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19th SECA Conference - Excellence in Europe

DateWednesday, 8 February 2023
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Time8.45am – 6pm


SIX ConventionPoint, Zurich

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Please note that the registration is closes as we are fully booked.


The 19th SECA conference will take place on Wednesday, 8 February 2023.

Excellence in Europe

After 30 years of hard work, private equity has finally caught on big time across Europe, becoming a major force in the innovation and corporate world. It is now a well-established industry that affects all segments, sectors, geographies, governments, and investment decisions. We can even boast that venture capital and private equity in Europe are rivaling the US in terms of performance. This 19th SECA Congress will focus on “Excellence in Europe” and help stimulate further insights and discussions on where we go from here. Please come join us!

Morning Session - 09.15-12.15
Excellence in Europe – Innovation, Technologies, Business Models

  • Claus Sauter, Verbio Biofuel & Technology
  • Nalin Patel, PitchBook
  • Nicholas Parker, Parker Venture Management
  • Robert Wall, Lazard Asset Management
  • Johannes Laumann, Mutares
  • Paolo di Stefano, Swiss Life Asset Managers
  • Miguel de Vega, Nillion
  • Kirsten Bode, Muzinich & Co.
  • Antonios Koumbarakis, PwC Switzerland



Lunch Keynote - 13.15-14.00
Roundtable – Economic Outlook for Europe and Implications for Private Equity

  • Rolf Wickenkamp, AltamarCAM
  • Marcel Rafart, Galdana Ventures


Parallel sessions in the afternoon - 14.30-15.30

European Energy Solutions
Revolutionizing energy decarbonization at giga-scale: GHG reductions, SAF production, carbon capture, waste to energy, hydrogen, nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, sustainable finance? What are the most important solutions that offer the best investment opportunities in the next decade? What do governments, industry and the consumer need to prioritize through policy, incentives, and market forces?

  • Aniruddha Sharma, Carbon Clean
  • Sigvald Harryson, Innoventum
  • Peter Schümers, Energy Infrastructure Partners
  • Reza Abhari, ETH Zurich, Institute of Power Engineering

Exit Solutions - Recent Developments
Exits play an important role in an entrepreneurial ecosystem. For entrepreneurs and investors it is inevitable to plan their exit strategy carefully and well-ahead. The dual path of M&As and IPOs is even more challenging in Continental Europe than in the US.

  • Thomas Heimann, HBM Partners
  • Lucas Bianchi, Kellerhals Carrard
  • Karim Maizar, Kellerhals Carrard
  • Marc Bernegger, Maximon
  • Valeria Ceccarelli, SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Gina Domanig, Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Gaël Jacquemettaz, UBS
  • Matthias Müller, BX Swiss
  • Andreas Neumann, Zürcher Kantonalbank


Parallel sessions in the afternoon - 16.00-17.00

ESG, Decarbonization & the green economy
The rush to ESG, decarbonization and the green economy has been in full swing for many years. What impact has this mega push had on GHG emissions? How far along are we on the grand curve? What takeaways did you get from COP 27? What are your investment strategies in particular and what impact will your investments have in a best-case scenario?

  • Robert Kuller, Rockton Sustainable Aviation
  • Christian Sarwa, ZKB Decarbonization Fund
  • Philipp Schomberg, KSV Climate Tech Fund
  • Iain Tobin, Carbon Clean


Excellence in European Real Estate
Increasing interest rates, higher inflation have impacted the listed real estate market. What about the European private real estate market? Where are the opportunities?

  • John Davidson, Lucerne University
  • Michael Sacher, Kingstone Real Estate
  • Sven Schaltegger, Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) AG
  • Thomas Wolfensberger, Peach Property Group


17.00 Networking & Apero



The SECA conference will take place in the SIX ConventionPoint
Wednesday, 8 February 2023, 09.00 – 17.00
Pfingstweidstrasse 110, CH-8005 Zurich


  • Conference Fee: CHF 300 (thanks to our sponsors!)
  • Pension Funds and Family Offices: for free

SECA Member

  • SECA Full Member: 3 participants for free
  • SECA Associate Member: 2 participants for free
  • SECA Individual Member: 1 participant for free
    personal membership required
  • SECA Young Member: 1 participant for free
    personal membership required

Full Members

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