Private equity’s Luke Johnson to speak at Guernsey funds event

Luke Johnson, a well-known British entrepreneur and private equity industry figure, is to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Guernsey Funds Forum in London next month.

Johnson, pictured, who is chairman of the Risk Capital Partners private equity house and a former Financial Times columnist, is well known for his backing of certain instantly-recognisable UK high street brands, such as Pizza Express, which he grew from 12 restaurants to more than 250 before selling it in 1999, as well as for being the former chairman of Channel 4 Television.

Most recently, he was in the news for having acquired Brighton Pier in what was said to be an £18m deal, through Eclectic Bar Group, of which he became chairman last year.

The annual Guernsey Finance event, which this year is entitled The New Scope – Investor Perspectives, Innovation and Success, will take place on Thursday 12 May at  etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate, in London.

Guernsey Finance chief executive Dominic Wheatley said he expected delegates would be keen to hear what Johnson had to say, as he was “quite simply, one of the biggest names in the private equity industry, with a track record that is second-to-none”.

“What [Johnson] says carries significance across the marketplace, and I am sure many others will be joining me in really looking forward to hearing his insight into the current environment and what it means for investment opportunities,” Wheatley added.

The event, which last year attracted more than 500 delegates, will be moderated for the seventh year running by Alastair Stewart OBE, an ITV News anchor. There will also be two panel sessions, with participants scheduled to include Kate Simpson from Proskauer; Tim Hughes from PwC; Robin Klein from Localglobe; Blaise Duault from PAI Partners; Bernard Vogel from Endeavour Vision; Phillip Hyett from Funding Circle; Nick Magliocchetti from Whitespace Ventures; and Adam Black from Coller Capital, Guernsey Finance said.

The first panel session will look at innovation in the funds arena, including an exploration of credit accessibility in the current climate; whether alternatives have become “the new mainstream”; and whether de-risking “should be regarded as an opportunity or a threat”.

The second panel will consider investor perspectives, including  ESG investment; tax transparency, data aggregation and asset owners; cyber risks and investor portals; and whether the depositary should be seen as a ‘value-add’ or a burden.

Further details on the Guernsey Funds Forum event, which is due to get under way at around noon on the 12th, may be obtained from Guernsey Finance, which is hosting the event in conjunction with the Guernsey Investment Fund Association. Click here,   or email

The event is supported by the Alternative Investment Management Association, the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, and various trade publications.

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 16 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments . From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope.

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