The largest European event for private equity value creation

Private Equity International’s Operating Partners Forum Europe is the largest European event dedicated to operating partners. The 13th annual conference will focus on best practices in private equity portfolio operations and value creation across all functional business areas.

The operating partner community will meet this May in London to discuss the best strategies to deliver value and growth at a critical time in the economic cycle.

With a new interactive agenda and more operating partners-only sessions than ever before, the Forum will foster business relationships and help shape your future value creation plans.

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What can I expect at the Operating Partners Forum?

Event content designed for value creation

The content focuses on working with and scaling portfolio companies at a crucial time. Featuring sessions on the evolution of value creation, developing a world class value creation team, making boards effective, working with CEOs, and practical insights into key areas of value creation.

Build a valuable network

Attendees connect with industry participants within all functional areas of value creation and benefit from a truly international event. Attendees benefit from in-person networking with think tanks, interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.

Hear from Operating Partners

Attendees hear from 100+ operating partners on the most important topics. Past speakers included representatives from BC Partners, Carlyle Group, CDPQ, CVC Capital Partners, Hg, PAI Partners, InvestCorp, KKR CapstonePartners Group and many more.

The first and largest event focused on the role of the Operating Partner and value creation. Great mix of attendees makes it the best networking event.

James Markham

Senior Partner Value Creation, Graphite Capital

Agenda highlights

The 2024 agenda will cover the most prominent functional topics in value creation:

  • AI for value creation: practical use cases beyond the hype
  • Navigating operating partner-deal team dynamics
  • Advanced revenue growth strategies as a key driver in value creation
  • Talent retention best practices in the current economic climate
  • Unlocking data science and advanced analytics for value creation
  • Finance in the current landscape: operating partners share challenges and opportunities
  • And much more…

Meet the largest European operating partner network

Advent International
Antin Infrastructure Partners
APS Advisory
Bregal Milestone
CDPQ London
Charterhouse Capital Partners
Conditor Capital
Dawn Capital
DBAY Advisors
Deutsche Private Equity
ECI Partners
Foresight Group
FSN Capital
Graphite Capital
GTO Partners
Hanover Investors Management
Invenio Partners
Invision Private Equity AG
Kadens Capital
LBO France
Macquarie Asset Management
MavensWood Investments
Mayfair Equity Partners
MiddleGround Capital
Mirovia Group
Montagu Private Equity
OMERS Private Equity Europe
Paragon Partners
Partners Group
Patrizia AG
PEAL Capital Group
Pollen Street Capital
Private Assets AG
Public Investment Fund
Searchlight Capital Partners
Stanley Capital Partners
Synova Capital
Three Hills Capital Partners


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“The exchange of ideas between operating partners and their advisors, CEOs, and board members, brought useful insights and re-energised me.”

Our leading advisory board

Franck Abadia

Managing Director, Operating Team, LBO France

Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Lee McCabe

Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Maria Orlowski

Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

Wessel Schevernels

Operating Partner, PATRIZIA Infrastructure

Lisa Telford

Partner, Montagu Private Equity


For more information about the agenda, please contact Kitty Watson. | +44 (0)203 953 8587


Download the 2024 agenda

Connect with Europe’s leading Operating Partner community

The 13th annual forum returns to London this May. Expand your relationships and build your network with our operating partner exclusive networking events. Join our community of the brightest leaders in European value creation that will help you in your day-to-day operations. Attendees participate in an agenda packed with social activities, interactive working groups, think tanks, networking breaks, a women’s lunch, and our pre-event grand reception and dinner to meet and exchange ideas.

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Tuesday, May 21

Operating Partners Forum Europe Welcome Reception (invitation-only)


The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London EC3N 1JY

Join the operating partners attending the Europe Forum in a casual gathering at our opening grand reception. Exchange valuable insights with your peers in a relaxed setting and build your network before the conference kicks off.

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Operating Partners Forum Europe Welcome Dinner (invitation-only)


The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London EC3N 1JY

Join us as we welcome all the attending operating partners for a private dinner to facilitate networking before the conference. Increase your connections with leaders in PE value creation.


Wednesday, May 22

Operating Partners Forum Europe Day 1 Networking Reception


Our day 1 grand reception will allow you to chat and get to know your operating partner peers better at the end of the first day of the Forum. Hear what is on everyone’s mind after a full day of valuable insights.


Thursday, May 23

Europe Forum Deep Dive Breakfast (operating partners only)


This breakfast deep dive discussion, designed solely for operating partners, will focus on key strategies in value creation and allow you to share your views and learn key insights from peers.

Women in PE Portfolio Operations Lunch Discussion (invitation-only)


This closed-door lunch discussion will explore key challenges and opportunities for women in PE portfolio operations.

Featured interactive discussions & networking opportunities

Think Tanks

Led by operating partners and designed for operating partners only, these closed-door war room sessions will allow you to engage in lively discussions with your peers. The think tanks will also allow you to submit topics to be covered while sharing best value creation practices.

Interactive Working Groups

These exclusive deep dive discussions, only available to operating partners, allow you to participate in interactive and dynamic discussions with designated expert facilitators.

“Great operating partner attendees, content, and networking. This is a crucial event for monitoring the pulse of European private equity.”


Franck Abadia

Managing Director, Operating Team, LBO France

Gilad G. Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Kate Anderson

HR Operating Partner, Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group

Nicholas Bahr

Global Director Risk & Resilience, dss+

Streisan Bevan

Director, Specialist – Customer Insight and Sales Effectiveness, Mayfair Equity Partners

Jawad Bhatti

GTM Advisor, Dawn Capital

Marc Bielitza

Director, Deutsche Private Equity

Stephen Craig

Managing Partner, Alysian

John Cranmer

Cybersecurity Specialist, Hg Capital

Adam Dawson

SVP Blackstone Innovations, Blackstone

Cordelia Dolan, Inflexion Private Equity

Cordelia Dolan

Global Head of Portfolio Talent, Investindustrial

Cécile Dutheil

Head of Leadership & Culture-Portfolio, Triton Partners

Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Dominic Gallello

Managing Director, Bridgepoint

Conrad Gracjczak

Director, Insight Sourcing

Miles Graham

Managing Partner, Operating Partners Group

Akshay Grover

Global Private Equity Practice Lead, Zscaler

Simon Hardy

Head of Portfolio Operations, Attestor

Paul Harragan

Global Cybersecurity Lead, KKR

Lionel Hill

Chief Technology Officer, Permira

James Kenyon

Partner, Acertitude

James Markham

Senior Partner – Value Creation, Graphite Capital

Lee McCabe

Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Esther Nayyar

Managing Director, Due Diligence and Value Creation, ICG

Dominic Orchard

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Maria Orlowski

Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

Katharina Pfaffhauser

Chief Business Officer, Symphony

Louis Saund

Vice President, Business Operations, Brookfield

Leo Scanavino

Director, British International Investment

Wessel Schevernels

Operating Partner, PATRIZIA Infrastructure

Lisa Telford

Partner, Montagu Private Equity

Christian Truempler

Senior Governance Leader, Partners Group

Ercan Ucak

Vice President, Cerberus Capital Management

Connect with the largest European community of expert operating partners

PEI’s Operating Partners Forums are a unique blend of networking, collaboration and thought leadership between private equity operating partners, portfolio operations teams and sponsors.  Each venue is custom designed to encourage conversation about value creation best practices, relationship building and knowledge sharing across functional areas on the most pressing issues facing their investment and portfolio companies. Access to the Forum is limited to operating partners/value creation experts from private equity firms and sponsoring firms.

For more information on ways to engage with PEI’s Operating Partners community, please contact Lawrence Dvorchik at or call on +1 (646) 545-4429