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Invest Europe platforms

The Platforms

Invest Europe is the voice of the private equity industry as a whole. However, within our membership, individual segments have specific requirements, reflected by our four Platform structure: Limited Partner, Venture Capital, Mid-Market and Large Buyout.

The responsibilities of each Platform include:

  • engaging with members to understand and respond to their specific needs
  • keeping members abreast on Invest Europe activities
  • developing and executing Platform strategy, action plans and budget
  • steering Roundtables and Working Groups, composed of industry practitioners

Limited Partners Platform

Limited partners provide private equity fund managers with capital to invest. These exclusively professional investors are typically part of large investment institutions such as pension funds, insurance companies, government agencies, charities and family offices and from across the globe. These institutions, and their underlying end - users, such as pensioners and endowment holders, are the key beneficiaries of private equity outperformance and diversification.


Limited Partners Platform Council

Invest Europe Vice - Chairman

Helen Steers, Pantheon

Board Members

Anne Fossemalle, EBRD
Marta Jankovic, StepStone Group Europe

Members

George Anson, HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited
Jesse de Klerk, RobecoSAM Private Equity
Lori Hall-Kimm, LP Investor
John Holloway, EIF Investment Fund
Rune Jepsen, QIC
David Lindstrom, Metlife Investments Ltd
Christina Pamberg, Alcyon Holding SA
Marc Roijakkers, Blue Sky Group
Klaus Bjorn Rühne, ATP PEP
Claus Stenbaek, Keyhaven Capital Partners Ltd
Angela Willetts, Capital Dynamics Ltd
Michael Lindauer, Allianz Capital Partners 


Limited Partners Platform Groups

The Limited Partners Platform is supported by sub-groups which deal with specific industry sectors.

Single Family Office Roundtable (SFOR)

The Limited Partners Platform is currently supported by a sub-group which deals with a specific industry sector i.e. Single Family Office (SFO)

The SFO Roundtable represents the interests of the SFO community within Invest Europe. It works to increase SFO Invest Europe membership and provides tailored training courses. 

Leader

Christina Pamberg - Alcyon Holding SA

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Venture Capital Platform

Venture capitalists invest in start-up companies, backing teams of high-potential entrepreneurs with funding, strategic and operational expertise to launch new products and grow their businesses. Venture capital backing spurs business expansion and internationalisation, which in turn offers a high-return potential to venture capital fund investors. Many multinational European companies such as Skype, Spotify and SoundCloud have benefitted from venture capital backing.


Venture Capital Platform Council

Invest Europe Vice - Chairman

Nenad Marovac, DN Capital (UK) LLP 

Board members

Michael Lee - Syngenta Ventures
Ekatarina Smirnyagina - Capricorn Ventures Partners

Members

Max Bautin, IQ Capital Partners GP Ltd
Christian Ehrenborg, IKEA GreenTech
Anne Glover, Amadeus Capital Partners
Hakan Goker, MS Ventures
Christoph Jung, Holzbrinck Ventures Adviser GmbH
Jari Mieskonen, Conor Venture Partners Oy
Stephan Morais, Caixa Capital – Sociedade de Capital de Risco SA
Cem Sertoglu, Earlybird VC Management GmbH & Co.KG
Rainer Strohmenger, Wellington Partners
Jan Westerhues, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Permanent Guests

Gitte Bedford, Robrt Bosch Venture Capital
Alain Parthoens, Vesalius BioCap
Jan-Gisbert Schultze, Acton Capital Partners GmbH


Venture Capital Platform Groups

The Venture Capital Platform is supported by several sub-groups which deal with specific industry sectors.

Corporate Venture Roundtable

The Corporate Venture Roundtable gives a voice to the increasingly influential corporate venture capital community. Its membership includes leading companies who are active in Europe and it has strong ties with similar networks in other countries such as the US National Venture Capital Association’s Corporate Venture Group.

Group Leader

Jan Westerhues - Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

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Digital Agenda Task Group

This taskforce promotes the digital media sector in Europe by highlighting compelling cases of successful investments and exits. It also strives to create networking opportunities for venture capitalists active in this sector.

Leader

Jan-Gisbert Schultze - Acton Capital Partners

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MedTech Task Group

The group is working on a paper exploring the clinical and regulatory situation in European MedTech and the many advantages the sector has to offer investors. The MedTech Task Group is also creating new networking opportunities for venture capitalists active in this sector.

Leader

Thom Rasche - Earlybird Venture Capital Gmbh 

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Life Sciences Group

This new group focuses on making a case for the European Life Sciences industry. Focusing on the economic impact of venture capital-backed sector companies, the taskforce also helps create networking opportunities for venture capitalists active in this sector.

Leader

Francesco De Rubertis - Index Ventures LLP

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Mid-market Platform

The Mid-market Platform is our largest group by number of members, reflecting the sector’s important contribution to the economy. Mid-market investors specialise in investing in medium-sized European companies. These companies are typically family-owned businesses seeking a professional transition of ownership, or entrepreneurial management teams aiming to take their business to the next stage.


Mid-market Platform Council

Invest Europe Vice – Chairman

Max Römer - Quadriga Capital

Board Members

Fabien Prévost - Omnes Capital
Christian Strain, Summit Partners (Invest Europe Treasurer)

Members

Rikkert Beerekamp, Avedon Capital Partners
John Barber, Bridgepoint
Trond Bjørnøy, Norvestor Equity AS
Christian Couturier, Astorg Partners
Manuel Hertweck, capiton AG
Henry Jackson, OpCapita LLP
Jose Maria Muñoz, MCH Private Equity Investments S.G.E.C.R S.A.U
Juha Peltola, Vaaka Partners Ltd
Nino Tronchetti Provera, Ambienta SGR S.p.A
William Watson, Value4Capital Holdings Ltd
Ralph Wyss, Gilde Buy Out Partners AG

Permanent Guest

Catherine Brossard, Cerberus Capital

Central and Eastern European Taskforce

This taskforce undertakes initiatives specifically aimed at the development and promotion of private equity and venture capital in the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Among its accomplishments, special papers dedicated to annual statistics for 2005 to date.

Chairman

Robert J. Manz - Enterprise Investors

Members

Mirna Marovic - CVCA
Silke Horáková - CVCA
Kristiina Vassilkova - EstVCA
Ibolya Pintér - HVCA
Egita Polanska - LVCA
Barbara Nowakowska - PSIK
Irina Anghel - SEEPEA
Cristian Nacu - SEEPEA
Ivan Jakubek - SLOVCA
Jaanika Merilo - UVCA
Inga Miliauskiene - LTVCA
Henry Potter - Alpha Associates 
William Watson - Value4Capital 

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European Private Equity Roundtable (EPER) - Large Private Equity Platform

Large buyouts provide long-term investment that creates value, making bigger businesses more competitive and productive. Whether reinvigorating corporate “orphans” from conglomerates, transforming a success story into a global champion or helping established companies overcome new challenges, large buyouts bring a responsible and patient governance structure to their investment. The credit crunch has recently demonstrated large buyouts’ ability to deliver strong returns throughout economic cycles.

Invest Europe Vice - Chairman

Rory Macmillan - The Carlyle Group

Board members

Vanessa Maydon - Cinven
Gerry Murphy - Blackstone (Invest Europe Chairman)

Members

Tom Allen - Advent International
Geoffrey Bailhache - The Blackstone Group
Ludo Bammens - Kohlberg Kravis Robert & Co.
Christopher Crozier - Permira Advisers
Therése Lennehag - EQT Partners
Klas Tikkanen - Nordic Capital