Managing Partner @ SwanCap Partners
Andreas Bohn is Co-CEO & Managing Partner of SwanCap Partners, a leading independent private markets investment management platform with offices in Munich, Luxembourg, Milan and New York.
Prior to joining SwanCap in 2015, Andreas worked for 22 years in a wide range of investment banking and private equity related functions at UniCredit/Hypovereinsbank, most recently serving as a Management Board member at UniCredit Bank AG and as a member of the Global UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking Executive Committee. He co-founded and for many years led UniCredit’s Leveraged Finance business, which provided total debt financing in excess of €50 billion for over 400 private equity sponsored transactions in the European market. He also established the Private Equity / Principal Investments business of UniCredit, which committed a total of ca. €5bn to virtually all leading private equity sponsors, through primary and secondary fund investments as well as co-investments.
Andreas received an MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians University and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Munich.
Partner @ PAI Partners
Colm joined PAI in 2006 and heads PAI’s UK Team. He has been involved in a number of transactions including United Biscuits, Kwik Fit, Perstorp, Froneri and VPS.
He started his career at Hambros Bank in London and New-York working on various debt capital market and advisory transactions. He then moved to Deutsche Bank where he spent eight years in the Financial Sponsors Group working on a number of advisory and financing transactions for European Private Equity Firms.
Colm graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Economics from the University of Ulster and has an MBA from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.
Managing Partner @ Atlantic Bridge Capital
Elaine is a co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over $500 million of assets under management. She is also a co-founder of Summit Bridge Capital which is the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund aimed at helping European companies scale in China. Summit Bridge is backed by China Investment Corp (CIC) which is the World’s 4th largest Sovereign investor with over $709bn of capital under management and Irelands Sovereign Wealth Fund the NTMA.
Previously Elaine was a Co-Founder of GloNav a GPS software business successfully sold to NXP for $110 million in 2008. Elaine was also as CFO / VP Finance of 3 high growth technology companies Parthus, Iona and Smartforce which she took public on both NASDAQ and LSE raising more than $1.6 billion in capital. Elaine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a qualified Chartered Director. She was named as one of Europe’s Inspiring 50, one of Europe’s Top 100 Women in Technology and appointed by the Irish Government to the Board of Enterprise Ireland.
Partner @ Draper Esprit
Brian is a serial entrepreneur turned VC. He previously founded software companies Exceptis Technologies which was acquired by Trintech Group and Similarity Systems that was acquired by Informatica. Prior to joining Draper Esprit, Brian was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital where he sat on the boards of or led investments in AePONA (Intel), ChangingWorlds (Amdocs), CR2, SteelTrace (Compuware) and APT (CSR). Brian currently sits on the board of The Irish Times, Ireland’s leading daily newspaper, in addition to his Draper Esprit portfolio companies. Brian is a Computer Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin
Head of Private Equity @ Irish Strategic Investment Fund
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) was established in December 2014, with a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. The dual objective mandate of the ISIF - investment return and economic impact - represents a new approach to investing and will require all investments to generate both investment returns and economic impact in Ireland. The fund has the flexibility to make investments across the capital structure of companies and projects, both debt and equity, and across a range of investment types and sectors.
Fergal was previously Managing Director at AIB Corporate Finance, one of Ireland’s leading corporate advisory firms. Over the years he has led a wide range of investment transactions including M&A, buyouts, debt refinancing’s and IPO’s. While in AIB Corporate Finance, Fergal was seconded to the SMU within the Department of Finance which has responsibility for the completion of the restructuring of the banking system and managing the State’s shareholding in the banks and disposals thereof. In his earlier career Fergal worked as a Technology Equity Analyst at Dolmen Securities and as a Senior Scientist at Optronics Ireland. Fergal has an MSc in Physics from DCU and a PhD in Physics from Trinity College.
Managing Director @ HarbourVest
David Atterbury focuses on European secondary investments. He joined HarbourVest in 2004 and has led a number of European secondary transactions, including Absolute Private Equity and SVG Capital plc. He currently serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by Abénex Capital, Bridgepoint Development Capital, Clyde Blowers Capital, Magnum Capital, Motion Equity Partners, and NewQuest Capital Partners. David joined HarbourVest after five years with Abbey National Treasury Services Plc, where he was Director of Private Equity. His responsibilities at Abbey National included the development of a direct private equity portfolio and the subsequent disposal of a large diversified portfolio of partnership commitments and direct holdings. His previous experience also includes five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, which included a one-year assignment to Bridgepoint Capital in London. David received a BSc (with Honours) in International Management and French from the University of Bath in 1994, and completed professional examinations in 1997 to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.
Managing Director @ AlpInvest
Neal is a Managing Director in the Secondary Investments team and a member of the Investment Committee. He focuses on European transactions and leads the European secondary sourcing effort. He rejoined AlpInvest Partners in 2015 from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he focused on secondaries and co-investments in Europe. Neal originally joined AlpInvest in 2003 in the New York office, and was ultimately a Principal based in Hong Kong leading the firm’s Secondary efforts in Asia through 2013.
Previously, Neal was with CIBC World Markets’ Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking division. He currently serves as a Director on the Columbia University Business School Private Equity Board. Neal received his MBA from Columbia University in New York and an Honors Business degree (HBA) from the Ivey School of Business at Western University in Canada. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Managing Partner @ FPE Capital
David Barbour is the Managing Partner of FPE Capital LLP. He has worked within the business since 2008 and in 2016 was a founding partner on the spin-out of the team and the existing portfolio from the Fleming family office. FPE Capital LLP is an established growth capital investor in the UK lower mid-market, having made 11 investments to date, with revenue growth of over 100% across its portfolio. The first investment in its new fund, FPE Fund II LP, SaaS assessment and proctoring business Questionmark, was completed in September 2016.
David started his career in the broadcast media and became a lawyer then investment banker at Robert Fleming and JP Morgan Chase prior to joining FF&P in January 2003. He joined Robert Fleming in 1995 after spending a year with UK cable company NTL. He currently sits on the board of London based fixed wireless telco and IT company Optimity.
Jean-François Le Ruyet
Partner @ Quilvest Private Equity
Jean-François Le Ruyet is a Partner of the Quilvest Private Equity team, co-managing the US/Europe co-investments and funds programs with a focus on buy-out in Europe. Jean-François is a member of the Quilvest funds and co-investments Investment Committees. He also sits on the Advisory Board of various PE funds.
Prior to joining Quilvest, Jean-François gained seven years of management and strategic consulting experience with Bain & Company as well as later with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Jean-François worked with several European Private Equity funds in various industries, in particular the media and consumer goods sectors. His assignments included strategic and market due diligence, and merger and acquisition valuations. Prior to his consulting career, Jean-François worked for two years at Société Générale in São Paulo, Brazil.
Jean-François is a graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Head of Co-Investments & Secondaries @ Aberdeen Asset Management
Colin Burrow is the Head of Co-Investments and Secondaries at Aberdeen Private Equity team. He is responsible for all aspects of investing in these areas including sourcing, appraising and executing investments. He is also a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee and the Private Equity Management Committee. Colin joined Aberdeen in 2014 through the acquisition of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. He has also held private equity investment roles at Lloyds Bank and Bridgepoint and began his career advising on mid-market buyouts with Andersen Corporate Finance. Colin holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Strathclyde and a Securities Institute Diploma.
Managing Director @ Carlyle
Jonathan Cosgrave is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group and Co-head of Carlyle’s Ireland Fund. Mr. Cosgrave is based at Carlyle’s office in Dublin and focuses on growth capital and buyout investment opportunities across all industry sectors in the Irish market. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2014, he was a Principal at Warburg Pincus in London, where he invested in growth capital and buyout opportunities across Europe, predominantly in the healthcare sector. Jonathan joined Warburg Pincus in 2004 from JPMorgan’s London office where he had spent three years within the investment banking division providing corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions advisory services to UK publicly-quoted companies. Mr. Cosgrave is a member of the Board of Directors of Carroll Cuisine, an Irish producer of branded cooked ham and chilled ready meals, Lily O’Brien’s, a producer of premium boxed chocolates, and Learning Pool, a technology and content focused eLearning company.
Global Co-Head of Private Equity Co-Investments @ Neuberger Berman
David Morse is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, and is the Global Co-Head of Private Equity Co-Investments. He is also a member of Co-Investment and Private Debt Investment Committees. Mr. Morse is currently a Board Observer of Behavioral Health Group, Taylor Precision Investments, Gabriel Brothers’ Stores, Extraction Oil and Gas, and ProAmpac, Inc., all of which are portfolio companies of our dedicated co-investment funds. Mr. Morse joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a Managing Director and principal in the Merchant Banking Group where he helped raise and invest Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners III L.P. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Morse was a founding Partner of Hampshire Equity Partners (and its predecessor entities). Founded in 1993, Hampshire is a middle-market private equity and corporate restructuring firm with $825 million of committed capital over three private equity funds. Prior to Hampshire, Mr. Morse worked in GE Capital’s Corporate Finance Group providing one-stop financings to middle-market buyouts. Mr. Morse began his career in 1984 in Chemical Bank’s middle-market lending group. Mr. Morse holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Hamilton College. Mr. Morse is a member of the MBA Advisory Board of the Tuck School, a member of the Alumni Council of Hamilton College, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berkshire School.
Deputy Director @ European Investment Fund
Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director at European Investment Fund overseeing EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development for equity and has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra (Barcelona) and the Family Office Circle Foundation in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in private equity and VC. He is a visiting Professor at IESE University. Until 2010 Uli was Head, Equity Fund Investments at EIF and previously had worked several years at the European Investment Bank and PWC in corporate finance, consulting and audit. He is a Member of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing created in continuation of the G8 Impact Investing Taskforce in 2015. He is author of numerous publications on impact investing and venture capital and holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
Arjan van Wieren
Head of Multi-Management @ MN
Arjan van Wieren is Director of Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate & Equities at MN. In this capacity he oversees approximately 55 billion Euro in assets of which 10 billion Euro in Private Equity & Infrastructure. MN manages on behalf of several Dutch Pension Funds approximately 120 billion Euro. Prior to joining MN in 2008, he worked from 1999 to 2008 at Kempen Capital Management where he was responsible for managing illiquid alternative investment portfolio’s and traditional liquid multi-asset portfolio’s on behalf of institutional investors. Arjan van Wieren holds a Master Degree in Finance & Investments from the University of Groningen and is a CFA charterholder.
Partner @ PROfounders Capital
PROfounders Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund investing in European Internet, mobile, and ecommerce companies. The fund is unique in that all capital comes from successful founders who have created over $6bn in value. PROfounders has invested and supported leading startups such as Made.com, Unity, GetYourGuide, onefinestay (acquired by Accor), Festicket, and others.
Sean is a founding Partner at PROfounders Capital and works with portfolio companies such as onefinestay, GetYourGuide, Festicket, and Splash. Since 2000, Sean has been investing in technology companies across both the US and Europe at both Benchmark Capital Europe and Commonwealth Capital Ventures in Boston.
Sean has also worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, in both the US and Europe. Sean received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. In addition, Sean graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.
Managing Director @ ACE & Company
Charles is the director of ACE’s London office and leads ACE’s Angel and Early Stage Partners strategy. Before joining ACE he was a financial analyst at Royal Bank of Canada. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor degree from Babson College. Charles is the lead on ACE’s angel, early stage and Venture Opportunities, navigating the global tech ecosystem. He is in Silicon Valley four times a year, and work closely with some of the most talented entrepreneurs and leading incubators such as Y Combinator, Techstars, Seedcamp and Expa.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Connect Ventures
Pietro is a tech entrepreneur turned early stage investor. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Connect Ventures, seed VC firm backing product-led entrepreneurs. Pietro likes partnering with founders from day zero, when the product and DNA of their companies first takes shape. His investments include Citymapper, Typeform, Space Ape, Side.
Prior to starting Connect, Pietro was co-founder/CEO at Neo Network, a mobile entertainment company acquired by De Agostini Group.
Pietro happily leaves in London with his wife Stefania and his two sons Leonardo and Mattia. When he is not helping founders or wrestling with his kids, he plays ping-pong and tries to learn coding.