Agenda 13th Oct 2021


Registration and morning coffee


Chair welcome address


Private Debt: the current state of affairs and future predictions

Economic Outlook Presentation

  • A reflection on 2021 to date
  • How has the turbulent past economic year affected the debt landscape?
  • Exploring investor’s increasing appetite for private debt
  • What can we expect for the remainder of 2021, into 2022 and beyond?

Rahmin Maali, Associate VP, Preqin


Addressing the changing market: An overview

Opening panel discussion

  • Reviewing historic performance: How has the past year been for fund managers?
  • From deals to covenants: digesting the specifics of more recent changes
  • Which new strategies to implement following a changed debt landscape and the emergence of new markets?
  • Stress testing and crisis planning that keeps in line with the portfolio side
  • The end of restructuring and government help schemes and furlough: what’s next?
  • Private debt firms and hybrid flexibility: the demand for continued virtual communication with investors for ease of access
  • Recognising where teams adapted best and how they managed throughout the past year

Chair: Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals
Neale Broadhead, Partner, CVC
Claire Harwood, Managing Director, Permira Credit
Fred Nada, Partner, Arcmont
Amyn Pesnani, Investment Advisory Professional, Triton Partners


Venture debt and growth capital

Fireside chat

  • The importance of growth capital in the initial investment stage
  • Extending the cash runway - Product and infrastructure requirements, to marketing and avoiding further equity dilution: what are the priorities in the 100 - 200 day plan?

Chair: Sam Birchall, Senior Reporter, Real Deals
Craig Netterfield, Managing Partner, Columbia Lake Partners Growth


Working capital and asset based lending

Case study led panel discussion

  • Exploring the expansion/growth stage from stabilisation through to turnaround
  • What are the funding needs to support new transactions and portfolio clients?
  • Unlocking the value of assets to generate an immediate injection of cash and the financial headroom to expand
  • Lending strategy war stories: where things went wrong and what to do differently in lending: the key takeaways

Chair: Simon Thompson, Senior Reporter, Real Deals
Jon Hughes
, Director, IGF
Tristan Nagler, Partner, Aurelius
Aidan Robson, Partner, Endless


​Coffee and Networking Break



  • Bank lending vs fund lending
  • Getting to grips with ESG management
  • How to properly conduct Due Diligence


Leverage debt: Senior structured debt and unitranche

Panel discussion

  • 2021: the year of stabilisation and recovery for leveraged finance
  • Acquisitions, change of ownership and re-finance for growth: the three key
  • catalysts for the leverage debt lifecycle
  • How to leverage sustainable cash flows to deliver up to 5x EBITDA

Chair: Simon Thompson, Senior Reporter, Real Deals
Phil Edmans, Partner, Inflexion
Jen Murray, Head of Financial Sponsors, Shawbrook Bank
David Wilmot, Partner, Apera AM


Closing Panel discussion

The importance of debt funds in the ESG arena

  • A spotlight on responsible investment: Addressing ESG management for the leveraged loan market
  • Tackling the challenges of ESG integration throughout the investment lifecycle from sourcing and due diligence to exit
  • To what extent is it possible to leverage management teams to encourage sustainability?

Chair: Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals
Andrew Pitts-Tucker, Global Head of ESG, Apex Group
Saad Sheikh, Partner, TLG Capital


Chair close of main sessions and networking lunch