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).
Chairman and CEO
Ms Delphine D’Amarzit was the Chief Operating Officer of Orange Bank, and becomes the first woman to head the Paris Bourse. She is a specialist in capital market development and European financial regulation.
In the midst of the subprime mortgage crisis, in her role as financial advisor to the office of Prime Minister François Fillon (2007-2009), she notably participated in defining the public response to the financial crisis.
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.
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.
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 FNA, CyberSmart, BMLL Technologies, CybSafe, Divido, Neurovalens 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).
Director of European Corporate Affairs
Ludo Bammens (London) joined KKR in 2009 as the Director of European Corporate Affairs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Bammens was the director of European public affairs at Coca-Cola Company Europe Group. Prior to that, he was vice president, public affairs and communications for the Europe Group of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the largest bottler in the Coca-Cola system. He joined Coca-Cola from Janssen Pharmaceutical (the pharmaceutical branch of Johnson & Johnson) where he was director of European public affairs. From 1986-1991, Mr. Bammens was Deputy Chef de Cabinet of King Baudouin of Belgium. Mr. Bammens is honorary member of the Executive Board of the Belgian Banking and Market Supervisory Authority, a former member of the Stakeholder Group of the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) and currently Vice-Chair of the Alternative Credit Council (ACC).
Head of Private Capital Services
Stéphane Barret, Managing Director, Global Head Private Equity and Funds coverage in CACIB.
He has over 30 years of corporate finance experience encompassing both corporate and private equity, with Schroders in Paris and Citigroup in London prior to joining CACIB in 2006.
Stéphane has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California, Davis (1984) and is a graduate of HEC Paris (MBA 1986).
William co-founded Reach Capital in 2015. He has over 10 years of private markets fundraising experience.
Prior to this, he worked with Luc at Global Private Equity, a Paris-based Private Equity placement advisor where he was responsible for fundraising assignments for international Private Equity and Infrastructure managers.
He holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from INSEEC, Paris and was a long-term intern in an M&A boutique based in Paris.
William is a CAIA charter holder and former President of France Invest Avenir (French PE Assocation).
He loves travelling especially to South America and goes (almost) every morning to workout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He acquired his experience in advisory and financial audit whilst working at Arthur Andersen for 7 years, before joining Accuracy in 2004 as one of its first co-founders.
Nicolas is specialised in transaction advisory services, litigation support (quantification of damages) and has extensive experience with supporting clients in the construction contract businesses (Infrastructure and engineering).
Nicolas advises corporations, PE funds and public institutions.
Nicolas speaks French (mother tongue) and English (fluent)
Arnaud de Bresson
CEO & Managing director
Since 1993, Arnaud de Bresson has been working for Paris Europlace, and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Paris Europlace. He is also the General director of Institut Europlace de Finance (EIF) and vice president of Competitive division of Finance-Innovation.
He is now on the board of Affine SA, Institut Français des Administrateurs and Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne. He is also a member of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).
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
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.
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.
CEO & Founding Partner
Gwenola Chambon, CEO and Founding Partner of Vauban Infrastructure Partners, has been responsible for managing the Investment Team of Mirova as well as its infrastructure investment and capital raising activities.
Throughout her 24-year career, Gwenola has developed an extensive knowledge of the European infrastructure sector and has years of experience financing and investing in infrastructure assets. She has worked on a number of landmark transactions, including the first PPP project in Belgium in 2000 and the landmark transaction of the Dutch PFI the Hague waste water project, in 2003, as well as the SKY NET PFI with the UK MOD in 2003. She has worked as an advisor on many concession and privatisation projects in France, Italy and Spain over the years and then transitioned into private equity investments. Prior to joining Natixis (Mirova) in 2010 she spent two years within the infrastructure fund Galaxy. Before that Gwenola was Head of European infrastructure at CFIG, and prior to that she was a senior member of the project finance team at BNP Paribas. Since she joined Natixis (Mirova) she worked on most of the major PPP projects procured in France (the Ministry of Defense, theHSL PPP of Ocvia, etc.). In 2016, Gwenola raised the first continental Europe brownfield continuation fund. Gwenola is a member of a number of industry groups including the European Commission working group of Experts inInfrastructure, the PRI expert group, the GRESB working group, EFAMA, and theAFG and AFIC working groups for infrastructure. She also represents Natixis Investment Managers on the Institut de la Gestion Déléguée lobby group. Gwenola is an active member of IFA (Institut Français des Administrateurs) and is responsible for project finance courses in ESSEC’s Masters of Complex Financing.
Gwenola holds a Master in Business from ESCP. She is fluent in 3 languages (French, English and Spanish).
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).
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.
Partner & Head of Investor Relations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Private Equity & CEO Open
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.
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.
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.
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).
Director of Global Business development department
Mr Fu Hao has been working for Shanghai Stock Exchange since January 2000, specialist in financial market and financial theories. He is also mentor of School of Economics in Fudan University where he graduated.
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.
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).
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.
Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director
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.
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
Global Chief Economist
Guan Tao, Global Chief Economist at BOC International (China) Co Ltd(601696. SH), was the director-general of Department of Balance of Payments at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) during 2009-2015 and press spokesperson of the SAFE during 2014-2015. Prior to that, Dr. Guan functioned as the deputy-director general of General Affairs Department at the SAFE.
Dr. Guan participated in a series of foreign exchange reform projects during 1994-2014. His major research areas include exchange rate policies, international capital flows, currency convertibility and balance of payments. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Beijing Normal University in 2004, a master’s degree in development economics from Australian National University in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in world economics from Wuhan University in 1992.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, 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.
Managing Director, 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.
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.
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.
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
Martine Legendre Kaloustian
Head of Alternative Investments
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.
co-Chairman and President / former Prime Minister of Belgium
Yves Leterme, born in Wervik (Belgium) 06.10.1960, holds Master Degrees in Law, Political Sciences and Management (University of Ghent).
Yves Leterme held positions at all levels and in all areas of government in Belgium. After starting his career as an Alderman of the City of Ypres (B) and as Secretary General of his Party (CD&V) he became a member of the Chamber of Representatives, leader of the opposition and President of his party CD&V (1997-2004).
After winning elections he became Minister President of the Government of Flanders (2004-2007), Federal Senator, Deputy Prime Minister (2007-2008), Prime Minister (2008 and 2009-2011) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009). During PM Leterme’s tenure, Belgium held the Presidency of the European Union (2010). He is a former Deputy Secretary General of the OECD (2011-2014) and former Secretary General of International IDEA (2014-2019). Yves Leterme was a former Chief Investigator Financial FairPlay at UEFA.
Yves Leterme is currently Goodwill Ambassador for the EU Policy to end Homelessness, Co-Chairman of TOJOY International Shared Holdings and Consultant to international companies. He is a member of the Board of Club de Madrid-WLA and trustee of Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC).
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.
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.
Head of Private Markets Multi-Management
Antoine is a Partner at Park Square Capital, LLP. Prior to joining Park Square in 2006, Antoine worked on private equity investments at PAI partners in Paris, and was part of the Media and Telecom team at Lehman Brothers in London. Antoine graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.
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).
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.
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).
Group Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Mr Vincent Mortier has been working in the investment industry since 1996. He started his career at Société générale, and has been with Amundi since 2015 as Group Deputy CIO, but also Global Head of Multi-Assets until 2017.
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
Senior Principal and Head of Investor Relations
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).
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”).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmanuel Pinto Moreira
Director – Country Economics Department
CEO Ardian France, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Ardian Buyout
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.
Henri de Pracomtal
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.
Former Prime Minister, France & President Fondation Prospective & Innovation
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.
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.
Luc Rigouzzo is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Amethis, an investment fund manager which brings growth capital to promising midcap African champions, built with the Edmond de Rothschild Group.
Luc Rigouzzo was previously CEO of Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution. He devoted the first part of his career to private equity in the agribusiness sector in Latin America and Africa, at Proparco and at IFC. He also created and led the AFD department of structured finance.”
Edouard de Rothschild
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.
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
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.
Geoffroi de Saint Chamas
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.
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.
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.
Daniel is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Business Development Group, based in the firm’s London office.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2007, Daniel was a Senior Vice President in charge of asset owners and investment consultants in Europe and Africa at Morgan Stanley Capital International in London. Previously, he worked as an institutional advisor at the German bank, Metzler. He also worked at the advisory and brokerage firm, Hall International Partners in the Netherlands. Daniel began his career as a research analyst at the Dutch bank ABN Amro in Amsterdam.
Daniel received an M.B.A. from Henley Management College in London and a B.S. in finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
Johan Svanström joined EQT Partners in January 2019 as part of the EQT Ventures team. Today, he is primarily Partner for the EQT Growth strategy.
Johan is serving on the boards of Wolt, BIMobject in EQT Ventures portfolio and Epidemic Sound and Freepik in EQT Mid Market Europe portfolio. Also, Johan is part of the board of RVRC.
Prior to EQT, Johan was President of Hotels.com and a member of the global management team of its parent, Expedia Group Inc for five years. In his role at Hotels.com, Johan led the innovation, strategic development and growth of the brand – operating in more than 70 countries. Johan was also President of Expedia Affiliate Network, the B2B partner division of Expedia Group, for more than three years. Before this, Johan spent eight years with Expedia in Asia-Pacific as a Managing Director, launching and growing several of the company’s divisions into leading regional players. Prior to joining Expedia, Johan was Head of the Digital Innovations Group at McDonald’s Corporation.
Johan holds a Master’s of Science in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
She has over fifteen years of professional experience and has been with the firm since 2007. She previously acquired extensive experience in the audit of life and non-life insurance companies reviewing financial and actuarial elements within Mazars, an audit firm, before joining AON, an international insurance broker, for two years.
Delphine performs engagements in the insurance sector, in due diligence, valuation, and decision-making situations. With an education in engineering, Delphine also specialises in engagements with an industrial background, in sectors such as infrastructure, construction, and energy and utilities, where she provides due diligence, valuation, and litigation support services.
Delphine speaks French (mother language) and English (fluent).
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).
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.
Head of the Initiative on Financing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of unlisted investments
Joakim Dal is a Partner in GP Bullhound Investment Management, advising the GP Bullhound Funds on investments in technology companies. Before this he was working with venture capital at Edastra, private equity at EQT and M&A at Morgan Stanley.
He graduated from Stockholm School of Economics with a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management.
Saam Golshani is a partner in the EMEA Private Equity team of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in all manner of M&A, private equity and restructuring transactions, in all industries, notably in the Tech sector.
Ranked as a leading lawyer in his field by top legal directories Legal 500, Chambers and Who’s Who Legal among others, Saam’s reputation is based on a record of accomplishment, advising creditors, debtors, investors and potential buyers on complex matters, corporate reorganizations and insolvency proceedings.
Saam has advised on some of the most significant bankruptcies, M&A and industrial restructurings on the French market, including recently on the restructurings of Conforama, CGG*, Vivarte* and Consolis*. Distinguished as a key expert in the technology sector by Chambers Europe, Saam notably recently advised on the acquisition of Luxembourg-based data and advertisement platform Teads by Altice* and on the investment by Goldman Sachs in French visual gaming leader Voodoo*.
Fluent in French, English and Farsi, Saam is at ease navigating both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital matters, on behalf of multinational clients, including investment funds, investment banks, entrepreneurs, industrials, listed and non-listed companies, and distressed companies.
Saam is a frequent speaker, author and commentator on private equity and restructuring issues. He is a member of the Iranian/French lawyers association.
Saam joined the Firm in December 2018 from an international law firm in Paris, where he was Partner in charge of the French M&A-Private Equity Group and co-Head of the European Restructuring Group.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Xia is the Chief Executive of both CICC UK and CICC Europe. He was responsible for setting up CICC UK in 2009 and is now in charge of the expansion of CICC Europe. He oversees the development of the company’s business in the UK and Europe on a day-to-day basis.
Xinhan has spent over twenty years in the financial services industry in London, specializing in Chinese and Asian markets. His career started in 1994 in the City of London with Robert Fleming & Co., and this led to JP Morgan between 2000 to 2005. He then joined Goldman Sachs, where he served as Managing Director until joining the CICC group.
Ms. HE is currently General director of Bank of China Paris Branch, started her career in 1996, experienced in corporate banking and bank management. She leaded financing of transnational corporation and major projects. Director of CIB from 2011 to 2015 in BOC Paris, she was in Belgium Branch as General Director, then back to Paris for the same position in 2019. She was elected as Director-General of Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Chine (CCICF) en France in 2020. She became the Specialist in development of economics between China and Europe.
Chairman / Chairman and Executive Director
Mr. Tian has served as Chairman and Executive Director of China Construction Bank since October 2017, concurrently as Chairman of Sino-German Housing Savings Bank since March 2018. Mr. Tian is currently the President of the Bank of China Association, a member of the China Social and Economic Development Planning Committee during the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China, and the International Advisory Committee of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Mr. Tian joined Bank of China in April 2013 and served as chairman of Bank of China from May 2013 to August 2017. During this period, he also served as chairman and non-executive director of Bank of China Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited. From December 2010 to April 2013, he served as the vice chairman and general manager of CITIC Group Co., Ltd., during which he concurrently served as the chairman and non-executive director of China CITIC Bank Co., Ltd. From April 1999 to December 2010, he served as the vice president and president of China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd., and the chairman of China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Honorary Chairman Africa Club
Former chairman of France Invest (French VC & PE Association)
Senior Advisor to IetP, impact funds dedicated to Africa.
Director Advans Sicar SA and Advans Côte d’Ivoire (Microfinance)
Senior Advisor to Arkea Capital and Tertium Croissance (France).
Founder/ceo XAnge PE 2003-2015 (Paris/Munich/Berlin). Ceo Natexis PE (96-99), co-sponsor to Marocinvest (Casablanca).
Entrepreneur : co-founder Meilleurtaux.com 1999 (Fintech-Mortgage).
BIAO 1981-88 : Head of Energy finance, Founder & deputy ceo BIDC (Bank, Congo-Brazzaville), Group Head of Forex and Treasury, Director BIAO Côte d’Ivoire.
Graduated in International Law from Paris (France) & Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) Universities.