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2019 Speakers

Callum Bell

Investec Bank

Callum Bell

Head of Lending: Growth and Leveraged Finance

Callum joined Investec in 2010 and heads the Growth & Leveraged Finance business with responsibilities for sponsor coverage, origination and structuring of private debt solutions for mid-market European corporates and PE clients. The team have a flexible lending mandate that spans underwriting, unitranche and club/bilateral financing solutions. In 2018 they deployed £800m+ to their clients (typically £2m-£100m EBITDA).

Callum has 15 years+ of investment banking, strategy consulting and leveraged finance experience in Europe. Prior to joining Investec, Callum was a Director in the Leveraged Finance team at RBS. Callum holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Auckland and an MBA from Cambridge University.

Stuart Blair

OakNorth

Stuart Blair

Director, Debt Finance

Stuart is one of OakNorth’s Debt Finance Directors and has been with the business since January 2017 working on several sponsor transactions including deals with: Inn Collection Group - the leading pub company owned by Alchemy Partners, Constant Equity who used the finance to acquire Keencut, and Baird Capital who used the finance to acquire Collingwood Lighting.

Prior to joining OakNorth, Stuart held various positions with the Royal Bank of Scotland. In his most recent role before his departure, he was a Director in the Leverage Finance team where he provided structured finance solutions for both corporates and SMEs.

Tom Carr

Preqin

Tom Carr

Head of Private Debt Products

Tom Carr joined Preqin in 2010 and is Head of Private Debt. He is responsible for the overall strategy of Preqin’s debt businesses, developing and promoting award-winning products, producing and editing research, and managing other strategic initiatives. Tom previously lead Preqin’s real assets business and is a regular contributor of articles and features in the financial press. Tom has a BSc from the University of Southampton in International Relations. Preqin is the alternative assets industry’s leading source of data and intelligence with over 350 staff based in New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Guangzhou.

Graeme Delaney-Smith

Alcentra

Graeme Delaney-Smith

Co-Head of European Direct Lending

Graeme joined Alcentra in September 2004 and is the Co-Head of European Direct Lending. He is also a member of the European Investment Committee.

Graeme was responsible for raising the initial Alcentra mezzanine funds, joining Alcentra with a specific mandate to expand the Alcentra strategy into this area. He subsequently raised Alcentra’s existing European Direct Lending Funds from December 2012.

Prior to joining Alcentra, Graeme was an Investment Director at Intermediate Capital Group for nearly seven years. Prior to joining ICG in 1998 he spent five years at The Royal Bank of Scotland, the latter part within the leveraged finance team in London.

Graeme is a graduate of Napier University and a qualified accountant. He also received an MBA from Heriot-Watt University Business School, Edinburgh.

Thomas Erichsen

TMF Group

Thomas Erichsen

Head of Fund Services, EMEA

Thomas F. Erichsen is a Head of Fund Services EMEA at TMF Group. His focus is within its Private Equity and Real Estate services. He has spent his entire career in banking and capital markets. Majority of his focus has been within alternative investments, fund administration and prime brokerage. The aforementioned were undertaken at firms such as JPMorgan, Mercer and MUFG. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA in global finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He grew up in an international setting living in multiple countries; he speaks Norwegian, English and Japanese fluently.

Karim Flitti

Credit Capital Partners

Karim Flitti

Partner

With over 20 years of relevant industry experience, Karim is a seasoned practitioner in European Debt Markets. In 2015, Karim co-founded London-based Credit Capital Partners, a specialist independent consulting Firm that advises institutional investors on their strategies and investments in private debt markets. Prior to that, he established and managed sizeable debt platforms within renowned institutional managers such as Aviva, AXA-IM, Deutsche Bank and HarbourVest. Over this period, Karim managed funds in various strategies (leveraged loans, mezzanine, high yield, direct lending) totalling circa €4 billion in AUM cumulatively. Karim received a BS in Economics and Finance from ESSEC Business School.

Stuart Hawkins

Ardian

Stuart Hawkins

Director

Stuart has over 13 years of experience in the European leverage buyout market. He began his career working in the leveraged finance team at UBS, and then spent 9 years in the European mezzanine and private debt group at Barings investing in European middle market credit. Prior to joining Ardian he worked at TSSP, TPG’s credit platform, as a Director to help develop its European private debt business. He is based in the London office.

Jon Herbert

Beechbrook Capital

Jon Herbert

Managing Director

Beechbrook Capital is a leading provider of alternative credit, with a focus on high growth SMEs, across the UK and Northern Europe, in two distinct fund strategies.

Jon leads one of these strategies, The Beechbrook UK SME Credit Fund, which targets sponsorless investments.

Prior to joining Beechbrook in 2015, Jon has had a 30 year career in credit, notably as Head of Acquisition Finance for the Lloyds Banking Group, and as Debt Partner, for the private equity business, LDC.

François Lacoste

Idinvest Partners

François Lacoste

Managing Partner

François Lacoste is Managing Partner in charge of the Private Debt activity. He is also a member of Idinvest Partners’ Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Idinvest Partners in 2008, he worked in the Acquisition & Leverage Finance business at Fortis Bank, in France and Belgium, after having launched the Acquisition Finance department in France. He began his career in the Acquisition Finance department of Banque Worms (Deutsche Bank group).

Claire Madden

Connection Capital

Claire Madden

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Claire Madden, co-founder of Connection Capital, is the driving force behind its specialist strategy to give experienced, HNW private investors direct access to attractive alternative asset investments - typically the preserve of institutional investors. Its unique model fills a major gap in the market.

Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loughborough University. After working in financial recruitment, she co-founded a HNW investor network which she sold out of in 2009 before establishing Connection Capital in 2010. A BVCA member, she is Connection Capital’s Managing Partner and sits on its Board and Investment Committee.

Talya Misiri

Real Deals

Talya Misiri

Deputy Editor

Talya joined Real Deals as deputy editor in March 2019 and has worked in financial journalism since 2015. She previously held roles as a reporter at Citywire’s New Model Adviser and senior reporter at pensions trade magazine Pensions Age, among other trade publications. Talya also served as an intern in the travel section at The Sunday Times. She graduated in English Literature from the University of Sussex in 2015.

Nicholas Neveling

Real Deals

Nicholas Neveling

Editor

Nicholas joined Real Deals in April 2008 and has been covering the European private equity market for almost a decade. He was previously a reporter at Accountancy Age and prior to that worked for the South African publications Business Day and The Sunday Times. Nicholas graduated in journalism from Rhodes University in 2002.

Chris Price​

Mobeus Equity Partners

Chris Price​

Partner

Chris joined Mobeus as an Investment Manager in 2010 and was made Partner five years later. As part of the Buyout investment team, he uses his extensive network to originate new investments and sits on the Board of three of the Mobeus portfolio. A generalist investor Chris has significant recent experience in the financial services sector having led investments into Advantedge, Ludlow and Travel and General. Chris sits on the investment committee for Mobeus’ institutional fund.

Ian Sale

HSBC

Ian Sale

Senior Director, Leveraged Finance

Ian Sale is one of the London Team heads on HSBC’s Middle Market Financial Sponsors team. He has 20 years’ experience in the leveraged finance arena. Ian and his colleagues provide senior debt, super senior and working capital facilities for private equity investments in the UK and overseas. Ian also serves on the Member Engagement Advisory Committee of the BVCA and is an external guest speaker on debt at the CASS Business School, London for their Private Equity MBA module.

Nakul Sarin

EQT Partners

Nakul Sarin

Managing Director

Nakul Sarin joined EQT in 2015 and is a Managing Director in EQT’s Credit team in London.

Prior to joining EQT, Nakul was an Investment Director at Permira’s London office, where he was responsible for leading the origination and execution of several direct lending and special situation investments completed by the credit team.

Prior to Permira, Nakul’s previous roles included working for Blackstone’s M&A and Restructuring Advisory team and the leveraged finance teams for Merrill Lynch and CIBC World Markets, all based in London.

Nakul holds a Bachelors degree in Finance, Economics and Mathematics from McGill University and an MSc.

Chris Skinner

Deloitte

Chris Skinner

Partner - Head of UK Debt & Capital Advisory

Chris was a founding member of Deloitte’s Debt & Capital Advisory business, focusing on providing independent advice to companies undergoing debt raising exercises. Chris also leads Deloitte’s Private Equity portfolio company programme in the UK. Prior to joining Debt & Capital Advisory Chris worked in Deloitte’s Reorganisation Services practice where he was involved a wide range of challenging transactions. Deloitte’s Debt & Capital Advisory business has now grown to over 200 people across the globe with over 60 in the UK alone. Chris is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Securities and Investment Institute and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Matteo Squilloni

European Investment Fund

Matteo Squilloni

Equity Investments - Lower Mid-Market

Matteo is responsible for equity investments in Southern Europe (incl. Western Balkans countries and Greece) and supervisor over EIF private debt programmes. Since he joined EIF in 2014, he was responsible for over 30

investments in private equity, mezzanine and private debt funds counting for more than EUR 1bn committed amount. Previously, he was at Quadrivio SGR, an Italian multi-asset management firm active in the management of private
equity (direct and FoF), venture capital, renewable energy, private debt and microfinance funds. Early experiences in M&A department of Mediobanca and ECM of JPMorgan.

Trevor Williams

University of Derby & TWC consultancy

Trevor Williams

Professor

Trevor Williams is the former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, a position he held for well over 10 years. During this time he established a highly-regarded, award-winning, team of economists analysing global and domestic data to support clients ranging from financial institutions, large corporates to SMEs with bespoke insight.

He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, rotating Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and author of Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners (with Victoria Turton).


Ramesh Yesodharan

The Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Ramesh Yesodharan

Head - Credit Strategy

Head - Credit Strategy, joined the bank in 2004. Ramesh heads SMTB London branch’s fund research and investment activities and is also responsible for European credit market research, structured credit investments (CLOs and RMBS), direct lending funds and fund finance.

Prior to joining SMTB, Ramesh worked at CRISIL (S&P’s Indian subsidiary) for 7 years in their financial sector and structured credit rating practise.

Ramesh graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from IIT Chennai and finished his MBA at IIM Kolkatta. He also holds the CFA charter.

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