Entrepreneur and leading private equity figure Luke Johnson will
be the keynote speaker at this year's Guernsey Funds Forum.
The Chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners,
pictured left, will top the bill for the annual event, which this
year is titled 'The new scope - investor perspectives,
innovation and success', and takes place on Thursday 12 May at
etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London.
Guernsey Finance Chief Executive Dominic Wheatley said he was
delighted that Mr Johnson, the man behind several
instantly-recognisable high street brands, had agreed to speak at
"Luke is probably best known for his work with restaurant
chain PizzaExpress, which he grew from 12 restaurants to more than
250 before selling it in 1999, and for being the former Chairman of
Channel 4 Television, but that is only a tiny fraction of what he
has done and achieved. Quite simply, he's one of the biggest
names in the private equity industry with a track record that is
second-to-none," said Mr Wheatley.
"What he says carries significance across the marketplace
and I am sure many others will be joining me in really looking
forward to hearing his insight into the current environment and
what it means for investment opportunities."
The event, which last year attracted more than 500 delegates,
will be moderated for the seventh successive year by ITV News
anchor, Alastair Stewart OBE.
There will also be two panel sessions with speakers including
Kate Simpson from Proskauer, Tim Hughes from PwC, Robin Klein from
Localglobe, Blaise Duault from PAI Partners, Bernard Vogel from
Endeavour Vision, Phillip Hyett from Funding Circle, Nick
Magliocchetti from Whitespace Ventures, Adam Black from Coller
Capital and Geoff Miller, investor, director and mentor to early
stage businesses globally.
The first panel session will look at innovation in the funds
arena including a focus on how to access credit in the current
climate, whether alternatives have become the new mainstream and if
de-risking should be regarded as an opportunity or a threat.
The second will highlight investor perspectives including a
focus on ESG investment, tax transparency, data aggregation and
asset owners, as well as consider cyber risks and investor portals
and whether the depositary should be seen as a 'value-add'
or a burden.
Mr Wheatley added: "We received extremely positive feedback
after last year's record-breaking forum and our aim now is to
build on that success. With this in mind, we have ensured that the
content of this year's sessions is as topical as ever. Looking
at the quality of the panellists I believe we will have some very
insightful debate that will be relevant to a broad cross-section of
practitioners working in the sector."
Guernsey Funds Forum 2016 is scheduled to get underway from
midday with registration and lunch and will conclude with a
networking drinks reception at 5pm.
It is hosted by Guernsey Finance in conjunction with the
Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA). The event is supported
by the Alternative Investment Management Association, the British
Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, Alpha Journal,
Funds Europe, HFM Week and PERE.
For more information about delegate passes visit www.guernseyfundsforum.com or contact Fiona
Murray by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone +44 (0) 7781 123808. Latest news is available on
Twitter from @GuernseyFinance and updates about the event
specifically can be found using the hashtag #GFF2016.
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