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.

Keynote: why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC UK

Global co-chair of the 30% Club

Brenda’s presentation will highlight why increasing diversity and managing culture is a business imperative, in addition to offering practical advice for professionals aiming to succeed in a competitive environment.

An expert in workplace performance, culture and communications, Brenda has a particular focus on helping clients build better performance by improving diversity and inclusiveness in their workplaces.

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

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.

Anke Heinze

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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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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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: Why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping her clients to achieve better business performance by improving both the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforces. She is a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

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09:30 - 10:15

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

Clare Gaskell, Amy Aznar, Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode, Melissa Li

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?

Moderated by: Clare Gaskell, Partner, Simpson Thacher

Infrastructure: Andrew Blincoe, Head of Structured Finance, NatWest
Private Debt:Kirsten Bode, Co-Head of Private Debt, Pan Europe, Muzinch & Co
Private Equity: Melissa Li, Managing Director, CIBC Capital Markets
Real Estate: Amy Aznar, Head of Debt and Special Situations, LaSalle Investment Management

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Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

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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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Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

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10:15 - 10:55

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

Laurie Mahon, David Jeffrey, Matina Papathanasiou, Imogen Richards

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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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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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

Dalit Nuttall
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Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

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11:40 - 12:20

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

Fiona Freeman, 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?

Moderated by: Fiona Freeman, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

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Fiona Freeman

Managing Director, FTI Consulting

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Aurelie Hariton-Fardad

Director, MetLife Investment Management

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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, Fei-Fei Porter, Doron Reuter, Sandrine Richard, Thomas Schneider

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

Moderated by: Gabriella Kindert, Expert in Alternative Lending – Board Member, Mizuho Europe

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Gabriella Kindert

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

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Fei-Fei Porter

Capital Markets Director, Prodigy Finance

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Doron Reuter

Head of Business Development, ING

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Sandrine Richard

Head of Private Debt - France, Muzinich & Co

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Thomas Schneider

Managing Director & Founder, BrickVest

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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

Jeff Davis, Sandrine Richard, Carina Spitzkopf, Nicole Waibel, Michelle Winters

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

Moderated by: Jeff Davis, Partner – Co-Head of Credit, Eaton Partners

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Jeff Davis

Partner - Co-Head of Credit, Eaton Partners

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Sandrine Richard

Head of Private Debt - France, Muzinich & Co

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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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Michelle Winters

Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners

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14:45 - 15:15

Private debt case studies

Nicole Douglas, Adriana Oller, Magdalena Sniegocka

Presentations

Comparing and contrasting deals in 2 different European markets

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

Moderated by: Nicole Douglas, Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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Adriana Oller

Founder & Partner, Resilience Partners

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Magdalena Sniegocka

Investment Director, CVI

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15:15 - 16:00

Beyond a Box-Ticking Exercise: ESG and Private Debt

Sabrina Fox, Mirja Lehmler-Brown, Kristina Matthews, Oyin Oduya

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

Moderated by: Sabrina Fox, Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance

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Sabrina Fox

Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance

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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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Oyin Oduya

Head of Impact Strategy, Golding Capital Partners

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

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

What are LP views of the European private debt market today

Faten Bizzari, Lauren Fradgley, Dalit Nuttall, Scott Wilkinson

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?

Moderated by: Faten Bizzari, Head of Investment Research, IANUA Market Limited

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Faten Bizzari

Head of Investment Research, IANUA Market Limited

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Lauren Fradgley

Officer of the Debt Products Department, European Investment Fund

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Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

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Scott Wilkinson

Principal - Alternatives, Mercer

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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, Andy Thomson

Interview

  • Outlining the historical evolution of both markets
  • Dynamics in each market– size, performance, supply and demand, product type, relative value, return drivers
  • Current market conditions and development
  • What are the characteristics of sophisticated direct lenders in each market?
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Daniela Jönsson

Principal - Relationship Manager, Ares Management

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Andy Thomson

Senior Editor, Private Debt Investor

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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

Gila Cohen, Matina Papathanasiou, Katherine Taylor

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:
  • Private Debt: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
  • Real Estate: Gila Cohen, Managing Director – Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG
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Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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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, Maria Pejter, Nupur Garg, Shami Nissan

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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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

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09:50 - 10:15

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & 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 2020.

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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10:15 - 10:50

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

Sonali Tang, Cecile Levi, Claire Madden, Adriana Clancy

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?

Moderated by: Sonali Tang, Senior Investment Specialist, ADB

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Sonali Tang

Principal Investment Specialist, ADB

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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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Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

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10:50 - 11:30

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte

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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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
12:00 - 12:40

Meet a Mentor Session

Deborah Gilshan, Anke Heinze, Keeran Kang, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte, Imogen Richards, Harry Seekings, Katherine Taylor, Pooja Warier Hamilton, Alex Wilson

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.

Mentor 1: Pooja Warier Hamilton, Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital
Mentor 2: Imogen Richards, Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon
Mentor 3: Jessica Otte, Director, Stepstone Global
Mentor 4: Alex Wilson, Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets
Mentor 5: Merrick McKay, Head of Europe – Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Mentor 6: Anke Heinze, Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance
Mentor 7: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
Mentor 8: Deborah Gilshan, Founder, The 100% Club
Mentor 9: Keeran Kang, Senior Vice President, Partners Group
Mentor 10: Harry Seekings, Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

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Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

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Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

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Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

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12:40 - 14:15

Themed networking working lunch

Nupur Garg, Christina Han, Roxana Isaiu, Elena Kosseva, Emília Mamajová, Abigail Rayner, Ulyana Shtybel, Chris Rowse

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

Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) – Tokenisation of private equity and private debt
Emilia Mamajova (Espira Investments) – Diversity & Impact
Abigail Rayner (HarbourVest Partners) – Infrastructure Secondaries
Roxana Isaiu (GRESB) – ESG & Real Assets
Nupur Garg (Senior Advisor PE) – Forming a women’s private equity network
Chris Rowse (Riverhouse Partners) – Recruitment: Challenges and Diversity Trends
Elena Kosseva (LCR)- Private Investment and Urban Regeneration
Christina Han (Partners Group) – Thematic Sourcing

 

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

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Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

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Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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14:15 - 14:25

Chairperson's closing remarks

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

Amy Klein Aznar is the Head of Debt Investment and Special Situations team at LaSalle Investment Management and responsible for LaSalle’s market leading debt platform as well as evaluating investments in structured debt and equity, private real estat… Read full bio

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

Faten Bizzari

Head of Investment Research, IANUA Market Limited

Faten is Head of the IANUA Investment Research team. She brings 20 years of experience researching and investing in debt and equity across global multi-sector assets. Previous roles include Head of investment credit at HBOS (Lloyds) Treasury as a buy… Read full bio

Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

Andrew runs NatWest’s Structured Finance business, covering our Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance, Structured Real Estate, Leveraged Finance and Corporate and FI loans teams, as well as our Scandinavian sale and leaseback business, Nordisk Re… 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

Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

Adriana is a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Corbin Capital Partners, a New York-based independent alternative asset management firm that specializes in multi-strategy and opportunistic credit investing for pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, var… Read full bio

Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses including investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services. Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Manag… Read full bio

Jeff Davis

Partner - Co-Head of Credit, Eaton Partners

Jeff is the Co-Head of Private Credit and has a leadership role in the origination, underwriting and project management of Eaton’s private credit-related offerings. He works closely with clients on marketing strategy, collateral design and product po… 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

Nicole Downer

Managing Partner, MV Credit

Nicole Downer joined 2005 is a Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations, managing a number of strategic relationships of the firm. She is also a member of the MV Credit Manager Board. Prior to MV Credit, Nicole was a Managing Director at Deuts… 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

Fiona Freeman

Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Fiona Freeman is a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance practice based in London. As well as working on restructurings and acting as an expert witness Fiona’s main focus is acting as a debt intermediary, providing strategic debt ad… Read full bio

Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

Nupur Garg is one among India’s top 100 Women in Finance (AIWMI 2019 list). She serves as an independent director on the Board of SIDBI and is currently the co-chair of the Board sub-committee for SIDBI’s fund-of-funds operations. An external expert… Read full bio

Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

A Corporate Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Clare Gaskell advises on both private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs) and general corporate matters. She has represented private equity f… Read full bio

Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

Deborah is an investment professional with expertise in corporate governance, sustainability and shareholder engagement. An Ambassador of the 30% Club, the global initiative to promote diversity in companies, Deborah was instrumental in leading the w… Read full bio

Aurelie Hariton-Fardad

Director, MetLife Investment Management

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

Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

Anke is the Director of the Investments & Financing department of AviAlliance GmbH (former HOCHTIEF AirPort). She has over 20 years of airport M&A experience gained in various buy-side and sell-side projects. Anke has also been involved in the syndic… Read full bio

Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB. Roxana holds an Msc in Corporate Finance and is responsible for the development and implementation of the ESG standards, as well as the benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Since joining… 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

Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

Keeran Kang is part of the Private Real Estate Integrated Investments business unit responsible for European investments, based in London. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, where she was a Fund… Read full bio

Gabriella Kindert

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

Dr. Gabriella Kindert is a senior banking and investment professional specialized on Alternative Credit, Private markets and the digital transformation in the financial sector. She gained over 20 years of international experience in managing investme… Read full bio

Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

Elena Kosseva is a development manager at LCR, with responsibility for managing planning, construction and occupation across key sites across LCR’s development portfolio. Her role encompasses working to establish partnerships with public and private… 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

Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

Melissa Li rejoined CIBC in 2016 as a Managing Director in the Private Capital Group at CIBC Capital Markets. In her current role, Melissa leads the global coverage strategy for pension funds, private equity firms and family offices across the consum… 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

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

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

Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, the first private equity firm in Central Europe with a gender lens investment strategy element. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investme… 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

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

With over 17 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportuni… 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

Oyin Oduya

Head of Impact Strategy, Golding Capital Partners

Oyin leads the Impact Investing strategy at Golding Capital Partners with a focus on Emerging Market Private Debt. She is also responsible for ESG diligence, monitoring and engagement for Impact Investing strategies. She joined from the leading Emerg… 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 founded Resilience Partners to provide flexible solutions to SMEs. She has over 20 years of investment experience, specifically in midmarket companies in Spain and Portugal, where she has invested over EUR 110 M in 14 companies. Adriana… Read full bio

Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

Jessica Otte is a member of the Investor Relations Team for StepStone, responsible for managing client relationships in Germany. Prior to joining StepStone she spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs, based both in London and latterly in Frankfurt. She holds… 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

Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

Maria Pejter is an international HR Leader with extensive experience and core competencies in areas such as Talent Management and Organizational Development. She has been with A.P. Moller-Maersk since 1997 in various HR positions including Senior Dir… Read full bio

Fei-Fei Porter

Capital Markets Director, Prodigy Finance

Fei-Fei is Head of Institutional Investors, Capital Markets at Prodigy Finance, a global fintech that finances top talented international students accepted into the world’s best graduate courses. Prior to joining Prodigy she spent more than a decade… Read full bio

Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

Abigail Rayner joined the HarbourVest team in 2018 as a product specialist focused on global real assets investments and works closely with the investor relations team. Abigail joined the Firm from Octopus Investments, a UK focused renewable energy m… Read full bio

Doron Reuter

Head of Business Development, ING

Doron Reuter is Chief Product Owner for the ING Wholesale Banking Advanced Analytics Tribe and was part of the core founding team of the Tribe in 2014. Today the Tribe comprises 104 people in 4 countries (Romania, Poland, London and Amsterdam) with t… Read full bio

Sandrine Richard

Head of Private Debt - France, Muzinich & Co

Sandrine is Head of Private debt -France. Before joining Muzinich, Sandrine spent 10 years at AXA IM where she worked in the fixed income department, the leveraged loan division and co-founded the Private Debt team. Prior to AXA IM, she was an equiti… Read full bio

Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

Imogen Richards is a Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy in Pantheon’s Global Investment team with 18 years of private equity experience. She is also closely involved in key strategic and corporate development projects. Imo… Read full bio

Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

Chris is a Partner of the firm and leads the Private side investment practice specialising in private equity, private debt, and impact investing. Working with the investment management and financial investor practices, Chris advises his investor clie… 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

Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

Harry joined InfraRed in 1998. Harry is Co-Head of Infrastructure business and has the day-to-day responsibility for leading the InfraRed team in relation to HICL. Harry returned to London in July 2015, almost seven years after relocating to New York… 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

Magdalena Sniegocka

Investment Director, CVI

Magdalena Sniegocka is an Investment Director and a member of the Investment Committee at CVI. She is responsible for origination, execution and monitoring of private debt and private equity investments. In her professional career she led or particip… 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

Sonali Tang

Principal Investment Specialist, ADB

Sonali is a Principal Investment Specialist with ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department and has over 20 years of experience in advising and arranging financing for infrastructure projects and borrowers in Asia and the Americas. Her transaction ex… Read full bio

Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

Ms. Taylor is a Director for THL Credit’s Direct Lending and Tradable Credit platforms. Her responsibilities include business development, product development, strategic relationships and fund marketing. She is responsible for the development and man… Read full bio

Andy Thomson

Senior Editor, Private Debt Investor

Andy Thomson is a Senior Editor at PEI with responsibility for Private Debt Investor, the leading title focused on the world's private debt markets. Andy works closely with team members in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has been with PEI for many… Read full bio

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global co-chair of the 30% Club, is a Partner in PwC UK within the people consulting practice. Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping h… 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

Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

Pooja is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of Conduit Capital, with an aim to grow high impact solutions that are solving pressing issues globally, by deploying the knowledge, networks and capital available within the Conduit community. Pri… Read full bio

Scott Wilkinson

Principal - Alternatives, Mercer

Scott Wilkinson is a Principal at Mercer Alternatives based in London. Mr. Wilkinson joined Pavilion Alternatives Group in 2009, which was acquired by Mercer in 2018. Mr. Wilkinson is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring private equity… Read full bio

Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

Alex Wilson is responsible for CIBC Capital Market’s Corporate & Institutional Client Business in Europe and the Middle East. Alex is a seasoned Investment Banker with 20 years’ experience in London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, advising corpor… Read full bio

Michelle Winters

Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners

Michelle is a Vice President at Northleaf Capital Partners, a global private markets investment firm. Based in Toronto, Michelle focuses on investor relations, business development and communications for Northleaf’s private credit investment program.… Read full bio
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