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Kenneth Clarke CH QC is the Member of Parliament in Rushcliffe, and was first elected to the role in 1970. Ken is also the Father of the house, the title bestowed upon the MP who has served for the longest time in the House of Commons.
He first became active in politics at Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, and Chairman of the University Conservative Association. He was also the National Chairman of the Federation of University Conservative Associations.
Ken has extensive experience in government, spanning over three decades. He has served in two of the four Great Offices of State: Chancellor and Home Secretary.
During his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, from 1993 to 1997, Britain recovered from recession and was set on a course of economic growth with low inflation. In addition, the budget deficit was halved and interest rates and unemployment fell. New Labour had simply to stick to his plans for the first three years of their Government to achieve a budget surplus. He bequeathed to Labour a golden economic legacy.
In December 2005, Ken was appointed head of the Democracy Task Force by David Cameron. The review ran for 18 months and looked at ways to reengage people in the democratic process and restore trust in politics by restoring Cabinet Government and accountability to the House of Commons.
In January 2009, Ken joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, bringing with him a wealth of experience from the public and private sectors.
In May 2010, Ken was appointed to join the Cabinet as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
In September 2012, Ken became Minister without Portfolio with a special brief to advise on the economy.
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.
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.
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.