The value creation event for alternative asset classes

The largest European event specifically interested in value creation private equity owned companies.

The Forum provides a unique opportunity to hear from experienced operating partners and C-level executives on how they deliver value creation strategies, create top-line growth and drive EBITDA improvement in their portfolio.

Attendees will have extensive opportunities to network, build relationships and compare best value creation practices with their peers from leading PE firms, expert service providers, CEOs of portfolio companies and many more.

New features for 2020


Network with and hear from more operating partners than ever before throughout the event and have an open discussion with your peers at the closed door think tank and operating partners drink reception.


A more outward-looking agenda covering more topics and hearing the views of CEOs and deal partners on their work with operating partners.

Exclusive for 2020

More opportunities for networking with other operating partners and expert service providers built into the event, Over 100 speakers including value creation experts, CEOs from portfolio companies and investment team representatives.

The A-Z wall of private equity value creation at last year's forum

2019 Attendees included

Advent International
Altor Equity Partners
Ambienta Capital
Antin IAntin IPP
APAX Partners
APS Advisory
August Equity
Avedon Capital Partners
Bain Capital
Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Cairngorm Capital
Carlyle Investment Management
Clarivate Analytics
Deutsche Private Equity
Development Partners International
EastWind IS
EQT Partners
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories
Gilde Buy Out Partners
Global Payments
Graphite Capital
Helios Investment Partners
HG Capital
HIG Capital
I Squared Capital
iCON Infrastructure
Intermediate Capital Group
KKR Capstone
Macquarie Group
Marlin Equity Partners
Mayfair Equity Partners
Mid Europa Partners
Miura Private Equity
Montagu Private Equity
Oakley Capital
OMERS Infrastructure Europe
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Palatine Private Equity
Partners Group
PSP Investments
RHR International
Riverside Europe
Sahel Capital
Slater and Gordon
The Carlyle Group
Vitruvian Partners
Whitehelm Capital
Willis Towers Watson

Speakers include

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Testimonials from 2019

David Bryan

Managing Partner & CEO, BM&T

This is now the must-attend event for Operating Partners in the UK if not Europe. An excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking and to network w…

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Benjamin Bach

Partner, E2T Capital

Good forum, practical, a wealth of know-how sitting in the room and straight to the point

Charlotte Gregson

Comatch, Managing Director UK

The forum is a great environment to connect with familiar faces, meet new people and discuss topical issues facing the industry

2020 Early Confirmed Sponsors

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For more information on speaking opportunities in 2020 please contact Charles Gould at or call +44 (0) 203 879 3893.


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Alejandro Alcalde Rasch

Senior Director - Portfolio Support, APS Advisory

Alejandro Alcalde Rasch joined Advent in 2010 in order to help improve portfolio company performance. Prior to joining, he was the Chief Transformation Officer and Head of Supply Chain of Grohe AG, a TPG and CSFB portfolio company, for five years. Pr… Read full bio

Graeme Ardus

Head of ESG, Triton Partners

Graeme Ardus joined Triton in May 2013 as Head of Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance (ESG). Graeme previously held industrial roles as a Global Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) and Sustainability at Amcor,… Read full bio

Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

Adam has been an ESG specialist for over 27 years (12 years in private equity) and is both a chartered environmental and chartered health and safety professional. He is active with Invest Europe, the BVCA, Hong Kong VCA and the UN-supported Principle… Read full bio

Conor Boden

Head of Portfolio Board Development, Advent International

Conor Boden joined Advent in December 2007. He is responsible for managing a network of leading chairmen, CEOs and non-executive directors with the aim of enhancing Advent's ability to originate and execute deals as well as maximise the value of port… Read full bio

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

Jim is a co-founder of Blue Ridge Partners and serves as the firm’s managing partner. For 35 years he has assisted companies in North America, Europe and Asia accelerate profitable revenue growth. Jim has advised over 250 companies on revenue-related… Read full bio

Severine de Wulf

Principal, PAI Partners

Séverine joined PAI in 2019 as a member of the Portfolio Performance Group with a specific focus on talent, leadership and culture. She has over 12 years of experience in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting helping leaders make the right decis… Read full bio

Adam Heltzer

Head of ESG and Sustainability, APS Advisory

Adam Heltzer is Partners Group's Head of Responsible Investment, as part of the Industry Value Creation business unit, based in New York. He is responsible for overseeing the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the… Read full bio

Pia Irell

Partner, Trill Impact

Pia Irell, Impact Partner at Trill Impact Advisory AB – LONG VERSION Pia has more than 14 years of experience in the Private Equity industry, of which eight years at Altor Equity Partners and six years as a member of Gambro’s global leadership team,… Read full bio

David Kirby

Investment Director, Livingbridge

David works in the growth acceleration team at Livingbridge, partnering with both management and investor teams to support strategic decision making around customer acquisition and retention. Whether identifying attractive customer segments, refining… Read full bio

Lorenzo Levi

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Lorenzo Levi has been Managing Director and Operating Partner, Private Equity for Europe since January 2019. In this role, he oversees the direct private equity investment portfolio in the region. Based in London, he is also responsible for conductin… Read full bio

Jérôme Lesson

Partner, Head of Operations Team - BC Partners

Jérôme Losson joined BC Partners in London in 2012. Previously, Jérôme spent nine years at KKR as a member of their operations team, KKR Capstone. Prior to this, he co-founded and then sold a software business and also worked at McKinsey & Co. in Bel… Read full bio

Justin Maltz

Partner, Mobeus Equity Partners

Justin brings over 20 years’ experience of supporting private, growing businesses to his role leading the management of the Mobeus Buyout portfolio. He has been working with Mobeus’s management teams since 2016 to help them achieve their ambitions fo… Read full bio

Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director, Strategic Value Partners

Tony O’Carroll is a Managing Director at SVPGlobal and senior member of the investment team. Tony works with SVP’s investee companies, as well as in new investments, and is currently on the boards of Vita Group, Pfleiderer and Koeckner Pentaplast, wi… Read full bio

Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

Karen O’Mahony is the Founder and Managing Director of PEAL Investment Partners Ltd. PEAL is an all female team that takes an operational approach to private equity investing. Founded in 2014 - PEAL reviews, monitors and in some case’s restructures p… Read full bio

Richard Riboe

Director, Nordic Capital

Joined Nordic Capital Advisors in August 2015. Richard focuses on investments within Healthcare and Financial Services and was part of the AniCura investment advisory team. He is also a board member of MFEX, an independent fund distributor. From 2013… Read full bio

Chris Rixon

Director, Portfolio Growth - Horizon Capital

I work with our portfolio companies’ leadership teams to transform and professionalise commercial strategy and execution. I focus on three key outcomes: predictable pipeline generation, sales excellence and maximizing customer lifetime value. Prior t… Read full bio

Alan Roux

Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

Alan is a member of CVC's private equity operations team and is based in London. Prior to CVC, Alan was an operating partner responsible for Blackstone's European private equity portfolio of companies, holding several board roles particularly in the… Read full bio

Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners MidMarket

Grégory Salinger joined Apax Partners in 2017. He works with the leadership teams of the portfolio companies to help them accelerate the value creation and transformation of their companies related to digital. Gregory has a track record of over 20 ye… Read full bio

Stefano Santarelli

Director, Private Capital - OTPP

Stefano Santarelli joined Ontario Teachers' Portfolio Management team in 2015. He looks after Private Capital's European portfolio performance, focusing on Value Creation, Talent and Governance. He also leads Innovation & Digital globally across Onta… Read full bio

Rob Southern

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Rob Southern is a Managing Director in A&M's European private equity performance improvement practice. He brings over 20 years of experience working with management teams to drive performance improvement, often in private equity-backed situations. Hi… Read full bio

Tim Stubbs

Senior Managing Director, Sun European Partners

Tim Stubbs, Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee member, joined Sun European Partners* in 2011. Prior to joining Sun European Partners*, Mr. Stubbs was President and CEO of the Sapa group in Stockholm, a $5B global aluminium products busi… Read full bio

Franck Temam

Portfolio Performance Group, PAI Partners

Franck Temam joined PAI Partners in 2011 in the Portfolio Performance Group. He has been involved in more than 15 portfolio companies in Industrial, Healthcare and Consumer Goods – more recently ADBSafegate, Ethypharm and Albea. After 7 years in line… Read full bio
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For more information on the agenda in 2020 please contact Charles Gould at or call +44 (0) 203 879 3893.

Download the 2020 preliminary agenda

2020 Early Confirmed Sponsors

The Operating Partners Forum: Europe offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as part of the premier meeting for Private Equity professionals focused on value creation.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities in 2020 please fill in the enquiry form or contact Christopher Wagland at or call +44 (0) 207 566 5475.

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Build valuable connections with 170+ operating partners

The App: Networking tool to open up relationships old and new


Our networking app has been designed to make sure you get the most out of your time at the Forum. Available prior to the event, make sure you download the app to:

  • Get early access to the attendee list
  • Arrange meetings with key contacts within the app’s messaging system
  • Build your network before you arrive at the event

Countless opportunities to connect with other Operating Partners

The only European event bringing together more than 170 experts in value creation at private equity firms together with the surrounding industry.

Informal relationship building

Join your peers during drinks receptions, breakfasts and lunches to connect with potential partners in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Structured networking 

Structured networking sessions will be held during conference breaks to allow you to identify attendees with similar interests and goals.

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