To PE or not PE? That is the question
And they’re off! The 8th annual EN Race Day returns to Sandown Park on 19th September. The event offers attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers in a relaxed atmosphere following the morning’s lively and educational debate by a panel of industry experts. Plus the chance to maybe win a few bob on the horses!
We look forward to seeing you there!!
To PE or not PE? That is the question
It’s a subject that many in the exhibition industry will have considered at one point or another: What will you say if and when a private equity firm comes knocking? One the one hand it could spell financial reward, stability and growth, on the other it could spell an increased focus on profit, targets and short-term gain.
The 2018 debate will feature industry experts debating an issue that has defined exhibitions in recent years: private equity investment and the impact – good and bad – it’s having on our industry.
The discussion, which will include an audience Q&A, will not only look at the overall impact of private equity, but also cover the possibilities, practicalities and potential pitfalls for business owners considering taking the plunge. The panel will also discuss how to get your company fit for PE.
Denzil Rankine is founder and executive chairman of AMR International, the world-leading strategy consultancy firm that is guiding the transformation of the events industry. His experience spans over 30 years of advising companies globally on strategic development and acquisition.
Denzil has been involved in all the major deals in the events industry around the world over the past two decades, as well as dozens of smaller transactions. His work has also supported the turnaround and transformation of organisers in Europe and the Americas, as well as numerous other growth and performance improvement initiatives.
Denzil is recognised as a thought leader in the events industry and is a regular speaker at events industry conferences. He is the author of six M&A related books, including Commercial Due Diligence - A guide to reducing risk in acquisitions (Financial Times), Why Acquisitions Fail (FT Prentice Hall) and Acquisition Essentials (FT Prentice Hall).
Russell Wilcox is Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Events. Russell joined Clarion in 2008 following the buyout of the company by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and has led the company’s expansion into new international markets and product sectors.
He has been a Board Member since 2010, and became CEO in 2013, since when he and the management team have completed the sale of the business to Providence Equity Partners (2014) and subsequently a further private equity exit to Blackstone in 2017.
In that time the business has pursued an aggressive growth strategy to diversify and expand its portfolio mix, completing more than 20 acquisitions whilst continuing to deliver strong organic growth.
Russell has held a variety of management and board positions in the global events industry during his career in publishing and events. He has managed business operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and has experience across a wide range of formats and business models.
Amanda had a career in the City before joining the world of publishing and events. Her experience spans publishing, digital media, events, conferences and exhibitions. She led a management buy-out of Faversham House in December 2010 and subsequently bought out her private equity partners in 2013.
With her fellow directors, she has been responsible for repositioning the company as a multi-media business information provider building on the company’s strong brands in utilities, sustainability and visual communications.
Philip Soar is a renowned industry figure and holds many key roles including Chairman and Chief Executive CloserStill Media, Chairman of Brand Events and Chairman of Nineteen Events. Previously Philip has been CEO of De Agostini Publishing, Blenheim and Marshall Cavendish.
Outside of the industry he has enjoyed being the CEO and Chairman of Nottingham Forest Football Club and is the official historian of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur football clubs. In the last 20 years he has conducted 10 private equity deals and is exceedingly well placed to discuss this key topic.
Jonny is currently a Director at Mobeus Equity Partners, a leading investor in small UK buyouts. He has been active in the PE industry since 2007 and has worked at some of the best performing buyout funds in the UK, originating new MBOs and growth capital investments across a range of sectors from healthcare to holidays, education and software.
Welcome refreshments and registration
Lunch, networking and tipster