5 June 2018

5th Annual European Summit



2018 Agenda

Networking Breakfast & Registration
9:00 Welcome Address
9:10 Opening Panel: A look ahead – what’s changing for women in private investment and finance?
 How have your networks served to drive forward your career & your organisation? What are some of the obstacles that keep women from choosing careers in finance and private equity? Are barriers to entry becoming an outdated argument? What strategies are top-tier private equity and finance firms using to attract and retain female talent? What’s working / what’s not? How can the common plateau in career progression at middle management be best avoided? What is the prevailing view on industry targets set by groups such as Level 20? What types of challenges have the panellists experienced during their own careers and what advice would they give to up-and-coming women professionals? Is there risk of a backlash, whereby diversity training becomes counter-productive?
10.00 Presentation: The Language of Leadership - Path to the C-Suite
10.15 Fireside Chat: CEO Perspective - The Route to Securing a C-Suite Position
Networking Break
11:15 European Infrastructure Outlook: how is the asset class evolving? What potential returns do institutional investors want to see in order to increase their allocations to the asset class? Where are they key opportunities geographically and by sector? To what extent are lines blurring between infrastructure and other asset classes? How will rising interest rates impact the infrastructure market? What are the most interesting and concerning trends over the next 5-10 years?
12.00 Opportunities in Private Debt: what is the outlook for European debt markets? How are investor appetites evolving and where is there most interest? What are the key differences between the European and US markets? Is there too much capital chasing too few deals? How can deal flow be improved? To what extent are regulatory and geopolitical factors having an impact on the market?
Networking Lunch & Roundtables
14:00 Keynote 2: An Entrepreneur’s Tale – lessons on building a business and securing funding From a corporate outlook to the mindset of an entrepreneur – what are the main differences and similarities? In hindsight, what would you have done differently if starting again? What are the major difficulties? Are there significant gender barriers?
14:20 Institutional Investor Outlook: Where are the hotspots in private investment? What are the hotspots and key trends in private equity today? To what extent are deal-by-deal, co-investment and direct investment structures creating ‘a new normal’ for capital deployment? Fees, ESG, transparency, internal resources, deal flow- what are the priorities when choosing an investment platform? Making the link - do diverse management teams result in better performances?
Networking Break
15:35 How do best-in-class managers differentiate themselves? Where were the most favourable market opportunities last year? Fees, ESG, transparency, internal resources, deal flow – what are the priorities when choosing an investment platform? How do sourcing strategies vary from the largest buyout houses to smaller mid-market players? What is the role of deal-makers (IBs, law firms and audit firms) in boosting returns and facilitating engagement among management teams and prospective investors? How are managers combatting the increased pressure to exit brought on by rising valuations? To what extent does an diverse team provide a competitive advantage?
Networking Break
16:30 Roundtable discussions
Chair’s closing remarks
Drinks Reception

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