2017 Speakers included
Currently Advisor to the Board of National Bank of Greece assisting with matters relating to its substantial NPE / NPL portfolios.
Previously, Group Executive – Head of Corporate & Institutional Recovery at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, (IBRC) responsible for the EC strategic plan process working closely with government and European authorities. Subsequently developed a recovery platform to execute run down a E36Bn loan portfolio spread across North America, Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe.
Background in wholesale banking, funds management and technology managing businesses in Europe, North America and Australasia. Held positions including Principal at CKW (UK) Associates, Head of North American Strategy Projects at Bank of Ireland, Chief Executive Office of Slingshot GT, Inc, Executive Vice President / General Manager / Global Head of Energy & Utilities at National Australia Bank Ltd, and the International Division of Mellon Bank.
Holds a Masters degree from the Katz Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors degree from Lafayette College.
Patrick Dixon is often described in the media as Europe’s leading futurist. He is a dynamic, provocative and entertaining speaker who advises many of the world’s largest corporations on key trends, managing uncertainty, identifying risk and developing opportunities. He digs deep into the strategy of each organisation, and creates a unique presentation for each event. He has successfully identified hundreds of future business innovations.
Influential author. Dr Patrick Dixon has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today. He is the Chairman of Global Change Ltd, a growth strategy and forecasting company; he is the author of 16 books (in 34 languages); and he is a physician. Key books include Futurewise, SustainAgility, The Genetic Revolution and Building a Better Business. His newest book is The Future of Almost Everything (August 2015).
Outstanding keynote speaker. Dr Dixon has spoken to audiences in over 50 nations and is one of the world's most sought after keynote speakers at corporate events. His customised multimedia presentations are both content-rich and highly engaging for audiences. Customers describe his style as challenging, visionary, hard-hitting, strategic, provocative, dynamic, passionate and practical as well as entertaining. He has the remarkable ability to motivate people to seize growth opportunities and to change.
Multinational clients in many industries. His clients are from every industry with particular strengths in technology, marketing, consumer insight, banking and health — and include Google, Microsoft, IBM, KLM/Air France, BP, ExxonMobil, World Bank, Siemens, Ford, Sara Lee, Prudential, Aviva, Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, PWC, Hewlett Packard, Gillette, GSK, Roche, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, BASF, Forbes, Fortune, RBS, Zurich Financial Services, Tetrapak, Unisys, BT, BBC, Fedex and DHL. He has also taught on executive/MBA programmes at seven Business Schools.
Strategy, growth consulting, and board roles. He advises multinational boards and senior teams on strategic impact of global trends, innovation and risk, in assignments ranging from one-day strategic reviews to in-depth consulting over more than a year. Examples of issues: macro-economic trends, future of marketing, mobile payments and banking, multi-channel customers, social media, consumer shifts, lifestyle changes, customer loyalty, relationship management, call-centres, brand management, demographic shifts, health care, pharmaceutical research, antiageing, genetics and biotechnology, nanotechnology, emerging markets, geopolitical threats, risk management, agile leadership, change management, motivation, green tech, sustainable innovation and corporate responsibility.
He has also worked as Group Strategy Director for Acromas Ltd, which owns the AA and Saga (group turnover >$3bn from financial services, roadside rescue, holidays, publishing and health care). He is a non-executive director of Acromas Health Care (Allied Health Care Ltd, Nestor Health Care Ltd and Saga Health Care Ltd), which delivers as a group over 40 million home care visits a year across the UK, 24 hour live-in care, out-of-hours medical cover, hospital-at-home, end-of-life, dental, forensic medicine, nursing and prison health. He is also Chairman of the Biotech company Virttu Biologics Ltd, which is conducting clinical trials on new cancer treatments.
Presentations with practical insights
Around half of Patrick Dixon’s presentations are in-house events for senior leaders and include detailed research into company priorities, strategy and wider environment. He delivers vitally important insights specific to each corporation. Patrick Dixon has worked with hundreds of multinationals in over 50 nations, across every industry. For example, he has:
- Helped identify next-generation blockbuster drugs with potential sales of over $50bn a year
- Assisted a global telecom company to develop better customer focus
- Identified significant sustainability initiatives for the European Chemical Industry
- Advised on online banking strategy for one of the world’s premier banks
Peter Dixon is Commerzbank AG's global financial economist based in London. Peter's role is to interact with the bank's clients to analyse the feedback between economies and the markets, which is a key decision making input into investor decisions. This role entails extensive client contact both in formal presentations of the research views and ad-hoc responses to issuer or investor queries. Prior to assuming this role in 2000, Peter spent four years as head of Commerzbank's international economics group based in Frankfurt am Main. In all, he has three decades of professional experience in macroeconomic analysis and is routinely sought by the media and a variety of institutions, including the UK Treasury and Bank of England, to provide views and advice on economic and market issues.
Martin has more than 10 years of experience in leveraged finance and M&A. He worked as Corporate Finance and Development director at Applus, where he participated in the IPO of the company, the refinancing of its debt and the acquisition of 4 companies in various geographies. Previously, he worked for 6 years at Morgan Stanley in the leveraged finance and M&A teams in London and Madrid. Martin has also worked for PwC Corporate Finance in Barcelona and for BNP Paribas M&A team in Paris. Martin holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from UPC (Barcelona) and a Master of Science in Management from HEC Business School (Paris).
Eduard Mantz, Vice President, is a member of the Real Estate Debt team within BlackRock's Alternative Strategies Group. Mr. Mantz focuses on originating and structuring European commercial real estate debt investments.
Prior to joining Blackrock, Mr. Mantz spent eight years at ING, where he was a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance team. He also held positions in the CRE debt capital markets and structured finance areas. Eduard has been involved in structuring and closing European real estate debt transactions secured by properties located in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland.
Eduard earned an MSc in Economics and Business cum laude, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Gavin has 30 years of experience in the retail sector as a financially qualified retail operator, turned consultant, turned distressed investor. He is CEO of Alteri Investors, a joint venture between its management and leading alternative investor Apollo Global Management, LLC. Alteri invests in challenging and complex retail situations across Europe, combining hands-on restructuring and operational expertise with committed capital.
Prior to establishing Alteri Investors, he was CEO of GA Europe, an independent Chief Restructuring Officer for retail and consumer businesses, and Partner/Head of Retail at Ernst & Young UK.
Gavin originally trained as a chartered accountant before working in retail operations at Dixons and then moving into retail consulting.
Tatjana came to Muzinich from Metlife Investments, where she served as an Associate Director of the High Return Unit. Earlier, Tatjana worked as Senior Portfolio Manager in European High Yield for Fortis Investments and as a portfolio manager and credit analyst at Legal & General Investment Management. She started her career as a high yield telecom analyst with Merrill Lynch. She has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Masters from the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, and an M.Sc./B.S. in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Mr. Bohill is Partner at StepStone and focuses on private credit investments and business development in Europe.
Mr. Bohill is also a Director of Kish Capital, a principal investor based in Dublin, Ireland. Kish acquires and operates small and medium sized businesses, with an emphasis on capital restructuring or business transformation. Prior to Kish Capital, Mr. Bohill acquired and operated several businesses on his own behalf, and was Co-Head of European Technology and Communications at BancBoston Capital, a principal private equity investor. He began his career at Broadview International, a boutique M&A Advisor in the technology, media and telecoms sectors.
Mr. Bohill received a BBs in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin.
Mr. Dennis is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s European activities. Additionally, Mr. Dennis serves as a member of the Management Committee of Ares, the Ares Credit Group’s European Direct Lending Investment Committee and other select Ares Credit Group investment committees. Prior to joining Ares in 2007, Mr. Dennis was Head of the London Financial Sponsor Group at Barclays Bank, where he focused on originating middle market financing opportunities. Mr. Dennis holds a B.Sc. from the University of Nottingham and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and an M.B.A., with high honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Pavlin Kumchev is a Vice President with Carlyle Strategic Partners in London, focusing on distressed and special situation investment opportunities. Prior to joining Carlyle, Pavlin worked at Blackstone’s Restructuring and Reorganization Group in London. Prior to that,he was an Associate at Behrman Capital in New York, focusing on middle-market private equity investments. He began his career in the Investment Banking Group of Morgan Stanley in New York. Mr. Kumchev currently serves on the boards ofKAP Beteiligungs-AG (Germany) and Akari Care Group (UK). Mr. Kumchev received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics with a minor in German and graduated summa cumlaude from Colgate University, New York. He received an M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Michael joined ING REF in May 2004 and has 25-year experience in real estate lending, asset management and restructuring. Based in London, he is currently responsible for ING REF’s lending platforms in Asia, USA, UK, Spain/Portugal, France and Italy – lending assets totalling over EUR 12Bio. Prior to his current role, he led ING REF’s highly successful U.S. lending platform which he helped grow from USD 200 million to over USD 7.5 billion at its peak in 2008. Before ING, Michael was an originator in BHF Capital’s U.S real estate lending team and was one of the original members of Helaba’s CRE finance team in the U.S. Michael started his banking career in Chemical Bank’s real estate group in Manhattan.
Christopher has 35 years of experience in the shipping and banking industries. Originally based in London, Christopher worked as corporate banker for 12 years before moving to Athens in 1994. For the next 16 years Christopher served as the Chief Financial Officer for three US publicly listed shipping companies, including 2 IPOs and has also held non-executive director positions. After working in Copenhagen and Dubai, from 2011 to 2016, Christopher returned to London and joined Berenberg’s Shipping Origination Team.
Ms. Jones joined Oaktree’s London office in 2003 and serves as co-portfolio manager for the European Senior Loan strategy, and assistant portfolio manager for the European High Yield Bond strategy and portfolio manager for the European CLO strategy. Before joining Oaktree, Ms. Jones spent more than three years at Deutsche Bank AG in London as a senior associate in the Leveraged Debt Origination Group specializing in loan, mezzanine and high yield bond financings to support European leveraged buyouts. Prior thereto, she spent two years in the Acquisition Finance Group at Natwest Group plc. Ms. Jones received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Durham, England. She is a CFA charterholder.
Francesco Colasanti - Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group Francesco Colasanti joined the Fortress team in Italy in 2001 and has played a part in the main investment processes of Fortress in the real estate sector, in the NPL (non-performing loans) sector and in the traditional private equity sector. Since 2005, Mr. Colasanti has contributed, on behalf of Fortress, to the creation and development of Torre SGR S.p.A., currently the eighth largest Italian real estate fund. He has also been a Member of the Board of Italfondiario S.p.A. since February 2012 and a Member of the Board of doBank since October 2015. Mr. Colasanti oversees investment strategy of Eurocastle Investment Limited, a company externally managed by Fortress and listed in the Amsterdam stock exchange and also serves as a Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Italian NPL Opportunities Fund. Before joining Fortress, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers on the audit and transaction support team. Mr. Colasanti received a degree in Economics and Business from LUISS University of Rome.
Stefano Visalli is the Founder of Oxy Capital Italia management specialized in turnaround & distress. He is a director at McKinsey Milan offices.
He is in charge of strategy of the Med Complex and a member of the executive committee practice banking in Europe.
He is responsible for the banking practice in the Mediterranean region. He is responsible for numerous projects concerning changes in the operative structure and turnarounds.
Antonio is a senior credit analyst at Northlight Group, an independent asset manager focusing on European high yield. Northlight uses extensive bottom-up fundamental analysis to identify opportunities across the capital structure in order to generate attractive liquidity adjusted returns with emphasis on risk management and capital preservation. Prior to joining Northlight, Antonio was responsible for capital markets and financing at InvestIndustrial, raising in excess of €1.5bn across high yield and leveraged loans (2009-2013). Previously Antonio co-promoted and ran the European fundamental credit strategy at Magnetar Capital focusing on credit analysis and monitoring of investments (2007-2009). He has also worked with Lehman Brothers as a member of the leveraged finance and M&A teams (1998-2007). Antonio holds a degree in Economics from the University of Bologna. He is fluent in English and Italian.
Ahmad Alanani, CFA is a Founding Partner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sancta Capital where he is responsible for deal origination, structuring and execution. In addition, Ahmad takes a leadership role in the firm’s management and business development.
Ahmad has over 13 years of experience on the buy and sell side. He was most recently a Managing Partner at Exotix Partners LLP, a frontier market investment banking boutique, and served as the firm’s Senior Executive Officer in Dubai. He joined Exotix in 2008 as a Director in the fixed income sales and trading team in London, before relocating to Dubai in 2010 to establish the firm’s regional office and expand its franchise. In Dubai, he led a team of 10 professionals focused on distressed debt and special situations and successfully executed more than US$2.0bn of secondary and primary transactions across the region. This included a landmark US$135M NPL liquidation for a Malaysian institution and over US$500M worth of structured debt buybacks.
Prior to Exotix, Ahmad was a director for a family office in London where he was tasked with liability management and term securitization within targeted portfolio companies. Ahmad also worked for MD Sass Investor Services, a New York based hedge fund with over US$7bn under management, as part of the distressed and leveraged buyouts strategy.