Annual Private Equity Boston Forum Boston | November 1, 2023 Request Agenda

The Private Equity Boston Forum was developed as an education-focused, one-day event for allocators and asset managers. The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate the dissemination of actionable investor content, coupled with supporting the continued development of the private equity investment industry along the Northeast. 

The program’s agenda has been specifically designed to provide relevant and topical educational content for people who manage, advise, allocate to, or oversee private equity. The Private Equity Boston Forum will offer exclusive access to the leading minds throughout the private equity investment industry, who will in turn, provide the latest information and insight on the future of private equity, private debt, infrastructure, technology, allocation plans, and real asset investing. 



Steve Pagliuca, Senior Advisor, Bain Capital

Mr. Pagliuca is a Senior Advisor at Bain Capital, a leading global investment firm based in Boston with approximately $160 billion in assets under management. He is a co-owner and Managing General Partner of the World Champion Boston Celtics and serves on the NBA Board of Governors. Steve is also co-owner and co-chairman of the Serie A professional football club, Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio. Mr. Pagliuca has been recognized for his many significant philanthropic efforts and contributions. He is the recipient of several awards for his contributions to leadership and commitment to numerous nonprofits in Boston and beyond.  Mr. Pagliuca is also a frequent contributor on television, radio and print media to provide commentary focusing on global economic issues. Mr. Pagliuca received a B.A. from Duke University in 1977 and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1982.

Todd Abbrecht, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair, Thomas H. Lee Partners

Todd is Co-Chief Executive Officer and co-chair of the firm’s Management Committee. Since joining the firm in 1992, he has been involved in executing investments across the full breadth of THL’s verticals, with an expertise in Healthcare. Todd is also a Director of CSafe Global and Professional Physical Therapy. Prior Board positions include Aramark Corporation, Curo Health ServicesT, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., Fogo de Chão, Healthcare Staffing Services, Intermedix Corporation, Juvare, Michael Foods, Inc., National Waterworks, Inc., PCI Pharma Services, Warner Chilcott plc. and Syneos Health (formerly inVentiv Health, Inc.). Todd also sits on the board of THL’s Charitable Foundation.

John Toomey, Co-Chief Executive Officer, HarbourVest Partners

Mr. Toomey is one of two members of the Firm’s Executive Management Committee, which serves as HarbourVest’s CEO; and is also a member of the Portfolio Construction Committee. He first joined the Firm in 1997, as a member of the direct investment team. He rejoined HarbourVest in 2001 after business school, and has focused on secondary investments since 2003. John was involved with the 2007 initial public offering of HarbourVest Private Equity Limited (HVPE) on Euronext Amsterdam and served as Chief Financial Officer from the IPO through September 2008. John received a BA (cum laude) in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University in 1995 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2001, where he was awarded the Loeb Fellowship for outstanding achievement in finance.






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Key Discussion Topics

Global Private Equity Investing


As the world turns its focus to inflation, geopolitical conflicts and potential recession, how are the private markets responding in different geographies? How are leading fund managers taking the offensive in this new climate? Additionally, what opportunities are presenting across varying markets to better prepare for future global challenges?


Portfolio Optimization & Value Creation—Tools & Strategies Leading Funds Use to Support 

Growth & Reduce Costs


How are private equity firms navigating their portfolio companies through the continuing headwinds caused by economic conditions and the stock market slide. What strategies are GPs utilizing to preserve liquidity, reduce costs, create value, and drive EBITDA? How do partners and leading consultants identify opportunities to boost long term innovation and productivity in portfolio companies?


A Spotlight on ESG Management: Navigating Growing Expectations


Sustainable investing has never been more important in the private equity community, with a wave of social and environmental challenges markets are showing a shift of trillions of dollars into sustainable financial investments. What’s truly driving the trend toward “sustainable capitalism”? How are GPs responding to LPs ESG agendas in private equity? How are LPs and GPs making a difference and driving profits? Experts discuss how to best understand the relationship between corporate sustainability practices and company financial performance


Sourcing, Practicing Efficient Due Diligence & Downside Risk Mitigation


In the midst of continued economic uncertainty, what is the current reality and outlook for deal sourcing and pricing? 

What are the primary due diligence focal points, and how are they shifting in today’s climate? Furthermore, which risks pose the greatest challenge, and how are investors hedging against potential pitfalls? Panelists discuss how their sourcing procedures, due diligence strategies and risk mitigation practices are adapting to today’s climate and share thoughts on best practices for the future. 


Limited Partner Roundtable


A conversation with leading global LPs allocating to private markets in the US and covering key investment and monitoring themes influencing investments ranging from effects of inflation, geopolitical concerns, co-investments, direct investments/developing a private equity team, valuations, ESG, and fund types from buyout to venture, private debt and real assets. Panelists discuss key attributes they expect from fund managers and their view on everything from hyper fundraising cycles to diversity & inclusion measures.


Private Credit—Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities

Current economic uncertainty is causing significant implications for private credit lenders, who are preparing for potential bankruptcy, workout scenarios, or term amendment discussions. Historically low interest rates and concerns over later term liquidity are prompting many portfolio companies that are financially strong to tap their revolving credit lines. Despite the headwinds, many managers are continuing to cautiously make new deals in favorable sectors such as business services, and IT as well as look at purchasing attractive loans on the secondary market. Leading managers discuss what changes they are seeing in the private credit markets and their outlooks on the future of the asset class. Additionally, can any parallels be drawn from the 2008 financial crisis?


Event Registration 5,000 11/01/23


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