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Kenneth Clarke read law at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1963 and became a QC in 1980.
He has been the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe since 1970.
He held several Ministerial offices in the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major - as Secretary of State for Health, Secretary of State for Education and Science and Home Secretary. From May 1993 until the General Election in May 1997 Mr. Clarke was Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Following the Election Mr. Clarke returned to the Conservative back benches and took on various senior non-executive business appointments. He was appointed as the Chairman of David Cameron’s Democracy Task Force and became Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in January 2009.
Following the General Election in 2010 Kenneth Clarke returned to the Cabinet in the Coalition Government as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. In 2012 until July 2014 he served as Minister without Portfolio, working to develop key trade relationships on the Prime Minister’s behalf, particularly the US/EU negotiations. He had an advisory brief on the economy and also sat on the National Security Council.
He returned to the back benches in July 2014, when he was appointed a Companion of Honour. As the Member of the House of Commons with the longest continuous service he is currently the Father of the House.
Away from the political sphere, he is well known for his love and knowledge of jazz. He is also an ardent birdwatcher and a keen follower of cricket, football and Formula 1 motor racing.
Alastair Brown is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Shard Credit Partners, a UK lower mid-market focused direct lending fund. The fund focuses on providing senior secured unitranche loans in the £5-15 million size range to UK SMEs. The investment team is currently deploying from the fund’s first close commitments of £90 million, into transactions sourced from across the Sponsored and Non-sponsored universe. The investment team are all ex-colleagues from CIBC World Markets and Barclays and has previously worked together on several occasions during the past two decades. Alastair Brown previously worked in the leveraged finance teams at Mediobanca, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and CIBC World Markets, spanning a career of 20 years. He has completed in excess of €24 billion of loan underwriting across 45 corporate and leveraged finance transactions.
Claire joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2017. She focuses on originating, leading and executing new investment opportunities across all sectors.
Previously, Claire worked at HIG WhiteHorse for four years originating and executing deals. She also spent five years at Hawkpoint Partners (where she was involved in the Icelandic restructuring in 2009), three years at Societe Generale in their Leveraged Finance teams in London and Hong Kong and three years at Barclays.
Andrew Cleland-Bogle joined EQT Credit's London office in 2014 and co-heads origination for the Mid-Market Credit (direct lending) strategy.
Prior to joining EQT, Andrew was a Director in the European Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group at DC Advisory (formerly known as Close Brothers Corporate Finance). During his 9 years at DC Advisory, including three years based in Frankfurt, he focused on both healthy and distressed situations, advising on refinancings and balance sheet restructurings across numerous jurisdictions.
Prior to DC Advisory, Andrew spent 2 years in the Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey.
Neale Broadhead joined CVC Credit Partners in February 2014 as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. Neale has been responsible for leading 175+ management buyouts in his career, having worked in both London and New York. Prior to joining CVC, Neale worked at Lloyds Banking Group as Managing Director and Head of Mid Market Acquisition Finance, which he founded in 2004 and also was a member of the Board Investment Committee as well as the Investment Committee for Acquisition Finance.
Managing Director and Head of Private Debt; joined Golding Capital Partners in 2018. He is responsible for the selection, execution and monitoring of private debt fund investments and co-investments, as well as the portfolio management thereafter.
Prior to joining Golding Capital Partners, Mr Das spent five and a half years at BlueBay Asset Management in London, where he was responsible for primary financings for medium-sized businesses across Europe. As a Partner within BlueBay’s Private Debt Group, he was most recently focused on new investments in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Mr Das previously spent nearly three years at Macquarie in the Principal Finance division, where he was responsible for a wide range of investments across the capital structure of European businesses. Prior to that, he worked in the Leveraged Finance team at Lehman Brothers and Nomura in London. He started his career at Credit Suisse in Zurich in various areas of the Swiss investment banking franchise.
Mr Das graduated from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland with an M.A. in Law and Economics. He also holds a dual CEMS Master in International Management degree (CEMS MIM) from both ESADE Barcelona and the University of St. Gallen.
Natalia Tsitoura is a Managing Director in Alcentra’s European Direct Lending platform. She is responsible for originating, executing and managing private debt investments in the UK and Scandinavia. Prior to that, she worked on syndicated loan and mezzanine investments across the Alcentra platform. Natalia is a member of the boards of Mountain Warehouse, Kedleston Schools, Anesco, SimplyBiz and Agilisys. Natalia graduated in 2006 from Loughborough University in Business Studies (1st Class), and speaks Greek and Spanish fluently in addition to English.
James Ranger is Managing Director & Head of the Mid Markets Team in Acquisition Finance.
The team supports a wide range of private equity sponsors through providing financing for leveraged buy-outs across the UK and Western Europe. Acquisition Finance also has a wider mandate to support (non-sponsor owned) private or public companies wishing to raise leveraged or sub investment grade financing.
The team provides a range of financing products including senior & super senior loans, hybrid Unitranche facilities, underwritten debt and high yield bonds. The team can support companies across a broad range of sizes and sectors.
Colin joined European Capital in 2005 & leads the origination and execution of UK investment opportunities.
LGT European Capital focusses on lower mid-market transactions with companies generating EBITDA of £5m or greater. Since 2005 the teams in London and Paris have invested in over 70 mid-market companies.
In 2017 European Capital became part of LGT Capital Partners, a global multi-alternatives platform.
Previously Colin worked at KPMG Corporate Finance for five years advising on mid-market M&A transactions and buyouts.
Chris joined CORDET in September 2016. Chris is the Chief Operating Officer and an Investment Professional focusing on origination and execution in the UK and Ireland and is based in the London office. Chris has completed seven investments since joining CORDET, including Lowe Refrigeration and the refinancing of one of Inflexion’s portfolio companies in Q1 2018.
Chris was previously at Lloyds for thirteen years, most recently as a Director in Mid Market Origination, Acquisition Finance, responsible for originating, structuring, and executing mid-market senior debt transactions. In his time in Acquisition Finance, Chris completed over 65 senior debt transactions in the Mid Market. Prior to Lloyds, Chris was a civil engineer with Costain Ltd.
Chris holds a Masters in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Leeds.
Ben Davis is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of The Private Credit and Finance Groups.
Ben’s practice focuses on advising on acquisition and leveraged finance facilities, corporate facilities and debt restructurings in the middle market and upper market. He represents a variety of clients including alternative lenders, private equity sponsors and corporates on unitranche loans, second-lien financings, first out / last out structures, mezzanine facilities, investment grade facilities, high yield bonds, real estate financings, litigation funding and distressed situations among other innovative, first-in-kind transactions involving private sources of capital.
Alex Griffith is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of The Private Credit and Finance Groups.
Alex’s practice focuses onleveraged finance and general debt finance work, advising senior, mezzanine,second lien, unitranche and other private capital providers.
His extensive experiencecovers a wide range of transactions, including corporate refinancings,management buyouts and buy-ins, recapitalizations, institutional acquisitions,restructurings, public-to-private takeovers (both domestic and international),and other innovative, first-in-kind transactions involving private sources ofcapital.
In addition, Alex advises financial sponsors, corporates and management teams on the raising of debt finance in the European Markets.
Paul Mullen is a partner in the leveraged and acquisition finance team at Hogan Lovells in London. Paul specialises in the financing of sponsor backed businesses in the mid-market and regularly acts for a wide range of bank and direct lender clients as well as borrowers. Recent deals include acting for Ares Management and Santander on the financing for Lyceum Capital's acquisition of Timico Technologies and acting for Avenue Capital, Northleaf Capital and HSBC on the financing for Vitruvian's acquisition of the AXIO and OAG aviation group.
Joelle Jefferis is a reporter at Debtwire Europe covering leveraged buyouts and refinancing in the mid-market space in the UK and Benelux regions. Joelle has two years of experience as a financial journalist reporting on international taxation and credit. Joelle has a BA in Social Anthropology with International Study from the University of Manchester.