Investors' Forum Agenda 2020


The 2020 agenda is developed under the leadership of the Investors' Forum 2020 Advisory Task Force and is updated regularly. Service providers are not eligible to speak on this programme unless they are an Invest Europe member or event sponsor. 

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2020 Investors' Forum Agenda



12 October - Monday



18:00 - 20:00

Badge pick-up opens for delegates


13 October - Tuesday



 Main Conference - Day 1 - Part 1 

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome by Conference Chair and Invest Europe Chair

Kathleen Bacon, Senior Advisor, HarbourVest
Thierry Baudon, Mid Europa

09:30 - 10:30

Performance in Private Equity

A highlight of the Investors' Forum each year, this opening panel will highlight the latest data and trends in European and US markets.
T. Bondurant French, Chairman, Adams Street Partners
Ivan Vercoutere, Managing Partner, CIO, LGT Capital Partners

10:30 - 11:30

Global LP Panel

Looking at the latest data from the Coller Capital Barometer, the panel will discuss the implications for the industry.
Francois Aguerre, Partner, Co-Head of Origination, Coller Capital
Mercedes Fernandez Elias, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Catherine Lewis La Torre, CEO, British Patient Capital
Michael Lindauer, Global Co-head of Private Equity, Allianz Capital Partners

Moderator: Christophe Nicolas, Managing Director, AlpInvest Partners

11:30 - 12:00

Networking Break

 Main Conference - Day 1 - Part 2 

12:00 - 12:45

Keynote Presentation

Helen Steers, Partner, Head European Investment Team, Pantheon

12:45 - 13:30

Industry Leader Interview: Blackstone & BC Partners

Insights on the strategy behind the partnership.
Olivier Meyohas, Sr. Managing Director, Global Head of Investor Relations & Business Development, Blackstone
Jean-Baptiste Wautier, Partner, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, BC Partners

Moderator: Thierry Baudon, Invest Europe Chair

13:30 - 14:30


 Main Conference - Day 1 - Part 3 

14:30 - 15:30

Roundtables - Part 1
The roundtable sessions provide an opportunity for debate and discussion on both LP or GP-only topics and between LPs and GPs.


  • LP-only: Allocating capital in the current market cycle
    This LP-only roundtable will look at considerations in allocating, given market conditions and projections.
    Claire Gawer, Investment Director, BNP Paribas Principal Investments
    Philipp Patschkowski, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
    Marc Roijakkers, Senior Fund Manager, Blue Sky Group


  • Turnaround Case Study
    A presentation of a remarkable case study will highlight the key elements and challenges in creating a successful turnaround.
    Catherine Brossard, Managing Director - Investor Relations, Cerberus Capital Management
    Henry Jackson, Chief Executive, OpCapita
    Benoit Rolland, CEO, Reydel

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Break

 Main Conference - Day 1 - Part 4 

16:00 - 17:00

Roundtables - Part 2
The roundtable sessions provide an opportunity for debate and discussion on both LP or GP-only topics and between LPs and GPs.


  • LP-only: Emerging Fund Managers
    A roundtable discussion on allocation to emerging fund managers.
    J. David Enriquez, Head of Private Equity, NYC Retirement Systems
    Amy Jupe, Executive Director, Alternative Investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    Elias Korosis, Partner, Hermes GPE


  • Diversity and its impact
    A constructive discussion on the impact of diversity in organisations and successful strategies for supporting a sustainably diverse organisation.
    Benjamin Hammer, Executive Director, CCPTE, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
    Amanda Tonsgaard, Head of Investor Services, Triton
    Rory Macmillan, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group


  • GP-led restructuring

17:00 - 18:00

Roundtables - Part 3
The roundtable sessions provide an opportunity for debate and discussion on both LP or GP-only topics and between LPs and GPs.


  • Ask the LPs
    An opportunity for direct discussion with LPs on GP chosen topics. Delegates will be invited to submit questions in advance or onsite.
    Tim Creed, Head of Investments Europe, Schroder Adveq
    Joana Castro, Principal, Unigestion
    Ryan Karaian, Senior Director, PSP Investments
    Merrick McKay, Head of Europe – Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments


  • ESG and how to approach it?
    A frank and open discussion on how GPs can approach ESG so that resources are being directed towards positive, measurable actions.
    Nino Tronchetti-Provera, Founder, Managing Partner, Ambienta
    Dörte Höppner, Chief Operating Officer, Riverside Europe &  Director, Fundraising and Investor Relations
    Erwann Le Ligne, Managing Director, Eurazeo PME

    Moderator: Rishi Kotecha, Head of EMEA Private Markets, IHS Markit


  • Co-investment – latest developments
    An LP-GP discussion on the new developments in co-investment strategies.
    David Jeffrey, Partner, Stepstone Group
    Claus Stenbaek, Managing Partner, Keyhaven Capital Partners



Departures to Networking Cocktail and Dinner

Rotating Networking Dinner at Domaine du Grand Malagny

hosted by Jeremy Coller, Chief Investment Officer & Executive Chairman, Coller Capital

All delegates are invited to join the ever-popular rotating networking dinner, which provides an exceptional opportunity to network with fellow LPs and GPs.

This year the dinner will be held at the Domaine du Grand Malagny, which offers a wonderful view of Mont Blanc. The Grand Malagny estate is owned by the Swiss watchmaker, Maison Franck Muller, who will provide delegates with a watchmaking demonstration.




14 October - Wednesday



08:00 - 09:00 ILPA Breakfast (invitation only)


 Main Conference - Day 2 - Part 1  

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome by Conference Chair

Kathleen Bacon, Senior Advisor, HarbourVest

09:15 - 09:45

Invest Europe Update

Eric de Montgolfier, Invest Europe Chief Executive Officer

09:45 - 10:45

Myths and trends in private markets

Louis Flamand, Director - Head of Europe & Asia Private Equity, MetLife Investments
Anne Fossemalle, Director, Equity Funds, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Richard Hope, Managing Director and Head of EMEA, Hamilton Lane

Moderator: John W. Rife III, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

10:45 - 11:15

Networking Break

 Main Conference - Day 2 - Part 2  

11:15 - 12:30

Current dynamics in European Venture Capital and their impact on fund strategies

Uli Grabenwarter, Deputy Director – Equity Investments, EIF
Dina Chaya, Partner, Neomed Management
Staffan Helgesson, General Partner, Creandum
Nenad Marovac, Founder, Managing Partner, DN Capital
Katya Smirnyagina, Director Capricorn Health-tech Fund, Capricorn Partners

12:30 - 13:15

Closing Keynote - World Class Competitiveness: What’s next in 2020, and beyond?
How will the economic and business environment influence the strategies of companies and governments in 2020, and beyond? As closing keynote speech, Professor Stephane Garelli, Professor Emeritus at IMD and Founder of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, will look at the changes and challenges of the future and how leaders and companies can react to remain competitive.
Professor Stéphane Garelli, Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness, IMD business school and at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Conference closing remarks followed by lunch


Meet the Investors' Forum 2020 Task Force

Thierry Baudon
Invest Europe Chair
Mid Europa Partners 
Anne Fossemalle
Director, Equity Funds
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Rune Jepsen
Jesse de Klerk
Director, Private Equity
Robeco Institutional Asset Management
Rory Macmillan
Managing Director - Global External Affairs
The Carlyle Group
Nenad Marovac
Founder, Managing Partner
DN Capital
Philipp Patschkowski
Managing Director
NB Alternatives Advisers
Katya Smirnyagina
Director Capricorn Health-tech Fund
Capricorn Partners