Private equity deal financing and networking

Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 18:30 - 19:30 | Evening Event

This is an in-person networking and knowledge sharing opportunity, organised by CFA UK's Private Equity special interest group

After a record year in deal volumes and exit values for the private equity sector in 2021, an inflationary environment and increasing interest rates suggest that the era of easy money may be drawing to a close.

In this session a panel of experts will discuss the sources of funds available to private equity firms for making acquisitions. The focus will be placed on asset based lending and direct lending, looking at the main features, advantages, and disadvantages of these forms of financing.

Then, join CFA UK's Private Equity group to digest and interrogate the panel's thoughts over networking drinks and nibbles. Don't miss the opportunity to meet with fellow CFA UK members to make new connections and expand your professional network. 

Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 18:00

Event: 18:30 - 19:30

Networking: 19:30 - 20:30

CPD Points: 1.00


Kenneth Borton, Managing Director, H.I.G. WhiteHorse

Kenneth Borton is a Managing Director of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in London, with a focus on primary lending in Europe. Kenneth has over twenty years of experience in direct lending, investment banking, structured finance and special situations.

Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, he was a Managing Director at Citi with responsibility for the Credit Opportunities business in EMEA, managing direct lending transactions across sectors and throughout the region.

 Peter Wood, Managing Director, Aurelius

Peter Wood is a Managing Director at Aurelius European Opportunities. He leads the execution of transactions in UK & Ireland with €550m firepower for European corporate carve-outs.

During his time at Aurelius, he has led carve-outs from corporates including British Telecom, GKN, Scottish & Southern Electric, Saint-Gobain, Wincanton, and Belron International. All transactions have included ABL financing across a variety of asset classes whilst some had elements of cashflow /debt fund lending. 

Xenia Sarri, Managing Director, Lincoln International

Xenia advises corporate and private equity clients on complex debt transactions and cross-border financings with a focus on leveraged buyouts, dividend recapitalisations, refinancings and debt restructurings. Having worked in both the U.S. and Europe, Xenia has a truly global outlook across international debt capital markets.

Since 2007 she has arranged over $70 billion of debt volume across the full spectrum of debt and capital market products. Over this time, she has developed a strong network of relationships with local and global finance providers both in the U.S. and Europe.

Jeremy Smith, Director, FGI Finance

Jeremy Smith is a Director at FGI Finance, a global commercial finance company headquartered in New York City, and with regional offices in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boca Raton.

Jeremy started his career with Cazenove in equity sales, broking research to institutional clients. He moved to PwC to pursue an accounting qualification within the Insurance and Investment management audit division and after 3 years, seconded to transaction services working on vender due diligences within the insurance industry. 

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