Real Deals Mid-Market Conference 2022

The Waldorf Hotel, London
9 Feb 2022

Compass Executives are delighted to be attending the Real Deals Mid-Market Conference 2022, with Director, Sam Leighton-Smith, and Senior Associate – Finance & Commercial Practice, Kieran Mouser in attendance.

About the Real Deals Mid-Market Conference 2022

Real Deals Mid-Market will be returning for its 13th year as a physical event. In just one day out of the office, opportunities missed to network with the who’s who in European Private Equity will now be possible at one of the key dates in the UK Private Equity calendar.

In-depth content will be explored through a variety of sessions from panel discussions to expert interviews and exclusive case-studies.

Real Deals have been an integral part of the industry for more than two decades, charting the ups, downs and landmark events shaping the investment landscape. This year, they are using their in-depth knowledge of the industry and spending a day navigating the changed landscape and exploring the future of Private Equity.

Why attend the Real Deals Mid-Market conference?

Real Deals’ flagship conference, Real Deals Mid-Market annually attracts hundreds of the most recognisable names in Private Equity. From GPs and LPs to leading academics and expert solution providers, Real Deals Mid-Market offers a chance to meet everyone you need to meet – or catch up with old friends – for a day of high-quality content and networking time.

Real Deals Mid Market Conference Agenda 9th February 2022

8:30 – Networking and registration

9:10 – Chair’s opening remarks

9:20 – Keynote address: Wol Kolade, Managing Partner, Livingbridge

9:40 – Opening panel discussion: Market insights for 2022

  • Market trends and predictions for the year ahead Will changes to investment strategy put in place because of the pandemic continue on?
  • Will we see a consolidation of PE firms?
  • How have economic and political shifts impacted deal-doing and fundraising?
  • Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals
  • Alex Edmondson, Partner, Macfarlanes
  • Pawel Gierynski, Managing Partner, Abris Capital Simon Hitchcock, Managing Partner, Horizon Capital Richard Swann, Partner, Inflexion

10:20 – Economic Outlook Presentation

  • Analysing Fundraising and Performance Trends in the UK and Beyond Looking at the current deal-making landscape and anticipating volume and mix in the year ahead Cameron Joyce, VP Research Insights, Preqin

10:30 – Quick fire panel session

  • Fundraising: current and future practices Overview of the current fundraising environment and competitive landscape Hybrid roadshow best practices How to reinforce virtual investor relationships during the life of the fund by improving your outreach program Remote fundraising will likely persist in the near future: how can GPs take advantage of this landscape and differentiate themselves from peers?
  • Krystal Scanlon, Deputy Editor, The Drawdown
  • Ashley Broomberg , Partner, Mobeus Private Equity Bernard Dale, Managing Partner, Connection Capital Sean Dinnen, Managing Partner, CBPE Capital Alice Langley, Partner, IK Partners

11:00 – Networking and coffee break

11.30 – Due Diligence case study:

  • Can DD be done entirely digitally?
  • Are the virtual DD tools available good enough?
  • Is virtual DD better and more cost effective?
  • Is the future of DD virtual?
  • James Torrance, COO, Robin AI

11:50 – Panel discussion

  • New landscape, new opportunities
  • What assets are now popular among European buyout houses?
  • How impact and ESG are impacting the way new assets are considered Growing focus on investment themes as opposed to specific sectors
  • Jennifer Forrest, Reporter, Real Deals
  • Charlie Cannell, Non Executive Director, onefourzero Stefano Drago, Founding Partner, PAI Partners Rudi Pattni, Partner, Zetland Capital Partners

12:30 – An International affair

  • US activity and influences in European dealmaking Discuss activity levels,the amount of capital deployed and compare to historic benchmarks What’s trending in the US that maybe coming, or is already here in UK/European PE Discuss growth funds trends Foreign direct investment regime – applies to US investors investing in UK Themes on investments:
  • Technology
  • Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals
  • Carl Bradshaw, Partner, Goodwin Procter

13:00 – Lunch break

14:00 – Roundtables

  • Carried interest and capital gains tax
  • ESG as a future-proofing tool within investment strategies Keeping up with the changing nature of exits

14:40 – Panel discussion

  • Reimagining value creation
  • Navigating the digitised value creation process: making the most of developments in AI and data analytics and connecting with the entire value chain ESG strategy and metrics as a value creation booster: how can it bolster company development?
  • Building an internationalisation strategy post-Covid How can improved talent retention contribute to value created?
  • Sam Birchall, Features Editor, Real Deals
  • John Gilligan, Managing Director, Big Issue Invest Charlotte Lawrence, Managing Director, PSG Equity Charlie Linacre, Director, Finatal Jose Rodriguez, Managing Partner, Queens Park Equity Marvin Rogers, Senior Solutions Consultant, SaaS and Technology, Sage Intacct

15:10 – Debate

  • The operating partner paradigm: The operating partner model has become commonplace, but how well does it actually work?
  • Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals
  • Miroslav Boublik, Managing Partner, Financial Services Capital Marie Fitzpatrick, Senior Director, JTC

15:40 – Afternoon break

16:00 – How innovation and technology can drive strategic and operational excellence Jennifer Forrest, Reporter, Real Deals

  • Katie May, Managing Director, EMEA, Ontra

16:30 – Case study led panel

  • The future of buy and build
  • Which sectors are best suited to buy and build strategies?
  • How to select the right platform deal: What do you need in a management team Logistical nightmare: how can GPs best support buy-and-build strategies Financing unexpected bolt-ons Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals
  • Humphrey Baker, Senior Partner, Graphite Capital Michał Kędzia, Partner, Enterprise Investors Thomas Pinks, Investment Manager, Aurelius Ian Wallis, CEO, MML Capital

17:00 –  Expert Interview: Closing panel discussion Passing the baton: making the right succession plan decision

  • No room for error: updating and improving traditional succession models Developing strong incentive programs and recognising the power of a team that feels valued The critical role of diversity and inclusion in ethical and effective succession planning strategy Communicating with LPs to tackle concerns around transitions Does succession planning work? Is it better to sell up or IPO?
  • Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals
  • Krzystof Kulig, Senior Partner, Innova Capital

17:20 – Chair’s closing remarks

17:25 – Drinks reception

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