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We are excited to announce the 

2022 edition of Multiple:X,
Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference

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DATE & TIME

22nd April 2022

09:00 am to 18:00 pm

EVENT

1. Venture Capital 

(09:00 am to 12:45 pm) 

2. Private Equity

(13:15 pm to 18:00 pm)

SPEAKERS

20+ speakers from leading global investors

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2022 edition of Multiple:X

We are excited to announce the 2022 edition of Multiple:X, Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference hosted by London Business School for the last 17 years. This year we will welcome 20+ speakers from leading European and global investors to bring their perspective to the community.

Multiple:X

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.

Clapping Audience
Business Meeting

Organisation

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.

Structure

The conference will take place on 22nd April 2022 with a morning session devoted to Venture Capital (9:00 - 12:45) and afternoon session dedicated to Private Equity (13.15 - 18:00). Ticket sales are open so hurry up!

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Agenda

April 20

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Multiple:X Workshop with Wall Street Prep on PE & VC career skills

19.15-20.00

On Wednesday, April 20th between 19:15 and 20:00 we will be joined by the WallStreet prep team. WSP will explain which are the most relevant techniques and attitudes we need to develop in order to have a successful career in Private Equity or Venture Capital.

This event is only available for conference ticket holders.

April 21

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Workshop with Dartmouth Partners on PE recruiting

11.15-12.30

Stuart Wilson

Stuart is co-leading Private Equity team at Dartmouth Partners, where he focuses on recruitment for UK & European private equity firms. Stuart has worked with a number of houses, across investment, origination and portfolio teams.

This virtual workshop discusses how best to approach working with recruiters, which firms to target and what are they looking for in the recruiting process.

This is event only available for conference ticket holders.

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Multiple:X Firechat with Bogomil Balkansky (Partner at Sequoia)

18:00-19.00

Bogomil is a partner at Sequoia, where he focuses on developer platforms, cloud infrastructure, security, and SaaS. Before Sequoia, Bogomil held executive leadership positions at Siebel Systems, VMware, Google Cloud and a couple of startups.. Earlier in his career, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Bogomil holds a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford University. 

Join us for the virtual session on April 21, 6:00-7:00 pm, to hear more from Bogomil on the US VC landscape, which sectors are investors most excited about, and most importantly, what is Sequoia looking for these days. You will have a chance to ask him a question at the end of the session! Professor Luisa Alemany will moderate the session.

This event will be open to all ticket holders for Multiple: X. We are also releasing a limited number of tickets for PE/VC club members, so grab yours now

Venture Capital Conference

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09:00 - 09:30 AM   Keynote Speaker

09:35 - 10:15    The Rise of Europe

On the rise of Europe, UK-based start-up and VC ecosystem

10:20 - 11:00      Impact of the Pandemic across Sectors

On the impact of COVID on certain sectors and accelerated new investment opportunities

11:20 - 12:00     Disruption to Traditional VC

On the entry of non-VC funds, new forms of fundraising, other alterations to the traditional rules of start-up investment

12:05 - 12:45     Impact in VC: Sustainability

On how VCs play a role in sustainability, ESG, and creating impact

Private Equity Conference

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13:20  - 13:40     Keynote Speaker

13:45 - 14:30     Alternative PE strategies

Established PE firms diversificatio trends (growth, impact, special sits, etc.)

14:30 - 15:10     Exit Environment

IPOs, SPACs, reinvestments

15:45 - 16:30     GP-LP Relationships

Current state of fundraising – how do GPs and LPs manage the increasing amount of PE allocation and rising appetite for co-investments

16:30 - 17:15     Evolution of PE skillset

Different PE roles available – Investments / Ops / IR, skills required & hiring environment

Co-hosted with LBS Entrepreneurship Club

Panel & Speakers

Venture Capital Panels

 

09:10 - 09:25  - Keynote Speaker VC

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Lars is an ex-General Partner at Balderton Capital with previous senior roles held at Uber and Dropbox in silicon Valley. He has an EMBA from London Business School, MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London.

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen

Investor & Ex-General Partner

at Balderton

09:30 - 10:10  - The Rise of Europe

Europe, along with the U.K., has swiftly become one of the hotspots of startup and VC ecosystems. In this panel we will tackle questions such as what have been determinants of the recent success, and why did it take so long? Considering the current success, what factors, if any still suppress the growth, and what can be done about it?
 

The panel will be moderated by Professor Luisa Alemany.

Speakers:
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Itxaso is a Partner at Notion Capital, a venture firm investing in enterprise technology at Series A stage across Europe. Prior to that, Itxaso was a Partner at M12 (Microsoft’s venture arm) and for over a decade she has been investing in software companies in Europe. For more than 15 years, Itxaso has worked with startups in London, Silicon Valley, Spain and Latin America. 

Itxaso

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Partner

at Notion

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Suzanne Ashman

Suzanne is a Partner at LocalGlobe, a London-based VC fund that has been seeding UK founders for almost two decades. Companies include Citymapper, and Transferwise. Before joining LocalGlobe, Ashman spent five years at Social Finance, an impact investing firm looking to generate social change as well as return on capital.

General Partner

LocalGlobe

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Jeff Skinner

10:15 - 11:00  - Covid-19 and VC: Impact of the Pandemic across Sectors

Covid-19 has immensely accelerated venture funding and has broken records globally. What might be hidden pitfalls that new ventures should bear in mind? 

Have the massive funding rounds benefitted all sectors more or less equally, if not, which sectors are reaping the benefits and which not? Is the growth accelerated sustainable?
 

This panel will be moderated by Professor Keyvan Vakili. 

Speakers:
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Dr Fiona Pathiraja

Dr Fiona Pathiraja is Founder and Managing Partner at Crista Galli Ventures, a pan-European healthtech fund. Fiona has cross-sector experience, previously developing health policy at the UK Department of health. Originally a physician, Fiona worked in the NHS in London as a radiologist at UCLH, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

Managing Partner

at Crista Galli Ventures

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Farhan Lalji

Farhan is a Managing Director at Anthemis, where he leads the BBVA & Anthemis Venture Creation Partnership. He works with companies that are focused on evolving the digital finance and banking experience for consumers and companies. Previously, Farhan was a Partner at Rokk3r Labs, a global venture builder.

Managing Director

Anthemis

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Richard Lewis

Richard joined Downing in January 2017 where he focuses on supporting businesses seeking growth capital. Richard has 15 years’ venture capital and private equity experience. He started his career at Manchester-based North West Equity Fund and then spent nine years at Mitsui & Co, completing growth and venture capital investments in the UK, USA and Israel.

Partner

Downing Ventures

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Keyvan Vakili

11:20 - 12:00  - Disruption to Traditional VC

The pandemic has also accelerated another trend which is alternative fundraising options for startups. Traditional fundraising through several rounds with VCs and angel investors is still popular, however, the rise of venture debt and other non-venture funds is noteworthy. What benefits do these alternative funding options have in coparison to traditional venture capitals? What trends might we expect in 2023 and forwards?
 

The panel will be moderated by Professor Gary Dushnitsky.

Speakers:
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Alston Zecha

Alston Zecha is a Partner focusing on FinTech, assessing early-stage investment opportunities for Eight Roads. He also supports the boards and management teams of Eight Roads’ portfolio companies on strategic, financial and operational issues.

Partner

at Eightroads

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Francesco Corea

Francesco is a Research Lead at Balderton Capital, where he uses data, analytics and machine learning to scout and assess new companies. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and he is also the author of five books on AI.

Research Lead

at Balderton Capital

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Arik Oslerne

Arik Oslerne is a COO and senior management executive (MBA) with over 10 years of strategic and operational experience within the Financial Services, Technology, Human Resources and Legal sectors.

COO

at Vauban

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Gary Dushnitsky

12:05 - 12:45  - Impact in VC: Sustainability

Can VCs and startups really lead the front in global warming? We think so! However, considering recent blacklash on greenwashing, it is important to understand to what extent is ESG being implemented? Is it a buzzword firm are trying to somehow include in their pitch decks to make themselves look more attractive, or are they actually walking the talk? What are the most impactful methods or features how to make startups more sustainable and ESG focused?
 

This panel will be moderated by Professor Olenka Kacperczyk.

Speakers:
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Paul Miller

Paul co-founded BGV and leads the company’s team and growth. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of an education technology startup and worked as a senior researcher for think tanks Demos and Forum for the Future. Paul has advised leading companies and the UK government on tech for good.

Managing Partner & CEO

at Bethnal Green Ventures

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Maria Wagner

Maria is responsible for sourcing investments, executing deals and monitoring portfolio companies. Maria was previously Managing Director of Birchbox UK, she was on the investment teams at Virgin Group and GMT Partners. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from MIT

Partner

at Beringea

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Olenka Kacperczyk

Panel & Speakers

Private Equity Panels

13:20 - 13:40  Keynote Speaker PE

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Cheryl Potter is the Chair of Level20. Prior to that she spent 20 years as a Partner at Permira, leading marquee transactions like Dr. Martens and Allegro, and chaired British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.

Cheryl Potter

Chair

at Level 20

13:45 - 14:30 - Alternative Private Equity strategies

Where are established PE firms going next? 
Panelist will be discussing which are the main strategies being followed by top-level PEs to keep generating value for their investors: growth, impact, special sits, etc.

Speakers:
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Henry Sallitt

Henry is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital, a leading UK focussed growth investor that span out of Stonehage Fleming family office in 2016. Prior to his time at Fleming he held various roles as an entrepreneur, operator and private equity investor.

Managing Director & Cofounder

FPE Capital

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Alon Avner

Mr. Avner is the Head of Europe at Bain Capital Credit since 2009 and a Managing Director in Distressed and Special Situations and a Credit Committee member. Prior to that, Alon was a Senior Manager at Bain & Company and worked in operations.

Managing Director

Bain Credit

This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Jim Strang

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Nick Rowold

Nik is a Partner in CVC’s Client & Product Solutions .
Prior to joining CVC, he worked at Providence Equity where he was responsible for business development in Asia. Nik has an MSc in Finance from London Business School, and a BA in Economics and BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Partner

CVC

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Gary Dushnitsky

14:30 - 15:10 - Exit environment

Discussion on the current exit situation for investment funds.
Can we expect a short term (5 years) and medium term (10 years) contraction of exit multipliers, or will the sector outperform with resilience? What does the future look like for the different exit strategies?

Speakers:
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Roni Elchahal

Roni Elchahal is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s capital partnering efforts in EMEA. Roni joined General Atlantic in 2007, focusing on investments in the firm’s Technology sector.

Managing Director

General Atlantic

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Michael Mitterlehner

Mr. Mitterlehner is a Partner at L Catterton. Prior to joining L Catterton, Mr. Mitterlehner was a senior investment professional at Vitruvian Partners, a growth investment firm with over $5 billion in Assets under Management. He was based in London from where he led and executed investments into a range of fast-growing technology businesses globally.

Partner

L Catterton

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Richard Howell

Richard joined PAI in 2009 and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He also heads the Investor Team and the Capital Markets Team, responsible for managing all interactions with the firm’s investors as well as its debt financing activities.

He started his career at UBS in London and Hong Kong. He then worked at Lehman Brothers (and following its acquisition, Nomura) 

Managing Partner

PAI Partners

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This panel is moderated by LBS Professor Alastair Lawrence

15:45 - 16:30 - GP-LP Relationships

Discussion on the current state of fundraising in the market.

With the increasing amount of Private Equity funds and General Partners often coming sooner back to market for fundraising, how do Limited Partners manage their allocations? Could this liquidity issue lead to rising trading in the secondary market?

Similarly, how do GPs manage the rising appetite on co-investments from LPs? How do LPs cope with this in terms of allocation and evolution of the investment skillset?

Speakers:
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Karim Boueiz

Karim Boueiz is a Managing Director at Campbell Luytens, with a particular focus on the Middle East and parts of Europe. Prior to joining Campbell Lutyens, Karim worked at The Abraaj Group on the EMEA investor coverage team, interacting with a broad range of investors including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices. 

Managing Director

Campbell Lutyens

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Gerald Carton

Gerald is a part of the Capital Raising and Investor Relations team at Coller Capital.

Previously, he was responsible for origination and execution of secondaries investments including real estate secondaries. He joined Coller Capital in 2004 and has been part of the investment team responsible for investing through Coller International Partners Funds IV, V, VI and VII 

Partner

Coller Capital

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Rebecca Zimmerman

Rebecca Zimmerman is a member of the Investors Relations team and heads European investor coverage across the private equity and private credit businesses. She also leads the Permira LP co-investment programme.

Prior to joining Permira, Rebecca worked for Morgan Stanley for six years, where she was involved in global fundraising and investor relations.

Head of Investor

Relations Europe

Permira

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This panel is moderated by Benedetta Balducci

16:30 - 17:15 - Evolution of PE skillset
 

What are the key skills needed to succeed as a PE professional? 

Together with leading experts on the topic of people recruiting and development in PE we will discover what it takes to enter and thrive in the industry. Which skills are real differentiators, which merely technical prerequisites? What have been the latest changes in the required skillset and what is the predicted evolution for the future? What are top skills looked for in prospective new hires?

Speakers:
 
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Gail McManus

Gail is the Managing Director and founder of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i. She is a member of the private equity community and actively involved in developments that shape the sector.

Founder & Managing Director

PER

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Bronwyn Campbell

Bronwyn brings a broad perspective on people in Finance. She believes in bringing the focus of HR back to people. She focuses on understanding the “why” behind performance and success. Before joining Apax, Bronwyn led HR teams in Omers and EFG Private Bank.

Sr HR manager

Apax Partners

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Elizabeth Wallace

In her role of Head of Portfolio Talent at Hg, Elizabeth ensured that outstanding talent continued to be hired and supported in our portfolio companies.
Before joining Hg in 2019, Elizabeth worked at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, for four and a half years as Head of Executive Search in EMEA.

Investor & former Head of Talent

Hg Capital

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