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Interview with Helen Steers: Making the private public


We interviewed Helen Steers, Partner, Pantheon Ventures. During the interview we discussed:

• Level 20 - origins, latest developments.

• Listed private equity – democratisation of PE, advantages and disadvantages of listed PE.

• Listed private equity – who is winning? NAV discounts – but some are trading at a premium, whilst others are not

• Can listed private equity help democratise the industry?

• LP Concerns - ESG developments, Disclosure, Transparency, Diversity & Inclusion, GAIN.

• Image of private equity – getting better or…?

• Co-investments – what are latest trends and issues? 

Helen is a Partner in Pantheon’s European Investment Team and Pantheon’s senior manager for our listed investment company, Pantheon International Plc. She is a member of the International Investment Committee.

Helen joined Pantheon in 2004 from Russell Investments in Paris where she was Managing Director with overall responsibility for private equity in Europe. Prior to joining Russell in 1999, Helen worked as Director, European Private Equity with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and was a senior investment manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada in Montréal.

Helen is a Past Chair and Council member of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and served on the Board and LP Council of Invest Europe. Helen is a co-founder and Board member of Level 20, a non-profit making organisation that has been set up to encourage women to succeed in the private equity industry.

Helen received a BA and an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Zoë Devlin's drawing representing Helen Steers with music notes, Level 20 logo and more.
©  Zoë Devlin 2020/2021

Relevant links:

MJ Hudson services - Private funds law

MJ Hudson services - ESG & sustainability

Helen Steers' LinkedIn: Click here

Pantheon webiste - Click here

Level 20 website - Click here

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  • Topics
  • co-investments
  • disclosure
  • diversity
  • ESG
  • GP
  • LP
  • NAV
  • private equity
  • public image
  • transparency
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