Creating Growth Through Diversity

With a growing body of research showing that more diverse teams and inclusive workplaces directly correlates with stronger business outcomes, the issue of diversity in private debt continues to move up the agenda.

The inaugural Women in Private Debt Forum will bring together over 600 delegates for open discussion on the latest issues facing the industry, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas, initiate deals and forge new relationships.

This year’s event will be co-located with the Women in Infrastructure Forum and the Women in Private Equity Forum, in addition to Women in Real Estate Forum, all registered attendees will have access to all events allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes.

Covering Women in Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Estate

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 6th year

Now in its 3rd year

New for 2019

Features in 2019

Dictate the narrative

Interactive panel discussions, keynote interviews, networking roundtables, think tanks and an oxford style debate allow you to put forward your thoughts and shape this important discussion.

 

Build your network

Meet 600 influential investors, fund managers and advisors from across the community and make the right connections to grow your business.

Gain insights

Identify key private debt opportunities and discover strategies for 2019 and beyond.

Attendees from the previous summit in 2018

3i Group Plc
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
AIMCo
Alinda Capital Partners
Allianz Global Investors
AMP Capital
APAX Partners
Apollo Management International
Arcus Infrastructure Partners
Ardian
Ares Management Ltd
Arjun Infrastructure Partners
BC Partners
BlackRock
Cantor Fitzgerald
CDC Group
CDPQ
CPPIB
Cubico
DWS
EQT Partners
European Investment Bank
First Avenue
Foresight Group
Green Investment Group
Hamilton Lane
HarbourVest Partners
I Squared Capital
IFM Investors
JP Morgan
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Korea Investment Corporation
Macquarie Capital
MetLife Investments
National Pension Service
OMERS
OTPP
PGGM
PSP Investments
QIC
StepStone Group

Testimonials

A quote icon for decorating the content Laura Yang

Analyst, CPPIB

The conference is very well organized, covering topics on both diversity awareness and key industry issues such as investing in emerging markets.

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Director Investments & Financing, AviAlliance GmbH, Germany

It is an excellent forum for women of all levels of seniority to get to know each other, exchange views and hopefully to form professional relationships that ca…

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A quote icon for decorating the content Kirsty Packer

Senior Analyst, I Squared Capital

It was inspiring to meet so many strong women who are excelling in this industry and raising awareness of the benefits of gender diversification.

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For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th

Plenary
08:00 - 08:45

Registration and coffee

08:45 - 08:50

PEI Welcome

08:50 - 09:05

Chairperson's opening remarks

Laurie Mahon
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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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09:05 - 09:30

Keynote Speech: The Economic Case for Diversity

09:30 - 10:15

Head of Private Markets: The themes that unify our asset classes

Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode

Panel Session

  • What is driving the growth in private markets? Are we in a bubble?
  • Putting money to work in an increasingly competitive environment
  • To what extent do investors differentiate between asset classes? Where are their similarities?
  • How can working together address talent deficits across private markets?
  • What practical advice do industry leaders have for young people in the industry today?
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Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

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Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

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10:15 - 10:55

How are investor pressures driving change within the funds they invest in?

Laurie Mahon, David Jeffrey, Paul Ward, Matina Papathanasiou

Panel Session

  • To what extent are investors challenging fund managers on diversity across investments?
  • How senior leaders across private markets are promoting social mobility?
  • Highlighting case studies where lack of diversity has impacted an investment decision
  • Comparing approaches to diversity across private markets, are there any differences?
  • How does diversity compare with other factors in impacting where investors put their money?

Moderated by: Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

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Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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10:55 - 11:35

Coffee & networking

Women in Private Debt Forum 2019
11:35 - 11:40

Private debt chairperson's opening remarks

11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: How Europe's lending landscape is shifting

Aurelie Hariton-Fardad, Claire Harwood, Vivian Ngan

Panel Session

  • Putting capital to work in a booming credit environment
  • How well prepared are private debt funds for the next economic crisis?
  • What industries are seeing the most private debt activity? Which sectors are lenders tending to avoid?
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Aurelie Hariton-Fardad

Director, MetLife Investments

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Claire Harwood

Investment Director, Permira Debt Managers

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Vivian Ngan

Vice-President, EQT

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12:20 - 13:00

How technological innovation is re-shaping credit markets

Gabriella Kindert, Dominick Peasley

Presentation

  • Where is technology having the biggest impact on private debt markets?
  • What are the dangers related to implementing new technologies?
  • Examples of current uses of tech in debt markets
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Gabriella Kindert

Expert In Alternative Lending and Private Debt, Supervisory Board Member – Mizuho Europe

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Dominick Peasley

Head of Distribution, within Capital Markets, Funding Circle

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Women in Private Debt Forum 2019
14:00 - 14:45

Structuring fund investments: The increasing role of portfolio management in private debt

Carina Spitzkopf, Nicole Waibel

Panel Session

  • The role of asset managers in a market where deal terms are loosening
  • What pushback are lenders giving on terms?
  • How funds are preparing themselves for a less benign economic environment
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Carina Spitzkopf

Director - Private Debt & CLO's, Hermes Investment Management

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Nicole Waibel

Managing Director, Crescent Credit Europe LLP

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14:45 - 15:15

Private debt case studies

Adriana Oller

Presentations

Comparing and contrasting deals in 3 different European markets

  • How do covenants compare across different countries?
  • Where do funds see increased opportunities in private debt?
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Adriana Oller

Founder & Partner, Resilience Partners

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15:15 - 16:00

Beyond a Box-Ticking Exercise: ESG and Private Debt

Mirja Lehmler-Brown, Kristina Matthews, Sabrina Fox

Panel Session

  • Outlining some of the challenges associated with ESG and private debt
  • To what extend are credit funds learning from their private equity funds?
  • Case studies of successful ESG implementation in a credit portfolio
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Mirja Lehmler-Brown

Partner and Managing Director, Hayfin Capital Management

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Kristina Matthews

Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors

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Sabrina Fox

Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

Women in Private Debt Forum 2019
16:30 - 17:10

What are investors views of the European private debt market today

Lauren Fradgley, Ashley Knight, Dalit Nuttall

Panel Session

  • LP views on loosening deal terms in Europe
  • How are investors differentiating between fund managers?
  • Are LPs concerned about style drift as fund sizes increase?
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Lauren Fradgley

Officer of the Debt Products Department, European Investment Fund

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Ashley Knight

Investment Associate, Mercer Alternatives

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Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

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17:10 - 17:45

Looking across the pond: How does European direct lending compare to the more established U.S. market?

Daniela Jönsson

Panel Session

  • Comparing EBITDA adjustments, fees, covenants and protection in the U.S. vs. Europe
  • To what extent is Europe competing with the U.S.?
  • Will the European market grow closer in size in the next decade?
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Daniela Jönsson

Principal - Relationship Manager, Ares Management

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17:45 - 19:00

Women in Alternatives Cocktail Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Matina Papathanasiou, Sunaina Sinha

These closed-door 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: Matina Papathanasiou, Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC
  • Private equity: Sunaina Sinha, Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
  • Private Debt:
  • Real Estate:
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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

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08:30 - 09:10

Registration & coffee

Plenary
09:10 - 09:50

Emerging Markets: Where are the most attractive opportunities in emerging markets?

Taru Oksman, Danielle Baron, Lucy Heintz, Maria Pejter

Panel Session

  • Which macro trends are affecting investment in emerging markets today?
  • Key reasons to invest in Asian, LatAm & African alternative assets
  • What is the appetite for different investment strategies across emerging markets?
  • Comparing risk in EM to more developed markets

Moderated by: Taru Oksman, Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

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Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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09:50 - 10:30

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed LPs to capture investor sentiment, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. Investors range from established infrastructure players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2019.

Presented by: Nicole Douglas, Head of Investor Research, PEI Media Group

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Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:00 - 11:40

View from the deal team: What skills are required to make a successful investment partner?

Cecile Levi, Claire Madden

Panel Session

  • Why do deal teams remain so male, pale and stale even when compared to other areas of finance?
  • Outlining the advantages of a diverse deal team
  • What advice do deal team partners have for young people aiming for a spot on the deal team?
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Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

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Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

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11:40 - 12:20

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Merrick McKay, Yodia Lo

Panel Session

  • Building a cross-asset class network
  • Are there any significant differences in the skills required to be successful?
  • What skills are transferrable between asset classes?
  • Case studies from practitioners who have made the move

Moderated by: Gail McManus, Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

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12:20 - 13:00

Meet a Mentor Session

Roundtables

This unique session will split the room up into tables with a senior representative on each table offering practical career advice to the table. This will provide a unique opportunity to build your network and tables will be led by people with different areas of expertise.

13:00 - 14:30

Themed networking working lunch

Ulyana Shtybel

Tables discussing a variety of topics over lunch led by an expert moderator

  •  Tokenisation of private equity and private debt – Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle)
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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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14:30 - 14:40

Chairperson's closing remarks

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For more information on speaking, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

Download your copy of the 2019 agenda here.

Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

Danielle began her career at U.S Ex-Im Bank in Washington D.C. She later joined ANZ where she held several positions in Structured Finance and Infrastructure & Utilities Coverage in Hanoi, Melbourne and London. She later joined HSBC and finally Credi… Read full bio

Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked for six years as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equi… Read full bio

Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

Nicole Douglas is the Head of Investor Research for PEI’s Research & Analytics department. Based in London but working across the company’s offices and products, she oversees researched content, surveys, and projects on investors globally. She is als… Read full bio

Sabrina Fox

Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance

Sabrina is a recognised expert in the European leveraged finance market focused on increasing transparency, improving disclosure standards, and educating market participants on the importance of lender protections in documentation. Most recently, Sab… Read full bio

Lauren Fradgley

Officer of the Debt Products Department, European Investment Fund

Lauren Fradgley is an Investment Officer of the Credit Market Products team at EIF (European Investment Fund), responsible for direct investments in Diversified Debt Funds across Europe. Lauren specialises in the origination, analysis and approval of… Read full bio

Aurelie Hariton-Fardad

Director, MetLife Investments

Aurélie Hariton-Fardad has been a Director in MetLife’s Private Placement team since 2015. She is in charge of the team’s holdings in the real estate and business services sectors in the UK and Europe. Aurélie believes her previous five years as a Di… Read full bio

Claire Harwood

Investment Director, Permira Debt Managers

Claire joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2017. She focuses on originating, leading and executing new investment opportunities across all sectors. Previously, Claire worked at HIG WhiteHorse for four years originating and executing deals. She… Read full bio

Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

Lucy is head of Africa for the Energy team, a role she has held since March 2017. She has overall responsibility for the Actis Energy team’s activities in Africa and is Investment Manager of Lekela and Aela, two of Actis’ renewable energy platforms i… Read full bio

David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as vario… Read full bio

Daniela Jönsson

Principal - Relationship Manager, Ares Management

Daniela is a Principal in the Ares European Relationship Management Group and is responsible for the marketing and client relations effort across all strategies of the firm (credit, private equity, real estate) to institutional investors in Germany,… Read full bio

Ashley Knight

Investment Associate, Mercer Alternatives

Ashley Knight is a member of the Mercer Alternatives investment team in London where she focuses on sourcing, conducting due diligence on and investing across Private Equity and Private Debt investments. Ashley is a member of Mercer’s Sustainable Opp… Read full bio

Mirja Lehmler-Brown

Partner and Managing Director, Hayfin Capital Management

Ms. Lehmler-Brown is a Managing Director and co-head of the Private Equity Funds investment team at Hayfin Capital Management. Ms. Lehmler-Brown joined from Standard Life Aberdeen where, since 2006, she was a senior investment portfolio manager and i… Read full bio

Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

Cécile Mayer-Lévi joined Tikehau Capital in 2013 and heads the Private Debt platform of the asset management firm. She has extensive knowledge in direct lending transactions, and has worked closely with major private equity houses, investment funds a… Read full bio

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

Yodia Lo focuses on Hedge Funds, Alternative Credit and Co-investments at Church Commissioners, the £8b endowment arm of the Church of England. In this role she has sourced investments including Emerging Market Distressed Debt, Short Term Quant and d… Read full bio

Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure sp… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is Managing Partner of Connection Capital, a private client investment business specialising in alternative investments. Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loughbor… Read full bio

Kristina Matthews

Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors

Kristina Matthews is a Managing Director at Brightwood Capital Advisors where she primarily focuses on business development and fundraising strategy. Her engagement commenced in February 2014 in a Consulting role which led to Ms. Matthews joining Bri… Read full bio

Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and… Read full bio

Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

Gail McManus is the Founder and Managing Director of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i. Gail is a passionate member of the private equity and alterative assets community and is actively involved in… Read full bio

Vivian Ngan

Vice-President, EQT

Vivian Ngan joined EQT Partners in April 2017 and is a member of the EQT Credit investment team in London, focusing on originating, conducting due diligence on and executing investment opportunities across all sectors. Prior to joining EQT Partners,… Read full bio

Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

Following an institutional career with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Wachovia, Dalit founded WestValley Capital in 2007 to connect preferred solution providers with European pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in ways that addre… Read full bio

Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

As Managing Partner, Taru oversees Riverhouse Partners and Riverhouse Advisory. She works across all practice areas on key strategic hires. At Riverhouse Partners, her remit encompasses country head roles across growth markets as well C-suite roles i… Read full bio

Adriana Oller

Founder & Partner, Resilience Partners

Adriana Oller started her career as a principal investor at 3i Spain, and continued at Axis, providing direct lending solutions to SME's focused on established and profitable Spanish companies, which could not find suitable financing solutions to the… Read full bio

Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

Matina is currently the deputy head of QIC Global Infrastructure, a business she co-founded in early 2006. QIC Global Infrastructure has directly invested over $10billion in global infrastructure covering toll roads, airports, ports, water and energy… Read full bio

Dominick Peasley

Head of Distribution, within Capital Markets, Funding Circle

Dominick is Head of Distribution for Funding Circle. Prior to FC he co-founded fund placement agency, Capital-B. Prior to this he was head of Fund Distribution for Lombard Odier IM and head of European Fund Distribution for Ashmore Group. Dominick wo… Read full bio

Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

A.P. Moller Holding is the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation. Our purpose is to exercise the Foundation’s role as an engaged owner; in the spirit of A.P. Møller, and to ensure that the Foundation continues to contribute to society in the f… Read full bio

Thomas Schneider

Managing Director & Founder, BrickVest

Thomas has over 16 years of experience in real estate investment, finance and development. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of Limmat Group, a real estate private equity company focusing on investing and developing real estate projects in Eu… Read full bio

Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a global private funds advisory group. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in capital raising and secondaries market advisory to both… Read full bio

Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

Ulyana is a Vice President and Chief Capital Officer at the HighCastle.co, the UK blockchain-based investment marketplace and share registrar. Ulyana co-founded and led two fintech incubation programmes, Fintech Master and Open Banking Lab in partner… Read full bio

Carina Spitzkopf

Director - Private Debt & CLO's, Hermes Investment Management

Carina joined Hermes in January 2019 as a Director in the Private Debt team. She is responsible for analysis and execution of transactions in the UK and Europe for the Hermes Direct Lending Funds. Previously, she was a Director in the UBS Leveraged F… Read full bio

Nicole Waibel

Managing Director, Crescent Credit

Nicole Waibel is a Managing Director at Crescent Capital focusing on European private debt investments. From 2001 to 2012 Nicole was with Indigo Capital, a leading European specialist lending fund, where she was most recently a partner. At Indigo Cap… Read full bio

Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

Paul Ward, Managing Partner, joined Pantheon in 2003 and has 22 years of private equity experience. Paul is a member of the Partnership Board and leads the firm’s strategic development and operational management. Paul joined Pantheon from Lehman Brot… Read full bio
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Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

The Women in Private Debt Forum offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for private debt professionals focused on increasing diversity within the asset class.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Chris Wagland, chris.w@peimedia.com +44 (0) 0207 566 5475.

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