We are excited to announce the 

2021 edition of Multiple: X,

Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference


7th May 2021

09:00 am to 04:50 pm

1. Private Equity 
(09:00 am to 12:50 pm) 

2. Venture Capital (02:00 pm to 04:50 pm)

20+ speakers from leading global investors

We are excited to announce the 2021 edition of Multiple: X, Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference hosted by London Business School for the last 16 years. This year we will welcome 20+ speakers from leading European and global investors to bring their perspective to the community.

Multiple:X is the annual flagship Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference hosted by London Business School. Attended by figures spearheading the industry, the conference provides a prestigious platform for rich debate, knowledge sharing and networking among prominent investment professionals and a selection of the brightest students from around the world.

Organised by the LBS PE/VC Club, the event capitalises on the deep industry links and academic stature of London Business School to attract over 500 practitioners and enthusiasts each year, from general partners, limited partners, trusted advisors, students and other industry participants.

The conference will take place on 7th May 2021 with a morning session devoted to Private Equity (9.00 am – 12.50 pm) and afternoon session dedicated to Venture Capital (2.00 pm - 4.50 pm).
Ticket sales are Open so hurry up!

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Private Equity Conference


09:00 - 09:50 AM

Can ESG be central to the PE investment thesis?
Co-hosted with LBS Social Impact Club

10:00 - 10:50 AM

How to differentiate in an increasingly competitive PE landscape?

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Private Equity Fundraising and COVID-19

12:00 - 12:50 PM

The Rise of Growth Equity

02:00 - 02:50 PM

David Teten Keynote: Beyond the Money: Best practices of PE and VC investors in increasing portfolio company value

03:00 - 03:50 PM

Digitization of the VC industry. What does it mean at each round, and what innovation is happening on the operations side?

04:00 - 4:50 PM

SPACS and Innovative Exit Strategies - are they a trend or here to stay?

Venture Capital Conference


Co-hosted with LBS Entrepreneurship Club


Panel & Speakers

Privaty Equity Panels

09:00 - 10: 00 AM - Can ESG be central to the PE investment thesis

ESG has been a key topic in private equity with impact investing rising as a strategy. In this session, we will discuss both the evolution of this strategy, as well as ESG adoption across industry, as only of PE houses now have teams dedicated to responsible investment.
The Panel will be moderated by LBS Prof. Ioannis Ioannou, whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.


Dr. Marc Modser

Head of Impact

at Lightrock


Dr. Marc Modser is the Head of Impact at Lightrock, impact investment arm of LGT, largest family-owned private banking and asset management group in the world with $260Bn AuM. Lightrock’s portfolio includes more than 60 high-growth companies, supported by over 55 professionals based in 5 offices.

 Dr. Silva Deželan

ESG Director 

at Stafford Capital Partners,

Dr. Silva Deželan is the ESG Director at Stafford Capital Partners, private market investor with $7.7Bn AuM. The firm provides investment and advisory services in the agriculture, infrastructure, private equity, sustainability, timberland and venture.

Pedro Fernández

Head of Sustainability

at responsAbility Investments AG,

Pedro Fernández is the Head of Sustainability at responsAbility Investments AG, leading impact investor with $3.5Bn AuM and investments in over 300 fully ESG-managed companies across 76 emerging economies.

10:00 - 11:00 AM - How to differentiate in an increasingly competitive Private Equity landscape?

Recently, GP’s fierce competition has increased price multiples, and LPs have been looking to developing a better playbook to differentiate themselves in the fundraising and investment stage and to leverage these specialized capabilities to add value aggressively. This situation has given rise to innovative new fund types such as hyper focused and long-hold.

We will explore these new investment approaches and understand the opportunities and challenges of implementing these innovative strategies.


Timothy Franks


at KKR,


Timothy Franks is a Partner of KKR. He joined KKR in 2017 and leads the development of KKR’s activities in the UK & Ireland within the Private Equity platform, the Consumer industry team in EMEA, and the longer-term Core investment strategy of the firm in Europe.

James Kim

Managing Director and Co-Head

at Illiquid Opportunistic Credit,


James Kim is a Managing Director and European Co-Head of Illiquid Opportunistic Credit. He is based in London and has invested in European corporate credit across various different strategies since joining the firm in 2010.

Joseph Schull

Managing Partner

at Corten Capital,


Joseph Schull is the Managing Partner of Corten Capital. Having joined Warburg Pincus in 1998, Joseph led the firm’s TMT group in Europe as well as its investment activities in Emerging Europe. He has led growth and buyout investments in B2B software and technology-enabled services, information services, cable broadband services and digital media.

Session will be moderated by Christian Dummett, Executive Director & Head of LBS Career Centre.

11:00 - 12:00 PM - Private Equity Fundraising and COVID-19

COVID-19 upended the whole world - including all aspects of Private Equity. While deal activity has been strong, the impact on fundraising has not been covered in a lot of detail. We will talk to several funds raising their first funds or launching new strategies last year to see how this part of PE process has adapted to Zoom-led meetings and how this will impact deal activity down the line. Session will be moderated by LBS Prof. Florin Vasvari, Academic Director of Private Equity at LBS.


Richard Howell

Managing Partner

at PAI Partners,


Richard Howell is a Managing Partner at PAI Partners, £12B PE investor based in Europe. While typically PAI focuses on large-cap buyouts, they have launched a £800M mid-market fund in 2020, for which Richard has led the fundraising.

Fredrik Brynildsen


at KLAR Partners,


Fredrik Brynildsen is a Partner at KLAR Partners, PE investor that raised their first fund in 2020, making it the biggest ever inaugural fund in Europe at £520M. KLAR Partners are investing in business services and industrials companies across Nordics and DACH region.

Nicolas Piau

Co-Founder and CEO

at TiLT Capital Partners,


Nicolas Piau is the Co-Founder and CEO of TiLT Capital Partners, PE investor in clean energy sector founded in 2019. They have been raising their inaugural £220M fund throughout the pandemic.

12:00 - 01:00 PM - The Rise of Growth Equity

Growth equity is an asset class that lies between buyout, investments in mature and positive cash flow companies, and venture capital, investment in start-ups with high growth potential. In comparison, growth equity funds invest in relatively mature companies looking for capital to expand their businesses.

We will understand the reasons behind the rise of growth equity and the trends shaping this asset class as more GPs compete in this market.


Mark Beith


at Apax Digital,


Mark Beith is a Partner of Apax Digital and leads the team in Europe. He focuses on minority and buyout investments in high-growth software, internet and tech-enabled services businesses. He joined Apax in 2017 and has over 15 years of experience.

Christian Stein


at PSG,


Christian Stein is a Director of PSG in the London office since 2020. Previously, he was a director at Hg, where he focused on B2B software investments across Europe and the U.S.

Session will be moderated by Richard Bland, LBS Head of Finance Careers with focus on the Private Equity sector.

Venture Capital Panels

02:00 - 03: 00 PM - Keynote address: David Teten: Best Practices for Increasing Portfolio Company Value

David Teten is the founder of Versatile Venture Capital. He has advised such institutional investors as Birch Hill Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners, Real Ventures, Right Side Capital, and Orascom TMT Investments.

David Teten published the first research study on “How Venture Capitalists Increase the Odds of Startup Success” in the Journal of Private Equity, peHub, Betabeat, Palico, and Techcrunch. It was the single most-viewed article in the Journal of Private Equity during the year after publication.

In his Keynote, David Teten will discuss:

  • The systematic operational support of Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, ff Venture Capital, and other operationally-focused investors.

  • The 5 primary resources an investor brings to bear: Cash, Brand, Industry Network, Funding Network, and In-House Expertise

  • The 7 major levers of value creation: Team-building, Operational improvement, Strategic Perspective, Skill-building, Customer Development, Analysis/Metrics, and Network.

  • How to cost-effectively build out your platform resources as your firm grows.

03:00 - 04:00 PM - Digitization of the VC industry. What does it mean at each round, and what innovation is happening on the operations side?

Scalability and technology-enabled businesses go hand in hand, but how is technology being used to evaluate today’s start-up ecosystem?

We would like to discuss how technology is changing the cultural setting of VC organizations and how funds are exploiting these tech-enabled capabilities/initiatives to create value not only for themselves but for their portfolio companies.


Jonathan Hsu

Co-Founder and General Partner

at Tribe Capital,


Jonathan Hsu is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Tribe Capital. Jonathan would shed some light on the frameworks developed at Tribe Capital using Machine learning and their quantitative approach to analyze product-market fit and beyond.

Carmen Alfonso Rico


at Blossom Capital,


Carmen Alfonso Rico is the Partner at Blossom Capital. She will discuss in detail about Blossom Capital's data-driven approach to portfolio management (dashboards and live access to metrics and data)

Jason Goldstein

Co-Founder and Principal

at New Grounds VC,


Jason Goldstein is the Co-Founder, and Principal at New Grounds VC, an early-stage biotech fund.  This VC fund leverages technology at the forefront of everything they do. They are regular users of no and low code services and are always searching for data-driven methods to improve both investment and operating decisions.

This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Gary Dushnitsky

04:00 - 05:00 PM - SPACS and Innovative Exit Strategies - are they a trend or here to stay?

SPACs have revolutionized how companies are listed in open markets but are there other ways to exit that will soon sweep the market? We will take a deeper look at these new exit approaches and how they benefit or harms market dynamics. Is this trend here to stay, or will we soon return to traditional IPOs? Why has this trend not hit Europe, and should we expect it in upcoming years? 


Brad Feld

Managing Director

at Foundry Group,


Brad Feld is the Managing Director of Foundry Group. Venture capitalist Brad Feld has been active as an entrepreneur and investor since 1987. After his first successful SPACs launch this year, Feld backed group now prepares to launch their second SPAC. 

Ted Persson


at EQT Ventures,


Ted Persson is a Partner at EQT Ventures and was part of getting new European VC EQT Ventures off the ground. European VCs are still wary of joining the SPAC goldrush. He is ready to share his views on why despite the hype around SPACs, Europe's VCs are reticent to take the plunge.

Jenny Tooth


at The UK Business Angels Association,


Jenny Tooth is the CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early-stage investing. She provides strategic support to both policy and interfacing with UK Government. As the UK is set to spark a second Big Bang for the City post-Brexit, with a landmark government report calling for regulators to allow Spacs to list in London and ease a range of share listing restrictions, Jenny shares her views as what such an exit means for UK investors.

This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Eli Talmor

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Meet The Team


Evgenia Sopochkina

Senior Chair - Multiple -X

Evgenia is an MBA candidate at London Business school. She is a Russian-French entrepreneur and a VC investor at Round hill ventures. She has an extensive corporate experience working for large international companies (Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas, Barclays) and also launched a startup in Artificial Intelligence.


Diego Canales Delgado

Co- Chair - Multiple - X

Diego is an MBA candidate at London Business school. He is a seasoned private equity investor with 8 years of experience in PE across positions right from investment, operations and back office. He is also a passionate entrepreneur and co-founded 2 businesses.


Alexandra Brown

VC Meetups - Multiple - X

Alexandra is currently an MBA student at London Business School. She previously worked at Accenture as a management consultant, conducting projects across sectors, specializing in telecommunications and experiential marketing for S&P's largest conglomerates. She has also assisted to digitize a manufacturing company and set up a new B2B2C sales channel. Originally from Montreal, Alexandra has worked across Canada, the USA, India, and Hong Kong. She has a passion for innovation, technology and strives to support teams that want to disrupt the world.


Lavanya Raja

Co-Chair - Multiple - X

Lavanya is a Masters in Finance student at London Business school. She is a 3x founder, an award-winning entrepreneur and an angel investor. She has a vast experience in growing firms in the Asian and African regions from ideation, early stage to successful exits. A Fintech enthusiast and an ardent supporter of handholding firms that prioritize digital transformations.


Olga Balusova

PE Meetups - Multiple - X

Olga is an MBA candidate at London business school. She has donned roles at EY, McKinsey and digital first firms before joining LBS. She has since transitioned to investments winning multiple PE/VC competitions and interning at VC and PE firms.


Emmanuel Velazquez

VC Meetups - Multiple - X

Emmanuel is a Masters in Finance student at London Business school. He is a finance professional who has devoted his career to challenging company business models and untapping value through financial analysis. He has worked for MD Partners, a financial advisory and boutique M&A firm focused on SMEs and start-ups in Mexico City, where he advised multi-industry high growth companies and analysed, structured and pitched investment opportunities to raise capital and potentialize companies’ growth.

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