Capital 2020:

The Future of Capital Raising & Venture Investment

The global capital landscape is changing with more funding sources for fast-growth companies than ever before. A huge boom in private markets means that more companies are able to raise money from private investors including venture capital, family funds and private equity. 2019 saw increasing scrutiny of privately backed companies like WeWork and Uber with a rigorous emphasis on profitability and performance. COVID-19 looks set to raise investor requirements for companies that can demonstrate resilience.

How is COVID-19 impacting the VC sector and how will it change investor decision-making? What will the new opportunities be? And what do you need to know to raise in the future?

We have an exceptional speaker line-up including:
-Jonno Elliot, Managing Director, Virgin Management
-James Clark, Marketing Director, Draper Esprit
-Steve Torso, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Wholesale Investor and CRIISP
-Nalin Patel, Private Capital Analyst, Pitchbook
-Christian Faes, Executive Chairman, LendInvest (Moderator)

Steve Torso, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Wholesale Investor and CRIISP

Steve Torso is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wholesale Investor, Australasia’s leading private investment platform with over 29,300 high-net-worth investors, fund managers, family offices and industry participants. Knowledge gained through Wholesale Investor led to the development of CRIISP (Capital Raising Intelligent Investment Secondary Platform), an end-to-end SaaS platform for capital raising, secondary sales, and direct investment.

Steve is considered an opinion leader for companies that are raising capital and has been a keynote speaker and panelist at a myriad of global events hosted by the Australian Stock Exchange, Department of Trade and Investment (UK), UTS, Queensland Government, La Trobe University, AusBiotech, Thomson


Jonno Elliot, 
Managing Director, Virgin Money

Jonno Elliott has 15 years of investment and operating experience across alternatives, real estate, capital markets, and venture capital and is an investment director at Virgin Management, the Branson’s family office. He leads the venture capital strategy where over the past 8 years he has helped build a portfolio of more than 35 direct investments including Transferwise, Slack, Ring, Square, Twitter, Doctor on Demand, Capsule, Blockchain, Pinterest and Codecademy, to name a few. He previously worked at Robeco-Sage Capital in New York as a macro and commodity fund analyst, and at Beacon Fund Advisors in Tortola.

Nalin Patel, EMEA Private Capital Analyst at PitchBook

Nalin Patel is a private capital analyst at PitchBook, where he covers technology and venture capital in the EMEA region. Prior to joining PitchBook, Patel was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in London, conducting due diligence for investment banking transactions. Patel’s coverage included the Merchant Banking Division and European Special Situations Group, where he focused on private equity, venture capital, debt transactions as well as investments in start-ups, real estate, technology and growth capital.

Patel received a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol. He’s based in PitchBook’s London office.

James Clark, Marketing Director, Draper Esprit

James joins Draper Esprit following four years as Head of Tech and Life Sciences for London Stock Exchange, where he worked to build London’s global profile as a premier tech listing venue. While at London Stock Exchange, James focused his efforts on open engagement with companies, investors, media and the UK tech community, creating an approach of “mythbusting IPOs” by providing a balanced perspective on access to capital and acting as a source for quality market data.

In 2016 James hosted the Market Opening ceremony as Draper Esprit listed on London’s AIM market.

Prior to his time at London Stock Exchange, James built his marketing, advertising and content specialist skills over a 20-year period including notable contributions to tech industry research during his time at the British Venture Capital Association from 2012 to 2015.

Alongside his professional experience, James sits on the Tech Nation UK Future 50 Advisory Board and is a mentor at the InnovX Business Accelerator in Bucharest. James has an MBA from Cass Business School in London and a BA in Political Science from Macquarie University in his native Sydney.

Christian Faes, Executive Chairman, LendInvest

Christian is the co-founder and executive chairman of LendInvest, the platform for property finance, and one of the leading Fintech businesses in the UK. The business has raised almost £2 billion in debt and equity, from institutions including Atomico, the European Investment Fund, Citibank, HSBC, and the National Australia Bank. Since inception the platform has lent £3 billion of short-term property finance and buy-to-let mortgages to property investors and developers across the UK.

Christian comes from a legal background having practised as a real estate lawyer in Australia at Allens Arthur Robinson, and then in the UK with Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank. In 2008, Christian co-founded the business with Ian Thomas, initially seeing an opportunity in the short term mortgage market.

Christian is a keen advocate for the Fintech sector, and sits on the Government’s Fintech Delivery Panel; he also founded and chairs the Digital Finance Forum. He is an active supporter and early investor in several Fintech startups.

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