International Financial Law Reviews inaugural European
Private Equity Forum will be an
opportunity for private equity professionals to focus on the
key issues affecting regulation and transactions in the
The forum will be held on September 23 in London. It
provides a chance to discuss the Alternative Investment Fund
Managers (AIFM) Directive, maximising value of exits,
acquisition finance and many other hot topics.
After a couple of very quiet years, the European private
equity market finds itself at a crossroads at the end of 2010.
On one hand, it wants to utilise the billions of dollars that
have been sitting on the sidelines for so long. On the other,
it needs to provide returns to investors by negotiating
Indeed, many houses are still looking to exit pre-crisis
deals. So investment managers will need to keep a close eye on
the capital markets and secondary buyouts in order to please
At the same time, however, international regulation is being
finalised, so many are waiting to see what happens. The AIFM
Directive is close to passing in Europe and the Volcker Rule
will have implications that reach further than the US.
It is essential for European funds to understand the
implications of these developments on the regions
regulatory framework and deal structures.
If and when confidence and leverage return to the market,
deals will look different. Seller finance, ratchets and earn
outs are likely to prevail and there will be more bespoke
quirks in individual deals. Standard form transactions are a
thing of the past, at least for the immediate future.
European Private Equity Forum will bring together
industry leaders to examine these and other issues through a
series of panel discussions.
This is your opportunity to hear their views, increase your
understanding and prepare for the future of private equity in
to book your place. IFLRs early bird
discount expires on August 6.