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.
Brad Dorchinecz, Co-Founder & Managing Director, 50 South Capital
Brad Dorchinecz is the Managing Director of the Private Equity Group for 50 South Capital, a group he co-founded in 2000. He oversees all aspects of the investment process for primary, secondary and direct co-investments. This includes sourcing and analyzing venture capital, buyout and credit investment opportunities in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is responsible for fundraising, asset allocation and portfolio management activities for the Private Equity Group. He is a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee and the 50 South Capital Investment Committee. Additionally, Brad is a member of the 50 South Capital Giving Council as well as the 50 South Capital Diversity Council.
Brad was previously an investment professional at Mercantile Capital Partners, a venture capital and growth equity fund located in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to Mercantile, he spent five years at Heller Financial, a middle-market commercial finance company which was later acquired by General Electric. At Heller, he was an Assistant Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group, Heller Business Credit, and Heller’s Workout Group. He began his career in Heller’s Finance Management Development Program.
Brad is a member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and sits on several fund advisory boards. He currently serves on the Governing Board of Girls on the Run-Chicago. Brad graduated with High Honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in finance and received his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Chris Gaffney, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Great Hill Partners
Chris Gaffney is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Great Hill Partners, where he is responsible for transaction origination, investment policy, fundraising, investor relations and the general management of the firm. He is a member of the firm’s executive and investment committees. Over his career, he has participated in over 50 investments across software, information services, e-commerce, consumer and online services, financial technology, and digital publishing. He has served on over 50 boards from early-stage companies to publicly traded businesses, with multiple investments grown from seed stage to unicorn.
Chris began his private equity career in 1986 with M/C Partners and previously served as a commercial lending officer for the First National Bank of Boston (BofA). He earned a BS in economics and accounting from Boston College.
Rachel Geller Managing Director Insight Partners
Steven Schwab Senior Director, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Thoma Bravo
Ajay Parkhe Managing Director Cinven
Melissa Mounce Mithal Managing Director, Leadership Talent & Diversity GTCR
Alex Kessel Partner Co-Investments Adams Street Partners
John Yeager Managing Director H.I.G. Capital
Laura Warren Head of Tax Hamilton Lane
Brett Lauber Managing Director Northleaf Capital Partners
Alicia Novak Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer HarbourVest Partners
Trey Block Chief Financial Officer OrbiMed
Charles Corpening Senior Managing Director and Head of the Investment Team Ariel Alternatives
Mary Hornby General Counsel Abbott Capital
Chris Trendler Managing Director and the Head of Portfolio Talent MDP
Ania Labno Director, Co-Head of Healthcare KKR
Mark Affolter Partner and Co-Head of US Direct Lending Ares Management
Robert Belke Managing Partner Lovell Minick Partners
Edward Goldstein Partner, CIO Coller Capital
Nikhil Bhat Managing Director and the Co-Head of Investments Vestar Capital
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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 the recent geopolitical challenges?
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? 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
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?
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
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?