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.
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, The Vistria Group
Mr. Nesbitt serves as co-CEO and co-Chairman of
The Vistria Group, LLC, a Chicago-based investment company focused on investing
in healthcare, knowledge & learning, and financial
services. Prior, he served as CEO of The Parking Spot, was an officer at
Pritzker Realty Group, and held various investment positions at LaSalle
Partners. Mr. Nesbitt serves on the Board of Directors of American Airlines
Group, CenterPoint Energy, and Chewy, Inc. He is a Trustee of Chicago’s Museum
of Contemporary Art and is Chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation. He
has also served as Treasurer of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012
presidential campaigns. Mr. Nesbitt has an M.B.A from the University of Chicago
and a B.S. and honorary doctorate from Albion College.
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, Managing Director, CCMP Capital
Mr. Walsh is a Managing Director in the New York office of CCMP and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Walsh was a founding Partner of CCMP upon its formation in 2006 and has been with the firm and its predecessor entities since 1992. Mr. Walsh served as President and CEO from 2016 until March 2022. Prior to joining the private equity division of Chase Manhattan in 1992, Mr. Walsh worked on various industry-focused client teams within The Chase Manhattan Corporation. He serves on the board of directors of Hayward and Ecovyst. 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
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
Drew Weilbacher Chief Compliance Officer TSG Consumer
Jennifer Conwell Exam Manager, Private Funds Unit US Securities and Exchange Commission
Bradley Charchut Managing Director Bain Capital Credit
Rakesh Jain Partner and Global Head of Private Credit Pantheon
Ajay Parkhe Managing Director Cinven
Michael Weinberg Managing Partner Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
John Novak Managing Director, Head of Investment Development and Capital Markets Paine Schwartz Partners
Curt Miller Operating Consultant Littlejohn & Co.
Tracey Abbott Senior Operating Lead, Special Situations Partners Group
Yugveer Singh Head of Private Equity Co-investments Metlife Investment Management
Dan Dal Degan Executive Chairman Marlin Equity Partners
Dennis White Executive Director Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago
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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?