Insights from the 2023 Swiss Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast

Pedersen & Partners together with CMS von Erlach Partners hosted today the 2023 Swiss Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast. The event provided a lively and agile atmosphere for representatives of well-known Swiss and international private equity funds to discuss, debate, and network. The very recent UBS-Credit Suisse takeover had a clear impact on the debate.

Insights from the 2023 Swiss Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast

The event gathered more than 130 attendees to ensure a range of perspectives, and the panel discussions were led by Sebastian Becker – Partner, Redalpine Venture Partners; Marc Erni – Partner Direct Investments, Verium; Matthias Fehr – Head of Private Equity, HBM Partners; Christian Fuessinger – Managing Partner, Helvetica Capital; Gaël Jacquemettaz – Head of Private Equity & Mid-Market M&A, UBS Switzerland; Jan Kollros – Managing Partner, Bellevue adbodmer; and Roumyana Schnettler – Partner, capiton. The panel discussion was co-chaired by Daniel Jenny – Partner, CMS von Erlach Partners and Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners.

The top four takeaways:

  1. The Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapse has had a direct impact on the portfolio firms of Swiss venture capital funds. Many Swiss venture portfolio firms held significant deposits with SVB, and important lessons have been learnt.
  2. The ongoing UBS-Credit Suisse takeover is having a negative impact on the Swiss private equity market, and as a result, there will be less competition among leverage providers.
  3. As investors seek to generate liquidity, “Continuation Funds” are hot and growing fund products on the Swiss market.
  4. There is strong deal activity in the small deal segment; less so in the medium and larger segment.


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