The Annual Private Equity Chicago Forum is the leading Midwest investor-centric event for LPs investing in private markets.
The forum brings together investors, fund managers, and advisers to discuss sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in The US and around the world.
The investor-focused event provides a due diligence forum for pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of funds, family offices, wealth managers, consultants, and sovereign wealth funds interested in direct research on private investment opportunities.
Session topics cover the entire spectrum of private equity investments, from sector-specific sessions on venture capital to discussions on global buyout opportunities and roundtables of leading global institutional investors discussing their specific investment appetites.
We're committed to the health and safety of all of our attendees. At each of our events the following COVID-19 related protocols will be in place to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all guests:
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T. Bondurant French, Chairman, Adams Street Partners
Mr. French is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980. He was instrumental in the development of Adams Street’s private equity investment strategies, fund management, and investor relations. Bon is sought out by private equity firms, consultants, and investors for advice and recommendations on a variety of private equity topics.
Martin Nesbitt, Senior Partner, Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Vistria Partners
Mr. Nesbitt served as President and CEO of TPS Parking Management, LLC (dba The Parking
Spot). Prior, Mr. Nesbitt was an officer at Pritzker Realty Group, L.P. and was an Equity Vice
President and Investment Manager at LaSalle Partners.
Mr. Nesbitt serves on the boards of Caremetx, ForwardLine Financial, Treliant, Vanta Education
and is a Trustee of the University of Phoenix. He also serves on the board of CenterPoint
Energy, JLL, Chewy, Inc. and American Airlines Group. He is a Trustee of Chicago’s Museum of
Contemporary Art and serves as Chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation.
Mr. Nesbitt received a B.S. degree and honorary doctorate from Albion College and an M.B.A.
from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Tony Davis, President, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Linden Capital Partners
Mr. Davis is the President, a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Linden Capital Partners. He has been involved in private equity and consulting since 1992. He currently serves on the boards of Advarra, Smile Doctors and Spear Education and is Chairman of the board of Sage Dental. He previously served on the boards of directors for Behavioral Centers of America, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Focused Health Solutions, ProPharma, Ranir, Virtus Pharmaceuticals and Young Innovations. Additionally, Mr. Davis is a member of the Chicago Commonwealth Club, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Commercial Club of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago. Tony is a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry and is a Director on the Northwestern Medical Group Board of Directors. Tony was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary as a member of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS).
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was a Rosett Scholar and serves on the Polsky Center Private Equity Council and as a guest lecturer on private equity.
Timothy Walsh, President & Chief Executive Officer, CCMP Capital
Mr. Walsh is President and CEO of CCMP and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Walsh focuses on making investments in the industrial sector and has been responsible for CCMP’s investments in the chemicals, basic manufacturing, consumer products and packaging sectors. Prior to joining CCMP in 1993, Mr. Walsh worked on various industry-focused client teams within The Chase Manhattan Corporation. He serves on the board of directors of Milacron, PQ Corporation and Volotea. Mr. Walsh holds a B.S. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Angela Miller-May Chief Investment Officer Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
Tracey Abbott Senior Operating Lead, Special Situations Partners Group
David Colla Managing Director, Head of Americas Leveraged Finance CPPIB Credit Investments
Brian Schuman Principal, Strategic Investments PepsiCo
Marc Verissimo Executive Trustee University of California at Davis Foundation
Jason Thomas Head of Global Research The Carlyle Group
Steven Schwab Senior Director, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Thoma Bravo
Jennifer Conwell Exam Manager, Private Funds Unit US Securities and Exchange Commission
Drew Weilbacher Chief Compliance Officer TSG Consumer
Bradley Charchut Managing Director Bain Capital Credit
Rakesh Jain Partner and Global Head of Private Credit Pantheon
Ajay Parkhe Managing Director Cinven
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Global Private Market Investing
How are leading fund managers taking the offensive amidst these difficult times? Additionally, how are they working alongside existing portfolio companies to navigate through the headwinds caused by COVID-19?
Portfolio Optimization & Value Creation—What Tools & Strategies are Leading Funds Using to Support Growth in Their Portfolio Companies?
How are private equity firms navigating their portfolio companies through the headwinds caused by COVID-19? What strategies are GPs utilizing to preserve liquidity, reduce costs and prepare for an extended downturn?
Technology, Security, & Intelligence Influence in Private Equity
How are alternative asset firms managing data and cybersecurity risks? Additionally, how are firms utilizing and leveraging technology to improve firm, portfolio company and limited partner relationship management and transparency.
A Spotlight on ESG Management: Navigating Growing Expectations
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?
Sourcing, Practicing Efficient Due Diligence & Downside Risk Mitigation
Amidst the pandemic, investors needed to adapt to dealmaking while simultaneously social distancing and implementing new technology for working from home and video conferencing. Panelists discuss how their due diligence strategies have changed in the last several months and share thoughts on best practices for the future.
LP Perspective on Global Private Equity Markets
Are LPs willing to increase their allocations to these long term illiquid strategies? How have these recent market conditions affected their allocation preferences, fund structure considerations, or geography preferences?
Private Credit—Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities
The disruption caused by COVID-19 has significant implications for private credit lenders, who are preparing for potential bankruptcy or work-out scenarios, or term amendment discussions. 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?