s market leading Leveraged Finance business having led the team for many years through its most significant growth period. Under his supervision, the bank was involved in financing over 400 transactions with overall underwriting commitments well in excess of €50 billion.

Andreas has also been instrumental in building UniCredit’s financing power house consisting of several debt businesses such as Leveraged Finance, Project Finance, Corporate Structured Finance, Real Estate, Debt Capital Markets and M&A with portfolio responsibility of €30 billion plus. In addition to this, Andreas was Chairman of the various investment committees of these businesses for many years. He also founded the Portfolio Management Group at UniCredit Bank AG, which was subsequently rolled out to UniCredit globally.

Andreas was the founder of the Principal Investment business at UniCredit which he ran by and large between 2000 and 2011 culminating in overall commitments of €3bn in private equity funds and co investments. Prior to joining SwanCap, Andreas had also been the Chairman of the SwanCap Partners’ Advisory Board.

Andreas is a veteran of the European LBO and Investment Banking market with 22 years of relevant experience and enjoys a deep network across both the Private Equity and Banking sectors. In his last function he had been a Management Board Member of Unicredit Bank AG being in charge of Investment Banking. Andreas holds an MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians University and a PhD in strategic Management from University of Munich.

Michael Brandkamp

Managing Director
HTGF

Michael Brandkamp has been with High-Tech Gründerfonds right from the very beginning and drafted a significant part of the business plan that today still forms the basis of HTGF. He regards establishing HTGF as an entrepreneurial challenge and at the same time a great privilege.

He has been involved in financing high-tech startups for more than 20 years, six of which he spent working in Berlin’s start-up scene. During this time, he invested in a great number of start-ups and managed numerous successful exits. The tbg Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft, where he was Deputy Managing Director and head of the Berlin office, has been involved in more than 30 IPOs. He brought with him this vast experience to HTGF and continues to expand on it.

Stéphane Brimont

Managing Director France & Benelux
MACQUARIE GROUP

Stéphane is Head of MIRA’s French and Benelux operations and is a Director of Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR), Europe’s fourth largest motorway group. He is also a Director of both Brussels Airport and EP Infrastructure (EPIF).
Stéphane spent the first eight years of his career with the French Government, principally focusing on infrastructure and transport within the Treasury, involvement with the French motorway companies and as a Director of APRR. In 2002, Stéphane was appointed Senior Advisor to the French Prime Minister. He joined Gaz de France in 2004 as Chief Strategy Officer and was appointed Group CFO in 2007. In 2009, Stéphane became CEO of Energy Europe within GDF Suez, with responsibilities over marketing and sales, generation, trading and infrastructure assets throughout Europe. In addition, he was recently Senior Advisor to BCG.
Stéphane graduated from École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France.

Catherine Brossard

Managing Director, Investor Relations
CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Ms. Brossard joined Cerberus in 2010. Prior to joining Cerberus, Ms. Brossard worked in the Private Equity Group at Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec from 2006 to 2010, where she managed infrastructure and fund investments in Europe and North America across a variety of sectors and strategies. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Brossard worked in Europe in the commercial finances business of GE Capital Corporation, and from 1997 to 2003 in Canada in the corporate finance group. From 1989 to 1995, Ms. Brossard was an attorney in general litigation both in Canada and in England. Ms. Brossard is a graduate of Université de Montréal Law School and received an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales.

Mathias Burghardt

Head of Infrastructure
ARDIAN

Mathias a rejoint Ardian en 2007. Auparavant, il avait intégré le Groupe AXA pour constituer et diriger l’activité d’investissement dans l’Infrastructure. Il a débuté sa carrière en 1989 au sein de l’équipe Média Telecom du Crédit Lyonnais, avant de diriger l’activité de Conseil et Financement de Projet de HSBC en France. Il a développé de fortes relations avec des acteurs industriels et financiers du domaine de l’infrastructure européenne mais aussi avec les pouvoirs publics et les régulateurs du secteur.
Mathias possède une expérience de plus de 25 ans dans les domaines des infrastructures et de l’énergie.

Pascal Cagni

President
BUSINESS FRANCE

 

Mingpo Cai

CEO
CATHAY CAPITAL

Ming-Po CAI is the Founder and President of Cathay Capital, the leading global investment firm created by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs and an expert in creating value through cross-border investment across China, Europe and North America. Cathay Capital, founded by Ming-Po CAI with his business partner Edouard Moinet in 2006, is fully dedicated to helping its portfolio companies’ management teams to succeed beyond their original borders and to accelerate cross-border growth strategies. Cathay Capital’s team of nearly 80 – including 16 partners – is based in Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Munich, New York, San Francisco, as well as in Tel Aviv, and leverages on Cathay’s unique business model and platform to connect local ecosystems on three continents.

Mr. CAI has more than 20 years of cross-border investment experience and deep expertise in developing China-entry strategies for multinational companies, and in globalization strategies for Chinese companies expanding internationally. Ming-Po Cai today sits on the Boards of several Cathay Capital’s portfolio companies.

 

Under Ming-Po CAI’s leadership, Cathay Capital has grown to more than USD 2.5 billion in assets under management and has invested in 85 companies across three continents, including tens of star companies such as Suofeiya, Zbom, Meinian Onehealth, Moncler, Poten, Aihuishou, Jingrui, and startups like PDD, Drivy, Ledger, Magmode, Shopal, Trifacta, Glovo, Owkin and Chime Bank. Cathay Capital has a range of ten funds in three series: smallcaps, midcaps and innovation fund. Cathay Capital focuses on industries including consumer goods, healthcare, advanced technologies, TMT and mobility.

Ming-Po CAI holds a Master degree in Management from EM Lyon in France and an EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China.

Matthieu Chabran

Co-Founder
TIKEHAU CAPITAL

Mathieu Chabran co-founded Tikehau Capital in 2004. He is currently Managing Director and co-CIO of Tikehau Investment Management. Previously, he worked in London in the Real Estate Debt Market team of Deutsche Bank, which he joined in 2002. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1998, firstly in Paris within the Principal Investment team, then in London, in the High Yield Capital Market department.

Education: ESCP Europe; Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence.

Brian Chun

Investment Associate
HELMSLEY TRUST 

 

Brian Chun is an Investment Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. He is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and evaluation of private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investments. He is involved with analyzing existing asset allocations within Helmsley’s investment portfolio.

 

Prior to joining Helmsley, Brian was an investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities. He was involved with debt and equity capital transactions for corporate clients. Previously, he held various roles at BNP Paribas, GE Capital, and Goldman, Sachs & Co.

 

Brian received an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, his M.S. from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and a B.E. from The Cooper Union – Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Matteo Cirla

Partner & Managing Director
IGI SGR SPA

Matteo joined IGI in 2010, after having worked for over 6 years as a Partner of Synergo, a private equity firm which he co-founded in 2004.  Prior to joining Synergo, he spent 6 years, covering various investment banking roles.  Matteo started his professional career with Arthur Andersen in Milan in 1996.

Matteo graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Pavia and received his Master in Corporate Finance from the SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Gilles Collombin

Partner
CHARTERHOUSE CAPITAL PARTNERS

Gilles Collombin joined Charterhouse in 2017.

Gilles has 24 years of Investment Banking experience including 19 years at HSBC as head of M&A for France and latterly as the Global Head of the Financial Sponsors Group, covering Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Family Offices. Whilst at HSBC Gilles advised Charterhouse on numerous transactions.

Gilles holds degrees in Business Management and Mathematics, as well as a Masters in Finance and a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management (DEA) from the University of Lyon. He started his career teaching Strategic Management at University of Ottawa (Ontario) and is fluent in English and French.
Gilles is responsible for the Firm’s investor relations activities.

Frédéric Court

Managing Partner
FELIX CAP

Frederic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital.

He has worked in the technology industry for the past 20 years, prior to Felix as General Partner with Advent Ventures in London, and previously as an entrepreneur. At Felix, Frederic works closely with Farfetch, goop, The Business of Fashion, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, Yoobic, Frichti and Mirakl. He led the investment in Olapic (sold to Monotype in 2016).

While at Advent, Frederic led investments in Farfetch, Zong (sold to eBay), Vitrue (Oracle), Dailymotion (Orange), Qype (Yelp), Fizzback (Nice Systems) and Ubiquisys (Cisco). In parallel, he has been an active angel, mainly in digital lifestyle start-ups.

Frederic was named “Investor of the Year” in Europe by his peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event. He was on the Midas List Europe 2017.

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.

A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Richard Dalaud

Managing Partner
SIPAREX

Filip Dames

Founding Partner
CHERRY VENTURES

Filip is a Founding Partner at Cherry. Before Cherry, he founded his first startup company in 2008, an online auction house for antiques and collectibles. He then joined the founding team of Zalando as CEO of the group’s shopping-club. Up until 2014, Filip has led Zalando’s business development activities including the international expansion as well as the overall product/mobile strategy for all online shops until the IPO. Filip is also an active supporter of the “Ashoka” network, helping founders to start social businesses around the world. He holds a Diploma (MSc.) from WHU-Beisheim School of Management. Filip loves to spend his time around product-focussed companies and has a particular focus on Digital Health, AI, Fintech and “next-gen” retail technology.

Arnaud David

Partner
GOODWIN PROCTER

Arnaud David, associé au sein du Département Private Equity de Goodwin, est spécialisé en création et représentation de fonds d’investissement, y compris dans les fonds LBO, infrastructures, mezzanine, venture (capital risque), immobilier, corporate, fonds de fonds, dette et fonds dédiés. M. David conseille également les investisseurs dans le cadre de leurs investissements dans plusieurs types d’actifs alternatifs, dont notamment les investissements en private equity, dette et capital. Ses domaines d’expertise incluent en outre les opérations secondaires, la réglementation concernant les fonds d’investissement, les management buyouts et la restructuration de groupes de private equity.

Avant de rejoindre Goodwin en 2017, M. David a co-dirigé le Département Fonds Internationaux de King & Wood Mallesons (anciennement SJ Berwin).

Arnaud David parle couramment le français et l’anglais.

Jean Michel Deligny

Managing Director
SILVERPEAK TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT BANKING

Jean-Michel is a Senior Advisor at Silverpeak. He is also the Founder of Go4Venture Advisers which he successfully built up to a leading position in international equity private placements.

Jean-Michel has twenty-five years’ experience in technology investment banking. Before starting Go4Venture Advisers, Jean-Michel was the European Head of Technology Investment Banking at UBS. This followed a tenure at Broadview International (now part of Jefferies), where he worked on more than thirty-five public and private transactions. Jean-Michel started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Coopers and Lybrand.

As one of the most respected investment bankers in the European technology market, Jean-Michel speaks regularly at key international events.

Jean-Michel holds an MBA from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) business school in Paris, and is fluent in English and French (mother tongue)

 

Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo

Co Founder, Partner & Member of the board
BLUEGEM CAPITAL PARTNERS

Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo is a Board Member of The Private Clinic, Digitalgo, Management Consulting Group, Liberty, Enotria&Coe, Mamas & Papas, The DMC Group, Jack Wills, Lateral, Big Fernand, Dr Vranjes Firenze, QMS Medicosmetics and Iconic London.

Prior to joining BlueGem as partner at inception, Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo worked for two years in the hedge fund industry at York Capital Management and for more than six years in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch.

In his experience within the hedge fund industry (2005-2006), Emilio worked as an investment manager in London at the European office of York Capital Management, a global multi-strategy fund with approximately $10 billion under management, gaining exposure to European markets.

During the six years in Investment Banking (1999-2005), Emilio worked in the European merger and acquisitions and Italian corporate finance divisions in London and Rome. He gained exposure to mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity products and closed over twenty deals involving private and listed companies.

Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo graduated summa cum laude in Economics and Finance at Bocconi University in Milan after spending one academic semester at the University of Warwick in Coventry (UK) as part of the Erasmus project.

Marleen Dijkstra

Vice President Funds Investment Team
ALPINVEST

 

Marleen is a Vice President in the Funds Investment team where she is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing fund opportunities in Europe. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2009. Marleen received an MSc, cum laude, in Financial Economics and a LLM in Financial Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Daniel Dupont

Managing Director
NORTHLEAF CAPITAL PARTNERS

 

Daniel manages Northleaf’s London office and is a member of the Investment Committee. He oversees the origination, evaluation and monitoring of Northleaf’s private markets investments, with a particular focus on investment sourcing, analysis and research relating to Northleaf’s private equity secondary investments. In addition, Daniel is involved in Northleaf’s investor relations and business development activities.

Prior to joining Northleaf in 2011, Daniel spent more than a decade at Coller Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on secondary market transactions, where he was responsible for deal sourcing and investment execution for primary and secondary private equity investments, as well as business development activities globally. Previously, Daniel held senior positions in the private equity group at the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and in the International and Treasury Divisions at the National Bank of Canada. Daniel has served on various fund advisory boards in Europe, Asia and Canada, and is a guest lecturer in the Masters program at INSEAD.

Daniel received a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. in International Finance from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal) and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Andrea Echberg

Partner, Infrastructure and Real Assets
PANTHEON VENTURES

Andrea is a Partner in Pantheon’s Infrastructure and Real Assets Team. Prior to joining Pantheon, Andrea led the infrastructure direct and co-investment teams for Société Générale, Macquarie Capital and ABN AMRO. She holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Bernhard Engelien

Managing Director
GREENHILL & CO

Mr. Engelien is a Managing Director in Greenhill’s Capital Advisory group and is primarily responsible for coverage and execution of secondary transactions. Since joining Cogent Partners (which Greenhill acquired in 2015) in 2006, Mr. Engelien has been responsible for managing all aspects of client engagements and transaction execution and has served a wide range of clients throughout continental Europe, the UK and the Middle East. Prior to joining Cogent, Mr. Engelien was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company where he worked for six years serving financial services companies and private equity firms on a broad range of strategy and corporate finance topics in multiple geographies including the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. He was also a leader of McKinsey’s European Banking & Securities practice. Mr. Engelien began his career at Goldman Sachs in London covering the pan-European Business Services sector as an equity analyst.

Mr. Engelien holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Master’s Degree in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). He is also fluent in German, French and English.

Hélène Falchier

Head of Private Equity & CEO Open
CNP ASSURANCES

 

For the past 160 years, CNP Assurances has been protecting people against the risks of everyday life. France’s leading personal insurer, CNP Assurances also has operations in other European countries and in Latin America, with a significant presence in Brazil.

 

Since 2009 Hélène Falchier is responsible for the private equity program for CNP Assurances, bringing it to one of the 50 world’s largest institutional investors in private equity and amongst the leading ones in France. CNP Assurances is active in that space since 1992 through commitments in primary and secondary funds, as well as co-investments, mainly in Europe and in North America. Since 2015, Hélène Falchier is Chairman of the LPs’ club of France Invest, the French association for investors for growth.

 

As a pioneer in the transformation of its industry, CNP Assurances launched its own Corporate Venture program named Open CNP, program initiated by Hélène Falchier and of which she is now CEO. To date, Open CNP has made 6 investments in fintech, insurtech, health and blockchain. Hélène Falchier is a board member of 3 startups, Lendix, Alan and Lydia and an observer in H4D’s board.

 

Hélène Falchier holds a Master degree in economics and Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

David Fass

CEO EMEA
MACQUARIE GROUP

David Fass is Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Our EMEA business is headquartered in London, where we have had a presence since 1989. In the region our 1,500 people operate from 10 countries and 16 locations. We offer a diversified business with leading expertise in infrastructure, transportation, natural resources, commodities and energy with niche expertise in adjacent business areas. In the Financial Year 2018, our businesses and people in EMEA contributed $A3.1 billion (29%) of the Group’s operating income. In addition to his CEO role, David is a member of our Management Committee which oversees our global Operating Groups, cross-divisional collaboration opportunities and culture. He is a Board member of the Macquarie Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organisation and is also a board member of our UK banking entities. At Macquarie we encourage our people to “Own it”, to seek out opportunity and drive both their career and our business forward. David’s financial services career spans over 30 years with expertise founded in capital markets and advisory. He has had active involvement in emerging and frontier markets and takes a keen interest in the developing thematic of balancing growth opportunities with prudent risk management.
David’s career began on Wall Street at Paine Webber (UBS), trading over-the-counter equities before moving to focus on origination, structuring and distribution of mezzanine debt and high yield bond issues. He then spent time at JPMorgan (Chase Manhattan Bank) in leveraged finance and high yield capital markets before moving to the City of London to Co-head European Media and Telecoms Investment Banking. His time in the City continued with 11 years at Deutsche Bank where he held various senior management and client-facing roles, including European Head of Global Banking and was a member of the Global Banking Executive Committee. David then joined Macquarie as CEO for EMEA in 2011.
David has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
David is an accomplished endurance athlete, a keen ocean racer and active in several philanthropic endeavours that focus on education and opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
David lives in London and is married with three daughters.

Jérôme Faul

Managing Partner
INNOVACOM

 

Simon Faure

Director
M&G PRIVATE FUNDS INVESTMENT

Simon is a Director and member of the investment committee. Simon joined M&G Private Funds Investment (formerly PPM Managers) in 2004 and has 15 years’ private equity experience investing in primary, secondary and co-investments in Europe and Asia.

Before joining M&G Private Funds Investment, Simon worked at Insight Investment in London, where he was jointly responsible for the £1 billion global private equity Fund of Funds programme.

Prior to Insight, Simon worked for AIG Global Investment, in its London private equity fund and co-investment programme focused on Western Europe. Simon has a BA (hons) from Southampton University, UK.

Jean-François Félix

Partner
ERES

Jean-François started his career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co up until 1996. He worked with the DSP investment fund in Philadelphia (USA), then joined Vestar Capital Partners in Paris in 2001, where he assumed several positions before heading these offices until 2012. Jean-François participated in numerous operations at DSP’s and Vestar’s. More particularly, he lead investments in SAB Wabco (2002) and AZ Electronic Materials (2007). He was Member of the Board of SAB Wabco from 2002 to 2004 and of AZ Electronic Materials from 2007 to 2011, after its listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Jean-François Félix is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard Business School (MBA). He is also a member of the SFAF (Société Française d’Analyse Financière – French Financial Analysis Society).

Daniel Flaig

Managing Partner
CAPVIS

Daniel joined SBC Equity Partners Ltd in 1995. Previously he was a business consultant at Arthur Andersen, Zurich.

Daniel holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Daniel has also studied at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Lyon and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Uwe Fleischhauer

Founding, Managing Partner
YIELCO INVESTMENT

 

Uwe Fleischhauer is a member of the executive board of YIELCO Investments AG. Between 1998 and 2011 he was self-employed at Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), Private Equity Consultants, where he focused exclusively on the asset classes private equity, infrastructure, mezzanine and private debt. Besides advising institutional investors, he regularly conducted widely regarded market studies and empirical studies. Prior to becoming self-employed, he was a consultant/project leader at international consulting firms (Mercer Management Consulting and Arthur D. Little). He holds a degree in business administration and a postgraduate degree in “European Enterprise Management” after periods of study in the United Kingdom and Spain.

Cristina Forcina-Westermann

Managing Director
HOULIHAN LOKEY

Cristina joined BearTooth Advisors as a Partner in 2014 – upon its formation – to lead its European distribution effort. Beartooth Advisors was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in May 2018 and it’s now the bank’s newly formed Private Funds Group. Since starting at BearTooth, Cristina has been involved with the launch of 18 funds representing over $22 billion of target capital. Broad array of transactions including seed capital, fundless sponsor, co-investment and traditional fundraising.

Prior to 2014, Forcina Westermann was an Executive Director in the Private Funds Group at UBS where she spent more than 10 years covering institutional investors across Europe. While at UBS she contributed to the closing of more than 50 fundraising assignments for leading private equity firms. She was also responsible for originating primary and secondary advisory mandates. Prior to UBS, Ms. Forcina Westermann was an Analyst at Taurus Invest, a Monaco based multi-billion dollar family office where she oversaw the private equity portfolio. Ms. Forcina Westermann holds a degree in economics and finance, summa cum laude, from University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English

Anne Fossemalle

Director
EBRD

Anne Fossemalle has been the Director in charge of Equity Funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development since 2009.

Previously, she was the Director, Bank Equity, responsible for EBRD’s direct equity investments in banks. Prior to this appointment in 2007, she was a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions group, where she led various debt and equity transactions with banks, and was responsible for EBRD’s relationship with international banking groups. She joined EBRD in 1993, as part of the Agribusiness Team, then the Hungary Team, from Natixis in Paris, where she was responsible for loans and equity transactions with large French food companies. Anne holds various Supervisory Board, Advisory Board and Investment Committee memberships.

Anne holds an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University (U.S.A), an M.Sc. from Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (France), an M.Sc. from Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (France).

Dominique Gaillard

CEO of ARDIAN FRANCE, Head of Direct Funds
Chairman of the French Private equity Association, FRANCE INVEST

 

Dominique Gaillard is the Head of Direct Funds and Director of Ardian (previously AXA Private Equity). He was previously Managing Partner and Member of Executive Board at the firm. He leads Buyout, Expansion, Co-Investment and Growth investment activity. He is responsible for activities including small and mid-market enterprise capital, co-investment and infrastructure activities as well as the development of direct funds activities in Eastern Europe and Asia.

 

He joined Ardian in 1997 and he is a Chairman of France Invest. Dominique had worked at Charterhouse from 1990 to 1997, gradually progressing from the position of a Project Manager to a Director. He worked at Alcan France S.A.S. He headed a number of leveraged buyouts and fund-raising projects for expanding and/or distressed companies. He had worked at Rio Tinto France SAS.

Olivier Garel

CEO
UNILEVER VENTURES

 

Pierre Gattaz

President
BUSINESS EUROPE / MAI

Pierre Gattaz became President of BusinessEurope on 5 July 2018.  Until then, he held the Presidency of BusinessEurope’s French member federation MEDEF.

A graduate of Telecom Bretagne (l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne) and holder of a Certificate in Administrative Management from the George Washington University (USA), he was a project engineer and export project manager at Dassault Electronics from 1984 to 1989.

From 1989 to 1992, he was Managing Director at Fontaine Electronics, then Convergie (a subsidiary of the Dynaction Group). Pierre Gattaz became Managing Director at Radiall in December 1992 and has been the Chairman of the Board since January 1994.

He was President of GIXEL (Professional Association for Electronic Components Systems, Digital Identity Industries) from 1999 to 2003, and then President and founder of the FIEN (Digital and Electronic Industries) from 2002 to 2007, before being elected President of the FIEEC (Federation of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Industries – 30 industrial unions) in 2007, when he also joined the Executive Committee of MEDEF (Movement of French Enterprises). From June 2010 to July 2013, he was also President of the GFI (Group of Industrial Federations – 17 industrial federations representing 80% of French industry) and a founding member of La Fabrique (the Industry’s Think Tank).

Pierre Gattaz is Knight of the French Legion of Honour and Officer of the Order of Merit.

Jürgen Gerke

CEO
ALLIANZ CAPITAL PARTNERS

 

Jürgen Gerke has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.

 

Prior to becoming CEO, he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Previously Jürgen has, among others, held roles with Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.

 

Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.

Joerg Goschin

Senior Managing Director
KFW BANKING GROUP

As founder and experienced investment professional, Jörg has in-depth market knowledge and a close-knit network in the venture capital community. Previous stations of his career include Metzler, The Boston Consulting Group, BNP Paribas, Cerberus, Blackstone and Alstin. Jörg holds a PhD in finance and diploma in electrical engeneering and economics. Together with Alex, he set-up and manages KfW Capital as Co-CEO.

Benoist Grossman

Managing Partner
IDINVEST PARTNERS

 

Benoist Grossman joined Idinvest Partners in 2002. He was appointed a board member in 2003 and operates mainly in the internet sector.

 

Before joining Idinvest Partners, Benoist worked for several venture capital funds for over 10 years. He was a Partner at Viventures from 1998 to 2002 and worked as Investment Manager at La Financière de Brienne. He had previously spent over 10 years working in the industry as a laser systems specialist at EDF, NASA and Thomson-CSF Optronique, for whom he invented five patents and authored over twenty publications.

 

In June 2016, Benoist was appointed Vice-President of the AFIC, the French association of growth capital investors. He has also been censor at the Bpifrance Board since July 2016. He is currently on the boards of Winamax, Ogury, Molotov and Frichti and was previously on the boards of Criteo, Dailymotion, Deezer and Meetic.

 

Benoist Grossmann has a PhD in Physics from the Université de Paris VI and an MBA from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Jochen Gutbrod

Executive Chairman & Partner
BTOV

 

Dr. Jochen Gutbrod was CFO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group from 2003 to 2009, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board from 2007 to 2010. In addition, he was CEO of Holtzbrinck Digital from 2004 to 2010. Prior to joining Holtzbrinck, he held leadership positions at Schroder Investment Management Ltd. and Lombard Odier & Cie. He is a serial entrepreneur, co-founding (amongst others) ifund service AG, Raffay & Cie. and RI Digital Ventures. Jochen is Partner of btov and jointly with Florian Schweitzer and Luca Martinelli responsible for the Digital Tech Fund of btov.

Dana Haimoff

Managing Director
JP MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT

Dana Haimoff is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Private Equity Group, JPMorgan Asset Management based in London.

She began her private equity career in 1992 as an analyst at Prudential Securities in New York. Following an MBA earned from Columbia University she spent six years at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Bank’s private equity placement group in both New York and London. In 2002, Dana switched sides to become a portfolio manager with JPMorgan Asset Management, where she remains today, responsible for all aspects of private equity investing including primary, secondary and direct investments as well as client responsibility. She sits on the PEG’s Global Investment Committee, EMEA GIM Committee and has chaired JPM’s GIM’s Managing Director selection committee. She is an active WIN supporter.

Dana relishes time spent with her three cheeky young children, which recently involved hiking the Napali coast and paddle boarding on Kauai.  When not shuttling to and from football/gymnastics/ballet classes and baking six layer rainbow M&M birthday cakes, Dana supports her Hawaii school alma mater Punahou and local community causes.

Tim Hames

Director General
BVCA

im started his professional career as a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University where he obtained a doctorate and specialised in American and British Government. He became a journalist at The Times assuming the roles of Assistant Editor, chief leader writer and columnist. He regularly edited the newspaper as a whole between 2006 and 2008 as part of his duties. He has also served as Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009-2010. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism.

Ian Harding

Managing Partner
ARCUS INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Manuel Hertweck

Managing Partner
CAPITON

Manuel Hertweck is Managing Partner and member of capiton’s management Board. Prior to joining as Investment Director in 2006 he worked for a publicly listed merchant banking group where he actively acquired and developed private equity investments in mid market cap companies. In this role Mr. Hertweck gained significant operating experience in managing medium-size companies in several European markets. Prior to this, Mr. Hertweck spent several years in strategy consulting in London and Paris. He holds a B.A. cum laude from Hamilton College, USA

Volker Hichert

Founding Partner
DPE

Volker Hichert – managing partner of DPE – was a partner at Granville-Baird, one of the leading small-cap investors in the German market for many years, before co-founding DPE. For six years at Granville, he was responsible for investments in mechanical engineering, in the metal industry, in the consumer goods industry as well as in production and industrial services. Prior to this position, Volker Hichert held leading management positions in German SMEs for almost 9 years – as a managing partner of Yxlon International, on the Executive Board of the Hako Group as well as a member of the Executive Board at the railway carriage manufacturer Talbot. Volker launched his career at The Boston Consulting Group in Düsseldorf and Deutsche Bank AG in Hamburg. Volker Hichert earned his degree in business studies fromthe University of Münster. As Volker Hichert comments: “From entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. That was our principle right from the start at DPE. As an entrepreneur, it was always clear to me that real added value is created by growth – organic or through acquisitions – and not through debt. The secret is to turn managers into entrepreneurs, and to give them scope and time to allow their entrepreneurial energy to evolve. So that their visions can become reality. And it’s a wonderful feeling today to observe that the companies who work according to these principles in our family are extremely successful. We, our entire corporate family, their employees and our investors are passionate about medium-sized businesses.

Isaac Hillel

Managing General Partner
PITANGO

Isaac Hillel joined pitango in 2000 and is Managing General Partner. His investment focus is primarily in mobile, wireless, e-commerce and Consumer Products.

. Prior to joining Pitango,  Isaac served as an Executive Vice President at NEC Computers International (previously Packard Bell NEC), in charge of the Computer Divisions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

During his tenure, he established the operation of Packard Bell EMEA, set up subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities, managed mergers and joint ventures, and led the company to become Europe’s #1 home computer brand, with over $1.5 billion in sales.

Isaac previously held several marketing positions with consumer electronics maker Casio PhoneMate in the U.S.

He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Isaac currently serves on the Board of Directors of: Celeno Communications, LiveU, Applicaster and Appsflyer, Signals Analytics and is an observer on Foursquare’s Board. He formerly served in the Boards of: Borderfree (NASDAQ: BRDR) acquired by Pitney Bowes, Sansa Security acquired by ARM, AeroScout acquired by Stanley Healthcare Solutions and Scopus (NASDAQ: SCOP), acquired by Harmonic.

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Regina Hodits

General Partner
WELLINGTON PARTNERS

 

Regina is a Managing Partner at Wellington Partners Life Sciences WPLS and represents the WPLS funds on the Boards of Ayoxxa, Endostim, GTX Medical, Polares Medical, Themis and TRiCares. She was a founding investor in Rigontec (acquired by MSD), Sapiens (acquired by Medtronic), Middle Peak Medical (acquired by Symetis / Boston Scientific), and an external director at GlaxoSmithKline’s Respiratory TA Board. Since joining the industry in 2000, she has become an influential investor in the European venture capital industry, focusing on early-stage and growth deals in Life Sciences. She currently serves as the Spokesperson for the Board of the German PE and Venture Capital Association (BVK).

 

 

Before joining WPLS, Regina led the European life sciences efforts of Boston-based Atlas Venture. She was the founding investor in Bicycle Therapeutics, F-star, and Jenavalve, and served on several Boards, including U3 Pharma (acquired by Daiichi Sankyo), Nitec Pharma (now part of Horizon Pharma NASDAQ HZPN), Egalet (NASDAQ: EGLT), and Novamed (acquired by SciClone NASDAQ SCLN). Before, Regina worked for Apax Partners, and built her extensive network in the global healthcare industry during her tenure at McKinsey. In the 90s, Regina gained initial insights into the fast-growing biotech sector as post-doctoral researcher at the MRC Cambridge UK. Regina studied chemical engineering in Vienna and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Olivier Huez

Partner
C4VENTURES

Olivier is a partner at C4 Ventures with expertise in mobile commerce, hardware, big data, advertising, and mergers and acquisitions. He leads the investment team and defines investment strategy with Pascal and Alexandre.

Previously, Olivier was COO at Weve, a mobile commerce startup, where he was responsible for Strategy, Program Management, Finance, Legal, Procurement, HR & IT, bringing it from incorporation to c. 100 employees in less than 12 months time.

Before that, he was CFO at Unanimis, the UK’s premium online advertising network, where he was responsible for strategic planning, Finance HR and IT and served in various roles at Orange Group, including mergers and acquisitions in London, product management in the USA, and mobile product development in France.

Olivier is board member or observer at Cleeng, ISKN, Graphcore and Netatmo.

Valery Huot

Head of Venture Capital, Partner
LBO FRANCE

Valery, Managing Partner of Innovation Capital since 2004, joined LBO France in 2016 when the two companies merged. He has been involved in many trade sales and IPOs (Novaled, Aldebaran Robotics, RSI Video Systems, eFront, Anevia, Doubletrade, Netcentrex…). He started his carreer in Australia in a joint research lab between Telstra and Sydney Uni, then worked at the French Defense Procurement Agency and later at the French Treasury in charge of SMEs financing and innovation politics. He then co-led in 2001 the fund of fund activity of CDC Entreprises. Valery graduated from Stanford University and Ecole Polytechnique.

David Jeffrey

Partner, Head of Europe
STEPSTONE GLOBAL

Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as various investment and management activities.

Prior to joining StepStone in 2012, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing partner at Parish Capital where he founded the firm’s European and Asian practices and oversaw the secondary and co-investment businesses. Before that he served as managing director of Bank of America’s European private equity group. Previously, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing director and head of BancBoston Capital’s European and Asian operations.

Mr. Jeffrey received an MA from Cambridge University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

 

Christoph Jung

General Partner
HOLTZBRINCK VENTURES 

 

Christoph has been at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. He has been responsible, among other things, for the fund’s investments in DaWanda, MyHammer and MeinAuto, in all cases from initial seed investment to successful exit. Recently, Christph played a leading role in the setup and financing of Ottonova, Germany’s first purely digital heath insurance company.

 

Prior to HV, Christoph worked for one of the leading strategic consultancies for four years, where he advised a number of companies in a wide variety of industries.

 

Prior to this, Christoph spent two years at Deutsche Bank.

 

Christoph studied Business Administration in Bayreuth, graduating with honors.

Yann Kandelman

Head of Investments & Development
ORANGE DIGITAL VENTURES

Yann Kandelman leads the Orange Digital Ventures (ODV) investment team. ODV is the Corporate Venture fund of the Orange Group, investing in early stage start-ups globally. Previously he led strategic investments and acquisitions of digital companies for Orange. Before that, Yann managed the Internet & mobile partnerships’ team, which established partnerships with major Internet players (Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia…). Prior to joining Orange in 2008, he spent 8 years in the Music industry working for Virgin/EMI and Warner Music.

Christophe Karvelis Senn

CEO & Co- Founder
CAPZANINE

Christophe studied first in France (IEP Paris, 1984) then in the USA (MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1988). He joined 3i France in 1987 and became a partner and a member of the Management Committee in 1992. In 1995, he took part in the creation of the EPF Partners fund, sponsored by the Natexis group. From 1998 to 2004, he was Managing Director of ABN AMRO CAPITAL France targeting LBOs valued at between €40 M and €700 M. In 2004, he founded Capzanine in partnership with David Hoppenot.

Tarang Katira

Principal  Fund Investment Team Europe
HAMILTON LANE

  • M.A. & B.A. from University of Cambridge
  • Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

Julien Kinic

CEO & Managing Partner
IDI EMERGING MARKETS PARTNERS

Julien is a co-founder and a managing partner of idi EM. He holds numerous seats in funds governance bodies as well as in portfolio companies boards.  Previously, he spent two years in Agence Française de Développement (AFD, Proparco), the French government arm dedicated to the financing of emerging and developing countries, contributing to its development of both direct and indirect private equity investments.  Prior to that, he spent 5 years as an investment director at Cognetas, formerly known as Electra Partners Europe, a pan-European fund specialized in LBO.  Before that, Julien spent 6 years at Arthur Andersen in Paris with a focus on the mergers and acquisitions. Julien holds a post-graduate diploma from the London School of Economics in the UK, and is a graduate from Edhec Business School in Lille, France.

Jon Koplin

Managing Director EMEA
CISCO INVESTMENTS

Jon Koplin joined Cisco Investments in 2017 and leads the EMEA team responsible for investments, joint ventures, and acquisitions.

Previous to Cisco, Jon worked as an early-stage technology investor with European family offices. Before moving into the investment arena, Jon held senior operating roles at Google and Samsung in Europe and Asia. Early in his career, Jon worked in Silicon Valley and in startups and was part of the management team of NetBeans (acquired by Sun Microsystems).

Jon earned a BS in chemical engineering and an MA in classical languages from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Elias Korosis

Partner
HERMES GPE

Elias is responsible for directing Hermes GPE’s growth investing globally.  He also manages the investment strategy function which includes global markets research, portfolio construction and exploring new areas in private markets. Elias joined Hermes GPE in 2011 and is a member of the Investment and Management Committees. Previously he worked at Bridgewater Associates, a global macro hedge fund, as a manager in the research function.  He started his career with Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup, holding a number of banking and corporate strategy roles in the UK and the US.  He sits on a number of corporate boards as a director and observer, as well as several private equity fund advisory boards. Elias is a Greek national and speaks fluent Greek, English, French and conversational Italian. He is an Executive education alum of Oxford University’s Said Business School (CIPEI) and is an alumnus of the University of Warwick (BSc in Economics and International Studies), the London School of Economics (MSc in European Political Economy), and Harvard Business School (PLD25).

 

Sandra Lagumina

Partner & COO Asset Management
MERIDIAM INFRASTRUCTURE

From January 2016 to January 2017, Sandra was Executive Vice President of ENGIE, in charge of gas infrastructure, China and real estate. She previously held the position of CEO of GRDF (Gaz Réseau Distribution France) from 2013 to 2016. Sandra joined Gaz de France in 2005 and took over the functions of Deputy Strategy Director, Public Affairs Delegate, General Counsel, and Corporate and Group General Counsel, successively.

She started her career in 1995 at the Council of State. She joined the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry as Legal Advisor in 2000, and then took over the role of Deputy Director of Public and International Law of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance where she was in charge of the PPP reform.

Sandra graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and National School of Administration (ENA). She holds a Master of Common Market Law and of Public law.

Vladimir Lasocki

Managing Director, Europe Technology Group
THE CARLYLE GROUP

Vladimir Lasocki is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Europe Technology advisory group. He is based in London.

Since joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Lasocki has been actively involved with Carlyle’s investment in current portfolio companies Evernex, Marle, Expereo and Prima Solutions. He has earlier been responsible for Carlyle’s investments in Egencia (acquired by Expedia), Orthogon Systems (acquired by Motorola), Cameca (acquired by Ametek), Transics (NYSE:TRAN), Metrologic (acquired by Astorg Partners) and Marle (acquired by IK Investment Partners), Companeo (acquired by Infopro Digital), The Sniffers (acquired by WTS); and was a deal team member and director of Wall Street Institute (acquired by Pearson).

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Lasocki was an Associate with Deutsche Bank’s principal investments group and with the corporate finance group of Paribas in London and Prague.

Mr. Lasocki has a degree in business administration from EM Lyon and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Solvay Business School) and an M.A. in European economic studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Charles Letourneur

Managing Partner
ALVEN CAPITAL

Charles Letourneur co-founded Alven with Guillaume Aubin. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and IEP Paris. Charles joined the M&A department of Lazard in 1991 in New York, and then in Paris. In 2000, he was also appointed member of the Executive Committee of Gaz & Eaux (renamed Eurazeo). He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.

Ethan Levine

Managing Director
COMMONFUND CAPITAL

Ethan Levine is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Natural Resources for Commonfund Capital, while also contributing to the private equity and venture capital programs. Ethan originally joined Commonfund Capital as a Senior Analyst in the Commonfund Capital Rotational Program. Prior to Commonfund Capital, Ethan specialized in energy markets at Charles River Associates, an economic and litigation consulting firm in Boston, MA. At Charles River Associates, he advised power and utility clients with their damages litigation, regulatory approval and business strategy forecasting. While at business school, Ethan also worked at Rockland Capital, a private equity firm, where he conducted due diligence on potential power generation asset acquisitions and helped manage existing portfolio investments. Ethan is a member of the advisory boards of several private capital limited partnerships. He is a member and prior chairperson of the Dartmouth College Hillel Board of Overseers. Ethan received a B.A., B.E. and an M.E.M. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Thomas Liaudet

Partner
CAMPBELL LUTYENS

Thomas is a Partner in Campbell Lutyens’ secondary advisory team. With 17 years in the private equity and infrastructure markets, he has extensive experience advising on the secondary sale of portfolios of funds, direct interests and GP led liquidity transactions – representative clients include: 3i Plc, ADIC, Ardian, BAe, CNP, Draper Esprit, GE, Goldman Sachs, Hermes, Länsförsäkringar, Natixis, Nordea and Och-Ziff. He joined Campbell Lutyens in 2007 after focusing on the secondary private equity and energy markets at the Parkmead Group. Previously, Thomas worked at UBS AG as an Associate Director in the bank’s captive Private Equity Fund focusing on North-America and Europe, and as an investment analyst at Kennet Partners, a growth equity fund. He began his career working for the Government in the aerospace & defence sector.

A French citizen, Thomas holds a BS from the University of Paris Dauphine and received his Masters from HEC Lausanne.

Bjarne Lie

Managing Partner
VERDANE CAPITAL

Bjarne serves as Verdane’s Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. In 2003, he launched what later became Verdane, by leading a spin-out from Verdane’s predecessor firm Four Seasons Venture.

At Verdane, he has been instrumental in building companies such as Banqsoft, Chipcon, ResLab, Resman, Reslink and Wireless Maingate. He currently serves on the boards of EasyPark and Polytech.

Bjarne had joined Four Seasons Venture’s Oslo office in 2001 from PaperX, a venture-backed B2B marketplace of which he was co-founder and COO. Bjarne also has entrepreneurial experience from the oil & gas sector with Fountain Oil. He was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Company in London and a research associate at the European University Institute in Florence.

In addition to his role at the helm of Verdane, Bjarne is the Chairman of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative and a Board member of the Norwegian Venture Capital Association.

Education: Bjarne holds an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School (USA) and an MA in European Integration from the University of Oslo (Norway)/European University Institute Florence (Italy).

Vivian Liu

Director
BARINGS ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Vivian Liu is a Director in the Alternative Investment Team at Barings, a global multi-asset manager with AUM of over $300B (as of 6/30/18). Vivian is based in London and supports the Funds & Co-Investments with responsibilities for originating and underwriting funds and co-investments in EMEA and Asia Pacific across buyout, growth/ venture as well as real assets strategies.  Prior to joining the firm in 2016, she was with M&G Investments where she was responsible for private equity fund investments in Europe and Asia.  Prior to that, she was an equity analyst covering macroeconomy in China International Capital Corporation (“CICC”) from 2007 to 2010.  Vivian holds a M.B.A. from London Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University.

Cari Lodge

Managing Director
COMMONFUND CAPITAL

Cari Lodge is Head of Secondaries and a member of the Investment Committee. Her responsibilities include oversight of due diligence, underwriting, manager selection and investment management for the firm’s private capital Primary, Secondary, Co-Investment and Distressed Capital programs. Prior to joining Commonfund Capital, Cari was at Tulane University’s Investment Management Office where she was responsible for overseeing the private equity and private real assets investments for the $1 billion endowment. Prior to Tulane, she was at Credit Suisse Strategic Partners, Credit Suisse’s dedicated secondary private equity fund with over $11 billion in commitments and interests in over 1,300 funds. Cari was a member of the investment committee, co-managed the $750 million aged primary program, and closed over 115 secondary transactions and co-investments for over $1.25 billion in total capital obligation. She worked with the team for twelve years since its founding in 2000, having started with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (which merged with Credit Suisse in 2000) as an Associate in Investment Banking. Cari is presently a member of the advisory board of several private capital limited partnerships. Cari is also a member of the Investment Committee of her alma mater, The Hotchkiss School. She received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in both Economics and Government and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Olivier Millet

Chairman of the Executive Board of Eurazeo PME Member of the Eurazeo Executive Committee
EURAZEO PME

 

Chairman of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board since 2005, Olivier Millet has also been Chairman of France Invest(ex AFIC – the French Private Equity Association) since May 2016.

 

He was also Vice-Chairman of AFIC (2014-2016) and Chairman of AFIC’s ESG Commission from 2009 to 2015. Olivier Millet began his career as an entrepreneur in 1986 by creating Capital Finance. He then joined 3i (from 1990 to 1994), before moving to Barclays Private Equity France, where he contributed to the development and success of this pan- European fund for 11 years.

 

In 2005, Olivier Millet became Chairman of the Executive Board of OFI Private Equity, an investment company floated on the stock market in 2007. In 2011, OFI Private Equity became Eurazeo PME and it is now a Eurazeo group subsidiary.

 

Since march 2018, Olivier is also Member of Eurazeo Executive Board.

Allen MacDonell

Managing Director
TEACHER RETIRMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS 

Responsible for managing and developing TRS’ London office as well as sourcing and underwriting principal investment transactions across the European continent within the TRS private markets portfolio (private equity, real assets and energy & natural resources) representing a 39% long-term allocation out of a $140+ billion investment portfolio.

Neil MacDougall

Managing Partner
SILVERFLEET CAPITAL

Neil joined Silverfleet Capital in 1989, became Managing Partner in 2004 and led the buyout of the firm from Prudential plc in 2007. Neil heads a team of partners and staff who are located in London, Munich, Paris, Stockholm and Amsterdam.

Having led some of Silverfleet Capital’s most successful investments including Finnish Chemicals and Sterigenics, Neil currently chairs the Silverfleet Capital Investment Committee.

Neil is Chairman of the BVCA UK & European Capital Committee, and with more than 25 years experience of investing in the European mid-market, his views and opinions are frequently sought by the media and industry alike.

Prior to joining Silverfleet Capital, Neil was a management consultant at Bain & Co, whom he joined having read Natural Sciences and Computer Science at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.

Karen McKormick

CIO
BERINGEA LLP

Karen is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others.

Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.

Xavier Marin

CEO
TRAIL CAPITAL

 

Nenad Marovac

Managing Partner
DN CAPITAL

Nenad Marovac has more than 25 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the technology and media sectors.

Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital. Prior to DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in London, where he focused on TMT investments.

Nenad focuses on investments in marketplaces, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, consumer mobile applications and digital health companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (sold to Apple), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca, (acquired by Oracle), Eve Sleep (IPO London), Happn, Hometogo, Hostmaker, Joblift, Mister Spex, Performance Horizon Group, Purplebricks (IPO London), Tbricks (acquired by Orc) and Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding). Nenad is also the Chairman of the Venture Capital Board of Invest Europe and an active member of YPO in London and Berlin.

Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Worked
20 years’ TMT Venture Capital and Private Equity experience.
Former Partner at Advent International.

Education
MBA. From Harvard Business School
BSc. in Business Administration cum laude from San Diego State University with Distinction in Finance

Cécile Mayer-Lévi

Co-head of Private Debt
TIKEHAU CAPITAL

Cécile Mayer-Lévi a rejoint Tikehau Capital en 2013 et est spécialisée dans les activités de Dette Privée. Auparavant, elle a travaillé chez AXA Private Equity (devenu Ardian) où elle a initié en particulier l’extension du spectre d’investissement aux financements unitranche en insistant sur la notion de partenariat. Cécile a commencé sa carrière en 1988 chez Merrill Lynch (Corporate Finance et Fusions & Acquisitions) à Paris puis à New York. En 1991, elle a rejoint Elig, un des fonds pionniers du Capital Investissement en France. En 2001, elle s’est orientée vers l’Investissement en Mezzanine en devenant Directeur d’Investissement de CAPE – Mezzanis (devenu Omnes).

Rajaa Mekouar Schneider

Head of Partnerships & Syndication
KHARIS CAPITAL

Rajaa is a PE investor with 20 years of experience across Europe and Emerging Markets, with a focus on entrepreneurial situations and family office investors. She is the head of syndicate at Kharis Capital, a direct investment firm with €600m AUM backed by international families and dedicated to mid cap consumer companies. She spent most of her career in London before moving to Luxembourg at the end of 2015, and has most recently been elected Chairwoman of the LPEA. She is a graduate of HEC in France and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.

François-Xavier Meyer

Vice President Investments
SEB GROUP

A graduate of ESCP Europe and the German Diplom Kaufmann, he began his career in the telecoms/media mergers and acquisitions department of Lehman Brothers in London. He then joined the Transactions Services department at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris. Before joining SEB Alliance, he worked at SIPAREX group.

Virginie Morgon

CEO, Présidente du Directoire
EURAZEO

Virginie Morgon est Présidente du Directoire d’Eurazeo. Depuis qu’elle a rejoint le Directoire d’Eurazeo en 2008, Mme Morgon a accéléré la croissance et la diversification de la société en s’appuyant sur diverses stratégies d’investissements et zones géographiques, transformant ainsi Eurazeo en une société d’investissement internationale et multi-stratégies capable d’accompagner les entreprises, de toute taille et importance, depuis le capital-risque jusqu’aux opérations d’envergure.

Banquier conseil chez Lazard (New York, Londres et Paris) pendant 16 ans, elle en devient, en 2001, la plus jeune Associée gérante. Au cours de cette expérience, elle a conseillé des groupes internationaux tels que Air Liquide, Danone, Kingfisher, Publicis et Renault.

Elle siège aux Conseils d’administration d’Asmodee et de Moncler, et est administratrice indépendante de L’Oréal. Auparavant, elle siégeait aux Conseils d’AccorHotels et de Vivendi. Depuis 2011, elle figure régulièrement au classement The International Power 50: Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. En sa qualité de membre fondatrice du Women’s Forum for Economy & Society, elle est une ardente défenderesse de la diversité dans le leadership, ainsi que de la parité mondiale en tant que Co-Chair du comité de soutien de Human Rights Watch à Paris.

Virginie Morgon est diplômée de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (section Economie et Finance) et titulaire d’un Mastère d’économie et de management de l’Université de Bocconi (Milan, Italie).

Agnes Nahum

Managing Partner
ACCESS CAPITAL PARTNER

  • Co-founder of Access Capital Partners in December 1998
  • 29 years of experience in private assets
  • Sits on various funds’ advisory committees in Europe
  • Previously, Director of Business Development at Financière Natexis, then at BNP Private Equity
  • Spent 6 years with a French insurance company, Mutuelle Assurance Artisanale de France (MAAF) where she was Head of Private Equity, managing a €150 million portfolio of unquoted investments
  • Vice-President of the French Private Equity Association (France Invest)
  • Serves as President of the Investor Relations commission of France Invest
  • Agnès holds a Doctorate in Corporate Law from Paris University, an Actuary Certificate and is a Qualified Financial Analyst

Christophe Nicolas

Managing Director
ALPINVEST

Christophe is a Managing Director in the Secondary Investments team, based in Amsterdam, where he co-leads the European and Middle East secondaries investment effort.  Christophe has over 15 years of experience as a private equity investor. Prior to joining AlpInvest, Christophe had 8 years of successful secondaries investments track record both in the US and in Europe, most recently at Morgan Stanley as a co-founder of the secondaries investment team.  Christophe started his private equity career as a direct investor at Permira where he specialized in European technology and media buyout investments.  Christophe’s prior professional experience was in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Broadview (now Jefferies) in New York and London and BNP in Hong Kong. Christophe received an MBA from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (“ESCP”).

Olav Ostin

Managing Partner
TEMPOCAP

Olav is Managing Partner of TempoCap and has been active in the venture capital industry for the past 17 years. In 2006, Olav co-founded TempoCap which joined the Draper Venture Network in 2012. Since its formation, TempoCap has acquired 10 portfolios of assets and closed multiple single assets transactions.

Between 2000 and 2004, Olav was a Managing Director of venture capital firm ETF Group and previously spent 6 years in investment banking at Enskilda Securities. Olav was educated at EM Lyon, France.

Patrick Pace

Managing Director
UTIMCO

 

Patrick Pace has been on the Board of Directors for Nanospectra since April 2010.

 

His background includes almost 10 years of financial experience in healthcare. He currently serves as a Managing Director for Citadel Securities.

 

Previously, he invested in healthcare for AIG Investments and covered the medical device sector as a Senior Analyst for UBS.

 

He holds an MD from The University of Texas Medical School – Houston and a BA (Honors in Psychology) from Vanderbilt University.

Antoine Papiernik

Managing Partner
SOFINNOVA PARTNERS

Antoine Papiernik is a Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, which he joined in 1997. Antoine has been an initial investor and active board member in public companies like Actelion, ProQR, NovusPharma (then sold to CTI), Movetis (then sold to Shire), Mainstay, Pixium Vision and Stentys, which went public respectively on the Zürich stock exchange, the NASDAQ, the Stockholm stock exchange, the Milan Nuovo Mercato, the Belgium Stock Exchange and the  EuroNext Paris, in Cotherix (initially NASDAQ listed, then sold to Actelion), CoreValve (sold to Medtronic), Fovea (sold to Sanofi Aventis), Ethical Oncology Science (EOS, sold to Clovis Oncology) and Recor Medical (sold to Otsuka). He has also invested in and is a board member of private companies MD Start, Shockwave Medical, Reflexion Medical, Gecko Biomedical, SafeHeal, Rgenix and Corwave. Antoine has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 and 2011, Antoine was selected by Forbes for its “Midas List” of the world’s top venture capital investors. Antoine is one of the only Europeans on the list, and one of the few life science investors as well.

Calum Paterson

Managing Partner, Chair BVCA
SCOTTISH EQUITY PARTNERS

Calum Paterson is SEP’s Managing Partner and has led the firm since its inception.  He is chairman of the SEP investment committee and works across the firm’s offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Calum sits on the board of a number of SEP portfolio companies and was a member of the board of directors at travel-search company Skyscanner, prior to its £1.5 billion acquisition by Ctrip at the end of 2016.

Calum has worked in the private equity and venture capital industry since 1991.  He trained as a Chartered Accountant with the global professional services firm, Ernst & Young.  Calum has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and learning.

In addition to his responsibilities at SEP, Calum is currently Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for 2018/19 and sits on the BVCA Council.  The BVCA has over 700 members, including over 300 fund managers and 120 institutional investors. and represents the interests of the industry across the UK.

Jean-Marc Patouillaud

Managing Partner
PARTECH VENTURES

 

Jean-Marc is a co-managing partner of Partech, also responsible for the early stage fund. He joined in 1996.

 

Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division.

 

Jean-Marc currently serves on the board of Alltricks, DayUse, Happytal, Novasparks, Sensee, Sigfox and Privitar.

 

He has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL), Apogee (acq. by Colt), LaFourchette (acq by TRIP) and Teads (acquired by Altice).

 

He earned an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris. Married, with three children, Jean-Marc lives in Versailles. He has sailed on most of the oceans, is a Commander of the French navy and has climbed numerous peaks in the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, the Tetons, and the Alps. He is also an avid cave explorer and flies every week over the Vallee de Chevreuse.

Michael Phillips

Investment Partner
CASTIK CAPITAL PARTNERS

Michael is an Investment Partner and a Member of the Board of Managers of Castik Capital S.à r.l.Prior to Castik, Michael was an Equity Partner at Apax Partners for 22 years, where he was: a member of the global Executive Committee; member of the Investment and Exit Committees; and global co-head of Financial & Business Services. During his leadership tenure, funds under management increased from <€1bn to over €30bnBefore Apax, Michael was general manager of an operations subsidiary of OTTO Holding in Cologne, and spent four years at Ciba-Geigy Canada, as an engineer in their Plastics Additives division. Michael holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada and an MBA from INSEAD, France

Oriol Pinya

Founding Partner & CEO
ABAC CAPITAL

Oriol is Founding Partner and CEO at Abac Capital. He previously was an Equity Partner at Apax Partners where he was Head of the Spanish office and Co-Head of the global retail & consumer team. Prior to Apax, he worked at Merrill Lynch and at the Boston Consulting Group. Oriol holds a degree in Business Administration from ESADE (Barcelona), a CEMS Master from HEC (Paris), a PIM from Michigan Business School (Ann Arbor) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (Boston), where he was a Fulbright Scholar

Carlo Pirzio Biroli

Managing Partner & CEO
GLENDOWER CAPITAL 

Based in London,Carlo is Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Glendower Capital.

Prior to Glendower, Carlo spent 15 years at Deutsche Bank where he co-founded and as led the SOF business since 2006. From 2013 to 2006 he participated in the restructuring and sale of Deutsche Bank’s €6 billion private equity portfolio. From 2012 to 2016 Carlo served as the Global Haed of DB Private Equity with US$13 billion AUM in primary fund of funds, secondary funds and co-investments. Before Deutsche Bank, Carlo was the CEO of a publicity listed venture fund of funds; an executive at General Electric in the U.S.; a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New york and served as a junior officer in the Italian Navy. Carlo is a qualified civil structural engineer (PEng).

Carlo holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy.

Philippe Poletti

Head of the Buyout activity
ARDIAN

Philippe Poletti joined Ardian in 1999 where he has led numerous successful deals (Spotless Group, Icare, Cornhill France, Outremer Telecom, Larivière, Anios). As Head of the Buyout team he has overseen its development into a pan-European activity. Philippe’s career began at Solving International, in 1994 he joined Desnoyers Group as Business Development Manager, later going on to become a special consultant to the President. From 1997-1999, he was Head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments at DMC, a textile group.

Maria Claudia Prieto

Head of Investments UK & Spain
SCHRODER ADVEQ

Responsibilities at Schroder Adveq
Maria Claudia Prieto covers Adveq’s investment activities in Europe focusing on co-investments, emerging managers, club funds and turnaround investments.

Background
Prior to joining Schroder Adveq in 2013, Maria Claudia worked for Capital Dynamics where she focused on co-investments and structured finance. She started her career in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse.

Education
Maria Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Statistics from Yale University, New Haven, US.

Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Former Prime Minister, France
President of FONDATION PROSPECTIVE & INNOVATION

 

Juan Luis Ramirez

Founding Partner
PORTOBELLO CAPITAL

 

Es Presidente de Laulagun Bearings y miembro del Consejo de Administración de Iberconsa, Vitalia, The Ice Cream Factory y Grupo Uno CTC. También es vicepresidente de la Asociación Española del Capital Riesgo (ASCRI).

 

Fue socio de Ibersuizas desde el año 2000. Con anterioridad trabajó en EBN Banco, como director de inversiones, y en Procter & Gamble.

 

Licenciado en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas en Madrid (ICADE).

Matthias Reicherter

Partner and CIO
GOLDING CAPITAL PARTNERS

Partner and CIO, joined Golding Capital Partners in 2011. In his role he has overall responsibility for oversight and direction of Golding’s investment portfolio across the asset classes, Private Equity, Private Debt and Infrastructure.

Dr. Reicherter looks back on more than 15 years of investment experience, which he gained working internationally for banks and investment organizations as well as in his prior role as Head of Infrastructure at Golding Capital Partners. Prior to joining Golding Capital Partners, Dr. Reicherter was a Director with Barclays Private Equity and Infrastructure Funds in London, as well as with DEPFA Bank plc in London and Dublin, were he focused on the acquisition, financing and asset management of infrastructure companies in Europe and North America.

Dr. Reicherter graduated in Economics from the University of Augsburg and completed a doctorate in Corporate Finance at the University of Greifswald.

Joana Rocha Scaff

Head of PE Europe
NEUBERGER BERMAN

 

Joana Rocha Scaff is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Co-Investment and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees. Previously, Ms. Scaff worked in investment banking covering primarily the telecommunications, media and information services sectors. Ms. Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. Scaff received her MBA from Columbia Business School and her BA in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Scaff is a member of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association. Ms. Scaff is a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European buyout funds.

Max Roemer

BVK Board Member
Chairman & Founding Partner
QUADRIGA CAPITAL

Max W Römer (67), Chairman of Quadriga Capital, has more than 40 years private equity experience. He started in WestLB’s international participation division. From 1980 on, he worked in the ASEAN division of DEG, the German Development Bank and later as DEG’s Deputy General Secretary. He joined Citicorp AG in 1984 holding various positions including VP of Citibank AG, MD of CVC, Citicorp Venture Capital, and member of the Senior Management Committee. He established CVC’s buy-out operations, Germany. In 1990 he co-founded an advisory company rendering services to the buy-out business of Standard Chartered Bank/WestLB and eventually developing into Quadriga Capital in 1994, the German advisor of the Quadriga Capital Funds.

Since 1980 Max W Römer has been serving as a board member of various investee companies in Germany, Europe, and Asia. He is a Member of the Board of BVK – Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften, Berlin and a Member of the Board of Directors of INVEST EUROPE, Brussels.

Philippe Roesch

Managing Partner
RIAM

Mr. Roesch has built up a 23 years successful international funds and direct investments track record on behalf of blue chip investors. As a founding Managing Partner of RIAM, he advises 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, he was Head of Private Equity Europe and Managing Director with Auda and built up the firm’s private equity investment activities in Europe, raised and invested their first European fund-of-funds and advised various managed accounts, including the founding family. During his tenure, he invested in numerous private equity funds on a primary and secondary basis and represented investors on the advisory boards of a number of top private equity funds. Before that, he was Head of Private Equity with Auda’s parent company Harald Quandt Holding and contributed to structuring and building up the family’s private equity fund portfolio in Asia (later renamed Auda Asia I) following which he was member of Auda’s Asian investment committee.

He performed his first fund investments in the mid-1990s as one of the first fund-of-funds managers in Germany, as a senior investment manager with Deutsche Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, at the time Deutsche Bank AG’s private equity captive.

He was responsible for the build-out of a significant global fund-of-funds and co-investments programme successively in Asia, the US and Western Europe in cooperation with the strategic partners HSBC Development Capital in Asia, Morgan Grenfell Development Capital and UIAG in Europe and Harvest Partners in the USA.

Mr. Roesch gained early direct investment experience as an M&A advisor with BHF-Bank AG at the beginning of the 1990s and later with the strategic investor Deutsche Bahn AG Holding, where he was primarily engaged in M&A and joint venture projects in Europe, and as a principal with the investment firm Triton, where he focused on buyout opportunities in the German-speaking countries.

Mr. Roesch holds degrees from French Grandes Ecoles (HEC, Sciences Po) and leading universities. He studied international economics and business management, specialising in corporate strategy and banking and finance.

He is fluent in English, French and German.

Mr. Roesch is an active and appreciated member of the private equity community and participates as speaker, moderator or panelist to panel discussions at leading international private equity, family offices and institutional investors’ conferences.

Holger Rossbach

Senior Investment Director, Private Investments Research
CAMBRIDGE ASSOCIATES

Focus and Experience

Holger is a Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Associates and is based in the firm’s London office. He co-heads the EMEA private equity and venture capital research team and is responsible for performing due diligence on private equity and venture capital opportunities in Europe as well as across some emerging markets, including Africa. Holger also serves as European Director on CA’s Secondary Practice, performing secondary transactions in private investment funds globally on behalf of clients.

 

Before Holger joined Cambridge Associates he worked at von Braun & Schreiber Private Equity Partners, a private equity fund-of-funds based in Munich, Germany. He was responsible for leading due diligence and quantitative analysis of primary, secondary and co-investments as well as due diligence on behalf of managed accounts. Holger also ran his own consulting business, helping start-ups and entrepreneurs to obtain financing, structuring and optimisation of their business models. Prior work experience also includes consulting for private equity firms by conducting market due diligence on potential investments at Arthur D. Little and Goetzpartners Consulting.

 

Education

MBA & MA, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich

 

Languages

Fluent in German

Conversational in French and Mandarin

 

Samer Salty

Founder & Managing Partner
ZOUK CAPITAL

Samer Salty is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zouk Capital. He has 28 years experience in private equity, investment banking and technology. Samer oversees both the strategic direction of the firm and the investment process. Zouk’s distinctive dual track strategy, consisting of technology growth and renewable energy infrastructure, was designed and implemented by Samer. His vision for sustainability started with his investment in The Carbon Neutral Company in 2000 and his philosophy is to make investments that both create economic value and build on sustainable principles.

Prior to Zouk, Samer was at JP Morgan where he led many private equity and advisory transactions in the technology and telecom sector. Samer began his career designing and managing the development of air traffic control computer and telecom systems for a number of Fortune 500 clients and government aviation authorities in the US.

Samer holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic and a M.S. in Management and Finance from MIT. He also sits on the International Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Centre, and the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Maria Sanz

Partner
YIELCO INVESTMENT

 

Serge Savasta

Managing Partner
OMNES CAPITAL

Angelika Schoechlin

Senior Partner
ANTIN INFRASTRUCTURE

Angelika joined Antin in 2010 and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Angelika holds boards seats for Fund II companies Amedes and Inicea, and held a board seat in Fund I’s investment in Westerleigh.

Before joining Antin, she worked for Goldman Sachs and Terra Firma.

She has experience in both principal investment and mergers and acquisitions.

Joe Schorge

Founder & Managing Partner
ISOMER CAPITAL

 

Joe has 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. Prior to Isomer he was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.

Erez Shachar

Managing Partner
QUMRA CAPITAL

Erez co-founded Qumra Capital, Israel’s pioneer Late Stage Venture Capital fund with $250 AuM in 2014. Prior to Qumra, Erez served as  Managing Partner of Evergreen Venture Partners since 2004, where he also led its activities together with Boaz Dinte, Qumra’s co-founder. At Qumra, Erez is a board member of Fiverr, Riskified, Talkspace, Taboola, Sweet Inn and Eyeview. Previously, he served on the boards Varonis Systems (IPO), Traiana (Acquired by ICAP), Identify (Acquired by BMC Software), Itemfiled (acquired by Informatica Corp), eGlue (acquired by NICE Systems) and Aduva (Acquired by SUN Microsystems).

Erez combines leadership and hands-on operational skills with extensive investment experience and has a history of delivering growth gained at his tenure at Scitex, one of the first start-ups to emerge from Israel, and the first Israeli technology company to go public on NASDAQ, and at Nur Macroprinters.  At Scitex, he ran the company’s European Sales and Marketing operations and as Nur’s CEO, led the company through its rapid growth stages to achieving global leadership in its field. Nur was publicly traded on NASDAQ and eventually acquired by HP.

 

He earned a B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the INSEAD Business School

Markus Solibieda

Managing Director
BASF VENTURE CAPITAL

 

Markus Solibieda has been the Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital GmbH since November 2016.

Before joining BASF, he was a Partner at Mandarin Capital Partners and Head of the company’s Frankfurt office. Prior to this, he co-founded Baigo Capital, a growth capital fund focused on the healthcare industry. Markus Solibieda started his professional career in the Venture Capital team of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and subsequently worked for Advent International and 3i in Frankfurt and London. From 1999 to 2002, he was CFO of ACG, a public company providing smart cards, RFID technology and semiconductor components. He studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Dijon, France and Phoenix, USA.

Viktor Speckinger

Principal
UNIGESTION

Viktor is a Partner at Unigestion Private Equity responsible for direct investments in Europe, as well as fund investments in France and the Iberian Region. Viktor holds various board memberships of direct investments. In addition, he is on the advisory boards of several European private

equity funds. Viktor joined Unigestion (previously known as Akina Partners) in autumn 2005. Prior to joining Akina, Viktor worked at ABB in the corporate finance department, where he was mainly involved in the Group’s USD 3 billion refinancing transaction and actively participated in the setup and rolling out of new financial processes to evaluate, improve and control capital investments as well as real estate transactions and valuations in more than 300 subsidiaries. He is fluent in French, English, German and Spanish; additionally he speaks Portuguese and Swedish.

Helen Steers

Partner and Head of European Primary Investment
PANTHEON VENTURES

 

Helen is a Partner and Head of Pantheon’s European Investment Team. Prior to joining Pantheon, Helen worked for Russell Investments, where she was Managing Director with overall responsibility for private equity in Europe. Helen holds a BA and a MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Helen is also Chair of the BVCA for 2017 – 2018.

Philipp Sterkel

Principal
AURELIUS

Philipp Sterkel is a Principal at AURELIUS’ special situations and mid-market segment in Munich where he has led multiple transactions across Europe.

Prior to joining AURELIUS, he was Finance Director EMEA at DaVita Healthcare Partners in Amsterdam where he developed an international network of dialysis clinics through a series of buy-and-build acquisitions.

Mr. Sterkel started his career at J.P. Morgan Cazenove’s UK M&A team in London where he was involved in several public and private M&A transactions.

He has studied at University of Mannheim and ESCP-EAP.

Jim Strang

Managing Director, Head of EMEA
HAMILTON LANE

  • Ph.D. & B.Com from University of Edinburgh
  • Master’s degree from University of Cambridge

Eli Talmor

Head of the Institute of Private Equity
LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

 

Founder of Private Equity at LBS, Professor Eli Talmor is co-author of International Private Equity, broadly considered to be the reference book on the private equity industry. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches to business executives worldwide, testified at the UK Parliament on private equity and advised the UK Prime Minister’s Office.

He served on the London Business School Board of Governors and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. He also practices venture capital and is a serial cornerstone investor with multiple exits.

Before joining the London Business School, he was on the finance faculty at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

Patrick Tardivy

Paris Office Leader, Partner
ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP

Patrick advises French and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. He mainly intervenes on M&A and Private Equity matters as well as joint-ventures. He specializes in the sectors of aerospace and defense, as well as energy and infrastructures, and real estate investments. He also has experience in investments in Francophone Africa.

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2016, clients praise Patrick for his “excellent business acumen to match in-depth legal experience”.

Before joining Orrick in 2016, Patrick was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Terrence Tehranian

Partner
PIONEER POINT PARTNERS

Terrence has been in the European private equity business for 25 years.

He was Co-founder and Managing Partner of GMT Communications (previously Baring Communications), a European private equity group focused on telecoms, media and technology, during 1993 to 2005. Baring Communications/GMT consisted of three sector-focused funds that raised and invested €500 million of LP capital, during which time it also completed its own buyout from original corporate sponsors. Terrence sat on the investment committee overseeing 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. He personally led 10 investments and sat on boards in 12 countries. Terrence also played roles in the oversight of group marketing, fundraising, team building and recruitment, and finance/administration.

Previously, Terrence worked in corporate finance and international M&A at the merchant banks Baring Brothers in London and Hambrecht & Quist in Silicon Valley.

Terrence was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an MPhil in Economics, and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he received a BA in Development Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Frans Tieleman

Managing Partner
EURAZEO

 

Frans Tieleman is Executive Committee member of Eurazeo since 2008. He leads deals and coordinates deal flow across the three private equity teams of Eurazeo and manages Eurazeo’s fund team. His track record includes twelve investments for more than €1.5bn in equity in France, Italy and Spain, including in recent years Neovia (previously InVivo NSA), Asmodee, Desigual, Eurazeo PME (previously OFI PEC) and Moncler.

Thierry Timsit

CEO & Managing Partner
ASTORG PARTNERS

Thierry Timsit co-founded Astorg in 1998. He is a member of the Investment team and is also in charge of the Investor Relations team.

He has been involved in numerous transactions including SEBIA, FRANS BONHOMME, PASTEUR CERBA, GEOSERVICES, WEBHELP, ETHYPHARM, PHOTONIS, KERNEOS, HRA PHARMA and ECHOSENS.

Prior to this, Thierry spent 4 years with the private equity team at Suez. He began his career in 1989 at Banque Indosuez where he held several positions in London and Paris, particularly in the project finance division.

Thierry graduated from ESCP Europe.

Nino Tronchetti Provera

Managing Partner & Founder
AMBIENTA

Nino Tronchetti Provera is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ambienta, a leading European private equity firm focused on environmental growth and buyout investments in industrial SMEs with Fund under management for 1,2 Billion.
Earlier in his career, Nino was a consultant at MCKinsey & Co where he established the environmental business within practice. In 1997 Nino founded Cam Tecnologie to develop clean technologies and products. From 2002 to 2007, Nino worked within the Telecom Italia group, first as CEO of Finsiel, and subsequently as General Manager of Olivetti.
Nino is part of the Mid Market Council within EVCA. Nino holds a degree (cum laude) in Business Administration from Luiss University, Rome, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.

Jonathan Tudor

Director, technology and innovation strategy
CENTRICA INNOVATIONS

Jonathan heads up strategy for Centrica Innovations, established in 2017 to invest in new technology and ideas that will transform the way we live, work and move.

Prior to joining, Jonathan served as the global managing director of BP Ventures. He has 20-years of experience in various technology based business development and investment roles. He was the ventures director at QinetiQ in the UK where he helped create and spin-out several high-tech companies in sensors, software, data analysis and materials. In his early career, he had also worked for the Carl Zeiss Group in Germany to help develop their drug screening business.

Benoît Verbrugghe

Head of USA
ARDIAN

Benoît Verbrugghe joined Ardian’s Fund of Funds team as an intern in 1999. He spent the next 11 years in Paris before becoming Head of Ardian USA in July 2010. Benoît Verbrugghe began his career in 1998 working in M&A at a consulting firm. He has been a Board member of the Ardian Foundation since 2010 and President of the Ardian Foundation USA since 2012.

Garry Wilson

Managing Partner
ENDLESS LLP

Garry, one of our Founders, has over 20 years experience in transforming businesses and private equity. He spends his days sourcing new investment opportunities, looking after a few of our portfolio businesses and keeping our investors up to date.

Marco Wulff

Partner & Co Founder
MONTANA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Dr. Marco Wulff is a partner, co-founder and IC member of Montana Capital Partners, a Swiss asset manager focussed on specific niches of the secondary market. mcp has  ca. EUR 1.5 billion in asset under management and provides attractive investment products as well as innovative solutions for sellers. Furthermore, mcp offers high quality investment and risk management services.

 

He 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.

Jonathan Zafrani

Managing Director, European Buy-Outs
THE CARLYLE GROUP

Jonathan Zafrani is a Managing Director advising on European buyout opportunities. He is based in Paris.

Mr. Zafrani joined Carlyle in 1999 and has been a Managing Director since 2013.

Currently, Mr. Zafrani serves on the boards of Innovista Sensors, European Camping Group, Saverglass and ADB Safegate. He previously served on other portfolio companies’ boards including Sagemcom, Numericable, Sermeta, Otor, Terreal, Com Hem, Waterpik & Zodiac Marine & Pool and was an observer on the boards of Casema and B&B. Jonathan is also a board member of AFIC (Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance).

Mr. Zafrani is a graduate from HEC.

Jeppe Zink

General Partner
NORTHZONE

Jeppe is a General Partner at Venture Capital fund Northzone, early backer of Spotify, iZettle, and many other category-defining European companies. Jeppe is based in London and has two decades of venture capital experience. He focuses primarily on mobile and fintech businesses, and his portfolio includes Trustpilot, Wallapop, Zopa, MarketInvoice and Truelayer. Before joining Northzone to set up the fund’s London office, Jeppe was at Amadeus and Deutsche Bank.

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