SPEAKERS

Tikehau Capital

Pierre Abadie

Reed Smith

Fernand Arsanios

PARTNERS GROUP

Robert-Jan Bakker

IQ CAPITAL

Kerry Baldwin

AlixPartners

Nicolas Beaugrand

CAPZA

Laurent Bénard

ALECTA

Magnus Billing

Green Arrow Capital

Eugenio de Blasio

TIKEHAU CAPITAL

Cécile Cabanis

Tikehau Capital

Matthieu Chabran

France Invest / AMUNDI ASSET MANAGEMENT

Claire Chabrier

LPA-CGR

Raphaël Chantelot

Ardian

Yann Chareton

MERIEUX EQUITY PARTNERS

Thierry Chignon

IPEM

Antoine Colson

SWEN CAPITAL PARTNERS

Isabelle Combarel

ARES MANAGEMENT

Tyrone Cooney

FELIX CAPITAL

Frédéric Court

Unigestion

Christophe de Dardel

France Galop

Olivier Delloye

SWEN CAPITAL PARTNER

Jérôme Delmas

AG2R LA MONDIALE

Philippe Dutertre

PAI Partners

Gaelle d’Engremont

Hayfin

Cécile Davies (Ferrie)

PORTAG3 VENTURES

Hélène Falchier

EURAZEO

Sophie Flak

Glodman Sachs

Alexandre Flavier

Partners Group

André Frei

KKR

Philipp Freise

Bridges Fund Management

Michele Giddens

EIF

Alain Godard

PAI Partners

Cornelia Gomez

Godolphin

Lisa-Jane Graffard

CNP Assurances

Olivier Guigné

Jean-François Helfer

WHITE & CASE

Alexis Hojabr

ANDERA PARTNERS

Sofia Ioannidou

Oaktree

Nael Khatoun

LIVINGBRIDGE

Wol Kolade

Oaktree

Aman Kumar

THE CARLYLE GROUP

Vladimir Lasocki

MUTARES

Johannes Laumann

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Bernard Liautaud

ALLIANZ

Martine Legendre Kaloustian

Adeline Lemaire

HEADLINE

Christian Leybold

Allianz Capital Partners

Michael Lindauer

MERCER

Garvan Mc Carthy

WOORTON

Charlie Meraud

Partners Group

Carmela Mondino

EURAZEO

Virginie Morgon

AETHER Financial Services

Edouard Narboux

EURAZEO

Nicolas Nedelec

Advent International

Michael Ogrinz

PSP Investements

Giovanni Orsi

CONQUEST

Frederic Palanque

NORTHZONE

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

BPIFRANCE

Benjamin Paternot

Korelya Capital

Fleur Pellerin

BRIDGEPOINT

Frédéric Pescatori

CINVEN

Pontus Pettersson

ARDIAN

Philippe Poletti

Taransaud and Chêne & Cie

Henri de Pracomtal

GP. Bullhound

Ben Prade

EQT Partners

Thomas Rajzbaum

SWEN CAPITALPARNERS

Jean-Philippe Richaud

France Galop

Edouard de Rothschild

Ardian

Marie-Victoire Rozé

EURAZEO

Yann du Rusquec

PEMBERTON

Geoffroi de Saint Chamas

EIF

Jérôme Samson

Intertrust Group

David Sarfas

ALCENTRA

Howard Sharp

FORBION

Sander Slootweg

CAPITAL DYNAMICS

David Smith

TRILL IMPACT

Jan Ståhlberg

AVIVA

Philippe Taffin

EIF, European Investment Fund

Alessandro Tappi

MINISTÈRE DE L’ÉCONOMIE, DES FINANCES ET DE LA RELANCE

Philippe Tibi

Nordic Capital

Klas Tikkanen

JEITO CAPITAL

Rafaèle Tordjman

L Catterton

Edouardo Velasco

VERDIER & CO

Jean-Philippe Verdier

WHITE & CASE

Guillaume Vitrich

Finch Capital

Radboud Vlaar

Weinberg Capital

Serge Weinberg

ANDERA PARTNERS

Raphaël Wisniewski

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

Olivia Yedikardachian

AMUNDI

Stanislas Cuny

AMUNDI

Guy Lodewyckx

ARDIAN

Edouard Boscher

Tikehau Capital

Pierre Abadie

Group Head of Climate & Co-Head Energy Transition PE Practice

Pierre Abadie is heading Tikehau climate actions and is Co-Head of Tikehau Capital’s energy transition fund. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector and its transition. Pierre previously worked for 16 years at Total including in the Gas and Renewables division before launching the first Tikehau Energy Transition Fund in 2018 and subsequently the decarbonisation practice. This fund is the first fund to have raised more than €1 billion entirely dedicated to investing in SMEs that contribute to the decarbonization of our economy.
Pierre is a board member of four energy transition companies: Greenyellow, Enso, Cool Planet Group and Amarenco. Pierre also sits on the Climate Committee of the board of BPI France and is the chair person of the Green Impact Group of France Invest Impact commission. He has participated to the redaction of the first demanding definition of impact finance
Pierre Abadie is an engineer (Centrale Supelec). He is also a post graduate of IFP Energie Nouvelle and holds a bachelor in physics from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Sorbonne).

Reed Smith

Fernand Arsanios

Partner

Fernand is a partner in Reed Smith’s Paris office advising on domestic and international financings, debt restructuring and project finance transactions. His clients include banks and alternative investment funds such as private equity funds and sponsors, credit funds and mezzanine lenders as well as development finance institutions.
Fernand has handled a wide range of acquisition finance transactions ranging from private leveraged buy-outs and public-to-private acquisitions to corporate acquisitions. He has broad experience advising on international project finance transactions for many of the world’s premier financial institutions, multilateral banks, and credit export agencies.
Fernand is a member of the Paris bar, the New York Bar and the Beirut Bar.

PARTNERS GROUP

Robert-Jan Bakker

Member of Management Private Infrastructure Europe

Robert-Jan Bakker is part of the European Private Infrastructure business unit, based in Zug. He has 14 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at APG Asset Management and Deloitte. He holds a cum laude master’s degree in finance and investments from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is also a CAIA charterholder.

IQ CAPITAL

Kerry Baldwin

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kerry co-founded IQ Capital in 2006 and has over 20 years deep-tech venture capital experience. Originally with BDO Stoy Hayward, she joined Venture Technologies in 1998, investing in the first wave of UK deep-tech companies and has focussed on deep tech early stage technology over her five funds which invest from seed to £30m to portfolio outperformers.
Kerry specialises in GTM, Strategic Marketing, Competitive Intelligence and heads up IQ’s cybersecurity, supervisory tech, big data and neuro-tech portfolio. She sits on several boards including FNACyberSmartBMLL TechnologiesCybSafeDividoNeurovalens and Synthesized, and has conducted several exits and IPOs.
She is known as a contributor to best practice in venture capital, from ESG and a 2018 in-depth study on Investment Committee best practice and decision making across Private Equity and Venture Capital. She is the Chair of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School).

AlixPartners

Nicolas Beaugrand

Managing Director

Nicolas has almost 20 years’ experience in industry and consulting by specializing in turnaround and operations performance improvement in the aerospace and defense sector. Nicolas has led global projects across Europe, North America, and Asia in the form of assignments for major players in the areas of aerospace and defense, automotive, and electronic appliances. And he has served as process manager in charge of new investments, industrialization, and manufacturing performance improvement projects involving performance polymers. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was a senior manager in the operations practice of a major strategy consulting firm. Nicolas has an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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CAPZA

Laurent Bénard

CEO

From 2001 to 2004, Laurent worked as an analyst in the LBO Department of Bank of Scotland in Paris. He joined CAPZA in 2004 and became Partner in 2011. Laurent holds an MA in Finance from the University of Edinburgh and a DESS 225 in Finance from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine.

ALECTA

Magnus Billing

CEO

Magnus Billing, CEO of Alecta. Alecta provides agreed occupational pensions. Alecta’s assets under management amount to approximately appr USD 100 billion. Alecta is owned by approximately 2,6 million private customers and 35,000 corporate clients. 
Magnus Billing was, prior to joining Alecta, CEO, NASDAQ Nordics and Baltic Markets. Within NASDAQ he previously held the position as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of NASDAQ Group, Inc., and responsible for legal and market surveillance operations in Europe. Mr. Billing has been working in the financial industry since early 2001. Prior to the merger between NASDAQ and OMX AB (publ), Magnus Billing was the General Counsel of OMX and led the negotiations around the consolidation of the OMX Nordic Exchanges.
Magnus Billing was a member of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance that the EU Commission appointed and gave the task to come up with recommendations for how to create a sustainable EU financial market. HLEG produced its recommendations in the beginning of 2018 and it created the basis for the EU Commission’s Action Plan published during the Spring of 2018.
Magnus Billing is chairman of the Board of Directors for Stockholm Sustainable Finance Center (a center bridging academic research on sustainable finance to the financial markets and their stakeholders). The center was established and is supported by the Swedish Government, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm Environment Institute.
Magnus Billing was previously a member of the NASDAQ Listing Committee, secretary of the Board of Directors, NASDAQ Nordic Foundation, and served as director of Federation of European Securities Exchanges, Swedish House of Finance and as an alternate director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Code Board of Directors. He holds a degree in law from Stockholm University.

Green Arrow Capital

Eugenio de Blasio

Founder, Chairman and Group CEO
Eugenio de Blasio is the Founder and Major shareholder of the Green Arrow Capital group. Entrepreneur and Manager, he is the Chairman of the parent company Green Arrow Capital SpA, Managing Director of the Italian Management Platform Green Arrow Capital Sgr (formerly Quadrivo) and the Luxembourg platforms Radiant Fund Management SARL and Green Arrow Asset Selection SARL (formerly Quercus). He graduated cum Laude in Economics at the University La Sapienza of Rome; Eugenio has an extensive experience in the financial sector, in Telecommunications, in Energy and Digital Infrastructures and in the professional advisory business. After a first job in London in 1993 in a Large Investment Banking corporation, he continued his career as a Top Manager of listed companies and private equity funds. He was the Former Vice President of Assosolare, Board Member and responsible for the internationalization of Assorinnovabili (the largest European renewable energy association). He was Former Deputy CEO of Greentech Energy Systems A / S listed on the Nasdaq Omx and Chief Executive Officer of the GWM Renewable Energy group, having among the shareholders Banca Intesa San Paolo and Pirelli. Currently Board member of Seven SpA, Vice-President of Invicta SpA and President of LabWare and Poplast. Vice President of AIFI Mid Market Private Equity Committee.

TIKEHAU CAPITAL

Cécile Cabanis

Deputy CEO

Cécile Cabanis joined Tikehau Capital in 2021 from Danone Group where she was Executive Vice-President in charge of Finance, Strategy, Information Systems, Purchasing, Cycles and Sustainable Resource Development, a member of the Executive Committee and sponsor of inclusive diversity. Cécile Cabanis began her career in 1995 at L’Oréal in South Africa before joining the mergers and acquisitions department of Orange in 2000. She joined Danone in 2004, where she held various key positions such as Corporate Finance Director, Development Director and then Finance Director of the Fresh Products entity within the Finance department. Cécile is an agricultural engineer and a graduate of the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon

Tikehau Capital

Matthieu Chabran

Co-Founder

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.

France Invest / AMUNDI ASSET MANAGEMENT

Claire Chabrier

Chair of France Invest
Directrice Associée – Amundi Private Equity Funds

Claire Chabrier has been active for 20 years in private equity, in leading financial institutions. She is currently Associate Director of Amundi Private Equity Funds (PEF), which she joined in 2011.
Claire was Director and Vice-Chair of France Invest from mid-June 2018 to 15 June 2021. During these three years, she played an active part in particular in managing the COVID crisis in the sector, promoting private equity among business leaders, and diversity issues in asset management companies and the enterprises that they support. 

LPA-CGR

Raphaël Chantelot

Partner

Raphaël Chantelot is a partner focusing on M&A transactions and corporate law.
Raphael Chantelot is admitted to the Paris Bar and to the New York Bar, with more than twenty years of experience in the fields of corporate transactions and international business law. Before joining the firm as a partner in 2011, Raphael spent five years in Shanghai working for French firm Gide and, before that, five years in the corporate and M&A department of the Paris office of US firm Cleary Gottlieb.
Based in the corporate and M&A department in Paris, Raphael advises French and Foreign clients on corporate and financial matters, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital market transactions, in deals involving listed and unlisted companies, in Europe and in Asia.  He has developed a particular expertise in energy projects and in the healthcare sector.
Raphael received an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University (Washington DC), a master in business law from the Sorbonne University, and he graduated from the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences-Po).

Ardian

Yann Chareton

Managing Director

Yann Chareton joined the Ardian Buyout team as Investment Manager in 2005. Previously, he has been since 2003 with Calyon Paris in the Investment Financing Department where he participated to various transactions in France and in Italy.
Education: ESSEC, IEP Paris Major in Economics

MERIEUX EQUITY PARTNERS

Thierry Chignon

Managing Partner

Thierry Chignon has over 30 years of experience in Production, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials with particular focus on the medical device sector, including a first experience as Head Pharmacist with Institut Mérieux (10 years, now Sanofi Pasteur). 
As Managing Director with Quintiles Consulting Europe (now IQVIA), between 1997 and 2006, he defined and participated in the implementation of business development strategies for innovative products in Europe. Thierry also worked for 5 years as an expert of the Commission of the European Union preparing Guidelines and Regulations for medical devices. 
In 2006, Thierry joined Matignon Investissement to raise and deploy the first French fund dedicated to European medical technologies (Matignon Technologies II, €80M), including oversight of 8 investments (50% Growth Capital, 50% Venture Capital). 
Thierry joined Mérieux Equity Partners in 2014, as Senior Partner, to launch and manage Mérieux Participations 2 (€150M), then Mérieux Participations 3 (€377M) with several investments in Capital Development and Buyout. 
Thierry holds a Degree in Pharmacy, a Master Degree from IEP Paris (Sciences Politiques) and an executive MBA from HEC Paris. 

IPEM

Antoine Colson

SWEN CAPITAL PARTNERS

Isabelle Combarel

Deputy CEO – Head of Business Development & ESG

Isabelle COMBAREL is CEO and Head of Development and ESG at SWEN Capital Partners.
She began her career in 2001 at MAIF, where she spent 10 years as an equity portfolio manager for public and private markets.
In 2012, she joined the unlisted activity of OFI Group (which will become SWEN Capital Partners in 2015) as Investment Director where she implements and develops the entire ESG approach, a true historical commitment of the company. She plays an active role in the promotion, integration and innovation of sustainable finance initiatives in the unlisted sector.
In 2017, she is taking the lead of the Development and ESG Department, with the scope of Services & Customer Regulations, ESG, Marketing and Communication.

ARES MANAGEMENT

Tyrone Cooney

Partner

Mr. Cooney is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on European direct lending and covers the French and Southern European markets. Mr. Cooney also is a member of Ares Credit Group’s European Direct Lending Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2009, Mr. Cooney was a Managing Director at HSBC France, where he focused on managing the Paris leveraged finance team. Previously, Mr. Cooney was a Director with the Paris-based teams of Barclays Capital, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Societe Generale. Mr. Cooney holds a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Political Science and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Economics. He has additionally completed graduate coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

FELIX CAPITAL

Frédéric Court

Founder and Investor

Frederic is the Founder and an investor at 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.

Unigestion

Christophe de Dardel

Managing Director, Head of Private Equity

Christophe de Dardel, Managing Director, has been Head of Private Equity since 2016. He is a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee, of the Global Research Committee and of Unigestion’s Executive Committee. He joined Unigestion’s Private Equity team in January 2001 and successively served as Investment Analyst, Head of Investments and Head of Portfolio Management. In this latter position, he had a particular focus on strengthening and developing partnerships with mandate clients. Previously, he spent more than ten years working across several continents at Société Générale de Surveillance, a global inspection and testing group. He then established and ran the Swisscom Venture Fund, a corporate fund aimed at financing the entrepreneurial initiatives of Swisscom collaborators. Christophe holds a Degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and has completed a number of executive education course programmes at the IMD business school in Lausanne.

France Galop

Olivier Delloye

Managing Director

Olivier Delloye has been the Managing Director of France Galop since 2016. Grandson of a racehorse owner, son of a trainer, he quickly inherited the passion of racing from his parents.  Graduated from HEC he started his career at Procter & Gamble before working in the retail industry. In 2006 he became CEO of the bloodstock auction house Arqana. Within ten years he helped the company double its size and profitability and become the second largest player in Europe. Now at France Galop, he is involved in the overall organization of flat and jump racing in France.

SWEN CAPITAL PARTNER

Jérôme Delmas

CEO

Jérôme DELMAS is CEO and CIO of the investment activities at SWEN Capital Partners. 
Jérôme started his career as a financial analyst. In 2000, he joined OFI Group where he was in charge of Private Equity investments, before participating in the creation of OFI Private Equity as Managing Director and member of the Management Board.
In 2008, he created the unlisted activity of OFI Group (OFI PEM) which will become SWEN Capital Partners in 2015.

AG2R LA MONDIALE

Philippe Dutertre

Director

PAI Partners

Gaelle d’Engremont

Partner

Gaëlle joined PAI in 2004 and is the Head of the Food & Consumer Team. She has been involved in a number of investments including Addo Food Group/Winterbotham Darby, Asmodee, B&B Hotels, Chr. Hansen, Ecotone, Euro Ethnic Foods, Froneri, Labeyrie Fine Foods, Perstorp, Roompot and United Biscuits.
She started her career at Unibail, where she spent two years, before spending four years at Group Casino.
Gaëlle graduated from ESSEC in 1997. She is fluent in French and English, and is conversational in Spanish.

Hayfin

Cécile Davies (Ferrie)

Managing Director

Ms. Ferrie-Davies is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Private Credit at Hayfin, focusing on direct lending and special opportunities investments and French origination.
Prior to joining Hayfin, Ms. Ferrie-Davies spent seven years with Silver Point Capital in London and the US working on private debt transactions. Before Silver Point Capital, Ms. Ferrie-Davies worked as part of Morgan Stanley’s Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team in London.
Ms. Davies graduated from ESCP Europe with an MSc in Finance.

PORTAG3 VENTURES

Hélène Falchier

Head of Private Equity & CEO Open
PORTAG3 VENTURES

 

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.

EURAZEO

Sophie Flak

Managing Partner – ESG and Digital Director

Sophie Flak is Managing Partner in charge of ESG and Digital and member of Eurazeo Partners Committee.
Sophie has for many years been advocating social responsibility and digital technology as powerful components of a company’s strategy and transformation process.
She joined Eurazeo in 2013, bringing with her 20 years’ experience in sustainable and technological transformation of leading international groups.
With its ESG program, O+, Eurazeo has become a pioneering force in sustainability, and the Group is now recognized as the leading capital investment firm in this area.

Beforehand, Sophie spent 11 years at Accenture where she became Senior Executive within the strategy division.
She notably initiated the development of Accenture France’s sustainable development consulting business.
In 2010, Sophie joined AccorHotels as member of the Executive Committee in charge of the group’s transformation, including technologies, organisation and CSR globally.

Graduated from IEP Strasbourg and EM Lyon, Sophie is a former member of the EFRAG Project Task Force on climate, of the National Digital Council.
She also chairs the NGO Research on Yoga in Education.

Glodman Sachs

Alexandre Flavier

Growth & Private Equity investor

Partners Group

André Frei

Partner, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Senior Member of Management

André Frei is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Partners Group, based in Zug. Together with David Layton, he leads the Executive Committee and the Global Executive Board. As part of his mandate, André oversees corporate and investment-related environmental, social and governance topics at Executive Committee level. He has been with Partners Group since 2000 and has 21 years of industry experience. He is a member of the board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. André is also Chairman of the Board of Restor Eco AG, a company that provides data on and monitoring tools for the global ecosystem and offers services for the implementation of climate mitigation projects. Previously, he served as the Chief Risk Officer of Partners Group between 2008 and 2013 and he was the Head of the Client Services business department. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a CFA charterholder.

KKR

Philipp Freise

Partner, Co-Head of European Private Equity


Philipp Freise (London) joined KKR in 2001, is Co-Head of European Private Equity and serves as a member of KKR’s European Private Equity and Growth Equity Investment Committees, as well as its European Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Freise led KKR’s investments in Axel Springer SE, BMG Rights Management, Fotolia, GetYourGuide, GfK SE, Leonine, Mediawan SAS, Scout24 Switzerland and Trainline and played a significant role in various other KKR TMT (Exact, ProSiebenSat.1, SBS Broadcasting) and German transactions (Demag, Duales System Deutschland, MTU Aero Engines, Zumtobel). Mr. Freise currently serves on the board of directors of Axel Springer SE, Leonine, Mediawan SAS and GfK SE. He was a scholar of the German National Scholarship foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and graduated top of his class at WHU Koblenz, EDHEC Lille and University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. He later worked at McKinsey & Company in Vienna, Frankfurt and New York, and subsequently co-founded Berlin-based venture investment firm Venturepark, Europe’s first pan-European incubator. In 2009, Mr. Freise was named a Young Global Leader and in 2014 a member of the Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Freise serves on the board (Vorstand) of the Bayreuth Opera Festival (Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth).

Bridges Fund Management

Michele Giddens

Co-CEO

Michele co-founded Bridges alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002 and now oversees strategy, client development, talent development, public affairs and impact management. She sits on the Investment Committee for all Bridges Funds and has a key role in leading and developing Bridges’ internal team and directing the firm’s strategic growth.
Michele has played a leading role in the growth of the sustainable and impact investing sectors in the UK and worldwide. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group) from 2016-18, chaired a Global Working Group on Policy, and sat on the BVCA Council, She is currently a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution. Michele is also a trustee for the Bridges Impact Foundation.
Michele has over 25 years experience in sustainable and impact investing and international development finance, having worked with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, and with Shorebank Corporation, one of the leading community development banks in the USA, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia.
Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

EIF

Alain Godard

CEO

Alain Godard is Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund.
Before January 2020, Alain was Director General and Chief Risk Officer of the European Investment Bank.
In 2015, Alain Godard contributed to the design and the implementation of the European Investment Plan (EIP) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
In 2010, Alain Godard was one of the architects for the establishment of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). In the context of the financial support granted by Europe from 2011 to the EU countries under the programme assistance, Alain Godard participated in the development and the management of the EIB loan programme designated to finance economically viable projects.
Alain Godard has also been founder and co-chair since 2008 of the “Global Emerging Markets (GEMs)”, an international consortium bringing together multilateral development banks, international financial institutions and national promotional banks working to promote investments in emerging countries by sharing expertise and financial data.
Alain chairs the Steering Board of the Infrastructure Data Initiative under the G20 Infrastructure WG.
Alain Godard has held various financial positions at the EIB since he joined in 1994, after a career at PriceWaterhouse in Paris and London. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and an MBA from the ICN. He is also a French Certified Accountant (DEC) and alumni of the Executive Program of IMD (International Institute for Management Development).

PAI Partners

Cornelia Gomez

Head of ESG

Cornelia joined PAI in 2017 and manages the firm’s ESG activities and team.
She has six years of experience in CSR, Ethical Compliance and Supply Chain Risk Management in corporate and certification environments in Europe and Asia. In particular, she was Social Compliance Manager of Casino Group, leading the implementation of the Social Compliance strategy worldwide and building an integrated approach with Quality and Purchase departments.
Cornelia graduated from ESCP Europe in 2010. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and conversational in Italian.

Godolphin

Lisa-Jane Graffard

Racing Manager

Lisa-Jane Graffard was born in Ireland where horses are very much part of the cultural and national identity.  A graduate of the Godolphin Flying Start, an international management and leadership training programme, she has spent the last 15 years working for Darley & Godolphin, one of the world’s largest owner/breeder operations and Champion owner in France on multiple occasions.  Previously based in Newmarket, she moved to France in 2009 to oversee Godolphin’s racing and charitable interests here.  She is a trustee of the Godolphin Flying Start, a founding member of Au-delà des Pistes, a charity for the rehoming and retraining of racehorses, and she is also on the steering committee of Together For Racing International. Lisa-Jane lives in Chantilly with her husband, racehorse trainer Francis-Henri Graffard, and their two daughters

CNP Assurances

Olivier Guigné

Director of the investments

Olivier Guigné is director of the investments in charge of the engineering and wealth management business unit of CNP Assurances. He is a member of the CNP Assurances Executive Committee.

A graduate of Supélec Engineering School, he held various positions within the financial and risk divisions of investment banks and within the Caisse des Dépôts group. Olivier Guigné joined CNP Assurances in 2009 as Head of ALM and Asset Allocation. In 2013, he became Head of Investment Strategy and Listed Investments Management Department at CNP Assurances. 

Since 2018, he is CIO at CNP Assurances.

Jean-François Helfer

Founder

With 25 years of experience in Private Equity, Jean-François has been offering since 2014 through Capfield Private Equity, tailor-made private equity advisory solutions for institutional investors, corporate, family offices and wealth managers: identification and analysis of investment opportunities, advanced reporting, monitoring and active portfolio management, organization and best practices, internal team building.
Jean-François started his activity as an investor in growth capital before joining Natixis Private Equity in 2001 to develop and manage the international investment platform focused on the Smid segment in Europe and in emerging markets.
Jean-François also gives lectures at HEC and EDHEC.

WHITE & CASE

Alexis Hojabr

Partner

Alexis Hojabr is a partner in the EMEA private equity team of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Alexis’ practice focuses on M&A, private equity and restructuring.
Alexis is frequently called upon to counsel private equity funds and other financial investors across a broad array of business sectors including infrastructure, energy, transport and telecommunications, where clients look to his experience in advising on domestic and international cross-border transactions.
Alexis brings knowledge and insight to clients’, and has a particular skill advising on multi-creditor and financial restructurings involving alternative investors, hedge funds and distressed companies.
He supports clients so that they can successfully complete mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and equity investments, often involving multiple jurisdictions. He has earned particular ability to pre-empt complexity, build trust with the different parties involved in a transaction, to quickly bring efficient and commercial solutions to the table and to take strategic decisions and craft innovations that will add value and best serve clients.
Alexis has acted for clients including Altitude Infrastructure, Oaktree, ADIA*, Total SA*, Alstom*, Caisse des Dépôts*, Apax Partners*, Centerbridge*, Davidson Kempner*, Téva*, Warwick Capital Partners*, Kartesia*, GSO*, Stellex* on both M&A/private equity and financial restructuring transactions.
Fluent in French, English and Persian, Alexis’ international experience and multicultural roots allow him to act on behalf of clients from various cultural and legal backgrounds.
Alexis is a frequent author and commentator on matters of private equity and restructuring.
Alexis joined the Firm in December 2018 from an international law firm in Paris, where he was a partner in the M&A-Private Equity Group.

ANDERA PARTNERS

Sofia Ioannidou

Partner

Sofia Ioannidou joined Andera Partners’ Andera Life Sciences team in 2009 as an Associate. She was promoted to Partner in 2019.
Prior to Andera Partners, Sofia was part of the Life Sciences team of L.E.K. Consulting London, from 2006 to 2008, having started her career in R&D with Boston-based Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2003 to 2006.
Since 2009, she has actively contributed to a number of investments, trade sales and IPOs. Sofia currently serves on the board of Tricares, Avalyn, and Exciva  and has previously served on the boards of LogicBio, Sanifit and PegaOne.
She holds a PhD in Cell Biology from Cancer Research UK and an MBiochem from the University of Oxford.

Oaktree

Nael Khatoun

Co-Portfolio Manager, European Principal Group

Nael Khatoun is a managing director and also serves as a Co-Portfolio Manager on Oaktree’s European Principal Group. Mr. Khatoun joined Oaktree in 2005 after spending three years as a transaction executive at Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. Prior thereto, he spent three years in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs International. Mr. Khatoun is a member of Oaktree’s ESG Governance Committee. He received a B.A. degree with honours in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and is fluent in French and Arabic.

LIVINGBRIDGE

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner

Wol has been instrumental in developing the Livingbridge strategy, leading the spin out from its parent F&C in 2005, building the team and a strong internal culture. He joined a predecessor of Livingbridge in 1993 and has led the business since 1998. His role encompasses overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of Livingbridge, senior-level involvement in winning deals and active involvement in selective key investments.
Wol initially trained as an engineer, having studied civil and structural engineering at Kings College, London. After obtaining an MBA from Exeter University, he spent three years with Barclays before joining Livingbridge. Wol takes an active role in private equity industry initiatives and issues. He was previously a Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in 2007/2008, a Council Member from 2002 – 2009 and Chairman of the Responsible Investment Advisory Board from 2009 – 2010.
Wol is Chairman of the Guys and St Thomas’ Charity, which has assets in excess of £800 million, making it one of the largest medical charities in the UK. The charity awards grants to facilitate improvements to healthcare services in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. In 2018 he was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the NHS Improvement Board and more recently as Trustee of Somerset House Trust.
Wol received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2014.

Oaktree

Aman Kumar

Co-Portfolio Manager, Life Sciences Lending strategy

Aman Kumar is a managing director on Oaktree’s Direct Lending team. He also serves as a co-portfolio manager for the strategy’s Life Sciences Lending platform which focuses on investment opportunities across the healthcare spectrum from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to medical devices and healthcare services. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2014, Mr. Kumar spent three years at Deutsche Bank in London working on the Global Credit team, most recently as a vice president on the European High Yield trading desk. He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from King’s College London. Prior to Wharton, Mr. Kumar worked as a surgeon in the UK National Health Service (NHS). He is fluent in Hindi.

THE CARLYLE GROUP

Vladimir Lasocki

Managing Director, Europe Technology 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.

MUTARES

Johannes Laumann

Chief Investment Officer

Johannes Laumann, born in 1983, joined Mutares in 2016. In May 2019, he was appointed a member of the Executive Board. As Chief Investment Officer he is responsible for M&A and Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Mutares SE & Co. KGaA, he held various management positions at Ernst & Young GmbH, Porsche Consulting GmbH and Atlas Copco’s Oil & Gas Division.
Johannes Laumann studied business law and international management at the University of Pforzheim and the Business School in Copenhagen.

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Bernard Liautaud

Managing Partner

Bernard joined Balderton as a Partner in 2008. He was named Managing Partner in 2016. Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994.
In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President. 
In 2009, he co-founded Dashlane, a leading software company providing digital identity solutions for consumers and small businesses. 
He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Education: Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University

ALLIANZ

Martine Legendre Kaloustian

Head of Alternative Investments

Adeline Lemaire

Managing Director | Head of Small Cap Funds Investments

Adeline is the Managing Director and Head of Small-cap Investment Funds of Bpifrance. Bpifrance invests into small-cap funds covering various investment strategies in order to be active in the structuring of the whole financing chain of French companies – Development and buy-out funds, turnaround and special situations funds, impact funds, mezzanine funds and, exceptionally, private debt funds. Prior to this, Adeline served as a Project manager for AFD and then as a Senior investment officer for Proparco. She joined Bpifrance Fund of Funds in 2014 as an Investment Director for Innovation and Technology funds and then Small-Cap funds prior to her current position. Adeline graduated from Essec Business School.

HEADLINE

Christian Leybold

Founding Partner

Christian is co-founder and Managing Partner of Headline Europe. He has been working with the San Francisco team since 2002 and spent several years in California before moving back to Europe in 2006. Christian has helped bring Silicon Valley-style investing to Europe, leading to successes such as Citydeal (sold to Groupon) and Farfetch.
An engineer by training, Christian earned full scholarships both for his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously worked with management consulting firms based out of Paris and Berlin and also held various research positions at the Daimler Chrysler Research Center India in Bangalore and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

Allianz Capital Partners

Michael Lindauer

Co-Head of Private Equity

Michael co-heads Allianz Capital Partners’ (ACP) global private equity investment activities with AuM in excess of EUR 20bn.He joined Allianz in 2003 from PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance where he advised on venture capital and buyout transactions in Germany. Prior to that he was Head of Controlling for Yahoo! Germany. Michael started his career as auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Michael Lindauer represents Allianz on several fund advisory boards and is a former Director of Invest Europe.

He holds a master degree in business administration from LMU in Munich. Michael is a Fellow of the 2018 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

MERCER

Garvan Mc Carthy

Partner, Global Head of Alternatives

Garvan McCarthy is a Partner and Mercer’s Alternatives Leader – Europe, UK, AMEA, Pacific & LatAm based in Dublin. Garvan has over 18 years investment experience and specialises in alternative investments across both private market and hedge fund strategies. Prior to his current role Garvan was Mercer’s Chief Investment Officer Alternatives – Europe. Garvan is a member of Mercer’s Global Strategic Research Committee and chairs Mercer’s Sustainable Opportunities Investment Committee and is a member of both the Private Debt and Hedge Fund Investment Committees. Garvan joined Mercer in 2003 and has worked in London and Dublin primarily focussed on implementing alternative allocations for client portfolios. Garvan graduated with a first class honours degree in Actuarial and Financial Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland. Garvan is a Fellow of both the Institute of Actuaries in the UK (FIA) and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland (FSAI) as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

WOORTON

Charlie Meraud

CEO

Partners Group

Carmela Mondino

Head ESG & Sustainability

Carmela Mondino is Head of the ESG & Sustainability team, based in Zug. Carmela is also a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team and a leader of the firm’s Women’s Network.  Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Total, adidas and Lonza. She has been with the firm since 2017 and has nine years of industry experience. She holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute Technology, Argentina, and an MBA from the University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.

EURAZEO

Virginie Morgon

CEO

Virginie Morgon is CEO of Eurazeo. Since she joined Eurazeo’s Executive Board in 2008, Ms. Morgon has accelerated the firm’s diversification and growth across investment strategies and geographies, transforming Eurazeo into a multi-strategy international investment firm able to support companies across size and scale, from venture capital to large cap.

Ms. Morgon spent over 16 years as an investment banker at Lazard and became the youngest managing senior partner in Paris in 2001. During her tenure, she advised international groups such as Air Liquide, Danone, Kingfisher, Publicis and Renault. She spent her time in transatlantic cities New York, London and Paris.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Asmodee and Moncler and is an independent Board member of L’Oreal. Previously, she served on the Boards of AccorHotels and Vivendi. Since 2011, Ms. Morgon has been regularly ranked on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International 50 list. She is a vocal advocate for diversity in leadership, as a founding member of the Women’s Forum for Economy & Society, and for global equality, as Co-Chair of the Paris Committee for Human Rights Watch.

Virginie Morgon has a degree from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Economics and Finance section) and holds a Master’s in Economics and Management (MIEM) from the University of Bocconi (Milan, Italy).

AETHER Financial Services

Edouard Narboux

Managing Director

Graduated from the Business School & University of Montpellier, Edouard Narboux spent 15 years in investment banking at Oddo & CIE and Kepler Corporate Finance
Edouard is in charge of the Agency business of Aether Financial Services

EURAZEO

Nicolas Nedelec

Managing Director – Private Debt

Nicolas Nedelec is a Managing Director. He sources, analyzes and executes investments in Private Debt.
Prior to joining the Group in 2007, Nicolas worked at Natixis in the Structured Finance team.
Nicolas graduated from ESSEC (Paris / Singapore).

Advent International

Michael Ogrinz

Michael Ogrinz joined Advent in 2010 from Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area (GS Capital Partners). Previously he worked in M&A with JP Morgan in Paris and then co-founded and was the CFO of the B2B internet marketplace Proxchange.
Michael holds a Masters in Economics from HEC Business School in Paris.
Michael has worked on 11 investments during his career, five at Advent, including Circet Groupe, Corialis, Mondo Minerals, Oberthur Technologies and Rubix (formerly IPH acquired via Brammer Ltd.)
PSP Investements

Giovanni Orsi

Managing Director, Private Equity

Giovanni Orsi is Managing Director, Private Equity, Funds at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He joined PSP in April 2018 and is responsible for private equity funds investments and the syndicated co-investments team globally.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, Giovanni spent a decade at Coller Capital where he was responsible for origination and execution with a focus on Europe and Asia. He also held positions with Merrill Lynch, Reuters and the Italian Private Equity Association.
Giovanni holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Economics and Business from Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC in Italy. He authored several publications on private equity and venture capital and also serves on the advisory board of several global private equity funds.

CONQUEST

Frederic Palanque

Managing Director

NORTHZONE

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

General Partner

Pär-Jörgen Pärson has been a general partner at Northzone since 2004. At Northzone, his primary areas of focus are disruptive businesses in consumer internet, health and fintech.
His portfolio includes multi-billion dollar exits in market-defining companies such as Spotify, iZettle and Avito, as well as Pricerunner, Jasper, Videoplaza, and current companies like Hopin, fuboTV, Spring Health, Stockeld Dreamery and others. He appeared several times in Forbes’ Midas List.
Before joining Northzone, Pärson ran his own investment firm and was a consultant at McKinsey. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

BPIFRANCE

Benjamin Paternot

Executive Director | Head of Funds Investments

Benjamin Paternot has over 15 years’ experience in private equity.

As Executive Director and Head of Funds Investments of Bpifrance since May 2016, Benjamin is responsible for global funds investments activity covering innovation funds (seed, VC and growth) and small-cap funds (expansion, buy-outs, mezzanine, turnaround, debt). He serves as an advisory board member on a number of VC and private equity funds.

He started his career within the private equity team of SJ Berwin. He was particularly involved in the formation and structuring of national and international funds, primary and secondary transactions, and the acquisition/restructuring of management companies involved in special situations.

He joined CDC Entreprises in 2005 as Investment Director within the Funds Investments team. As such, he evaluated, selected, executed and monitored investments in VC and private equity funds.

In 2012, Benjamin Paternot was appointed Head of Technology and International Funds Investments. As such he was responsible for Bpifrance’s investments in innovation funds (seed, VC and growth) and international funds.

Benjamin Paternot graduated from Paris Dauphine University (Master 1 – Business Admnistration; Master 2 – Business Law).

Korelya Capital

Fleur Pellerin

Partner

Fleur started her career as a high civil servant with the French Court of Auditors. In 2012 she was appointed Minister of SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy where she launched the French Tech initiative. From 2014 to 2016, she became Secretary for Foreign Trade and Minister for Culture and Communication. Fleur founded Korelya Capital in 2016.
Fleur graduated from ESSEC, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

BRIDGEPOINT

Frédéric Pescatori

Partner & Head of France & Southern Europe

Frédéric is a Partner, with responsibility for Bridgepoint’s activities in France & Southern Europe. He joined Bridgepoint’s Paris office in 2009, sits on the Firm’s Executive Committee, and is a member of its Investment Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Consumer sector team.
Frédéric currently sits on the boards of Balt and Thom Europe (Histoire d’Or/Marc Orian); Burger King (France) and Financière de l’Echiquier.
Prior to joining Bridgepoint, he was a partner at L Capital, the Paris-based private equity fund whose principal sponsors include LVMH and Groupe Arnault. Earlier positions were at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Fund Italia as an investment manager, working for the acquisition finance team at Calyon (CA-CIB).
Frédéric is a graduate of HEC Paris business school.

CINVEN

Pontus Pettersson

Partner

Pontus leads the Industrial Sector team and the Nordic regional team. He has been involved in a number of transactions, including CeramTec, Envirotainer, Lonza Specialty Ingredients, Prezioso, TK Elevator and Tractel.
Previously, Pontus was a Principal at KKR & Co in London, Tokyo and Menlo Park, where he worked on a number of investments. Prior to this, he worked at Altor Equity Partners in Stockholm. Pontus started his career at Goldman Sachs.
Pontus has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
He joined Cinven in 2011.

ARDIAN

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.

Taransaud and Chêne & Cie

Henri de Pracomtal

President

Henri de Pracomtal was raised in France by a family who was running Hennessy since 230 years.
After being graduated from HEC, the top Paris Business School, he began his career in banking with Credit Lyonnais. From 1981 to 1983, he moved to the United States.
In 1983, he joined Hennessy (LVMH group), the leader of the cognac industry as C.F.O and became in 1992 President and C.E.O.
In September 1997, de Pracomtal acquired the cooperage Taransaud from LVMH and formed the family owned “Chêne & Cie” now comprised of three cooperages, Taransaud specializing in French oak barrels, Kadar specializing in European oak barrels and Canton specializing in American oak barrels. Chêne & Cie became the benchmark for the leading wine and spirit cooperages worldwide.
Chêne & Cie employs 450 people worldwide of which 243 in Taransaud, Cognac and, controls its distribution with commercial teams in California, South Africa, Australia and Europe and has a R&D team and office in Bordeaux, four cooperages and four stave mills.

GP. Bullhound

Ben Prade

Partner

Ben is a Partner at GP Bullhound. After a long and varied career Ben is now passionate about helping technology entrepreneurs build the companies of the future.
Ben also works closely with the many successful technology entrepreneurs in our network that want to re-invest their experience and capital to help the next generation of founders.

EQT Partners

Thomas Rajzbaum

Managing Director

Thomas Rajzbaum joined EQT Partners as Managing Director, Head of France for
the Infrastructure Strategy in November 2019.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Thomas was a Director at The Carlyle Group,
focused on European buyout opportunities. Prior to that he was an Associate in
Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in London.
Thomas holds a Master degree from ESCP Business School and a MBA from
Columbia Business School.

SWEN CAPITALPARNERS

Jean-Philippe Richaud

Deputy CEO and CIO

Jean-Philippe RICHAUD is Deputy CEO and CIO of the multi-strategy Private Equity and Infrastructure activities at SWEN Capital Partners.
He began his career as a financial analyst before joining the MACIF Group in 2001, where he was Deputy CFO and Head of unlisted investments, leading the development of Private Equity allocations for the group’s various structures.
In 2008, he joined OFI Group and participated in the creation of the Group’s unlisted activity which will become SWEN Capital Partners in 2015 where he is in charge of investments.

France Galop

Edouard de Rothschild

President

Edouard de ROTHSCHILD elected as new Chairman of France Galop on December 2019. He previously served two terms from 2004 to 2011.
He breeds thoroughbred race horses at the famous Haras de Meautry in Normandy.
He studied law and business at New York University and worked as investment banker in London and Paris before co-founding Rothschild & Co. Bank in 1987. He was major shareholder of French daily newspaper Libération from 2006 to 2014.
He is also involved in his family’s Bordeaux wineyard, Château Lafite.

Ardian

Marie-Victoire Rozé

Senior Managing Director

Marie-Victoire Roze joined Ardian as an Analyst in 2005. She is primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of Fund of Funds’ investments, and the origination of co-investments.
Before joining Ardian, she completed various internships in Paris and New York: JP Morgan (Investment Banking) M&A, Keolis, Merrill Lynch (private banking) and Nike communications.

Education: ESCP-EAP, Paris Assas II University

EURAZEO

Yann du Rusquec

Partner – Growth

Yann is a Partner the Growth team.

From 2007 to 2014, Yann worked in the Mid-large buyout team where he was involved in carrying out and monitoring investments in large companies such as Europcar and Moncler. In 2014, he launched Eurazeo’s Growth activity and executed the new strategy’s very first investments. Yann currently sits on the company boards of Adjust, Back Market, Content Square, Doctolib, ManoMano, Meero, Payfit, Vestiaire Collective and Younited Credit. He was also responsible for investments in Farfetch and PeopleDoc.

Before 2007, Yann worked at Lazard and then Morgan Stanley where he advised investment funds and large European companies on M&A and IPOs.

PEMBERTON

Geoffroi de Saint Chamas

Partner

Geoffroi is Head of the Paris office and responsible for origination in France. He is a member of the Credit Review Committee of Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP.
Prior to joining Pemberton in 2015, he worked at Lazard Frères from 2009 to 2015 where he was Head of Debt Advisory in France. In this role, he advised a wide number of French and European companies and financial sponsors across the capital structure. Previously he was co-head of leveraged finance at RBS in Paris and a member of the GBM investment committee for RBS London.
He has over 25 years’ experience in credit, corporate markets and advisory, with positions at BNP Paribas, Indosuez and Credit Agricole.
Geoffroi graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP) and holds an MSc in Business Law from the Université Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the Université Paris Dauphine.

EIF

Jérôme Samson

Investment Manager

Jerome Samson joined the European Investment Fund in 2017 as an Investment Manager, as part of the team investing across Europe in Venture Capital funds. He represents the EIF on the Advisory Boards of a diversified portfolio of funds, most of which operate in the fields of life sciences or climate & environmental impact, either with a focus on early or later stage investments. Prior to joining the EIF, he made direct venture capital investments successively with three different Paris-based venture capital firms investing in early stage life sciences and agro-food technology companies. Jerome holds an engineering degree from the French Ecole Polytechnique and a PhD in Biology from Paris Descartes University.

Intertrust Group

David Sarfas

Managing Director, Private Capital

David Sarfas joined Intertrust Group in 2020 as Head of Private Capital. Located in New York, David is responsible for driving the growth of the Private Capital market in the Americas. Working across Global Product & Solutions sales, GRM and regional offices, David is supporting the development of new funds and private capital related offerings, working closely with clients and prospects alike to grow the business. David brings with him over 25 years of experience in financial functions, serving large multinational corporations and private equity firms with extensive financial, accounting and transaction experience. He joined Intertrust Group from MUFG Investor Services, and has also previously held roles at EY and PwC.

ALCENTRA

Howard Sharp

Managing Director

Howard Sharp joins Alcentra as Head of Origination from Park Square Capital where he was a Partner and Head of Mid-Market Direct Lending for 4 years. In this role he was responsible for co-ordinating the sponsor coverage and origination activities of the firm.
Prior to this, Howard spent five years at GE Corporate Finance Bank as Head of Origination & Sponsor Coverage and Head of Leveraged Capital Markets. This included running all commercial aspects of GE Capital’s European acquisition finance business including Pan-European leveraged loan origination and sponsor coverage.
With a career spanning over 30 years in finance, he has also held the position of Deputy Head of Leveraged Capital Markets at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Howard received his BA Combined Honours French & German (first class) from the University of Exeter and is French-English bilingual and fluent in German.

FORBION

Sander Slootweg

Managing Partner

Sander is Managing Partner and co-founded ABN AMRO Capital Life Sciences in 2000 and Forbion in 2006.
In addition to his leading role in the investment team and the portfolio, he is responsible for Fundraising, Investor- and Public Relations. On the portfolio management side, he currently serves on the boards of portfolio companies NewAmsterdam Pharma (Chair), Azafaros, Replimune, NorthSea (Chair), Xention and Oxyrane.
Significant transactions for which Sander was responsible include uniQure (QURE), Dezima Pharma, acquired by Amgen in 2015 for up to USD 1.55 billion and Biovex, sold to Amgen in March of 2011 for up to USD 1 billion. In recent years, Sander has also served on the boards of Ario Pharma, Pulmagen, Fovea (sold to Sanofi in 2009), uniQure (IPO on Nasdaq in 2014), Argenta (sold to Galapagos in 2010), Alantos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (sold to Amgen in 2007), Impella (sold to Abiomed in 2005), Pieris (IPO on Nasdaq in 2015) and has acted as the Chairman of the Board of AMT (IPO on Euronext in 2007).
Before co-founding Forbion, he was an Investment Director at ABN AMRO Capital Life Sciences. His other activities at ABN AMRO included buy-out/ growth equities at ABN AMRO Capital, Equity Capital Markets Syndications (HQ Amsterdam) and Financial Institutions Relationship Management Latin America (Regional Office Miami).
Sander holds degrees in Business and Financial Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam and Business Administration from Nijenrode University, The Netherlands.

CAPITAL DYNAMICS

David Smith

Senior Managing Director

David is a Senior Managing Director on the Co-Investment team. He is also Chairman of the firm’s Clean Energy Infrastructure Investment Committee in respect of certain existing investment mandates. He has over 30 years of experience in private equity and infrastructure financing. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, David worked with GE Capital in the UK and the US from early 1990 until late 2002, serving in its energy infrastructure finance and private equity business. Earlier in his career, David was engaged as an adviser to AXA Private Equity (now known as Ardian) and established the European business of First Reserve Corporation, prior to which he was with BP Ventures’ solar photovoltaics business. David serves on the board of directors of the Major Projects Association and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering, each from the University of Southampton, and an MBA from the Cass Business School of City University London.

TRILL IMPACT

Jan Ståhlberg

Founder and Managing Partner

Jan Ståhlberg is the Founder and Managing Partner of impact private equity firm Trill Impact and has spent 25 years in the PE industry. Jan is a former partner of EQT, which he joined in 1995 as part of the initial team. During his time at EQT, Jan held positions such as Vice Chairman, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Mid-Market globally across Europe, US and Asia. Jan graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with majors in Economic Analysis and Accounting & Finance. He also attended the MBA program at the New York University Stern School of Business. Jan has been lecturing on Private Equity at leading universities in Sweden and the US.

AVIVA

Philippe Taffin

CIO

Philippe Taffin began his career in 1987 as a fixed income   manager at “BTP Investissements”. In 1988, he joined BAREP   as Head of bond trading and third party asset management.   Three years later, he was appointed Chief Investment Officer   and Head of ALM of ERISA, the life insurance company of   CCF-HSBC Group in France. In 1998, he joined AXA   Investment Management in Paris as Client Relationship   Manager for the French insurance companies of AXA Group.
He then became responsible for the Financial Engineering Group in charge of developing financial investment solutions. In 2005, Philippe joined Crédit Agricole Asset Management/Amundi as Head of the Euro Fixed Income Investment Specialists team. In September 2010, he took in charge the Investment Advisory and Product Development activity in Aviva Investors France before being appointed CIO of Aviva France in May 2012.
Philippe is a graduate from HEC, a leading French business school (1983) and holds a “DEA” from Paris Dauphine University (one year specialist degree in economic science). He is a qualified Actuary from the “Institut des Actuaires Français” (IAF).

EIF, European Investment Fund

Alessandro Tappi

Chief Investment Officer

Alessandro Tappi is the Chief Investment Officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF), responsible for the investments in venture capital and private equity funds, as well as structured finance solutions for SME credit portfolios. He has a long track record in SME securitisation. From 2006 to 2008, Alessandro was Member of the Board of Directors of EFSE, the largest microfinance investment fund worldwide.Prior to joining EIF, Alessandro worked for several years in project financing at San Paolo Bank, Italy. Alessandro holds an MBA in Business Administration and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Turin. He has been a university lecturer and has led training courses on Structured Finance products and Financial Modelling.

MINISTÈRE DE L’ÉCONOMIE, DES FINANCES ET DE LA RELANCE

Philippe Tibi


Président du comité exécutif et des comités techniques du projet

Philippe Tibi leads the « financing the 4th industrial Revolution » project on behalf of the French government. Under this framework, 21 French long term investors pledged 18 months ago to allocate € 6bn to late stage/growth VCs and Global tech listed equity funds. After a very successful start in France (eligible funds now collectively manage over € 18bn), the project is being internationalized, both in terms of LPs and GPs.
Philippe Tibi founded Pergamon Campus, an executive education firm. He is a professor at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and a visiting professor at Jiatong Shanghai and AUEB Athens. Prior to this, Philippe was the country Head of UBS in France, where he had a 25-year long career and  run the IB and the Equity business.

Nordic Capital

Klas Tikkanen

COO

Joined in July 2011 as part of NC Advisory’s effort to professionalise the back and mid office functions, including the CFO Office. Beyond the core CFO functions, Klas has over time assumed responsibility over HR, communications, responsible investing, public affairs, IT/IS, investor relations, and liaising with Fund operations on Jersey. Klas has six years’ experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, followed by 19 years in senior management functions, mostly as a CFO in private equity or bank owned portfolio companies. Having throughout his career worked almost exclusively with turnarounds and complex carve-outs, Klas brought extensive experience from building and revamping core finance and administrative functions while supporting the commercial operations. Klas holds an MSc in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, with an international exchange programme major in Finance from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

JEITO CAPITAL

Rafaèle Tordjman

CEO & Investor

More than 20 years in healthcare, including 16 years as a Venture Capitalist in Europe & US.
Previously Managing partner Sofinnova
Founder & chairwoman of W.I.T.H (Women Innovating Together in Healthcare)

L Catterton

Edouardo Velasco

Partner

Eduardo Velasco joined L Catterton Europe in 2004 as an Investment Manager and was promoted to Partner in 2009.
Mr. Velasco began his career in Mexico. In 1996, following an experience in audit and consulting services, he founded and managed a financial services consulting firm advising companies in various industry sectors (telecoms, civil engineering, consumer services, apparel and retail) to manage financial and operational challenges and opportunities. In 2001, Mr. Velasco joined Andersen Corporate Finance in France (merged into Ernst & Young) where he led Due Diligence, M&A and Restructuring projects for international corporate clients and private equity firms, in various sectors across Europe, including transactions as Vivendi Universal Publishing, Vivarte, Degussa, LPR, etc. In 2003, Eduardo joined Deloitte Corporate Finance, as Senior Consultant in the Transaction Services team, where he led several projects, including the acquisition of SNET by ENDESA.
Mr. Velasco holds a Finance Degree from University of Guadalajara – Mexico, a Master Degree in Financial Engineering from ITESO – Mexico, and an International Management Degree from HEC – France.

VERDIER & CO

Jean-Philippe Verdier

Founding Partner

20+ years assisting corporate and private equity clients designing M&A strategy, originating and executing M&A, IPOs and fundraising transactions worth a combined €25bn, primarily in Healthcare, TMT, Industrials and Consumer.
Set-up Verdier & Co. in 2016, following career at BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Greenhill, Jefferies, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon and French markets.
LBS MSc Sloan Fellow, NEOMA graduate, LBS Alumni Council vice-chair, 10-year co-chair CCFGB Climate Change think tank.

WHITE & CASE

Guillaume Vitrich

Partner

Guillaume Vitrich is a partner in the EMEA private equity team of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice.
Well known as a leading corporate practitioner on the French market, Guillaume’s practice covers a wide range of both domestic and international private equity, corporate and M&A transactions, notably across Europe and Africa. Guillaume frequently advises industrial and services companies, family-controlled corporations as well as private equity funds, with a focus on complex cross-border transactions. He has a strong expertise in several industrial sectors, in particular in the fields of digital, energy and infrastructure.
An innovative lawyer with an ability to lead pioneering work on behalf of his clients, Guillaume has developed a reputation for and a strong expertise in venture capital related matters, advising venture capital funds, large tech companies, and start-ups.
Guillaume has recently acted for clients including Goldman Sachs, IdInvest*, Partech* and Teads*.
Guillaume joined the Firm in December 2018 from an international law firm in Paris.

Finch Capital

Radboud Vlaar

Founder & Managing Partner
Finch Capital is a Financial Technology Investment firm focused on AI, FinTech and IoT with offices in Amsterdam, Jakarta and London (www.finchcapital.com). Finch has to date made 42 investments in companies like BUX, DIG, Fourthline, Goodlord, Grap, Hiber, Fixico, Nomu Pay, ScalingFunds, Twisto, ZOPA, etc.
Radboud sits also on the Supervisory Board of Robeco a Global Asset Manager.
Prior to founding Finch Capital, Radboud spend 10 years as partner at McKinsey & Company, focused on Financial Services and Private Equity. Prior to McKinsey Radboud worked at TPG.
Radboud achieved 4 master degrees from the University of Groningen. During the last years Radboud has co-founded 3 companies (Security, Big Data and Construction)
Radboud Vlaar is a Dutch Citizen and splits his time between London and Amsterdam, is married and has 3 children.

Weinberg Capital

Serge Weinberg

Chairman & Founder

Serge Weinberg founded Weinberg Capital Partners in 2005.
Prior to that, Serge served for ten years as Chairman of the Management Board of PPR, which later became Kering.
In 1990, he joined the Pinault group (later to become PPR), where he drove international growth. Together with François Pinault, he also engineered the group’s decisive entry into the luxury sector by simultaneously acquiring Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent, followed by other brands (Boucheron, Bottega Veneta and Sergio Rossi). Before taking the helm at the group, he headed CDME, which later became Rexel, where he implemented an active external growth policy, completing 40 acquisitions of local, often family-owned companies. This enabled Rexel to nearly double in size between 1991 and 1995 and to double its earnings and capitalization.
From 1987 to 1990, Serge was Managing Director of Pallas Finances, a financial company specialising in mergers and acquisitions, where he became the adviser to François Pinault for the acquisition of a shareholding in CFAO. He began his professional career with the French government, where he worked for seven years before becoming Managing Director in 1983 and then Chairman of the Management Board of Havas Tourisme.
Former Chairman of Accor, Serge is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sanofi.
Serge has a law degree and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and an alumnus of the École Nationale d’Administration.

ANDERA PARTNERS

Raphaël Wisniewski

Partner

Raphaël joined Andera Partners in 2001.
Since joining Andera he has worked on numerous investments, M&As and IPOs. Raphaël has in depth experience in all types of transactions gained both in banking and in Venture Capital.
He sits on the boards of ReViral, Grey Wolf Therapeutics, Enyo Pharma, Artios Pharma, AM Pharma and Exciva.
Raphaël began his career in London, where he spent seven years in the healthcare and investment banking industries. He was first part of the finance department of Générale de Santé International in London, the largest private hospitals group in the UK, where he held treasury and investment analysis functions.
He subsequently worked in the healthcare groups of the Investment Banking divisions of Salomon Smith Barney (1996-1999) and Goldman Sachs (1999-2001). During his years in investment banking, Raphaël participated in many M&A and capital raising deals within pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and services companies.
Raphaël graduated from the French business school HEC in 1993 and received a Master’s in Applied Economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1994.

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

Olivia Yedikardachian

Head of unlisted investments

AMUNDI

Stanislas Cuny

Head of Direct Private Equity

Stanislas has been working at Amundi Private Equity Funds since 2011. Previously, he worked at Industries et Finances a Paris LBO fund after having worked at Pictet Asset Management in Geneva to launch a private equity fund dedicated to the water industry. From 1998 until 2008, he held the position of  Investment Director at the European private equity firm 3i . Stanislas started his career in 1991 in Paris, with a managing position at Compagnie Générale des Eaux (Veolia).
Stanislas got an engineering degree from ENSTA ParisTech and a MBA from HEC Paris.

AMUNDI

Guy Lodewyckx

Head of Private Markets Multi-Management

ARDIAN

Edouard Boscher

Chief Operating Officer Investor Relations

Edouard Boscher joined Ardian in 2002. He is the Chief Operating Officer for the Investor Relations department who is responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts across Ardian’s platform. He equally heads the firm’s relationships and fundraising efforts with French clients. Edouard has been instrumental in creating and developing the Investor Relations department, which now comprises over 50 Investor Relations professionals. Previously, he started his career at AXA Group in 1993 where he held multiple roles including both investment and investor relations functions. He holds a MBA from ISG Paris. He is based in London.

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