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.
Previous attendees in 2020
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!
Day 1 - 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?
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
Coffee & Networking
Speed networking for virtual attendees
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?
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
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
Are we entering a ‘roaring twenties’ for infrastructure?
Moderator: Amy Mahon, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Asset Management: How managers have adapted capabilities to manage through disruption
Digital infrastructure: finding value in an ultra- competitive market
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
Real estate demand post-pandemic: finding opportunities a dislocated market
Where are opportunities in a fiercely competitive logistics market?
The future of offices in a post-pandemic world
How has private debt fared in comparison with other investment strategies in the past few months?
Moderator: Harriet West, Associate, Proskauer
What role can private credit providers play in helping companies integrate ESG and sustainability?
Distressed & special situations: how is it performing as we move along the credit cycle?
Coffee & networking
Virtual speed networking
Defining social infrastructure and where private capital fits into the ecosystem
Opportunities in the Energy Transition as the world aims for net-zero
Case study session on resilience of sectors heavily impacted by covid-19 disruption
Why growth equity & venture are growing rapidly in Europe and worldwide
How technological innovations can democratise PE investing?
Emerging Managers: what it takes to raise a first-time fund
Why investors are flooding into life sciences
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
View of the world: how different regions are prospering and why Asia-Pacific is in the spotlight
Exploring the potential of private debt secondaries
Why is interest in asset-backed lending increasing?
Virtual cocktail hour taking place for remote attendees
Day 2 - 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)
- Private Equity
- Private Debt
- Real Estate
- Virtual speed networking breakfast
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
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
Coffee & speed networking for virtual and in person attendees
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
Network building in private markets
The room will be split up into 8 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’
- Overcoming unconscious bias
- Kendall Langford (Patron Capital Advisers) – An intro to the world’s first gender-lens property fund
- ESG across private markets
- Making yourself indispensable to the firm
- Aspiring to a NED position
- Evie Mulberry (Astia Fund) – A career in venture
Partner, Catalyst Funds
Head of European Infrastructure, MetLife Investment Management
Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co
Shannee Braun, Vice President, EQT Growth
Senior Vice President, GIC
Managing Director, Real Estate Balance
Co-Founder, Women Talk Real Estate
CEO – Founding Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Programme Manager, ABSTRACT
Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG
Principal, Rubicon Partners
Partner, Global Head of Core Infrastructure, and Co-Head of European Infrastructure, KKR
Managing Director - Private Debt & Hedge Funds, StepStone Group
Analyst, Real Estate: Product Lead - Transition Risk, GRESB
Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer, ICG
Partner - ESG & Impact, Kirkland & Ellis
Head of Private Equity Europe and Asia, Allstate Investments
Chief Executive Officer, European Leveraged Finance Association
Head Asset Management, PGGM
Founder, Alma Verde Advisors
Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Legal Counsel, Siris Capital Partners
Senior Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Head of Real Estate Debt, Schroders
Managing Director, Gatewood Capital Partners
Managing Director, Ares Management
Global Head Of Real Assets Research, CBRE Global Investors
General Counsel & Senior Partner, Patron Capital Advisers LLP, Women in Safe Home Fund
Chair, Brunel Pension Partnership
Managing Director, Hayfin
Head of Investor Relations - Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners
Associate Professor/Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, London School of Economics
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
Managing Director, Global Head of Capital Raising, Prologis
Senior Investment Analyst, AustralianSuper
Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations & ESG, Brightwood Capital Advisors
EVP – Europe and Asia Pacific, Oxford Properties
Investment Director - Private Equity, USS
Managing Director, Astia
Associate Director, Gresham House
Head of Research & Strategy, Europa Capital
Head of Responsible Investment, Actis
Founder & Partner, Resilience Partners
Senior Investment Associate, Bregal Milestone
Principal, HarbourVest Partners
Global CEO, JLL Hotels & Hospitality
Managing Director- Chief Finance Officer, EQT Partners
Partner and Co-lead of Impact - Private Equity, Apollo Global Management
Head of Funds, Connection Capital
Head of Europe Private Equity, Neuberger Berman
Head of Private Debt Research and Execution, BlackRock
Member of Investment Committee, GLIL Infrastructure
COO & Founder, Précis Capital Partners
Senior Portfolio Manager, Mercer Alternatives
Partner & Co-Founder, Headway Capital
Partner - Private Equity, Unigestion
Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
Senior Director - Fund Management, GLP
Managing Director, Head of European Private Debt
Managing General Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Fuel Venture Capital
Regional Head UK & Ireland, Equiem
Global Head of Investments, AllianzGI
Event preview brochure
View the event preview brochure to discover more about what the summit has in store, including agenda highlights, forum focus points, the women in private markets networking day experience and much more.
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.