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Nordic Private Equity Conference 2024

5 March 2024
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The Nordic Private Equity Conference 2024, proudly sponsored by Gowling WLG

Date
5 March 2024
Time
17:30 – 21:00
Venue
Gowling WLG
4 More London Pl
London
SE1 2AU
United Kingdom
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Dress code
Business Casual
Price
Price DKUK & KPEC Members: £10.00 Non-members: £20.00 + eventbrite fee

Event introduction 

The Nordic Private Equity Conference 2024 is the third year of a conference series hosted jointly by The Danish-UK Association, Gowling WLG, and King’s Private Equity that aims to bring like-minded people together around the topic of Private Equity in London, trends and patterns, and overall insights into where the industry is developing and how it operates.

Through this, the conference aims to increase transparency into the industry by offering a space for young professionals to meet with industry professionals. 

For the 2024 conference, the format will explore an open and interactive discussion through shorter sessions around the overall topic of ESG. Speakers are invited to the conference according to their area of expertise and will offer their opinions in a moderated panel.

During the panel discussions, there will be time for a Q&A, and following this, there will be an opportunity for speakers and attendees to network along with drinks and canapés.

DKUK are excited to welcome members to this exclusive event, hosted by Gowling WLG.

  • Agenda
  • Panel 1
  • Panel 2
  • Panel 3
  • Speakers
  • Gallery

17:30Arrival of guests, light drinks and networking offered on the balcony
18:00Environmental Panel
Celia Francis, CEO and Founder of Ponterra
Lars Kroijer, Founder and Managing Director of AlliedOffsets
Nina Buttle, Partner in Financial Services and Sustainability at Page Executive
18:30Social Panel
Per Wimmer, CEO and Founder of Wimmer Family Office
Fardeen Nariman, European Mid-Market PE Growth Investor
Tim He, Partner at Summa Equity
Nina Buttle, Partner in Financial Services and Sustainability at Page Executive
19:00Intermission
Networking on balcony
19:20Governance Panel
Ben Stansfield, Partner and Co-Chair of ESG at Gowling WLG
Amandeep Singh Johal, Senior Advisor, Freelance
Siân Dewing, Principal Associate at Gowling WLG
20:00Networking
Drinks and canapés will be offered on the balcony
21:00Doors close

Environmental

The purpose of this panel is to ignite an honest debate about the concerns around sustainability that both the attendees of the conference and our panel speakers hold. The panel will, therefore,  begin with the moderator prompting the question “What are you most worried about in terms of sustainability” to both speakers and the audience. This question helps encourage all attendees to reflect on their apprehensions and priorities concerning environmental sustainability, especially in regards to the responsibilities of the private equity industry.

When assessing the environmental impact of a business, it’s common to categorize emissions and sustainability efforts into three different scopes; Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. Private equity firms can play a significant role in influencing and managing these emissions in their portfolio companies. In the context of private equity, the key is to foster environmental sustainability and manage emissions across all three scopes.

Moreover, during the panel, we hope to touch upon topics around how private equity can play a significant role in promoting environmental sustainability through investments in data solutions and technology.

Social

Through this panel discussion, we will look closer at how private equity firms are integrating social factors from the ESG framework, and the extent to which responsible investing and impact investments are being integrated. Do LPs believe that value may be impaired in the future if these are not considered? Further, the panel will examine how essential this is for risk management and long-term value creation. 

Considering the need for high financial returns, the panel will explore the question of: how do firms strike the right balance between seeking opportunities that generate a measurable and positive social impact impactful investments whilst still maximising returns. 

Finally, Private Equity firms are paying more attention to diversity and inclusion within their organizations, however, the degree to which DEI is emphasised may vary among PE firms. This begs of; how consistent efforts are to support diverse backgrounds in the industry or whether the demand for individuals with professional services backgrounds still prevails in the recruitment of young talent. 

Governance

The final panel focusing on Governance is set to unravel the web of challenges and opportunities awaiting the Private Equity Industry. In this ever-changing landscape, governance, emerges as a key pillar, holding significant weight in shaping the future of investments. 

The panel will provide insight into the most critical topics and trends that boards of Private Equity firms need to be aware of, especially in regards to law, regulation, and how the macroeconomic landscape influences investment decisions. Within this, the panel will explore how companies best prepare for crises by offering insight into the key strategies for navigating economic storms and macroeconomic instability. Further, the panel will explore the direction of portfolio investments, analysing trends that can drive ESG-focused decision making in the industry. The discussion will revolve around the necessity and implications of potential government regulations and policies in shaping the sustainable investment landscape. It will explore questions including that of: is regulation a catalyst for positive change, or should the private sector self-regulate its pace toward sustainable investments?

Lars Kroijer, Founder and Managing Director of AlliedOffsets

Mr. Kroijer (born 1972) is the founder and managing director of Alliedoffsets.com – the leading directory and aggregator of information on the world’s voluntary carbon offset and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) projects. Mr. Kroijer is also the seed investor in Lindy Digital which is an algorithmic cryptocurrency trading firm. He is the author of “Money Mavericks – Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager” and “Investing Demystified – How to Invest without Speculation and Sleepless Nights”.

Mr. Kroijer currently serves on the advisory board of alternative investment funds in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Previously Mr. Kroijer was the CIO of Holte Capital Ltd, a London-based market neutral special situations hedge fund which he founded in 2002 before returning external capital in the spring of 2008. In addition, he previously worked at SC Fundamental, a value-focused hedge fund, and the investment banking division of Lazard Frères, both in New York. While in graduate school Mr. Kroijer held internships with the private equity firm Permira Advisors (then Schroder Ventures) and management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Mr. Kroijer graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics and received a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ben Stansfield, Partner and Co-Chair of ESGP at Gowling WLG

Ben Stansfield is one the UK’s leading lawyers practising planning and environmental law. Ben brings with him a wealth of experience advising clients on the consenting and regulation of their projects and their compliance with environmental regulations and reporting standards.

Ben is highly regarded for his straightforward approach and clients appreciate his ability to break down complex regulations into user-friendly practical advice that they can action. Ben is a former Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and was a Trustee of UKELA for eight years.

Ben speaks internationally on UK and European environmental law issues and represents a number of overseas law firms with specialist elements of their transactions.

Ben is recommended for both planning and environmental law in both Legal 500 and chambers and partners and also features in Who’s Who Environmental Law.

Siân Dewing, Principal Associate at Gowling WLG

Siân is a Principal Associate in the London M&A and Private Equity team at Gowling WLG. Siân advises predominantly private companies on a broad range of corporate matters, including both buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, joint ventures, group reorganisations and general corporate law matters. Siân regularly advises fund managers on their equity investments as well as advising on private equity sponsored M&A transactions, including acting for private equity sponsored investee companies on implementing their buy and build M&A strategy. Siân has also acted for start-ups in connection with private fundraisings from HNW and sophisticated investors and for founders and management teams on sales to European private equity houses. 

Siân advises clients across a range of sectors, including energy, healthcare, real estate and financial services. 

Celia Francis, CEO and Co-Founder of Ponterra

Celia Francis is a proven leader of pioneering digital and climate focused companies. She is currently CEO of Ponterra, a commercial developer and operator of large scale, biodiversity rich forest restoration projects.

Previously she was Chief Commercial Officer at Earthshot Labs, a climate tech company supporting a variety of high quality nature restoration and conservation projects around the equator. Celia is also board member at Urban Partners, a leader in real estate and urban development in Northern Europe with a science based commitment to sustainability. Celia is the founder of The Art of Forests alliance, a cooperative of the world’s most experienced at scale forest restoration organisations. Previously she was CEO of Rated People, a £3 billion home improvement and retrofit business.

After graduating from Harvard and gaining an MBA from MIT, Celia held CEO and GM roles at leading technology companies including AltaVista, T-Mobile, and social networking company, WeeWorld. Celia is a frequent public speaker including TEDx.

Nina Buttle, Partner in Financial Services and Sustainability at Page Executive

Nina is Danish and has been with PageGroup for 20 years and is responsible for the Page Executive Sustainability Practice in the UK as well as hiring finance and treasury talent into Financial Services businesses including PE houses and portfolio companies. Having recently completed the Business Sustainability Management course at
University of Cambridge she is building the Executive sustainability
business as part of the Group’s ESG Commitments.

Nina takes great pride in her relationships with her customers and
has built an extensive network of loyal clients and candidates. The
world of talent is constantly changing and the demand for tailored
solutions to attract and, more importantly, retain diverse
candidates is becoming integral to delivering success.

Per Wimmer, CEO and Founder of Wimmer Family Office

Per Wimmer, often described as a fusion of “Indiana Jones meets 007 James Bond,” is well on his way to becoming the first private Dane in space after undergoing intensive training with Virgin Galactic.

Per’s versatile personality expresses exploration and ambition as an astronaut, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, global financier, author and owner of WimmerIsland. His charity initiative, WimmerSpace, supports charities linked to his adventures. Professionally, he leads Wimmer Financial, which excels in global real estate, natural resources and industrials.

A global traveler who has visited 85 countries, Wimmer lives in London and owns an eco-friendly private island. With diverse interests in publishing, motivational speaking and film documentaries, he became an ambassador for Fortis in 2019. Academic achievements include a Harvard MPA with the Don K. Price Award.

Per Wimmer’s life is a testament to determination, exploration and philanthropy – an ongoing inspiration for those who dare to pursue their passions and motivate others to perhaps dare more.

Fardeen Nariman, European Mid-Market PE Growth Investor

Fardeen has been a lifetime M&A banker, working across the investment and advisory space. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, he joined the Corporate Development team at American Express (Amex) in New York where he was instrumental in executing on a targeted M&A strategy that increased shareholder ROE from 30% to 39%. Fardeen also qualified as a CPA while at Amex.

He left Amex to pursue a full time MBA at London Business School. Post that he worked at August Equity (UK mid-market buyout fund), RBS and KPMG before joining specialist advisory firm Quantuma to start and lead their M&A Lead Advisory practice. Fardeen was one of the pioneers of UK mid-market buy and build strategies across veterinary and IT managed services, being part of teams that made early investments into these sectors.

Fardeen was most recently CIO for Seven Capital (multi-strategy family office) where he was responsible for managing the private equity fund. 

Amandeep Singh Johal, Senior Advisor, Freelance

Private equity in-house counsel with extensive legal, fund, regulatory & ESG private equity experience gained at a high performing private equity firm on a steep growth trajectory for over 16 years. Previous experience includes a silver circle law firm and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Amandeep has expertise in delivering legal solutions across all aspects of the private equity value chain including M&A transactions, regulation, fund structuring/raising, and portfolio company management.

Tim He, Partner at Summa Equity

Mr. Tim He serves as Partner at Summa Equity, Europe’s leading impact fund, where he leads Energy Transition and growth equity investments. He led the investment into Tibber, the leading continental European residential smart energy and VPP platform. Previously, he served as Investment Director at Kinnevik and invested in leading Danish companies like Pleo, Vivino and Lunar amongst others. He started his career at the Danish central bank and launched Groupon in China as an entrepreneur before going into investing. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MFE from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Thank you all for coming.