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 We build and operate financial
services-focused events that bring complex markets together, facilitating meetings to help drive deal flow

About us

We are passionate believers in the power of personal connections.  We build and grow market-leading global events with management teams that have a strong commitment to delivering ROI for their customers.

In today’s digital age, we stand out by emphasizing the irreplaceable value of face-to-face interactions and the trust that comes with a handshake.  We understand that complex markets require more than just online communications – they need real, human engagement to truly thrive.  Our businesses bring entire marketplaces to one place, to facilitate business meetings, build trust and progress transactions. 

Our team

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Simon Kimble 


Simon has worked in the exhibitions industry since 1989. In 1999, he became MD of a joint venture between Haymarket Publishing and the BBC, overseeing UK TV-related content events.  In 2001, Simon took on the role of MD at Clarion Events. Under his leadership, Clarion grew significantly and became an independent entity in 2004. Simon grew Clarion Events into a prominent international player in exhibitions, conferences, publishing, and digital media. This growth saw the company pass through various private equity ownerships before being acquired by The Blackstone Group in September 2017, with Simon remaining as Chairman.

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Alex Johnson

Group CEO

In September 2009, amidst the shifting dynamics post-Financial Crisis, Alex founded GFC, noticing a significant trend: companies were transitioning their capital financing from loans to bonds, prompting closer collaboration between banks' loans and bonds teams. GFC debuted its inaugural Bonds & Loans event in June 2010 in Dubai, drawing nearly 180 key players from the capital markets.  By 2023, the Dubai event was attracting over 1,500 attendees, and annually, more than 5,000 senior banking and markets professionals gather at GFC’s five events across Dubai, Riyadh, Miami, Istanbul, and Cape Town.  In 2024, Alex spearheaded a successful management buyout of GFC and took the helm as CEO of Turnmill. Before launching GFC, Alex gained diverse experience in media, research, and events. He holds a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Durham.


Rupert Levy

Group CFO

Having qualified with KPMG, Rupert has enjoyed a successful career as a CFO across a variety of listed and private UK Media businesses, including Haymarket Exhibitions, UBM and Dods Group PLC.  In 2012, Rupert and two partners led an MBI of the Farmers Guardian portfolio of products, which was then transformed, through 3 cycles of PE and a number of M&A transactions, into AgriBriefing, a market-leading agricultural price reporting agency that provided businesses with benchmark prices, market data, supply & demand information and events. AgriBriefing was sold to Five Arrow’s-backed food price specialist Mintec in 2023, realising a successful exit for Horizon Capital and Ares Management.  Rupert joined Turnmill in December 2023 to help secure the Group's investment from Horizon Capital. He holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

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Adam Lewis

Director & Board Member

Adam is a founding Partner and member of the Horizon Capital Investment Committee.  He has been investing in fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses for over 13 years, helping managers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the UK and internationally.  Adam currently manages and sits on the Boards of Churches Fire, Strat7 and Turnmill. Adam started his career in strategy consulting with Deloitte, and worked at two other lower mid-market private equity firms before founding Horizon Capital in 2018.  He holds a BSc in Business Administration for the University of Bath.

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Emily Hickley

Director & Board Member

Emily is an Investment Director at Horizon Capital, where she is responsible for sourcing and executing both new investments and add-on acquisitions.  She currently sits on the Board of Agilico, Dains Accountants and Turnmill.  Prior to joining Horizon Capital, Emily was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance team at RBS, spending 6 years providing debt capital for private equity transactions across the UK and Western Europe.  She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Exeter.



GFC Media Group

GFC brings sovereign and corporate borrowers together with the global banking and financial markets community at its annual events facilitating meetings and catalysing deal flow.


Completely Events 

Completely Events brings retailers and brand professionals together with commercial real estate agents and landlords at its market-leading events, facilitating meetings and deal flow. 

Contact us

We build and operate market-leading financial services-focused B2B events and information services businesses. Contact us if you are an owner/founder or part of an ambitious management team seeking support to unlock new opportunities and accelerate growth


Location: 175-185 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE