2024 Advisory Board

The inaugural Advisory Board meeting for The Regs Summit took place on 4 May 2023 and was attended by General Counsels, Chief Operating Officers and experts from Europe’s leading mid-market GPs.

Kerstin Planitzer-Zipf - Director Finance & Legal, Cipio Partners GmbH

Kerstin is Director of Finance & Legal at Cipio Partners in Munich. She focusses on transaction and fund structuring and oversees all day-to-day legal, financial and administrative functions relating to our funds. Prior to joining Cipio in 2003, Kerstin was Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel at b-business partners, the growth equity affiliate of Investor AB, where she ran fund formation as well as all new-investment activities. Prior, Kerstin headed Finance and Legal at GE Capital IT Solutions Europe and handled all M&A and restructuring work.

Simon Hardcastle - General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Endless LLP

Simon joined Endless in 2012 having spent 12 years in the PE and M&A team at law firm Walker Morris. The first legal recruit into Endless, he brings over 20 years’ experience to the role and now holds the positions of General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

Simon is one of our best problem solvers, with no nut too tough for him to crack. As well as supporting the team on investment activity he is a key part of our fundraising team having been involved in all 6 funds raised by Endless to date. He’s also responsible for governance and compliance matters at the firm.

Simon loves to spend time outdoors in the Peak district which surrounds his home, where you’ll often find him cycling or walking the hills. A keen cricketer and qualified coach, Simon now passes-on his knowledge of the game as a junior coach with his local team.

Martin Sjölund - General Counsel & Partner, Summa Equity

Martin Sjölund is the Partner and General Counsel at Summa Equity, a private equity firm focused on sustainable investments. He oversees legal, compliance, and tax matters, providing support for new investments, divestments, portfolio management, and risk management. Martin is also involved in operational aspects of the business. Before joining Summa, he worked at Mannheimer Swartling, specializing in private equity fundraising and fund structuring. Martin is based in Stockholm and holds a Master of Laws from Lund University.

Shakeeb Ahmed - Compliance Director, Permira

Shakeeb joined Permira Credit in February 2019 as Compliance Manager. Shakeeb is responsible for regulatory compliance across the Permira Credit business.

 Prior to joining Permira Credit, Shakeeb spent nine years at Citigroup, most recently within the Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Markets Product Compliance team. Shakeeb has also held a variety of operations and business management roles at both Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.

Charlotte Henderson - Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, AllSeas Capital

Charlotte Henderson is a COO/GC at All Seas Capital, a London/Luxembourg based GP which provides preferred equity, minority equity and credit/equity instruments to the European mid-market. Charlotte has 17 years’ experience as a debt finance and M&A lawyer, over half of which were in asset management firms.

She has worked on several high-profile transactions in the UK, Europe, US and across Emerging Markets, investing across the capital structure. She is admitted to practise English and New York law, having spent the majority of her private practice career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Charlotte holds a MA, BA (hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and speaks fluent Swedish.

Mark Pleaner - Chief Compliance Officer & MLRO, LightRock

Mark Pleaner is the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) at Lightrock, a London-headquartered global impact investor that backs growth-stage companies across the themes of People, Planet and Productivity. As the CCO and MLRO, Mark has overall responsibility for compliance across Lightrock’s operating entities, its funds, and its six global offices in Europe, Africa, India, and Latin America.

Prior to joining Lightrock, Mark was the Compliance Officer and MLRO at LeapFrog Investments, an emerging markets impact investor. Before LeapFrog, Mark was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs International and, prior to Goldman Sachs International, was a Compliance Officer at Investec plc in London. Mark qualified as an Attorney in South Africa prior to relocating to the UK in 2008. After working as in-house counsel, Mark began his career as a Compliance Officer and joined the Financial Services Authority (predecessor to the FCA) as a forensic investigator until he joined Investec plc in 2011.

Mark holds an LLB and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Applied Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He is a past Trustee of the Dental Wellness Trust in the UK. In his free time, he enjoys good food, live music, playing sports, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Shauna Powell - Partner, N4 Partners

Shauna has spent her career focused on M&A transactions, particularly within the private equity sector. Her experience also includes large global institutional fundraises and complex international restructurings. Shauna is responsible for N4’s regulatory, compliance and ESG matters.

Machteld Groeneveld - Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer, Forbion

She has led the AIFMD license application process of the Manager resulting in the award of the AIFMD license on 30 November 2021. Machteld has led the ISAE 3402 readiness of the Manager resulting in the first ISAE 3402 type II audit to be performed over the period 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.

Prior to joining Forbion, Machteld held various legal and strategic roles with multinational and publicly listed companies. Her responsibilities including European legal affairs, fund compliance and corporate strategy. She has specialized in value creation from transformational growth through M&A, strategic partnerships and new business development.

Clare Webber - Compliance Director, Headway Capital Partners

Clare has worked within finance for over 25 years and more specifically in private equity for over 14 years. Clare started at Headway in the early days and has supported the business in various roles before becoming the Compliance Director and MLRO. 

Prior to joining Headway Capital, Clare was the Management Accountant for P&O Travel Ltd, a corporate travel agency under the Carnival Group.

Clare is a qualified Accounting Technician and Chartered Certified Accountant.

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