Said Business School

Risk Management Symposium 2019

The Private Equity Institute, Saïd Business School, Oxford, will host the annual Risk Management Symposium.

Private equity’s illiquid nature means it is often perceived as one of the riskiest asset classes. However, it is precisely the associated risk premium that attracts institutional investors to private equity.

Risk management in this area is still predominantly associated with risk avoidance, whereas harvesting the illiquidity risk premium requires specific management techniques for seeking risks in order to achieve an attractive risk/return relationship for private equity portfolios.

The symposium aims to advance private equity portfolio management practices and build a community of private equity practitioners and academics with a view to extending both the theoretical understanding and practical management of the issues raised.

The symposium is a unique opportunity for major industry stakeholders and academics to discuss the current state of risk management in private equity, and plans for the future.

Chaired by Professor Tim Jenkinson, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Thomas Meyer, MJ Hudson.

We have some free tickets available for professors and students. To check your eligibility, please contact Gemma Mumford.

RMS sponsors

The symposium is sponsored by:

Programme - Thursday 7 November

18:30 - 19:00

Registration and drinks reception

19:00 - 19:00

Welcome and Introduction

Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance and Director, Private Equity Institute, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with an introduction to the evening by Thomas Meyer, Director, MJ Hudson, Luxembourg

19:10 - 20:00

Pre-symposium dinner talk: Understanding the game - diving deep into data to uncover truths about team sports

Irfan Khan, SAP Platform & Technologies

20:00 - 22:00

Networking dinner, sponsored by LDS Partners, 17Capital and MJ Hudson

Programme - Friday 8 November

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

08:30 - 08:35

​​​​​Welcome and introduction

Thomas Meyer, Director, MJ Hudson, Luxembourg

08:35 - 09:30

Portfolios of private equity funds - securitisation as a risk management perspective

Alastair Sewell, Fitch Rating

09:30 - 10:15

Risk models and model risks for private debt portfolios

Alan Picone, KPMG Luxembourg

10:15 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:15

Alignment of interest - perceptions and reality

Odi Lahav, MJ Hudson Allenbridge

11:15 - 12:00

Disentangling the value created by private equity managers

Jeroen Cornel, BlackRock Private Equity Partners

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Panel Discussion: The new model for private equity - how is ESG changing the way private equity invest?

Moderator: Erin Sarret, StepStone Group


  • Ritu Kumar / Mark Eckstein, CDC Group
  • Hugh Wheelan, Responsible Investor
  • Olivia Yedikardachian, Caisse des Dépôts


14:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:15

Short-term risks of long-term investments

Philippe Jost, Capital Dynamics

15:15 - 15:30

Conclusion and remarks

Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance and Director, Private Equity Institute, Oxford Saïd


Networking reception