CFO Dinner: Market Update

The latest event in our CFO Dinner series brings together CFOs of growth technology businesses for an informal peer-to-peer dinner and roundtable discussion focusing on the economy.  Our guest speaker is Paul Donovan, Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management, the wealth management arm of Swiss-based global financial services group UBS.  Paul is responsible for developing and presenting the UBS economic outlook, and communicating the UBS view on economics, policy and politics around the world.  Paul has co-authored two books on environmental economics, and is regularly interviewed on economic issues in the print and broadcast media.

This event is hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with UBS.

Attendance at this event is by invitation. If you are interested in finding out more about this or future CFO Dinners, please contact Andrew Moore, Managing Director or Helen Poole, Director of Marketing & Events at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

We were joined by guest speakers from Silicon Valley Bank.  Erin Platts, Head of Commercial Banking for Silicon Valley Bank’s UK branch and Oscar Jazdowski, Head of Origination.

Discussion was chaired by Alex Macpherson, Chairman of Octopus Ventures. Alex co-founded Katalyst Ventures in 2000 & was CEO for 7 years, creating the private angel network which became Octopus Venture Partners.

Discussion was chaired by Ken Ford, Director of BrainJuicer plc, Scientific Digital Imaging plc & Nakama Group plc.  Experts at the table were Mark Russon, Business Development Manager – UK Markets, London Stock Exchange; and Arild Eide, Director at Hybridan LLP.

Co-founder and Partner at Highland Europe, Laurence Garrett is a highly experienced investor whose track record includes CSR plc (IPO on LSE), Trigenix (sold to Qualcomm), STNC (sold to Microsoft) & Select Software (IPO on NASDAQ).

Discussion with experts Tom Wrenn, Partner heading up the TMT team at ECI Capital Partners; Chris Hodges, Investment Director at BGF and Jason Smithers, Area Commercial Director for HSBC.

Richard Thornhill is Head of IPO Services Team at Deloitte, advising organisations seeking to complete a listing/IPO in London, working with companies across all aspects of the capital markets environment – Premium listings, Standard listings and AIM – FTSE 100, FTSE 250 through to small cap – rights issues and secondary fundraisings.

Discussion was led by Andrew Moore, Partner at Bailey Fisher, with 19 years’ experience working closely with VCs, Private Equity firms and ambitious privately-owned SMEs, on senior management level finance hires.

Guest speaker was Tim Bullock, Co-founder of New Wave Ventures, a privately-owned fund investing in companies with significant growth potential, with target initial investment of £0.5m to £2m.

Dinner and roundtable discussion for CFOs from the technology sector, with experts: Chris Mayo, Consultant Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange; Max Hartley, Corporate Finance Director at Cenkos and Mark Edwards, Partner at Buchanan Communications.

The CFO Dinner is hosted by Andrew Moore, Finance & Operations Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search, and is sponsored by Deloitte, Silicon Valley Bank and Taylor Vinters.

This is an invitation-only dinner for CFOs in the technology sector. If you are interested in receiving information about future events, please contact Andrew Moore on

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