The pandemic has shone a spotlight on challenges facing the world and diversity remains an area that businesses globally need to address to realise their full potential. The worlds’ leading diversity event focused on alternatives, the Women in Private Markets Summit is returning to London on 1-2 December. There will be additional opportunities for those unable to travel to participate remotely.
This year’s Women in Private Markets Summit will once again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity, Women in Infrastructure, Women in Real Estate and Women in Private Debt Forums. All registered attendees will have access to the four forums, allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes. Book now to access the entire Women in Private Markets Summit.
Hear from industry leaders
Learn how industry experts are actively addressing diversity within their own businesses and those they work with. Understand how investor allocations have changed, the effect of the rise of impact investing in alternatives, how the SPAC phenomenon will play out for private markets, and if fundraising will ever be the same again.
Build your cross-asset class network
Connect with industry participants across private equity, infrastructure, private debt and real estate. Network in-person at interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts. Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers.
Meet institutional investors
Hear from investors who are looking to increase their exposure to private markets. Benefit from our expansive global investor community who will be in attendance throughout the forum. Current investors include Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, CPPIB, EBRD, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, and Japan Post Bank.
Level 20’s Chair, Cheryl Potter will discuss why private equity still struggles to retain diverse talent. Sharing her learnings from a career spent on the deal team, how the industry can attract and retain more women, and the wider role of Level 20 at the 8th annual Women in Private Markets Summit.
Companies registered to attend this year
Investment Operations Manager, The Church of England Pensions Board
An incredibly inspirational event that would be a real benefit to any woman or man, in the industry to attend.
Co-Founder, Astrid Advisors
A virtual success for Women in Private Markets Summit in 2020 with fantastic representation across the different asset classes and excellent content from the sp…
Managing Director, c*funds
Well curated, high-quality conference with the very best of industry passionate and practitioners. Lots of new insights and market trends. Cannot be missed!
Co-Founder, Astrid Advisors
A virtual success for Women in Private Markets Summit in 2020 with fantastic representation across the different asset classes and excellent content from the speakers. It was wonderful to meet so many different people I would not normally have met through speed networking. Thank you, PEI!
Women in Private Markets Summit - Wednesday 1st
Registration and coffee
LP invitation only breakfast session
Chairperson’s opening remarks
Keynote speech: Building a career as a dealmaker in private equity
Cheryl Potter spent two decades at Permira leading the Global Consumer Team and the London office. She also served on the firm’s Executive Committee and the Compensation and Partnership Committee. Whilst the number of women in private markets has grown since Cheryl joined Permira in 1999, there is still a long way to go with only 10% of women working in Senior Investment roles. (Level 20 and BVCA D&I Survey 2021).
While more women are entering the industry at a junior level, Private Equity still struggles to retain diverse talent.
This keynote speech will share learnings from a career spent in the deal team, how the industry can attract and retain more women and the role of Level 20.
LP Allocations to private markets in a changed economy
- How well have investments performed compared to other strategies since March 2019?
- Views on the future of fundraising after the changes caused of the past 18 months
- How are LPs supporting emerging managers and are they concerned about the flight to familiarity?
- To what extent are LPs making investment decisions based on diversity?
Moderator: Natalie Breen, Global Head of Strategic Growth, Sanne Group
Global Head of Strategic Growth, Sanne GroupRead bio
Managing Director, Hamilton LaneRead bio
Senior Investment Director, USSRead bio
Global Head, Private Capital Advisory, Raymond JamesRead bio
Head of Private Markets, RedingtonRead bio
How industry leaders are walking the talk on diversity
- Examples of the benefits of diverse teams in fundraising
- How are firms recruiting and retaining diverse candidates?
- Changes to working practices since covid-19, returning to the office and the impact on women
- Advice for those making their way in private markets
Moderated by: Aranpreet Randhawa, Partner, Proskauer
Partner, ProskauerRead bio
Head of Real Assets (EMEA), Macquarie Asset ManagementRead bio
Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer, ICGRead bio
Co-Head of UK, Bridgepoint EuropeRead bio
Global Head of Investments, AllianzGIRead bio
Coffee & Networking
The continued rise of impact investing in alternatives
- To what extent are impact strategies within mega funds integrated with ESG?
- Balancing outcome with fiduciary responsibility
- How are managers in impact differentiating themselves in their investment approach?
- Are impact strategies allowing funds to broaden their investor base?
Moderator: Ruth Knox, Partner–ESG & Impact, Kirkland & Ellis
How has economic disruption impacted appetite for co-investments?
- Differences across asset classes and lessons learnt: private equity vs real estate or infrastructure?
- To what extent have co-investments been used to help companies through a crisis?
- Opportunities created by the past year
- The blurring lines between secondaries and co-investments
Moderator: Floortje Brouwers, Senior Vice President, GIC Private Markets
Oxford style debate: This house believes that unconscious bias training does not work
Virtual discussion available live at the event & online
Global perspectives on private markets
Virtual speakers from around the globe will be beamed into speak to the main conference hall for this unique session
Infrastructure chairperson’s opening remarks
Are we entering a ‘roaring twenties’ for infrastructure?
Asset Management: How managers have adapted capabilities to manage through disruption
Moderator: Louisa Yeoman, Founder, Astrid Advisors
Digital infrastructure: finding value in an ultra- competitive market
Moderator: Guillaume Richard, Head of Infrastructure Funds Coverage, CA-CIB
Private Equity chairperson’s opening remarks
How well positioned is Private Equity to turn the crisis into an opportunity?
Investor perspectives on PE as we enter a new cycle
Outlining the commercial value of ESG integration in PE
Moderator: Snehal Shah, Reporter, New Private Markets
PERE chairperson’s opening remarks
Real estate demand post-pandemic: finding opportunities a dislocated market
Moderator: Ami Kotecha, Co-Founder & Head of Venture Investments, Amro Partners
Where are opportunities in a fiercely competitive logistics market?
Moderator: Claire Williams, Industrial & Logistics Research Lead, Knight Frank
The future of offices in a post-pandemic world
Private debt chairperson’s opening remarks
How has private debt fared in comparison with other investment strategies in the past few months?
What role can private credit providers play in helping companies integrate ESG and sustainability?
Moderator: Kristina Kuhnke, Director, Head of IR, Business Development and Communications & ESG Committee, RoundShield Partners
Head of Investor Relations and Business Development, RoundShieldRead bio
Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations & ESG, Brightwood Capital AdvisorsRead bio
Associate Director, IFM InvestorsRead bio
Distressed & special situations: how is it performing as we move along the credit cycle?
Coffee & networking
Defining social infrastructure and where private capital fits into the ecosystem
Opportunities in the Energy Transition as the world aims for net-zero
Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver in infrastructure
Moderator: Lily Stoyanova, Independent
Why growth equity & venture are growing rapidly in Europe and worldwide
Moderator: Lisya Bahar Manoah, Partner, Catalyst Fund
How technological innovations can democratise PE investing?
Emerging Managers: what it takes to raise a first-time fund
Moderator: Carmela Mendoza, Senior Reporter, Private Equity International
Why investors are flooding into life sciences
Moderator: Andrea Carpenter, Director, Women Talk Real Estate
Traditional vs alternative lenders: what are their intentions for the real estate market post-pandemic?
How sustainability considerations have moved beyond just the environment in real estate
Moderator: Tzvete Doncheva, Investor Relations and Platform Manager, PROPTECH1
Evolving investor sentiments on sponsorless vs PE driven lending strategies
Exploring the potential of private debt secondaries
Why is interest in asset-backed lending & project finance increasing?
Moderator: Silvia Calvo Alcalá, Head of Alternative Sales, Santander Asset Management
Silvia Calvo Alcalá
Head of Alternatives Sales, Santander Asset ManagementRead bio
Infrastructure Investments, Allianz Capital PartnersRead bio
Global Co-Head of the Credit Investment Group, Cambridge AssociatesRead bio
Associate Director, Fundraising & Investor Relations, LendInvestRead bio
Women in Private Markets Summit - Thursday 2nd
Invitation only think-tanks
These sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.
- Infrastructure (invitation and LP/GP only) led by Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
- Private Equity led by Danai Musandu, Senior Investor Relations Associate, HPE Growth
- Private Debt led by Sabrina Fox, Chief Executive Officer, ELFA
- Real Estate led by Aida Feriz, Executive Director, Wimmer Family Office
Fireside Chat: Measuring the ‘S’ in ESG
- Why do we care about S?
- Micro measurement: The GOOD FINANCE framework: Why was there a need for this piece of work? What obstacles are preventing progress?
- Macro measurement: The importance of addressing the S & G: Growth and Governance Hub at TII
- Making the research useful and relevant for private markets
Moderator: Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
Partner - Head of Global Political Strategy, AvonhurstRead bio
Dr Grace Lordan
Associate Professor/Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, London School of EconomicsRead bio
Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings
The PEI Investor Research and Analytics team surveyed over 100 LPs to capture investor sentiment on asset allocation, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. The study also features insight on gender diversity and inclusion. Investors range from established players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2021
Will fundraising ever be the same again?
- Learnings from working remotely: will it make fundraising more efficient in the long-term?
- Stories of completing due diligence remotely
- How to build new LP relationships without travelling the world
- Tips for emerging managers
Moderator: Emily Brown, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Secondaries market update
- To what extent are GP led deals driving growth of the market?
- Are managers looking to opportunities in Asia?
- Comparing performance and growth of secondaries in different asset classes
- Implementing ESG in secondaries
Moderator: Julie Prewer, Principal, Rede Partners
Coffee & networking
How talent experts are helping to change their organisations
- The importance of getting the buy-in of senior management
- What innovations have participants brought into their companies and portfolio investments?
- Recruiting and retaining diverse talent
- Stories of success and failure within current and previous position
Moderator: Xin Lewis, Consultant – Investor Relations, Americas, One Search
Network building in private markets hosted by Sanne Group
The room will be split up into roundtables each led by an expert moderator. Delegates will have the opportunity to join two tables each for 30 minutes with the aim to meet likeminded people and discuss a topic of interest;
- Maria Perez Corral (Rubicon Partners) – Fundraising in a changed world
- Anne Clarke (ABSTRACT) – Attracting Sponsors & Mentors’
- Kendall Langford (Patron Capital Advisers) – An intro to the world’s first gender-lens property fund
- Evie Mulberry (Astia Fund) – A career in venture
- Marie Measures (Sanne Group) – A pathway to success in technology
- Sergio Ronga (Daiwa International Capital Partners) – Core-plus and the blurring of PE & infrastructure
- Katalin Gallyas (cfunds) – The most common GP mistakes in the fundraising process
Programme Manager, ABSTRACTRead bio
Maria Perez Corral
Principal, Rubicon PartnersRead bio
General Counsel & Senior Partner, Patron Capital Advisers LLP, Women in Safe Home FundRead bio
Chief Technology Officer, Sanne GroupRead bio
Managing Director, AstiaRead bio
Managing Director, c*funds | Fund Placement AgencyRead bio
Close of conference and lunch
Investment Director, Cambridge Associates
Head of Alternatives Sales, Santander Asset Management
Portfolio Talent Advisor, Hg
Head of UK & Iberia, Tikehau Capital
Senior Associate, Neuberger Berman
Infrastructure Investments, Allianz Capital Partners
General Partner, Catalyst Funds
Director of Asset Owner Solutions, Nasdaq
Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management
Managing Director, Advent International
Policy and Research Executive, GIIA
Managing Director, Hamilton Lane
Head of Real Assets (EMEA), Macquarie Asset Management
Vice President, EQT Growth
Global Head of Strategic Growth, Sanne Group
Head of Coverage & IR | Private Equity & Impact Investing, DWS
Senior Vice President, GIC
Head of EMEA Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight, Cushman & Wakefield
Managing Director, Mayfair Equity Partners
Director, Women Talk Real Estate
CEO and Managing Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Programme Manager, ABSTRACT
Managing Director - Infrastructure, Eurazeo
Principal, Rubicon Partners
Managing Director, Business Development (EMEA), Northleaf Capital Partners
Partner, Global Head of Core Infrastructure, and Co-Head of European Infrastructure, KKR
International Investor Relations Lead, Proptech1 Ventures
Managing Partner, MV Credit
Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer, ICG
Partner - ESG & Impact, Kirkland & Ellis
Global Co-Head of the Credit Investment Group, Cambridge Associates
Senior Vice President (MAM), Client Solutions Group, Macquarie Asset Management
Partner - Head of Global Political Strategy, Avonhurst
Chief Executive Officer, European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)
Managing Director, c*funds | Fund Placement Agency
Partner, Simpson Thacher
CIO and Founder, Pearlstone Alternative
CEO & Founder, Seaforth Land Holdings Limited
Director of Research & Analytics, PEI Media Group
Managing Director, Europe, Greystar
Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners
Real Estate & Customer Experience, Director, Prologis
Senior Investment Director, Abrdn
Head of Real Estate Debt, Schroders Capital
Managing Director, Ares Management
Head of Due Diligence and Client Development, Rede Partners
Head of Transactions, Urban Regeneration, Legal & General
Investment Professional, Moonfare
Partner – ESG & Impact, Kirkland & Ellis
Co-Founder & Head of Venture Investments, Amro Partners
Head of Investor Relations and Business Development, RoundShield
General Counsel & Senior Partner, Patron Capital Advisers LLP, Women in Safe Home Fund
Consultant – Investor Relations, Americas, One Search
Associate Director, Fundraising & Investor Relations, LendInvest
Head of Investor Relations - Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Associate Professor/Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, London School of Economics
Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners
Founder and Managing Partner, Connection Capital
Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
Principal, H.I.G Capital / Bayside Capital
Head of Special Projects & Legal, Moorfield
Senior Investment Analyst, AustralianSuper
Associate Vice President, Sustainable Investments, Blue Orchard
Managing Director, StepStone Group
Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations & ESG, Brightwood Capital Advisors
Founding Partner, Giant Ventures
EVP – Europe and Asia Pacific, Oxford Properties
Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital
Chief Technology Officer, Sanne Group
Founder and CEO, Calista Direct Investors
Senior Reporter, PEI
Senior Investment Director, USS
Associate Director, IFM Investors
Managing Director, Astia
Associate Director, Gresham House
Partner - Infrastructure Debt, AMP Capital Investors
Senior Investor Relations Associate, HPE Growth
Head of Research & Strategy, Europa Capital
Partner - Head of Sustainability - Actis
Investment Director - Private Equity, Cambridge Associates
Senior Investment Associate, Bregal Milestone
Managing Director, Arjun Infrastructure Partners
Managing Director, StepStone Group
Global CEO, JLL Hotels & Hospitality
Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam
Principal, Rede Partners
Director Infrastructure, InfraRed Capital Partners
Partner and Co-lead of Impact - Private Equity, Apollo Global Management
Head of Infrastructure Funds Coverage, CA-CIB
Head of Funds, Connection Capital
Founder, Ely Place Partners
Member of Boards LGAS/AER plc and Investment Committees , GLIL Infrastructure
Founding Partner, Daiwa International Capital Partners
Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure
COO & Founder, Précis Capital Partners
Head of Global Direct Investments, Infrastructure Equity, AMP Capital
Reporter, New Private Markets, PEI Media
Partner & Co-Founder, Headway Capital
Partner - Private Equity, Unigestion
Global Head, Private Capital Advisory, Raymond James
Director, Capital Markets & Life Sciences Lead, JLL
Managing Director, Human Capital, Helios Investment Partners
Partner, Apollo Management International
Executive Director, Infrastructure, IFM Investors
Managing General Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Fuel Venture Capital
Managing Director, Crescent Credit Europe
VP-Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce
Head of Private Markets, Redington
Co-Head of UK, Bridgepoint Europe
Industrial & Logistics Research Lead, Knight Frank
Founder, Astrid Advisors
Principal, KSL Capital Partners
Global Head of Investments, AllianzGI
Co-Head of European Private Debt Fund
Muzinich and Co
Real Estate Balance
Denise Le Gal
Brunel Pension Partnership
Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking
CIBC Capital Markets
Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure
Global Head of Investments
Join 600+ attendees this December and connect with institutional investors, fund managers, as well as the wider private markets community for two days of learning and networking. This year’s summit will once again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt Forums. Attendees will have access to all four forums.
Cross-asset class network
Learn from and meet with practitioners from across private markets with an agenda designed to maximise networking opportunities.
Meet in-person once again
Connect with your peers at interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.
Build a valuable private markets network
Current attendees include Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, EBRD, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Japan Post Bank, and many more.
To help keep you and our colleagues safe, we have embraced the following principles to ensure the smooth running of our global event portfolio.
Planning and risk assessment
The Women in Private Markets Summit has a detailed plan and risk assessment in light of local government and health authority frameworks, now specific to the Covid pandemic. Our staff are working to event industry protocols to minimise and mitigate risk.
You are required to show a negative lateral flow/rapid antigen test, which must be done within 24 hours of arrival at the event venue.
PEI Media is working with our venue partners to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. This includes a deep clean pre-event and continuous sanitisation during the event, with a focus on high-contact areas such as lifts, staircases, door handles, restrooms and food and beverage delivery points.
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Where possible PEI Media will encourage attendees to minimise their contacts. This includes the event registration process and also contact between attendees. PEI Media encourages all attendees to avoid close social contact such as hand-shakes and to find digital alternatives to exchanging details rather than business cards.
Attendee numbers and density
PEI Media will assess and manage in line with local government and health authority mandates the number of delegates in the event space and the flow of attendee traffic in and out of plenary and break-out rooms and around exhibition rooms and other meeting spaces.
In tandem with venue measures, PEI Media encourages attendees to take full advantage of hand sanitisation stations around the venue.
Track and trace
We will work with local authorities as required to track, trace and contact attendees in line with the applicable privacy legislation.
Qualified first-aid staff will be ready to assist anyone falling ill for whatever reason. In the event of any attendee suffering Covid-related symptoms, the PEI Media team will follow local health guidance in ensuring the safety of all participants.