Optimizing your global finance and operations strategies

Join us at the Private Funds CFO Network’s Europe Forum in London on November 13-14, 2024.

The Forum will bring together operations and finance professionals across all key asset classes while giving you the opportunity to network with and benchmark against your peers.

Secure your Private Funds CFO Network membership to gather with the most influential CFOs, COOs and their teams in Europe.

Why the Private Funds CFO Europe Forum?

Connect year-round

Build lasting relationships with your peers not only through the two-day event but also year-round with the Private Funds CFO Network membership.

Unrivalled content

Hear from leading experts as they offer a mixture of insightful, data-driven presentations, topical panel discussions and interactive debates.

More than an event

Use your Private Funds CFO Network membership year-round to stay ahead of the markets and connect with your peers.

2024 keynote speaker

Dabinder Hutchinson
National Trust

Dabinder joined the National Trust in May 2023, bringing extensive Chief Financial Officer experience gained in large multi-national corporations, with particular experience in renewable energy, media and technology companies. Topics of discussion include:

  • As the demands of leadership evolve, how can executives develop their resilience throughout their careers and navigate challenges when things don’t go to plan?
  • In high-intensity roles, what are the benefits of cultivating inner stability? How can leaders remain present-minded amidst various distractions and pressure?
  • How can perseverance in times of adversity strengthen leadership effectiveness as well as the resilience and cohesion of a team?
  • And more…

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2024 featured speakers

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2023 attendees included:

3i Group
ARA Venn
Arcmont Asset Management
Cap10 Partners
Glendower Capital
Hermes GPE
IFM Investors
Kamco Invest
Metric Capital Partners
No Limit Capital
Old Mutual Alternative Investments
Orchard Global Asset Management
Sprints Capital
Swiss Life Asset Managers
Victoria Asset Management

What our attendees say about the Forum

Vantage Infrastructure

Alex Geach, Finance Director

An excellent conference offering a wide range of relevant panel discussions and the opportunity to effectively network


Marie Joyce, Chief Financial Officer

An excellent mix of peers – never a wasted journey to this conference, learn something new and make new connections every time

StepStone Group

Stephen Penny, Partner & CIO

Great coverage of current relevant topics for COOs/CFOs with good balance between high-level intro to broader issues and deep dives into most topical issues

2024 Agenda


Last year’s agenda was built through consultation with influential finance and operations leaders in private equity and venture capital. The topics covered improved processes and practices within your firm, including:

  • Effectively managing your portfolio
  • Staying on top of the latest regulatory initiatives
  • Finding and retaining top talent
  • Navigating the future of carried interest

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Day 1 Day 2
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Day 1 - Wednesday 13th

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & coffee

08:00 - 09:00

Invite-only women’s CFO & COO networking breakfast

09:00 - 09:05

Chairperson’s Welcome Address

09:05 - 09:45

Opening Panel: CFO/COOs outlook- Preparing operations for the future

  • Predictions for the future of the CFO role to manage a fund
  • Preparation for future operational & finance challenges in a high inflation and rising rate climate.
  • Impact of AI on fund operations and portfolio business models
  • Operational trends and best practices to help GPs make the most of opportunities?
  • Key operational challenges (Sideletter, Tax leakage etc.)
09:45 - 10:10

Keynote Address: The resilient leader- Cultivating inner stability in the face of adversity

Dabinder Hutchinson

Dabinder Hutchinson, CFO, National Trust

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Dabinder Hutchinson

CFO, National Trust

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10:10 - 10:55

Jumping global ESG hurdles and meeting investor demands

  • Is the pace of change towards sustainable investing practices in private markets on track?
  • What are the current challenges faced under SFDR?
  • How do CFOs approach the unique challenges which investment funds face with limited ESG data?
  • Are there enough ESG standards & metrics?
10:55 - 11:25

Networking coffee break

11:25 - 11:50

In-Focus Fireside chat: The rise of co-investments

Gaurav Saxena
  • What’s shaping the growing use and future of co-investments?
  • How is the highly competitive environment impacting new and emerging managers getting their operations off the ground?
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Gaurav Saxena

CFO, Fremman Capital

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11:50 - 12:30

Panel: Managing Cybersecurity risks and IT infrastructure

Christian Scott
  • How are private funds getting DORA compliant?
  • Cybersecurity metrics when integrating a new tool: key risks & what is important to know?
  • How is artificial intelligence being used to improve cybersecurity tools?
  • Prevention of the cyber threat: does the responsibility extend across the enterprise?
  • What are today’s threats and how are firms responding?
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Christian Scott

Managing Director of Cybersecurity at Abacus Group, Abacus Group

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12:30 - 12:55

Fireside chat: The rise of impact-linked carry

  • How do CFOs view the value of impact linked carry?
  • Should a portion of carried interest be linked to impact performance and why?
  • How are GPs implementing this mechanism?
12:55 - 13:55

Networking Luncheon

Track A
13:55 - 14:30

Key Compliance and Enforcement Considerations

Haris Vrahliotis
  • Frequent compliance issues in the private fund area
  • Best practices and policies against the backdrop of evolving regulatory and enforcement concerns.
  • Impact of democratisation of private markets on regulatory scrutiny
  • How are GPs approaching SEC and global regulatory reporting requirements and updates to policies?
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Haris Vrahliotis

Compliance Director, TowerBrook Capital Partners

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14:30 - 15:05

Fund Finance and the growing market for NAV loans

  • With rising rates and increasing implementation costs are investors turning against nav financing and long dated facilities?
  • Is the market limited to funds of a certain size?
  • How do sustainability practices apply to NAV financing?
  • Setting up multi strategy and multi jurisdiction/ expanding into asset classes and new geographies
15:05 - 15:40

Technology automation and AI

  • How are funds embracing generative AI systems to increase operational efficiency?
  • What’s the next phase of technology integration within private market funds?
  • How can CFOs build the optimal tech and operational structure to meet their firm’s most pressing needs?
Track B
13:55 - 14:30

Fund formation and structuring trends

  • Impact of the rise in demand for semi-liquid and evergreen products
  • Overcoming challenges from non traditional fund structures
  • Structural limitations of evergreen funds and their potential for committed ticket solutions
  • Challenges and experiences when marketing alternative investment funds in Europe and cross-border
14:30 - 15:05

Navigating fundraising challenges in an inflationary climate

  • What are the different types of structures to secure capital and how is this evolving?
  • Accessing DC/401k capital?
  • Impact of fundraising headwinds on the operational side of fund management
  • Expanding and managing fundraising efforts across the globe
15:05 - 15:40

Good practices in Liquidity and Funding Risk Management

  • Key frameworks to manage liquidity risk
  • What is the best approach in managing currency exchange rate risks with evolving FX markets?
15:40 - 16:10

Networking coffee break

Interactive Workshops
16:10 - 17:00

Enhancing operational efficiency through target operating models

Sahem Gulati
  • How to link transformation with target operating model aims
  • Key operating model challenges in private markets
  • How do private market managers involve their operating models in an ever increasing complex environment
  • Navigating and designing a operating model that is the foundation of the business
  • Mapping out end to end value claim
  • How do you create something to scale
  • how to access data at the portfolio, fund and client level and manipulate to suit stakeholder needs – is there a scalable solution? The impact of data strategies on the CFO/COO functions? Overlay of AI?
  • Case study example
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Sahem Gulati

Head of Strategy & Consulting, M&G

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16:10 - 17:00

Valuations in alternative assets

  • Why should GPs consider third-party valuation in alternative assets
  • FCA Letter to investment managers – to the asset manager community
  • How managers can demonstrate the right oversight when it comes to private markets in
  • Dealing with the regulatory scrutiny on valuations
  • How do you have true independence if its internal- should you consider
  • How do valuations differ across different markets/regions
16:10 - 17:00

Operational Due diligence 101

  • What approaches should be taken when conducting Financial Due Diligence?
  • What happens when the data is limited?
  • Challenges and practical examples.
17:00 - 18:00

Networking reception


Day 2 - Thursday 14th

08:00 - 09:30

Registration & Coffee

Private think tanks – asset classes (GPs only)
08:45 - 09:30

CFOs & COOs in Private equity (GPs only)

08:45 - 09:30

CFOs & COOs in Private debt (GPs only)

08:45 - 09:30

CFOS & COOs in Infrastructure (GPs only)

08:45 - 09:30

CFOs & COOs in Real estate (GPs only)

Melinda Knatchbull

Facilitated by Melinda Knatchbull, CFO, Sellar

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Melinda Knatchbull

CFO, Sellar

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09:30 - 09:40

Chairperson’s day 2 welcome remarks

09:40 - 10:20

Benchmarking and Performance measurement

  • How do you undertake like for like benchmarking?
  • The rise of the PME in benchmarking
  • Managing the inherent limitation of benchmarking eg: Preqin data sets, Cambridge Associates
10:20 - 10:35

PEI Data Presentation

10:35 - 11:15

Debate: Outsource vs insource model challenges

  • Key technology implementations to drive automation
  • Which focal areas are you seeing new investment?
  • Which technology benefits do CFO/COOs place most value on?
11:15 - 11:50

Networking coffee break

11:50 - 12:10

In-Focus Fireside chat: Will GP Led secondaries become the ‘new normal’?

  • How is this market moving forward in the new age of fewer exit possibilities & higher interest rates
  • Why are LPs starting to show more interest in GP stakes?
12:10 - 12:40

Panel: Building the right firm culture and managing the ever-increasing value of human capital

Marion Buten
  • What are GPs doing to win the right people?
  • Building the right culture in an organisation
  • How to ensure diversity of thought, background, culture to drive a high performing team?
  • How to reflect DE&I in senior hires?
  • How is the operating environment for GPs impacting the types of skills firms are looking for in relation to finance recruits?
  • How are firms taking into account cultural and generational differences in the workforce?
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Marion Buten

COO Europe - BXCI PCS Europe, Blackstone

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12:40 - 13:10

Lessons learned: Building and scaling a good organisation (LP vs. GP view)

  • How to attract talent and keep talent?
  • How to ensure diversity of thought, background, culture to drive a high performing team?
  • Post merger motivation?
  • Incentive schemes
  • How to find the right strategy and the right niche?
  • Key scalability and organisational requirements
  • How are GPs adhering to global corporate governance
13:10 - 14:10

Interactive roundtable discussions over Lunch

2024 Speakers

Contact Hannah Ogun at hannah.o@pei.group for speaking opportunities in 2024.

Marion Buten

COO Europe - BXCI PCS Europe, Blackstone

Sahem Gulati

Head of Strategy & Consulting, M&G

Dabinder Hutchinson

CFO, National Trust

Richard Kirkby

CFO, Veld Capital

Melinda Knatchbull

CFO, Sellar

Gaurav Saxena

CFO, Fremman Capital

Christian Scott

Managing Director of Cybersecurity at Abacus Group, Abacus Group

Haris Vrahliotis

Compliance Director, TowerBrook Capital Partners

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