IPEM PRESENTS

A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY ANNE-CHARLOTTE ROUXEL-OLDRÀ

REBOOTED


PRIVATE EQUITY AND
THE GREAT COVID RESET


 

TEASERS VIDEOS




SYNOPSIS



Private equity navigated many crises. But never like this.
On January 30, 2020, the most important players in private equity were gathered in Cannes as they closed the last edition of IPEM, a major event for the industry. The mood was high and the prospects were excellent. But as the celebration and business continued at la Croisette, WHO declared the emerging covid-19 outbreak in China an international public health emergency. In a matter of weeks, the entire European continent was placed under lockdown and a human drama started unfolding globally. A major test was just beginning for fund managers and their portfolio companies...

Private Equity under the Covid lens
As the pandemic rolls on, private equity firms become easy targets. Especially in the US and UK where the industry comes under the fire from media, politicians, and even pop singers! While some PE funds struggle to get access to government support schemes for their portfolio companies, Invest Europe publishes a report showing that PE firms now account for 5% of the European GDP and over 10 million jobs in the continent… Without a doubt, private equity is funding future growth, innovation, job creation and environmental transition. Yet, it needs to have a voice and to better advocate its role in the economy and society.

Taking on the mission
Once referred to as the « barbarians » of finance capitalism, private equity has been going through some deep cultural transformations in the last decades to become an agent of positive change – with ESG getting mainstream and impact investing experiencing a swift adoption in the industry. In this dramatic crisis, fund managers can well become the “white knights” that save the world. There are so many challenges ahead: rising inequalities and social discontent, growing environmental issues, geopolitical tensions… and an economy to reboot! How can private equity play its part in the world after?

THE STORY BEHIND REBOOTED



Real Deals: On Air
Real Deals speaks to IPEM CEO Antoine Colson and O2B Films founder Olivier de Bannes on IPEM's upcoming documentary that focuses on the Covid-19 pandemic and our industry’s response to it.


Rebooted is a project that came out from the numerous Zoom calls the IPEM team has had with its community over the last few months. “In each of these calls, there was a real fascinating story to tell” says Antoine Colson, CEO at IPEM. “These were tragic or success stories at some portfolio companies, amazing deals sourced and closed from home in full remote mode, hopes, fears and unknowns about the future…” As fund managers were on the frontline, they witnessed the most dramatic dislocation in a lifetime. “Private equity has grown into a ubiquitous industry, that is invested globally and in every industry. It is in a unique position to comment on the impact of the Covid crisis, and to imagine and build the world after”. When Antoine Colson met Olivier de Bannes, a French film producer and former investment banker – both concluded that there was a great documentary to be made. A year has passed since the pandemic started. Private equity can now sit down and assess what happened and what this crisis really means for the industry and its future.

Rebooted was filmed in a record time in January/February 2021 in the UK, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Austria (with all the restrictions that we know…). This project was supported by Eurazeo, Crédit Agricole CIB and White&Case. We want to thank them for making this possible.


MEET THE STORYTELLERS




SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER



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Kurt Björklund
Permira


Kurt Björklund, Managing Partner at Permira will be our special guest on March 3rd for the World Online Premiere of “REBOOTED”.

Kurt has joined Permira in 1996 and became co-Managing Partner in 2008 amid the global financial crisis. He is Managing Partner of the firm since 2021. Under his leadership, Permira has grown into a global powerhouse – with 15 offices across Europe, the US and Asia and over €44bn of committed capital (incl. €11bn for its flagship global fund VII).

Permira’s touch for growth and tech-enabled businesses remains the firm’s DNA. In these challenging months, Permira has acquired the luxury brand Golden Goose (Feb. 2020), invested in the marketplace platform Mirakl (Sept. 2020), IPOed the Polish e-commerce leader Allegro (Sept. 2020) and the legendary shoe brand Dr. Martens (Jan. 2021).

We are honored that Kurt has accepted to comment on “Rebooted” and share his views about the trends that will shape Private Equity after the covid crisis.

WORLD ONLINE PREMIERE



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