7th Private Equity Forum 2017 Conference

Brexit: what will it mean for Private Equity and Venture Capital?

Vince Cable (The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP), Leader of the Liberal Democrats, MP for Twickenham

Sven Gentner, Head of Unit for asset management - European Commission

Preparing for Brexit.
With the UK's exit from the European Union less than 18 months away, many private equity managers are having to consider fund structures commonly used in the EU 27 member states.

The conference will cover Brexit and what it will mean for Private Equity and Venture Capital with clarification on the next series of changes to ensure you are aware of the necessary key actions and deadlines.

Why you should attend:

  • 15+ Speakers inc. Liberal Democrats and European Commission
  • 2 Chairs inc. Private Equity News and Preqin
  • 2 panel discussions
  • 100+ key decision makers attending
  • 10+ sponsors
  • 4 networking breaks during the day with catering served in the exhibition hall

Click here to book your place for just £595.00 v £1,599.00 informa 'UCITS & AIFMD London Conference'.

£595.00 Member (standard rate)*

£695.00 Non-member (standard rate)

*Members of global private equity and venture capital associations (e.g. BVCA and Invest Europe) will receive a £100.00 discount i.e. £595.00.

2017 Programme:

08.30 Welcome refreshments, registration and networking

09.00 - 09.10 Chairman’s opening remarks

Conference Chair: Mark O'Hare, Chief Executive - Preqin

09.10 - 09.50 KEYNOTE SPEECH (session 1)
Vince Cable (The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP), Leader of the Liberal Democrats, MP for Twickenham

09.50 - 10.30 Impact of Brexit on the industry (session 2)

  • What we are seeing in the Market?
  • Post-Brexit: What will access to Europe look like from a regulatory aspect?
  • Location - planning amidst the uncertainties
  • Potential tax implications

Richard McGuire, Private Equity Funds Leader - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Claire Wallace, Regulatory Senior Manager - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Jon Page, Private Equity Tax Director - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

10.30 - 11.00 Networking break and refreshments

11.00 - 11.40 Brexit - what will it mean for Private Equity and Venture Capital? (session 3)

  • Political outlook
  • Economy
  • Business

Graeme Leach, CEO and Chief Economist - macronomics

11.40 - 12.20 PANEL DISCUSSION (session 4)

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy - IoD (Institute of Directors)
Joanna Perkins, Chief Executive - FMLC (Financial Markets Law Committee)

12.20 - 13.20 Networking lunch

13.20 - 13.30 Chairman’s opening remarks

Conference Chair: Jessica Davies, Editor - Private Equity News

13.30 - 14.10 An overview of recent European Policy developments and next steps (session 5)
Recent developments:

  • The post-crisis financial reforms agenda - where do we stand?
  • Capital Markets Union - taking stock of the progress made (including EuVECA / EuSEF)

Next steps:

  • ESA review
  • New initiative on facilitating cross-border distribution of funds
  • AIFMD review - what should we expect?
  • UCITS VI - already in the pipeline?

Sven Gentner, Head of Unit for asset management - European Commission

14.10 - 14.50 Private Equity opportunities in FinTech (session 6)

  • Seedcamp investment framework - how they source, select and support companies
  • Future of VC - potential impact of ICOs on the VC industry
  • Digital innovation trends in the financial services and asset management sector
  • How to diligence FinTech firms

Sia Houchangnia, Investment Partner - Seedcamp
Steven Hunter, CEO - 9fin
Angus McLean, Partner - Simmons & Simmons

14.50 - 15.20 Networking break and refreshments

15.20 - 16.00 ESG (environmental, social and governance) - protecting and enhancing portfolio returns (session 7)

  • Background to ESG and PRI - the issues
  • How important is it?
  • Sustainability reporting and disclosure - what does the future look like?
  • Protecting and enhancing portfolio returns
  • What ESG issues do investors want to know about?
  • GPs and LPs views on ESG
  • When ESG should be considered during the deals cycle beyond the point of fundraising
  • Client experiences - how people are going about it
  • Effect of Brexit

Tamsin Chislett, Head of Impact Research & Innovation - ClearlySo
Luis Martin, Director, Legal and Governance - British Business Bank
David Williams, Partner - Simmons & Simmons

16.00 - 16.40 Fireside Chat - how investors view the global and regional outlook for private equity (session 8)
Chair: Remco Haaxman, Partner - Coller Capital
Howard Leigh (Lord Leigh of Hurley), Senior Partner - Cavendish
Chris Neale, Partner - Phoenix Equity Partners

16.40 Chairman’s closing remarks

16.50 Close of conference

Conference Chairs:


Jessica Davies, Editor - Private Equity News

Mark O'Hare, Chief Executive - Preqin

Keynote Speakers:

Vince Cable (The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP), Leader of the Liberal Democrats, MP for Twickenham

Sven Gentner, Head of Unit for asset management - European Commission



Tamsin Chislett, Head of Impact Research & Innovation - ClearlySo

Remco Haaxman, Partner - Coller Capital

Sia Houchangnia, Investment Partner - Seedcamp

Steven Hunter, CEO - 9fin

Graeme Leach, CEO and Chief Economist - macronomics

Howard Leigh (Lord Leigh of Hurley), Senior Partner - Cavendish

Luis Martin, Director, Legal and Governance - British Business Bank

Angus McLean, Partner - Simmons & Simmons

Richard McGuire, Private Equity Funds Leader - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Chris Neale, Partner - Phoenix Equity Partners

Jon Page, Private Equity Tax Director - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)


Joanna Perkins, Chief Executive - FMLC (Financial Markets Law Committee)

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy - IoD (Institute of Directors)

Claire Wallace, Regulatory Senior Manager - PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

David Williams, Partner - Simmons & Simmons

Attendee profile:

  • General partners
  • Limited partners
  • Hedge funds
  • Funds-of-Funds
  • Investment banks
  • Other institutional investors: banks, pension funds and insurance companies
  • Asset management firms
  • Placement agents
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Funds specialists
  • Technology providers
  • Other service providers

2016 attendees included:

AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association)
Akina (Luxembourg)
Apollo Management International
Aztec Group
Bain Capital
Belmont Global Advisors
Capstone Partners
Coller Capital
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Cygnus Capital Partners
DB Private Equity
Denning and Company
Draper Esprit
EFAMA (European Fund and Asset Management Association)
Ernst & Young
Euromoney Institutional Investor
Gentoo Fund Services
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Heritage Depositary Company (UK)
Heritage International Fund Managers (HIFM)
JTC Group
Langholm Capital
Limar Group
Lincoln International
LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
Mainspring Fund Services
Mannheimer Swartling
Matterhorn Reporting Services
MH Forum Link
Midshore Consulting
MMC Ventures
Mourant Ozannes
Northern Trust
Northern Trust (Guernsey)
Osborne Clarke
Philax Resources (EMEA)
Private Equity Wire
Private Funds Management (PEI)
Proskauer Rose
Reprints Desk
RK Consulting
Simmons & Simmons
Simon Scott Homes
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Structured Credit Investor
The ID Register
VenCap International
VIY Management
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

What do people think about Private Equity Forum?

Here's how previous attendees have rated Private Equity Forum's Conference:

"An effective conference, covering all areas of significant concern for the PE industry."
Andrew Watson, Depositary Manager - INDOS Financial

"Useful in getting regulatory viewpoints particularly on the timing of the introduction of 'passporting' in EU."
David Price, Depositary Services Manager - Heritage Administration Services

"...presentation, papers and delivery were excellent - very relevant update."

"Very informative and lots of points to take forward."
Charlie Griffiths, Fund Accountant - Hermes GPE

"The programme was very full and well paced."
Philip McEachen, Associate - Kirkland & Ellis International

"Very informative conference with a lot of detailed presentations."
Alison Riddle, Associate Director - Osborne Clarke

"Speakers generally excellent and content pertinent."

"Very informative over a broad range of topics..."

"Informative and relevant."
Sarah Rayson, Director, Fund Services, Jersey - Crestbridge

"Commission viewpoint."

"Very informative."
Fiona Fauvel, Head of Compliance, Jersey - Crestbridge

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Simmons & Simmons is a world class international law firm with offices in 24 locations across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Time and time again businesses across the world bring them their toughest commercial challenges. They call on Simmons & Simmons for their international reach and their expert legal advice. Their clients rely on their ability to align to their requirements: they invest time and effort into their businesses and the worlds in which they operate.

CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7628 2020
Email: colin.passmore@simmons-simmons.com / jeremy.hoyland@simmons-simmons.com
Website: www.simmons-simmons.com

The ID Register is a new online platform which is being launched to make the Know Your Client (KYC) process quicker, easier and more cost effective.

The ID Register enables users to create a complete KYC and FATCA profile and share it securely with those who need it, eliminating the need for multiple paper forms that all ask for similar information in slightly different ways.

Backed by leading fund administrator, Ipes, The ID Register has been developed in response to the changing regulatory requirements of KYC.  The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has stated, "In order to enable effective competition and promote innovation, it is important that technologies that help firms better manage regulatory requirements and reduce compliance costs are supported."

For more information visit: www.theidregister.com

You can view the video and the leaflet here: www.theidregister.com

JTC Fund Services has a proven track record in administering both closed and open-ended funds established in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Luxembourg and the UK. They see a fund through its entire lifecycle and support their clients’ long term strategic ambitions. They have expertise in the administration of traditional and alternative assets, with a focus on private equity, real estate and hedge. They specialise in niche asset classes such as fine art, cryptocurrencies as well as technology, cleantech, infrastructure, transport and natural resources.

JTC has a highly qualified and multilingual workforce of over 450 employees worldwide, they are able to provide a global service to their clients via their network of local offices in Argentina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK, as well as USA representative offices in Miami and New York, and alliance offices in Hong Kong, Labuan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Please contact Stuart Pinnington, Group Head of Institutional Client Services:
Tel: +44 (0)1534 816231
Email: stuart.pinnington@jtcgroup.com
Website: www.jtcgroup.com

Lincoln International is a global independent investment bank specializing in advisory services and financings for middle-market companies.  The firm provides a variety of advisory services including Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuations & Opinions, Debt Advisory and Joint Ventures & Partnering.  Lincoln's Valuations & Opinions Group is a leading global provider of independent valuations of illiquid financial instruments and private interests to alternative asset managers.  In relation to AIFMD, Lincoln acts both in an advisory capacity and as External Valuer across a wide variety of sectors and contexts.

Orion House, 5 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7632 5259
Email: tfreyman@lincolninternational.com
Website: www.lincolninternational.com

At Matterhorn Reporting Services they empower financial organizations to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex international regulatory environment. They do this by developing web and mobile applications that streamline and simplify your compliance processes. Matterhorn’s software solutions helps companies around the world to ensure compliance and reduce risk.

Kernkade 12j, 3542 CH, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)85 4018256
Email: info@matterhorn-rs.com
Website: www.matterhorn-rs.com

Mourant Ozannes is one of the leading offshore law firms. They advise on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands,
Guernsey and Jersey.

Their clients include many of the world's leading financial institutions, public companies, corporations and fund
promoters as well as high net worth private clients.

They are chosen regularly to work alongside the most respected international law firms with whom they enjoy deep and
longstanding relationships.

22 Grenville Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8PX, Channel Islands
Tel: +44 (0)1534 676 000
Email: tim.morgan@mourantozannes.com
Website: www.mourantozannes.com


AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,700 corporate members in over 50 countries.  AIMA has an active influence in policy development and provides leadership in industry initiatives such as educational programmes and areas of sound practices.  AIMA has developed long-term relationships with regulators worldwide and has built a close collaboration with many investors in alternative funds.

AIMA provides a vibrant global network for its members.  Its primary membership is drawn from the alternative funds industry whose managers pursue a wide range of modern asset management strategies.  AIMA’s manager members collectively manage more than $1.5 trillion in assets.

The Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA) was established in 1989 as a trade association to represent the Island’s growing fund management industry.  Our membership spans the whole spectrum of the Island’s investment community, including fund managers, administrators, custodians, non- executive directors as well as professional firms such as lawyers and accountants who are closely involved in the work of the investment business industry.

International Financial Law Review (IFLR) is the market-leading financial law publication for lawyers specialising in international finance in financial institutions, corporates and in private practice.

IFLR was first published in 1982.  Today, with journalists based in the US, UK and Asia, IFLR offers everything from practical, actionable insight on the latest deal structures and regulatory developments to interviews with regulators and in-house counsel worldwide.

Visit www.iflr.com for more information. 

JWG are recognised by regulators, financial institutions and technology firms as the independent analysts to help determine how the right regulations can be implemented in the right way.  They enable firms to execute efficient regulatory reform through collaborative working groups, syndicated intelligence and their next generation regulatory management platform, RegDelta.

The Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA) is the representative body of private equity and venture capital professionals in Luxembourg.

With over 120 members, LPEA plays a leading role in the discussion and development of the investment framework and actively promotes the industry beyond the country’s borders.

Luxembourg disposes of a stable tax regime and is today at the forefront of international PE regulation providing a flexible, secure, predictable and multi-lingual jurisdiction to operate in.

LPEA provides a dynamic and interactive platform for its members to discuss and exchange information and organises working meetings and networking opportunities on a regular basis.

If Luxembourg is your location of choice for private equity, LPEA is where you actually become a player!

Private Funds Management (pfm) is a news service for professionals charged with overseeing the financial, operational and legal functions within private equity firms.  Positioned at the heart of the of the global alternative asset industry, Private Funds Management is trusted to provide authoritative coverage the world over.  They cover all the complex issues that it is absolutely critical to get right.  To them, it’s much more than providing content: it’s about delivering information that makes a difference.

With its dedicated team of journalists and researchers in London and New York, pfm delivers an authoritative mix of news, and analysis of the people and the trends shaping the market.

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports.  Preqin is an independent business with over 300 staff based in New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Manila serving over 40,000 customers in over 90 countries.

Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity and venture capital, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms.  Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

Website: www.preqin.com
Follow us on Twitter: www.preqin.com/Twitter
Find us on LinkedIn: www.preqin.com/LinkedIn

Private Equity Wire is the private equity industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles.  Private Equity Wire produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the private equity industry and a series of special reports.

Click here to access www.privateequitywire.co.uk.

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Click here to book your place for just £595.00 v £1,599.00 informa 'UCITS & AIFMD London Conference'.

£595.00 Member (standard rate)*

£695.00 Non-member (standard rate)

*Members of global private equity and venture capital associations (e.g. BVCA and Invest Europe) will receive a £100.00 discount i.e. £595.00.

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