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Discover influential and astute speakers within cross-border M&A. These experts will speak on the latest trends, best practices and analyses.

Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams

Former Chief Economist of Lloyds Bank, Visiting Professor at the University of Derby

Trevor Williams is the former chief economist of Lloyds Bank, a position he held for over 15 years. He has worked as an economist in the city of London for 30 years, including the government economic service. He has managed teams of economists and financial analysts in most of that period. His extensive experience covers financial markets, econometric modelling, banking markets, analysis of the UK and global economy. Topical Issues such as global trade, demographics, productivity, the third industrial revolution, global mega trends and the future of manufacturing are areas he has focussed on.

Trevor also runs his own consultancy – TWC: www.trevorwilliams.biz. He blogs and presents at conferences and other client-focussed events, representing economic views on a range of topics.

He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC), author of Trading Economics (Wiley), and writes a regular column in Moneyfacts.

Josien Bakker

Josien Bakker

Investment Manager, Robeco

Ms. Bakker is primarily responsible for sourcing deals and maintaining relationships with fund managers in France, the Benelux and the German-speaking countries. Prior to joining Robeco in 2017, she worked as a Manager M&A at Ahold and Ahold Delhaize, where she advised on and executed all significant mergers, acquisitions and divestments across the group. Prior to that, she worked as Investment Manager shipping for ABN AMRO bank, where she was involved with co-investments of mainstream shipping assets. She holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration Corporate Finance from the University of Groningen and she is a CFA Charterholder.

Sunaina Sinha

Sunaina Sinha

Founder & Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a private funds advisor based in London and New York. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in private equity and private debt. Cebile Capital has raised exceptional mid-market funds and served as an advisor to both buyers and sellers of a significant number of secondaries deals.

Sunaina is also an active investor and Non-Executive Director in several high growth companies, including Mindful Chef, a healthy recipe box company delivering over a million meals in the UK, Barrecore, UK’s largest boutique fitness business, Curve, Baby Mori and more.

Prior to founding Cebile Capital, Sunaina worked at Brevan Howard, a $40 billion asset manager, where she was in charge of marketing and investor relations in Asia, Middle East and Australia. Earlier, she worked at Bridgewater Associates, an $82 billion asset manager, where she covered investors in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the United States.

Sunaina obtained a BS in Management Science and Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, both from Stanford University where she was also a Mayfield Fellow. Sunaina has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Benjamin Procter

Benjamin Procter

Senior Partner, Watermill Group

Benjamin Procter is a Partner at The Watermill Group where he leads the sourcing, due diligence and acquisition of new investments. Mr. Procter joined HMK Enterprises, Inc., (an affiliated holding company of The Watermill Group) in 1987. During more than 30 years with Watermill, Mr. Procter has led or been involved in over 40 acquisitions and numerous public and private financings. He also served as a senior executive of several HMK portfolio companies.

From January of 2007 through January of 2009, Mr. Procter served as a Partner at Woodside Capital. Woodside is an investor in distressed debt and equity for companies with up to $150 million in revenues. Mr. Procter’s primary responsibilities at Woodside were to source and manage control equity transactions in distressed or challenged companies. He served as a Director for several Woodside portfolio companies including as Chairman of Hamilton Specialty Bar, a steel bar producer located in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mr. Procter’s experience prior to Watermill included finance and accounting roles at Bolt Beranek and Newman and Peat Marwick. Mr. Procter is also an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth where he served as President and CEO of the Boston Chapter from 2010 to 2013 and previously served on the Global Board from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Procter received the ACG Meritorious Service Award in 2004. Mr. Procter is also a former President of the Dedham Country & Polo Club.

Mr. Procter received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, his M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University, and is also a CPA. He is married with three children and is an avid Boston sports fan.

Maria Blair

Maria Blair

Partner, ghSMART & Company

Maria Blair is a Partner at ghSMART. She serves leaders of high performing organizations across all sectors in the areas of leadership development and coaching, management assessment, top team effectiveness, and organizational change initiatives and advises their boards, executives, and investors on their most important leadership challenges.

Prior to joining ghSMART, Maria was national vice president of the American Cancer Society, leading strategy and global operations. Previously, Maria was Deputy Associate Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She led an interagency effort to develop Federal recommendations for reducing and mitigating climate risks both domestically and internationally. Prior to the White House, Maria was Associate Vice President and Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation. Maria began her career as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, serving financial institutions, nonprofit and multilateral organizations. Maria was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University’s Balliol College, earning a master’s degree in politics, economics and philosophy, and has her BA degree from Harvard University.

Maria leads executive leadership seminars for the Aspen Institute, is the past chair of the board of directors for the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and an Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She has worked in 15 different countries, and traveled in an additional 45 countries. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

Marie Weijler

Marie Weijler

Senior Manager, Princip.al

Besides her involvement with a single family office, Marie Weijler is the Senior Manager of Principal, an international network of 1,500+ single family offices and private investors founded to share deal flow. She has sourced and analyzed 95+ investment projects in high-tech industries and real estate. In 2019 she was included in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Finance category. Marie holds a law degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas

Partner, Liberty Corporate Finance

Tim has been working in the UK private equity market since 2000. He initially qualified as a chartered accountant at PWC and worked in corporate finance at KPMG. Prior to joining Liberty, he spent 12 years working for several mid-market private equity funds.

Stewart Licudi

Stewart Licudi

Managing Director, Financial Sponsors, William Blair

Stewart Licudi is a Managing Director and Head of European Financial Sponsors Coverage for William Blair based in their London office. He has been an investment banker with the firm since 2006 working on a variety of assignments involving M&A, private placements and public offerings. William Blair’s focus in Europe is on cross-border, sell-side transactions and Stewart has worked on deals in more than 20 countries over the past 10 years. His key focus is to work with private equity clients as both buyers and sellers of businesses in a variety of transaction types. He has 20 years of experience in corporate finance and private equity, working with companies across a broad range of industries at various stages of corporate development.

Prior to joining William Blair he was a private equity investor with 3i and LDC successfully completing 44 investments into more than 25 companies and has served as a non-executive director on several boards. Stewart received a B.A. from Stirling University in 1992.

Angie MacPhee

Angie MacPhee

Partner, Baker Tilly

Angela MacPhee is a partner at Baker Tilly and head of the global forensics consulting practice.

Angela MacPhee leads the global forensics consulting practice, a multidisciplinary forensic accounting and consulting services team that delivers accurate financial analysis for businesses in critical situations. She oversees practice-wide operations with offices on five continents, and is responsible for implementing strategy and driving growth within the team.

Angela is recognized as a leader who innovates, adopts multiple perspectives, resourcefully problem solves and consistently delivers beyond expectations. She has excelled in executive, accounting, finance, and operations roles and her background has allowed her the unique opportunity to better her community through work with not-for-profit and for-profit boards and associations. Angela currently serves as the Chair of the Global Board of Directors for the Association for Corporate Growth and is on the board for Colorado Business Bank. She has previously served on the board of trustees for Warren Village and on the board for the Denver Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Angela served as the CEO of RGL Forensics, a leading forensic accounting firm, prior to the firm joining with Baker Tilly. Prior to joining RGL, Angela was the Vice President of the Timberline Region for O’Neal Steel, Inc., a $2.6 billion dollar company. Included in her tenure at O’Neal Steel, Angela was CFO of Timberline Steel where she was charged with leading the organization through its sale and transition into the new parent company, O’Neal Steel. Angela began her career in the Denver office of Arthur Andersen, gaining experience working with public and private companies in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, advertising and higher education.

Cliff Prior

Cliff Prior

CEO, Big Society Capital

Cliff Prior is CEO of Big Society Capital – the wholesale investor and market champion for UK social impact investment. In our first 5 years, we have made over £1.25bn available with our coinvestors, with £800m already taken up by over 800 social enterprises.

Previously Cliff was CEO of UnLtd for social entrepreneurs, which has supported 13,000 new startups, and built a 50-country Global Social Entrepreneurship Network.
Cliff has worked across the social sector as CEO and on boards, with government on policy and regulation, mentors emerging social leaders, and has co-created a number of social startups. He is currently a board member of the International Venture Philanthropy Centre.

Cliff is involved in the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and is leading an international working group to help more countries develop impact investment wholesalers and market development agencies.

Mauricio Rodriguez

Mauricio Rodriguez

Co-head of Impact Investing, Barclays Wealth Management

Mauricio joined Barclays from JPMorgan in 2010, his work was pivotal in the grow of the Equities business at the Investment Bank, with a focus on the renewable energy sector; as well as the development and integration of the Impact Framework, and the launch of the Multi-Impact Growth Fund of Funds and Sustainable discretionary strategy at Barclays Investment Solutions and the private bank.

Mauricio is a member of the development board at Ashden (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust) a UK-based organisation that champions and promotes sustainable energy solutions. Mauricio is a CAIA charterholder, holds a MA in International Business Administration, and is an alumnus of the Impact Investing Programme from University of Oxford.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Toniic

Kanini Mutooni is the Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors. Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, 8 country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. Since its launch, the unit has supported the close of over $100M in deals originated in the East African region in agri-business, financial services and ICT.

Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe and the United States. She has excellent entrepreneurial credential, having set up the first UK platform for SME lending that successfully raised $1m in seed capital and was instrumental in helping fund over $50m in debt capital in Eastern and Western Europe.

Kanini has worked at Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and US, such as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2011 she was recognized as one of the most influential women in the City of London by Barclays Wealth UK and in 2012 she was named one of the most powerful women in Business by the Business Weekly newspaper in Kenya.

Kanini is an Investment Committee Board member of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m impact fund with 180 investments across Sub-Saharan Africa and was also the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee for the International HIV Alliance, a 54 country International NGO that focusses on promoting advocacy and treatment of HIV, based in the UK.

In 2014, Kanini was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business, the health sector and global entrepreneurship.

Harry Dolman

Harry Dolman

Partner and COO, HPE Growth Capital

Harry is Partner and COO at HPE where he focusses on the strategic and operational processes of the Portfolio companies. He has been in this role since 2009. He is closely involved with Airborne Oil & Gas and is currently serving as board member in AEVI.

He previously held a board seat at Cotesa (sold in 2018) and at Synova which was sold to de Beers in 2015.

He has over 25 years of Management experience and 22 years of International experience. Prior to HPE, Harry spent 17 years at the Walt Disney Company, where he served as Executive Vice President at Disney Consumer Products in a global management role out of Los Angeles and in European management roles out of Paris. He also served at Nutricia (now Danone) in the Netherlands and Unilever in Australia in Sales&Marketing and Logistics roles.

He has a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. Harry and his French wife have an 8 year old daughter. He enjoys cooking, sailing and remodeling / renovating houses.

Nigel McNelly

Nigel McNelly

Partner, OPUS Corporate Finance

Nigel has been a partner at Opus since its inception in 2006. Nigel has clients across a broad range of sectors and specialises in advice to family and trust owned businesses. Areas of particular sector focus include events and event services, specialist property (including affordable housing and related services) and B2B consulting and business services.

Recent assignments have included advice to a large family owned brewer on succession issues and the trustees of a multi-generational  family trust in the property sector in relation to trust diversification requirements.

In addition, Nigel led the Opus team advising on the sale of the events services business Peppermint Bars to Conviviality. Other recent transactions include the investment by Related Companies in Pocket Living and Hearst Publishing in Mediablaze.

Nigel joined SG Warburg in 1983 and in 1997 was recruited as Head of Corporate Finance at Enskilda Securities in London. Nigel has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and is a member of ICAEW.

Jo Bennett-Coles

Jo Bennett-Coles

Managing Director, FGI Finance

Jo Bennett-Coles is the managing director of FGI.

Mrs. Bennett-Coles is responsible for overseeing marketing for FGI’s UK and greater European operations, generating deal flow, and sustaining relationships with clients and industry professionals.

Mrs. Bennett-Coles brings over a decade of experience in the commercial finance and asset-based-lending industries and over twenty-five years in management and entrepreneurship. She has been featured in numerous trade publications such as The Secured Lender, TRF News, Global Trade Review, and the ABF Journal. Frequently, she speaks at leading industry events.

Prior to joining FGI, Mrs. Bennett-Coles served as managing director at Atlantic Risk Management Services, where she managed numerous projects—from workout to due diligence in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, and the Far East. Previously, Mrs. Bennett-Coles was founder and director of NB Resources Limited; served as director and company secretary for LCS Services Limited; and worked as an assistant solicitor at Stitt & Co., where she qualified as a solicitor in 1990.

Mrs. Bennett-Coles holds an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Essex and is a member of several organizations, including the Ancient City of London Guild, The Worshipful Company of Loriners, and The Law Society.

Born in Ramsgate, United Kingdom, Mrs. Bennett-Coles spent her early years in Kent, London, and Scotland and currently resides in Buckingham.

Ron Belt

Ron Belt

Managing Partner, Capital Mind

Ron is a Managing Partner of Capitalmind, which he joined in 2002, to grow the TMT/Ecommerce and Business Services advisory business.  He has 25+ years experience in M&A, and has successfully closed 100+ deals. Ron is fluent in Dutch, English and German.

Before Capitalmind, Ron was an independent corporate finance advisor and venture capitalist, while at ABN AMRO, he specialized in IPOs and M&A for technology companies. He also became Global Sector Director of Tech Research, responsible for a team of 20+ analysts across 15 countries – in 1999, this team was ranked 2nd in Reuters’ ‘small company research poll’. Over the years he was a boardmember of some leading TMT companies including personalised gifts e-commerce business Bulbby.com.

Ron holds a degree in Technical Information Science; and speaks fluent Dutch, English and German.

Thomas Seddon

Thomas Seddon

Principal, Origination

Tommy joined Riverside in 2013 and leads Riverside’s deal origination efforts in the UK & Ireland. In addition to this role, Tommy sits on the board of three of Riverside’s portfolio companies: Guestline, Brookson and OrthoD. Tommy joined Riverside from DC Advisory (formerly Close Brothers Corporate Finance), where he worked on a range of cross-border M&A and debt advisory mandates.