For private equity investors in general and secondaries investors in particular, 2020 was in many ways a year of disruption – and opportunities. And 2021 has many chances to come out on top. With the secondaries market becoming even more complicated to navigate, how should it be approached?

In this webinar developed in collaboration with global private markets investment firm Northleaf Capital Partners, we will dive into how have investors adjusted their allocation to private equity and secondaries in light of the recent economic disruptions. The insightful and respected panelists will share their views on the evolution of the risk-return profiles of secondaries funds given the expansion of the market. This comes along with a look at supply vs. demand in dealflow and impact on the pricing of secondary deals, and finally, opportunities in the secondaries market post-2020.

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    Private Equity Insights
    Private Equity Insights is the world's leading Private Equity community, connecting and developing more than a quarter million investment professionals across the world. Through conferences, webinars, magazines and news reports, PEI helps Investors, Fund Managers and CXOs rethink what it takes to fundraise, invest, operate and exit in Private Equity.
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    Matthieu Ducharme
    Managing Director @ Northleaf Capital Partners
    Matthieu participates in all aspects of Northleaf’s private equity investment activities, with a focus on the origination, evaluation and monitoring of secondary investments.

    Prior to joining Northleaf in 2013, Matthieu was a partner at PEFOX, a private equity secondaries and derivatives broker in Paris. Previously, Matthieu worked with Pantheon Ventures’ secondaries team in London where he was responsible for the sourcing, evaluation and negotiation of portfolio, fund and direct secondary transactions. Matthieu began his career with an expansion capital fund sponsored by Société Générale Asset Management in Paris.

    Matthieu received an M.Sc. in Financial Engineering from the Sorbonne University and a B.Sc. in Management Science & Finance from Dauphine University in Paris.
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    Richard Howell
    Managing Partner @ PAI Partners
    Richard joined PAI in 2009 and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He also heads the Investor Team and the Capital Markets Team, responsible for managing all interactions with the firm’s investors as well as its debt financing activities.

    He started his career at UBS in London and Hong Kong. He then worked at Lehman Brothers (and following its acquisition, Nomura) where he became Managing Director and Head of the European Corporate & Leveraged Finance group, and was also a member of Lehman’s Global High Yield Commitment Committee.

    Richard graduated from the University of Birmingham. He is a native English speaker, and he is conversational in French.
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    Francesca Paveri
    Managing Director @ Evercore
    Francesca Paveri Fontana is a Managing Director in Evercore’s Private Capital Advisory Group.

    Francesca has over 13 years of secondary market advisory experience. Prior to joining Evercore in 2013, Francesca was a member of the Secondary Advisory Team within the Private Funds Group at UBS. Francesca has extensive experience advising both LPs on strategic sale transactions, as well as GPs on continuation/acquisition fund transactions, fund recapitalisations, restructurings, spin-offs and capital raises. Francesca also has extensive coverage of institutional investors across Europe. Francesca graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan. Francesca is fluent in English and Italian and has a good knowledge of French and Spanish.
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    Jean Potvin
    Managing Director @ CDPQ
    Jean Potvin is Managing Director, Funds, Private Equity at CDPQ. In this role, he is responsible for worldwide indirect private equity investments (funds and partnerships). His mandate is to establish and develop strategic investment partnerships with performing private equity groups, additive and complementary to the direct activities (PE, credit, capital solution). He sits on several LP Advisory Committees.

    Mr. Potvin has over 15 years of experience in the private equity market at CDPQ. Before joining the organization, he was responsible for private equity at Sectoral Asset Management. He also worked at the Business Development Bank of Canada in the venture capital team. Prior to making the move to investment, he worked at BioChem Pharma and began his career in the biopharmaceutical industry in R&D and projects management.