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2022 Speakers

Laurent Bouvier

Kartesia

Laurent Bouvier

Managing Partner

Laurent is a Founding Partner of Kartesia. In his role, Laurent is responsible for overseeing the management and development of the company, more particularly in relation to fundraising and investor relations. When founding Kartesia in 2013, Laurent had over 13 years of experience in private equity finance. Before founding Kartesia, Laurent co-founded the Altercap funds at LBO France, which successfully raised and invested € 500m in corporate credit opportunities since 2009. Laurent was a member of LBO France’s executive committee. Previously, Laurent worked four years as Assistant Director at the Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) Paris office where he structured various mezzanine and equity investments. Laurent started his career in 2000 at Credit Agricole CIB (formerly Crédit Agricole Indosuez) initially in project finance focusing on Telecoms, and then as an investment manager focusing on leveraged finance.

Mat Deering

TDC

Mat Deering

Partner

Mat Deering joined Tosca Debt Capital as a partner in 2021 to further develop and grow the firm’s investment portfolio. He works alongside founding partners Gary Davison and Richard Williams to strengthen the firm’s presence in the market and unlock growth for regional SMEs.

As a partner within the firm, Mat primarily focuses on the natural extension of the TDC proposition, which is centred around the deployment of secured debt capital into UK corporates. He leads on transactions which require a broader approach to financing, potentially involving equity participation and subordinated debt investment.

Mat’s career spans 23 years and he has a wealth of experience in the private equity and corporate advisory space, having started his career at EY before going on to become an original team member and Partner at Endless LLP.

Philip Edmans

Inflexion Private Equity

Philip Edmans

Partner

Philip is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee. He leads the firm’s capital markets team with responsibility for debt financing strategy and lender relationships, supporting new investments and the existing Inflexion portfolio.

Prior to this Philip spent 10 years investing across all sectors having invested in Alcumus, CTC Aviation, Kynetec, Lane Clark & Peacock, Marston, Peach, Scott Dunn, Vivona Brands and Xtrac.

Walid Fakhry

Soho Square

Walid Fakhry

Co-Managing Partner

Walid leads Soho Square’s fundraising activities and has overall responsibility for the operations of the firm. Prior to Soho Square, he co-founded the private equity firm Core Capital in 2004, having worked previously in strategy consulting, operations and investment banking. Walid also founded and sold one of the largest internet service providers in the Middle East.

He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, a BSc in Finance and an Msc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT).

Michael Fletcher

IGF Group

Michael Fletcher

Commercial Director

TBC

Eric Gallerne

Eurazeo

Eric Gallerne

Managing Partner - Private Debt

Eric Gallerne is a Managing Partner in charge of the Private Debt activity and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Before joining the Group in 2012, he was co-founder and head of mezzanine investments (ActoMezz) for Groupama Private Equity for five years. Before that, he spent 10 years heading up the Acquisition Finance department at Fortis Banque France.

Eric holds a Master I in Business Law, and a Master II in law, banking and financial markets from the University of Caen.

Claire Madden

Connection Capital

Claire Madden

Managing Director

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 Loughborough University. After some years in financial recruitment, she co-founded a private client investment business which she sold out of in 2009 before co-founding Connection Capital in 2010. Connection Capital was established by a team who share the same aim: to give its private and family office clients access to alternative investments which are available to the institutional market but often closed to private investors.

The firm’s innovative syndicated model pools its clients’ capital on a deal by deal or fund by fund basis meaning investors can access opportunities which would usually be out of reach due to minimum investment size. Connection Capital clients can invest on a self-select basis so a bespoke portfolio can be built up over time. Opportunities can broadly be classified as either direct private equity, private debt and commercial property investments or pooled allocations to alternative asset funds. Connection Capital’s team manages over £408m across these products. Due to the nature of Connection Capital’s business, Claire has experience of sitting on both sides of the private equity/private debt fence: as part of the investment committee overseeing Connection Capital’s own-led deals and also as an LP investor in other firms’ funds.

David Merriman

Beechbrook Capital

David Merriman

Head of Investment

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Tristan Nagler

Aurelius

Tristan Nagler

Partner

Tristan is a Partner at Aurelius European Opportunities and heads the firm’s London office. In leading the UK & Ireland investment activities for Aurelius, he has a mandate to undertake Pan-European private equity deals including corporate carve-outs and operational transformations. During his time with Aurelius, he has completed numerous mid-market private equity investments in partnership with Asset-Based Lenders. Prior to joining Aurelius, Tristan spent almost 10 years in Corporate Finance at KPMG followed by 3 years at Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance as a senior banker. Tristan is a director of Aurelius Finance Company, the firm’s alternative direct lender, focused on providing financial solutions to small and mid-market companies across the UK and Europe.

Richard Oliver

Ares Management

Richard Oliver

Partner

TBC

Amyn Pesnani

Triton Partners

Amyn Pesnani

Head of Triton Debt Opportunities

Amyn joined from Strategic Value Partners where he focused on European distressed debt investments. Previously he was in the London office of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and focused on European leveraged buyout opportunities. He also worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and London in their Investment Banking Division. Amyn has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Joe Petrusic

All Seas Capital

Joe Petrusic

Director

Joe joined All Seas Capital Partners in 2020. Prior to All Seas, Joe was a Vice President at Lazard, where he spent close to six years in the Financial Sponsors and Industrials M&A teams. Joe worked across a variety of transactions at Lazard, including sell-side and buy-side M&A, as well as IPOs and re-financing transactions. Most recently he focussed on mid-market transactions with a range of capital solutions, from full control to minority equity

Stephen Quinn

17Capital

Stephen Quinn

Co Head of Credit

TBC

Raaj Rabheru

Ardian

Raaj Rabheru

Director

Raaj joined Ardian Private Debt in 2016 as part of the firm’s expansion in the UK. Raaj primarily focuses on sponsor-backed acquisition financings and refinancings for mid-market companies in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics. Previously, Raaj worked in the Leveraged Finance teams of Lloyds Banking Group, ING and GE Capital.

Ian Sale

HSBC

Ian Sale

Senior Director, Leveraged FInance

TBC

Natalia Tsitoura

Apollo Management International

Natalia Tsitoura

Partner

Natalia is Head of European Private Credit at Apollo and is responsible for originating, structuring and underwriting transactions. Natalia has over 14 years of investing experience and extensive knowledge in direct lending dealflow, having worked closely with private equity houses and corporates over the years. Prior to joining Apollo, Natalia was a Managing Director at Alcentra where she was one of the founding members of its European direct lending platform.

Kit Tuke

Bridgepoint

Kit Tuke

Director

Kit is a Director within Bridgepoint’s Capital Markets team and joined the Firm in 2016.

He raised financing to assist with the acquisitions of Qualitest, Fishawack, Sun World, Zenith, Miller Homes, Humanetics Group and Vermaat, as well as numerous refinancings across the portfolio.

Prior to this, Kit was responsible for the Capital Markets activities for Arle/Candover for eight years.

He spent his early career in leveraged finance at Barclays and in the banking team at 3i.

Kit has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University.