The 4th Annual Private Equity Europe Forum is the leading investor centric meeting for LPs investing in private markets across Europe and globally.
The forum brings together investors, fund managers, and advisers for a two day meeting to discuss sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in Europe and around the world.
The investor focused event provides a due diligence forum for European and international pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of funds, family offices, wealth managers, consultants, and sovereign wealth funds interested in direct research on private investment opportunities.
Session topics cover the entire spectrum of private equity investments, from sector specific sessions on venture capital to discussions on global buyout opportunities and roundtables of leading global institutional investors discussing their specific investment appetites.
Oliver Haarmann, Founding Partner, Searchlight Capital Partners
Mr. Haarmann is a Founding Partner of Searchlight, and is jointly responsible for overseeing the Firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. Mr. Haarmann serves on various portfolio company boards. Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Mr. Haarmann was a partner of KKR & Co L.P. in London. He serves as a trustee of ArtAngel, Brown University, IntoUniversity, and Surgo Foundation. He graduated from Brown University with BA degrees in International Relations and History and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Volkert Doeksen, Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group
Mr. Doeksen is a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group, where he focuses specifically on large accounts of The Carlyle Group as well as on new product and business development. Previously, Volkert was a co-founder and chairman/CEO of AlpInvest Partners. Volkert has over 25 years of investment experience. Prior to that, Volkert was a Partner at Dres-dner Kleinwort Benson in New York and a Director at Kleinwort Benson Ltd. He also worked at Dillon Read and Morgan Stanley in London. Volkert is among others a member of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Concertgebouw N.V and Koninklijke Doeksen B.V. He is also a Board Member of the Fulbright Center and of Athora Holdings and a member of the international advisory board of Van Lanschot Kempen N.V.
Tope Lawani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners
Mr Lawani, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios and has 24 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, he was a Principal in the San Francisco and London offices of TPG Capital, a leading global private equity firm managing over $70 billion in capital. At TPG Mr. Lawani had a lead role in the execution of over $10 billion worth of closed venture capital and leveraged buyout investments, including the acquisitions of Burger King Corp., Debenhams plc., J. Crew Group, and Scottish & Newcastle Retail. He began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development Analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lawani serves on the Boards of Directors of Helios Towers Africa Limited, Mall for Africa, Axxela, ZOLA Electric, OVH Energy and Vivo Energy.
Paweł Gieryński, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Board Member, Abris Capital Partners
Paweł Gieryński is the Managing Partner of Abris Capital Partners. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity and asset management in CEE. Paweł joined Abris at its inception in 2007 and has been instrumental in the developments of its activities across the region. He has been focusing on structuring and leading an efficient investment practice, building at the same time a strong network within regional business communities. His investment philosophy is based on two fundamental ideas: creativity and trust. He believes that making deals is not only about signing bullet-proof contracts but about establishing relationships that could lead to building leading businesses of the region. Prior to Abris, Pawel was a Partner at Copernicus Capital group with a responsibility for the mass privatisation funds. Additionally, Pawel has held many C-suit positions including COO of Mostostal Warszawa SA and CFO of Carli Gry Polska. He also served as President of the Polish Private Equity Association.
Yolande van den Dungen Senior Portfolio Manager, Alternatives SPF Beheer
Andrew Konopelski Managing Partner Bridgepoint Credit
Jerker Johansson Executive Chairman & Founding Partner Blue Water Energy
Stephan Caron Managing Director, Head of European Middle Market Private Debt - Global Credit Team BlackRock
Scott Mackin Managing Partner Denham Capital
Frank Ochsenfeld Partner Coller Capital
David Russell Co-Head of Responsible Investment Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
Gilbert Kamieniecky Managing Director Investcorp
Christopher Bone Partner, Head Private Debt Europe Partners Group
Stefano Drago Partner PAI Partners
Andrew Hampshire Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer Gresham House
Joerg Zirener Senior Managing Director One Equity Partners
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Global Private Market Investing
How are leading fund managers taking the offensive amidst these difficult times? Additionally, how are they working alongside existing portfolio companies to navigate through the headwinds caused by COVID-19?
Portfolio Optimization & Value Creation—What Tools & Strategies are Leading Funds Using to Support Growth in Their Portfolio Companies?
How are private equity firms navigating their portfolio companies through the headwinds caused by COVID-19? What strategies are GPs utilizing to preserve liquidity, reduce costs and prepare for an extended downturn?
Technology, Security, & Intelligence Influence in Private Equity
How are alternative asset firms managing data and cybersecurity risks? Additionally, how are firms utilizing and leveraging technology to improve firm, portfolio company and limited partner relationship management and transparency.
A Spotlight on ESG Management: Navigating Growing Expectations
What’s truly driving the trend toward “sustainable capitalism”? How are GPs responding to LPs ESG agendas in private equity? How are LPs and GPs making a difference and driving profits?
Sourcing, Practicing Efficient Due Diligence & Downside Risk Mitigation
Amidst the pandemic, investors needed to adapt to dealmaking while simultaneously social distancing and implementing new technology for working from home and video conferencing. Panelists discuss how their due diligence strategies have changed in the last several months and share thoughts on best practices for the future.
LP Perspective on Global Private Equity Markets
Are LPs willing to increase their allocations to these long term illiquid strategies? How have these recent market conditions affected their allocation preferences, fund structure considerations, or geography preferences?
Private Credit—Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities
The disruption caused by COVID-19 has significant implications for private credit lenders, who are preparing for potential bankruptcy or work-out scenarios, or term amendment discussions. What changes are leading managers seeing in the private credit markets and what are their outlooks on the future of the asset class?