First European private equity event launches

Author: Nicholas Pettifer | Published: 12 Aug 2010
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International Financial Law Review’s 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 industry.

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 profitable exits.

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 limited partners.

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 region’s 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.

The IFLR 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 Europe.

Click here to book your place. IFLR’s early bird discount expires on August 6.