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European Mid-Market Forum

24 May, Four Seasons Park Lane, London

The definitive european mid-market debt finance event

The definitive event on European alternative debt finance returns to London on 24 May 2017 for the annual half-day event on the outlook for mid-market debt finance.

Attracting 200 attendees and 20 speakers, this event helps lenders and advisers forge relationships within European mid-market financial sponsors.

Each year, this event charters the course of the rapidly evolving mid-market leveraged finance space for the rest of the year. Ongoing competition between traditional and institutional lenders, significant dry powder held by debt funds and banks defending their market share make for a fascinating programme this year.

The programme aims to address the concerns of the market through interactive debates and practical, no-nonsense viewpoints.

2017 Highlights:

  • Private Equity perspectives on living with a debt fund
  • Stretched senior funds and the implications for unitranche pricing
  • The variable aspects between first-second loss unitranches and synthetic unitranche
  • The impact on UK SME's of Brexit and what international opportunities are available
  • Are debt funds becoming a threat to the high yield market?

This year's Keynote: Lord Digby Jones


Digby serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, On Logistics Ltd, Celixir Ltd, Thatcher’s Cider Ltd and G-Labs Ltd. He is Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Unipart Expert Practices (UEP) Division and chairs the Advisory Board of Argentex LLP. He is a Non-Executive Director of URICA Ltd and Leicester Tigers plc. He is Senior Adviser to Harvey Nash plc and Babcock InternationalGroup plc. He is Corporate Ambassador to Aon RiskSolutions, Jaguar Carsand Ravenscroft Stockbroking. Digby is also Chairman of the Governors of Stratford Upon Avon College. He sits in the House of Lords as a non-aligned Crossbench peer.

From 2007 to 2008 Digby served as the UK’s Minister of State for Trade & Investment and is still the only UK Minister not to belong to the Party of Government. He made 45 overseas visits, travelling to 31 different countries and meeting with the world’s top business leaders and politicians. He changed the way that UK Trade & Investment was perceived, delivering a record year for inward investment and expanding the UK’s presence in all of the major international markets.

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