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 equity continues to move up the agenda.

Once again, we will be bringing together over 500 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 again be co-located with the Women in Infrastructure Forum, in addition to the Women in Private Debt Forum and the 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 Infrastructure, Private Debt & Real Estate

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 3rd year

New for 2019

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

Gain insights

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

Investors who attended last year

Aberdeen Private Equity
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
AMCS Privatstiftung
bcIMC
Bregal Private Equity Partners
Brunel Pension Partnership
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CDC Group
Chatham House
CPP Investment Board
CPPIB
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Investment Bank
Future Fund
Hamilton Lane
Korea Investment Corporation
Lyrique Private Equity
Manulife Capital
Metlife
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
PGGM
PSP Investments
Public Investment Corporation
QIC
Quadrivio SGR
Rothschild and Co
The Silferfern Group
The Wellcome Trust
UBS AG Wealth Management
Unigestion
USS

Gender diversity remains one of the most important areas of growth for internal ESG policies

LP & GP views on diversity

Testimonials from last year

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 & 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

Presentation

09:30 - 10:15

Heads 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?

Moderator: 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 Equity Forum 2019
11:35 - 11:40

Private Equity chairperson’s opening remarks

11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: Putting money to work in times of record fundraising

Sofia Ahuja, Simona Maellare, Lindsey McMurray

Panel Session

  • How can PE funds address the imbalance between funds raised and capital invested?
  • Driving returns as multiples continue to increase; outlining recent success stories
  • Are current level of fundraising sustainable and how well are managers prepared for a downturn?
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Sofia Ahuja

Director, EQT

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Simona Maellare

Managing Director - Global Head of Financial Sponsors

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Lindsey McMurray

Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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12:20 - 13:00

What do the rise of megafunds mean for fundraising in other areas of the market?

Anamica Broetz, Gillian De Candole, Rebecca Zimmerman

Panel Session

  • Is there a future for smaller funds? How can they differentiate themselves?
  • Raising a first-time fund when established funds continue to raise capital so efficiently
  • How have successful GPs continued to achieve their outstanding fundraisings?
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Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

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Gillian De Candole

Investment Principal Private Markets, Brunel Pension Partnership

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Rebecca Zimmerman

Investor Relations - Senior Director, Permira

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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

Investor perspectives on PE as an asset class towards the end of an economic cycle

Margarita Aleksieva, Sweta Chattopadhyay

Panel Session

  • The increase of direct and co-investing and the impact on relationships with fund managers
  • Views on investing in long-term funds: Is this a trend or a long-term shift?
  • Building a diversified portfolio in alternative assets
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Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Asset Management, IST Investment Foundation

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Sweta Chattopadhyay

Director, bfinance

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14:45 - 15:15

The increased importance of ESG and impact investments and what it means for private equity

Natasha Buckley, Maaike van der Schoot

Panel Session

  • Exploration on how and why traditional funds are launching impact strategies
  • How is private equity addressing climate risk and SDGs?
  • Does implementing ESG add value to PE investments?
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Natasha Buckley

Senior Manager - Private equity programme, UNPRI

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Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

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15:15 - 16:00

The rise of secondaries as a sub-asset class of private equity

Martha Heitmann, Valérie Handal, Sunaina Sinha

Panel Session

  • How much has the European market expanded in recent years?
  • The evolution of the GP-led secondaries market
  • What could throw the booming secondaries market off course?
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Martha Heitmann

Partner, LGT CP

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Valérie Handal

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

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Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

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

Examining the continued evolution of value creation and private equity

Anne-Marie Laing, Elena Lokteva

Panel Session

  • How can operators continue to add value throughout the deal process?
  • Latest trends in structuring a value creation team
  • When to bring in consultants and what type of people to bring in
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Anne-Marie Laing

Transformation Professional, Agilitas

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Elena Lokteva

Partner, SI Capital Partners

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17:10 - 17:45

To what extent is digital disruption impacting private equity strategy?

Panel Session

  • Which sectors are most at threat from oncoming disruption?
  • Incorporating a digital assessment within due diligence?
  • How PE can utilise the data created by its portfolio to guide investment decisions
17:45 - 19:30

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

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.

 

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Sofia Ahuja

Director, EQT

Sofia Ahuja joined EQT Partners in September 2011. From 2011-2014, Sofia was an Investment Professional in EQT’s Infrastructure investment strategy. In 2014, she joined EQT’s Mid Market US fund to expand the firm’s middle market investment strategy t… Read full bio

Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Asset Management, IST Investment Foundation

Margarita Aleksieva is leading the asset management of the IST3 Global Infrastructure Fund and is a member of the IST Private Infrastructure Equity management team. She has about 15 years of experience in the energy sector and broad expertise in buil… 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

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

Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

Anamica Broetz is Head of Investor Relations for DWS Private Equity. She is responsible for coordinating the private equity platform’s global fundraising campaigns and leading investor relations for our diversified LP base, including sovereign wealth… Read full bio

Natasha Buckley

Senior Manager - Private equity programme, UNPRI

Natasha joined the PRI in August 2011. She is responsible for the PRI’s work in private equity, through which the PRI acts as a global platform to understand and share good practice, develop reporting practices and establish LP-GP alignment on expect… Read full bio

Gillian De Candole

Investment Principal Private Markets, Brunel Pension Partnership

Gillian has over 15 years of experience working in both buy-side and asset-owner capacities, including equity research and fund management at Schroders Investment Management and investing across all asset classes at the Environment Agency Pension Fun… Read full bio

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Director, bfinance

Sweta is a Director within the Private Markets team at bfinance, and Head of Private Equity. bfinance is an independent investment consultancy, that supports over 300 sophisticated institutional investors around the world with implementing their inve… 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

Valérie Handal

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

Valérie Handal focuses on secondary investments, primarily in Europe. She joined HarbourVest in 2006 and has played a lead role in a range of transactions, including SGV Capital plc, 3i Ventures, and RBS Special Situations. Valérie currently serves o… 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

Martha Heitmann

Partner, LGT CP

Martha Heitmann is a Partner at LGT Capital Partners., and has been with LGT CP since 2007. Ms. Heitmann is responsible for the origination, evaluation, execution and monitoring of secondary transactions in Europe. She has lead transactions related t… 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

Anne-Marie Laing

Transformation Professional, Agilitas

Anne-Marie Laing joined Agilitas in 2018 to work with portfolio companies on their transformation plans, with a particular focus on budgeting, KPIs and operational restructuring. Anne-Marie commenced her career at Arthur Andersen before working at Zo… 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

Elena Lokteva

Partner, SI Capital Partners

She started working in the private equity industry in 1995 as a GP, lead private equity program in family office MAC Asset Management and co-founded SI Capital Partners. An accomplished CFO and operating partner with global experience in retail, dist… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is a founding partner of Connection Capital, the private client investment business which specialises in alternative investments. Claire heads up all of our activities in respect of our investments in alternative asset funds and real estate. S… Read full bio

Simona Maellare

Managing Director - Global Head of Financial Sponsors

Simona Maellare joined UBS in February 2014 to Co-Head the Financial Sponsors Group in London. Prior to this, she has spent 8 years at BAML in the Financial Sponsors team and 9 years at JP Morgan in the Leverage Finance team in London and in New York… 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

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

Lindsey McMurray

Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Lindsey joined the team in 2005 and is Managing Partner and co-founder of Pollen Street Capital. Lindsey has led the business for over 10 years. She has been a private equity and credit investor for more than 26 years with a focus on the financial an… 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

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

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

Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

Maaike van der Schoot is AlpInvest Partner’s Responsible Investment Officer and oversees the development and implementation of the Responsible Investment policy. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2002. Prior to her current role, she was an investment… Read full bio

Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a private funds advisor based in London and New York. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in private equity and private debt. Cebile… 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

Rebecca Zimmerman

Investor Relations - Senior Director, Permira

Rebecca is a senior member of the Investor Relations team at Permira, having joined the firm in 2010. She currently heads up European investor coverage across the private equity and private credit businesses and leads the firm’s LP co-investment prog… Read full bio
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Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

The Women in Private Equity Forum offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for private equity 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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