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2019 Agenda


Breakfast Roundtables

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Chairs opening remarks

Nicholas Neveling, Editor, Real Deals


Economic Outlook Presentation
Trends to Watch – Tracking Changing Deal Volume and Fund Sizes

Tom Carr, Head of Private Debt Products, Preqin


Panel Discussion
Blurred Lines – Examining a Changing Competition Landscape

  • Discussing the future of regulation for the Private Debt Market and how this will alter the competition landscape
  • Identifying permanent and temporary markets for direct lenders
  • From fixed product to case-by-case: Tracking the rise of agile lenders and the necessity of bank flexibility
  • Collaboration as a mean of levelling the playing field and reinstating repayment hierarchies through PIK and beyond
  • Managing increasingly borrower friendly terms – How far can and should lenders go?

Chair: Nicholas Neveling, Editor, Real Deals

Callum Bell, Head of Lending: Growth & Acquisition Finance, Investec Bank

Graeme Delaney-Smith, Co-Head of European Direct Lending, Alcentra

Stuart Hawkins, Director, Ardian

Ian Sale, Senior Director, HSBC


Case Study Presentation

Taking a Leaf out of the Private Equity Playbook

  • Assessing the impact of applying aspects of the private equity model to lending
  • practise
  • Taking an in-depth look at borrower experience, challenges and success in a recent
  • transaction
  • Striking a balance between digital and personal aspects of the lending process
  • Challenge and opportunity: preparing for the future and mitigating risks to excel

Stuart Blair, Director, Debt Finance, OakNorth


Panel Discussion
Anticipating the Downturn of the Credit Cycle

  • Assessing changes to fund structures and preferred debt models in the face of uncertainty – ABL, distressed debt and beyond
  • How and whether to prepare for the next downturn after a period of uninterrupted growth
  • Where will an economic downturn leave lenders and their distribution of market share?
  • Are we seeing increased lending due to long-term stability and assumed low volatility again, which so intensely impacted the market in the late 2000s?
  • Discussing changes to strategy with a view to the expected downturn

Chair: Talya Misiri, Deputy Editor, Real Deals

Jon Herbert, Managing Director, Beechbrook Capital

Nakul Sarin, Managing Director, EQT Partners

Trevor Williams, Professor, University of Derby & TWC consultancy

Neale Broadhead, Senior Managing Director, CVC Credit Partners


​Networking and coffee break


Panel Discussion
Discussing GP-priorities and the Impact of the Economic Climate on Debt Requirements

  • In an uncertain and changing economic climate, what are GPs looking for in a debt provider?
  • Positioning yourself in preparation for Brexit – the significance of international activity and its impact on strategy
  • Investigating continental lending and legal environments and differing competition landscapes
  • What is the attitude of GPs towards relationship lending in an increasingly competitive market with agile lending solutions?
  • Price vs. certainty – where do GP priorities lie and why?

Chair: Nicholas Neveling, Editor, Real Deals

François Lactose, Managing Partner, Idinvest Partners

Chris Price, Partner, Mobeus Equity Partners

Phil Edmans, Partner, inflexion


Advisor Info Session
The 5 Key Things you should know about Leverage Finance in 2020

  • The very latest new structures and technology
  • How to maximise the impact of refi’s, recaps and precaps
  • Watching out for slip ups
  • Strengthening lender relationships, even when things get tough
  • Getting the very best out of your advisors.

Chris Skinner, Partner - Head of UK Debt & Capital Advisory, Deloitte




Investor Discussion
Investigating Market Realities and LP Appetites towards Private Debt Allocation

  • Investigating LP appetite to new strategies and asset allocation efforts in order to obtain adequate risk rewards
  • Looking at emerging managers, strategies and niche plays
  • How the looming change in the economic cycle influences LP asset allocation plans
  • Investigating new and differentiated fund lending opportunities
  • Discussing the emergence of Private Debt Fund of Funds

Karim Flitti, Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Credit Capital Partners

Claire Madden, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Matteo Squilloni, Principal, European Investment Fund

Ramesh Yesodharan, Head - Credit Strategy, The Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank


Expert Presentation
Private Debt Law Report – Learning from the Past and Looking Ahead

  • What credit environment are we moving into and how will that change things?
  • Examining the changes to covenant trends and regulations which shape the market

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference

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