The 4th Annual Private Equity US San Francisco Forum is the leading West Coast investor-centric meeting for LPs investing in private markets.
The forum brings together investors, fund managers, and advisers for a two-day meeting to discuss sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in the US and around the world.
The investor focused forum will bring together US and international 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 round-tables of leading global institutional investors discussing their specific investment appetites.
David Leuschen, Founder & Senior Managing Director, Riverstone
Mr. Leuschen is a Founder and Senior Managing Director of Riverstone. He is based in New York. Prior to founding Riverstone, Mr. Leuschen was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and founder and head of the Goldman Sachs Global Energy and Power Group. He was responsible for building the Goldman Sachs energy and power investment banking practice into one of the leading franchises in the global energy and power industry. Mr. Leuschen has also served as Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Energy Investment Committee, where he was responsible for screening potential capital commitments by Goldman Sachs in the energy and power industry. He served as a Director of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Cross Timbers Oil Company (predecessor to XTO Energy) and J. Aron Resources. Mr. Leuschen received his A.B. from Dartmouth and his M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Rich Lawson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, HGGC
Mr. Lawson is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HGGC. Based in Palo Alto, California, HGGC is a leading private equity firm with over $4.3 billion in cumulative capital commitments and oversees portfolio companies that employ more than 65,000 employees globally. Over its history, HGGC has completed platform investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of over $25 billion. Prior to leading HGGC, Mr. Lawson established predecessor private equity funds Huntsman Gay Capital Partners in 2007 with industrialist Jon M. Huntsman and Robert C. Gay, as well as Sorenson Capital in 2002 with medical products pioneer James LeVoy Sorenson. Mr. Lawson received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
John Toomey Jr., Managing Director, Executive Committee, HarbourVest Partners
Mr. Toomey is a Managing Director of HarbourVest Partners, where he serves on the firm’s two-member Executive Management Committee, acts as the chief executive officer, and serves on the firm’s four-member Global Investment Committee. He first joined HarbourVest in 1997 as a member of the direct investment team and has been a member of the secondary investment team since 2003. John’s previous experience includes an analyst role at Smith Barney in the Advisory Group focusing on M&A and corporate restructurings. 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.
Jean-Pierre Conte, Chairman & Managing Director, Genstar Capital
Mr. Conte is a business leader, philanthropist, policy entrepreneur and Chairman & Managing Director of Genstar Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm investing in growth industries including life sciences, financial services, industrial technology and software. A graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School, J-P joined Genstar Capital in 1995, and within three years he was leading the firm. Since 1995, the firm has acquired 66 platform companies with $18.3 billion of revenue and 455 strategic add-on acquisitions with another roughly $20 billion in revenue. Under J-P’s stewardship, Genstar Capital has grown from $100 million to a fully functioning and distributed partnership with five senior partners who have worked closely together for up to 15 years, 60 professionals and over $17 billion of committed capital.
Angela Miller-May Chief Investment Officer Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund
Chris Wright Managing Director Crescent Capital
Tanya Kemp Managing Director of Private Markets San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System
John Beil Managing Director, Private Equity Regents of the University of California
Jim Tanabaum Founder & Chief Executive Officer Foresite Capital
Alex Slusky Managing Partner Vector Capital
Jeff Parks Co-Founder & Managing Partner Riverwood Capital
Kara Cissell-Roell Co-Founder & Managing Director VMG Partners
Amelia Stoj Chief Compliance Officer and Registered In-House Counsel Foresite Capital
Lu Zhang Managing Director, Transactional Tax Counsel Ares Management
Joshua Aaron Chief Technology Officer Hellman & Friedman
David Smolen Managing Director, General Counel & Chief Compliance Officer GI Partners
Fred Ebrahemi Partner, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel Clearlake Capital Group
Bill Sacher Partner and Head of Private Credit Adam Street Partners
Dan Drury Tax Director Makena Capital Management
Tarrell Gamble Trustee Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association
Jane Rowe Executive Managing Director, Equities Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Scott Stone Chief Investment Officer Pentegra
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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?