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Interview: Reef Group

A specialist developer is planning to turn an underground carpark under a central London park near Harley Street into a four-storey subterranean healthcare and wellness development. Provisional talks with private hospital and diagnostic operators have been held, while wellness and leisure operators could be housed under the same roof. HBI talks exclusively to the team at Reef Group and its partners about the plan to transform historic Cavendish Square.

Interview: Thierry Chiche, CEO, Elsan

HBI talks to the CEO of Elsan, France's second-largest private hospital group and the largest private equity-owned one by revenue outside of the US, as it approaches its sixth - and possibly final - year of ownership by CVC. In this wide-ranging interview, Chiche discusses the group's strategy, the French market and exclusively reveals its latest acquisition.

Interview: Marcin Lukasiewicz, MD Hospital Services Poland, Medicover

HBI talks to Marcin Lukasiewicz, managing director for listed pan-CEE healthcare group Medicover's Polish hospital division, a c.€100m business. What are the prospects for the private Polish hospital market, considering the virulently anti-private sector PiS government was just re-elected for another four years?

Interview: Rajesh Rao, CEO, IndusHealth

US healthcare is so prohibitively expensive that not only are employers paying for employees to have surgery abroad and covering all costs - they are paying the employees thousands of dollars as an incentive to go too! HBI speaks to the CEO of a company trying to grow the US employer-funded medical travel segment, who sees opportunities for providers in Europe and Latin America.

Interview: Carlos Fernández de Araoz, partner and head of senior housing at Azora

Spanish real-estate investor Azora created a listed healthcare investment arm, Adriano Care, this summer. The REIT has just acquired its first assets and plans to invest €250m in Spanish senior residential care. We speak to Azora's head of senior housing, Carlos Fernández de Araoz, about the market, business strategy and future plans for Adriano.

Interview: Charles-Antoine van Aelst, Chief Investment Officer, Aedifica

European REIT Aedifica has been expanding aggressively in Germany and is planning its first acquisition in the Finnish market. We speak to the group's chief investment officer about its strategy and what makes an attractive market.

Interview: Albert Fernandez, CEO, Healthcare Activos (ex-PJT Partners)

We talk to Albert Fernandez, former managing director for Healthcare Services in Europe at advisory firm PJT Partners and now CEO of Spain's largest healthcare property investor Healthcare Activos. In this wide-ranging interview, he shares his thoughts on fixed rental inflators, the Spanish market, and the internationalisation of Europe's hospital sector.

Interview: Anders Lönnberg, Politician, Health Care expert, Sweden

Joyously replete with war stories lost and won, Lönnberg, a combative diabetic and social democratic politician has spent the past thirty years fighting for change in health care. So what has he learnt about how health care works? And what is the solution?

Interview: Pierre-Emmanuel Bercegeay, CEO, Ouihelp

This week we interview the CEO of French domiciliary care start-up Ouihelp, who is sceptical about patient-facing digital innovation in the sector. His comments come at a time when digital solutions are being widely explored as the key to improving everything from patient engagement, service accessibility and preventive healthcare.

Interview: Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare 

An outsider who doesn’t believe in “old answers” and wants to ‘’do things differently’’, Soi, 46, has big plans for the about-to-be-merged Max and Radiant businesses. The large Indian hospital chain is backed by private equity firm KKR-with 12 large and metro-based hospitals and 4 day-care centres, with 2019-20 expected sales of INR 4,200 crores (US$631m), making it second only to Apollo He talks exclusively to HBI about his plans and where he sees growth. 

Interview with WebMD: We have no plans to become a diagnostics tool

WebMD, the world's largest health information website, just got even larger with the acquisition of its close rival Aptus Health. HBI speaks to Jeremy Schneider, the company's group general manager, about whether the platform could ever become a healthcare provider, the acquisition and its ambitions outside of the US. 

Interview: Artem Sirazutdinov, Sistema and Medsi

By any measure, Sistema backed Russian healthcare network Medsi is doing rather well. Its most recent financial reports saw H2 revenue growth of over 40%, and the company continues to grow geographically. HBI caught up with Artem Sirazutdinov, chairman of the Medsi Board of Directors and a managing partner at Sistema, to find out more.

Interview: Dr Volker Wendel, Sanoptis CEO

How do you build a €100m European ophthalmology group without attracting headlines? HBI speaks to the CEO of the new kid on the block Sanoptis, which has a significant presence now in German and Switzerland, to find out why it has been deliberately operating under the radar – and how it’s managed to quietly build a €100m business in the space of a year.

Interview: Dave Mezher, CEO, The Doctors Clinic Group

The Doctors Clinic Group, set up in 2014 with the aim of delivering convenient and affordable access to London GPs, is expanding rapidly. HBI talks to CEO Dave Mezher to find out more.

Interview: Julian Andriesz, CEO, Verita Healthcare

The massive latent demand to live longer is being tapped by a new generation of health care providers. British entrepreneur Julian Andriesz, 53, made a first fortune building business in SE Asia and got into prevention after watching his mother die of ovarian cancer, diagnosed late. He says his intention is to help his clients, whether they are healthy, have cancer or auto-immune diseases, to live longer, better lives. Verita has a chain of 10 clinics, believes its digital health disease prevention and management platform is about to become the largest in the world and owns IP, and research and manufacturing in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Interview: Vasco Antunes Pereira, CEO, Lusiadas Saude

We talk to the CEO of UnitedHealth Group-owned Lusiadas Saude, Portugal’s third-largest private hospital group and the only one whose facilities have had their electronic health record technology rubber-stamped by HIMSS, the largest health IT organisation in the world. He explains what that actually means for delivering acute healthcare services.

Interview: Dr Jacob Thomas, chairman of Ramsay Sime Darby

The underbidder for Columbia Asia's South and SE Asia's hospital chain which had a $2bn price tag, Ramsay Sime Darby brought together Ramsay's three hospitals in Indonesia with Sime Darby's three in Malaysia in 2013.  We talk to Dr Thomas about offering spare capacity to the public sector at a discounted rate, progress with large-scale PPPs, regulations, medical tourism and expansion plans.

Interview: Tony Romero, CEO, Cygnet Healthcare

The UK psychiatry and disabled care markets are facing many challenges - the uncertainty of Brexit, an unstable pound, and scandals at The Priory have all taken their toll. We interview CEO of Cygnet Healthcare, Tony Romero, on the biggest issues facing the market and what future he sees for a sector where two of the biggest players could both soon be on the block.

Interview: Peter Graf, CEO, Tiohundra

Uniquely, we think in Europe, Tiohundra, an organisation serving a municipality of 62,000, has fully merged social care and health care delivery. Social care (elderly care, disabled care, homecare, psychiatry) and health care (hospitals and primary care) – have been melded in to a single organisation. So what are the learnings? And are we going […]

Interview: Ray Berglund, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal European Healthcare industry practice

We talk to consultancy Alvarez & Marsal's (A&M) recently-appointed head of European Healthcare & Life Sciences industry practice, medtech specialist Ray Berglund, about the sector's move into healthcare services.

Interview: Tim Clover, CEO, Rayner

HBI talks to Tim Clover, CEO of ophthalmology medtech supplier Rayner and former CEO of ophthalmology operator Optegra about his take on the market, challenges and opportunities in the future, and plans for the company going forward, including coming to market in the next two years - or sooner.

Interview: Burcu Ozturk, CFO, MLP Care

We talk to the CFO of Turkey's largest private hospital group by beds, MLP Care, 18 months on from its Istanbul listing. Burcu Ozturk discusses the Turkish economy, MLP's postponed M&A plans and growing its private and international revenues amidst a stagnant statutory insurance segment.

Interview: Kevin Doyle, Managing Director, Ascenti

Defying the trope that physiotherapy is un-investable or un-scaleable, UK outfit Ascenti has grown to around €50m in sales, directly employing physiotherapists and demonstrating profitability. HBI talks to managing director Kevin Doyle, a former footballer, about Ascenti's business model, retention, payment models, leveraging digital and why physiotherapy isn't like ophthalmology or dentistry.

Interview: Dimitris Moulavasilis, CEO, Diaverum 

Will international dialysis group Diaverum IPO or sell? We catch up with its new CEO, the former boss of international imaging group Affidea. Rarely have we met such an enthusiastic leader. That may be just as well. Many wonder whether Diaverum, which has been owned by private equity house Bridgepoint since 2007, can ever be sexed up enough to attract a top price. If anyone can achieve this, it is Moulavasilis. 

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