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The Women's Private Equity Summit   November 2-3, 2017 - Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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2018 Sponsors & Partners

From the Producers of
The Women's Private Equity Summit
Falk Marques
Platinum Sponsors:

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 2,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in investment funds, private equity/M&A and other complex corporate transactions, government, regulatory and internal investigations, restructuring, litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property matters.

Named a Private Equity Practice Group of the Year by Law360 for the last seven consecutive years, Kirkland is a recognized global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The Firm offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across 14 offices located in New York, Boston, Beijing, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Kirkland promotes the recruitment, retention and advancement of its women attorneys and aims to develop them into leaders within their practice groups, the Firm, the legal profession and the community. The Firm is proud to sponsor the 10th Annual Women's Alternative Investment Summit.


KPMG LLP is honored to be a platinum sponsor of the Women's Alternative Investment Summit, continuing our longstanding efforts to advance women in leadership and their visibility in the market.

KPMG is the market-leading professional services provider to funds of every size and at every stage of the growth life cycle. Our focus is on providing fund managers with the clarity, confidence and insight to succeed. Whether you're starting, building or expanding your fund or firm, we can help with formation and capital accumulation; acquisitions of investments; reporting on performance and plan delivery; restructuring, refinancing and divesting; and realization and exit. For more information on our Alternative Investments practice, visit us at

Gold Sponsors:


BlackRock is a premier provider of global investment management services. As of 30 June 2018, BlackRock managed $6.29 trillion across equity, fixed income, alternatives, multi-asset, and cash management strategies for institutional and retail clients. Through BlackRock Solutions® ("BRS"), the firm provides risk management and advisory services that combine capital markets expertise with internally-developed systems and technology. BlackRock offers access to a broad spectrum of alternative investments through commingled funds and custom separate accounts—including direct hedge funds, hedge fund solutions, private credit, private equity, and real assets. Headquartered in New York, BlackRock operates in more than 30 countries and 70 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Our global presence provides BlackRock with access to all major capital markets. We believe investment insights gained at the local level and shared globally maximize investment opportunities for our clients. As of 30 June 2018, BlackRock had over 13,000 professional employees.

Coller Capital

Coller Capital is one of the world's leading investors in private equity's secondary market. The firm acquires interests in private equity funds and portfolios of private companies from their original owners.

Founded in 1990, the firm is headquartered in London, and has offices in New York and Hong Kong. Coller's multinational investment team – the world's largest dedicated to secondaries – has a truly global reach.

In December 2015, the firm closed Coller International Partners VII, with capital commitments of $7.15 billion and backing from approximately 170 of the world's leading institutional investors.

Twitter: @Coller_Capital


Founded in 1976, KKR is a leading global investment firm with approximately $191 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2018. The firm manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. Building on the firm's knowledge, relationships, and established investment capabilities, KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside its client and partners' capital and is the largest investor in aggregate across its funds and portfolio companies. For additional information, please visit KKR's website at and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

Wellington Management

Wellington Management's alternatives capabilities benefit from what we think is the best of both worlds: the resources and reach of a $1 trillion global investment manager and the agility and entrepreneurial spirit of a $38.5 billion alternatives boutique. Our private ownership model, world-class infrastructure, and long-term mind-set help us attract and retain talented alternatives investment professionals. We combine their skill with robust risk-management tools to help deliver solutions to the complex challenges our clients face. To learn more about our alternative strategies, including hedged equity, fixed income, and multi-asset solutions, visit us at

Silver Sponsor:


Walkers is a leading international law firm. We provide legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services to investment fund managers, financial institutions, global corporations and capital markets participants. We have 10 global offices across six time zones which means we are always accessible to our clients.

Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious investment funds, private equity, corporate and finance law, structured products, capital markets and trusts.

Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate and fiduciary services.

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* Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as 'Walkers Bermuda', a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

Specialty Sponsors:

Capital Dynamics

Capital Dynamics is a global asset management firm focusing on private assets including private equity, private credit, clean energy infrastructure and energy infrastructure credit. With an investment history dating back to 1988, Capital Dynamics offers a wide range of products including primary funds of funds, secondaries, direct investments, co-investments, customized separate accounts, as well as structured private equity solutions. We believe our experience and culture of innovation give us superior insight and help us deliver returns for our clients. We invest locally while operating globally from our New York, London, Zug, Tokyo, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Munich, Birmingham, Seoul and Dubai offices. The Firm has $15 billion in assets under discretionary management and advisement (as of March 31, 2018).

United Health Care

United Healthcare is an operating division of UnitedHealth Group® – the largest single health carrier in the United States. With nation's single largest proprietary network that reaches 98 percent of the United States' population, portfolio companies and their employees can choose from more than 933,000 physicians and health care professionals and 5,600 hospitals.

At United Healthcare, we're committed to delivering health care solutions that meet the unique needs of Private Equity firms and portfolio companies. The dedicated Private Equity team understands the complex and diverse landscape, offering customized purchasing arrangements to bring the value of an aggregated purchasing model to your portfolio companies but still allowing them to choose the funding arrangement and plan design that meets the needs of their business.


UMB Fund Services provides a broad array of services for both mutual funds and alternative investments – as well as turnkey solutions for launching a registered alternative fund, a mutual fund or a collective fund. UMBFS offers a one-stop solution providing clients with a full range of services for hedge funds, private equity, funds of funds, and all types of registered alternative funds.

The company's full-service lineup for alternative products includes:
  • Product formation assistance
  • Administration
  • Fund accounting
  • Investor accounting and reporting
  • Tax
  • Custody (through our affiliate, UMB Bank, n.a.)

UMB Fund Services offers unparalleled service, leading-edge technology, and the stability of a highly capitalized parent organization that has been around for 100+ years. Learn more at



Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP's cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. To learn more, visit

Alta Return

AltaReturn offers a suite of solutions for private capital fund managers, administrators and family offices including Fund /Corporate Accounting, CRM, Portfolio Monitoring, Business Intelligence and Investor Portals. Built within a Microsoft-based framework, these industry-specific solutions are available as an integrated end-to-end suite or as independently licensed modules. Our client base consists of Private Equity, Venture and Real Estate funds, Fund of Funds, Family Offices and Fund Administrators.

Over 300 GPs use the AltaReturn platform, helping them get the right information to the right people -when they need it. For more information visit

Lever Point

LeverPoint is a boutique Fund Administrator committed to delivering integrated accounting, reporting and administration solutions for our clients every need, in order to provide Fund Administration, Management Company Administration and Tax services. Our clients spread across a diverse range of Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, ranging in size from first time firms with AUM of $50M, to established firms with AUM of $19B, including: Buyout, Venture Capital, General Partnerships, Real Estate, Blocker Entities, SPV's, Fund of Funds, Mezzanine and Credit.

From traditional to complex Fund structures and reporting, LeverPoint is committed to providing our clients with a suite of accounting services specific to your needs. Our team of over 150 trusted professionals are committed to providing Funds of all sizes and complexities tailored back office and accounting solutions.

LeverPoint's service model includes critical features that differentiate us from other administrators in the industry. Based on our continued growth and success, we have developed the foundation necessary for a successful third party administrator to provide operational excellence to clients and their investors, allowing them to effectively grow and monitor the optimal performance of their business.
There is no limitation to what we can achieve together.

Educational Partners:


Kauffman Fellows, established in 1995 and based in Silicon Valley, seeks to develop leaders in capital formation and build on the success they have already achieved. Each year, a class of approximately 60 venture capital and other investors (LPs, family office, PE, accelerator) is selected. The program challenges each Fellow to accelerate their impact through self-reflection, peer learning, 1-on-1 mentoring, and a structured curriculum taught by leading venture capitalists and global thought leaders.

Each class meets quarterly for 3.5 days over a two-year period. Inspired by Ewing Marion Kauffman and his legacy of conducting business in a scrupulously honest fashion, we measure our success by the number of new businesses we nurture and inspire, by the longevity of these businesses, and by the long-term returns generated for entrepreneurs, investors, and society as a whole.

Our trust-based network of 589 Fellows in over 40 countries has collectively deployed over $50 billion in capital, and created over 700,000 jobs.

Kauffman Fellows has a strong commitment to diversity, actively recruiting individuals who believe our community is stronger and better when we value and respect everyone. This essential core value guides us in our service to entrepreneurs, investors and colleagues.

Applications open in September, 2018 for Class 24 which commences in June, 2019. Please visit our website,, for more information.


The Toigo Foundation is committed to ethical leadership and broader diversity of thought and experience in business. Our mission is to foster the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent by creating mechanisms for greater inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom.

For nearly 30 years, the Foundation has advanced the success of thousands of talented diverse professionals as they ascend through their MBA studies and embark on careers across a variety of finance industry sectors and investment roles. Toigo's work is anchored by a fellowship program which has been established with an unwavering expectation for excellence in skill and leadership potential. Through a highly competitive selection process, the distinction of Toigo Fellow is awarded each year to a group of approximately 50 individuals who exhibit these qualities. The Foundation has advanced its programmatic reach to focus keenly on new mechanisms for entry such as its private equity rotational fellowship program and retention - providing tools, resources and thought leadership which build upon their finance skills and strengthen their leadership ascent to corporate leadership, entrepreneurship, board leadership, and community impact.

Today, Toigo Alumni represent a new generation of talent demonstrating the merits of inclusion balanced with skill, ethics and integrity. Firms work with Toigo through a variety of offerings tailored to each organization's needs and strategies for diversity hiring and retention and collaborates with many business organizations to strengthen our shared goals for opportunity and change. To learn more, visit

Supporting Organization:


The ILPA is the global, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity Limited Partners through industry-leading education programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations.

Initially founded as an informal networking group, the ILPA is a voluntary association funded by its members. The ILPA membership has grown to include almost 400 member organizations from around the world representing over US $1 trillion of private assets globally.

Collaborative Partner:


As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community's flagship trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its member firms through a full range of professional services. Please visit

Supporting Associations:


The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa.

AVCA plays a significant role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry, educating, equipping and connecting members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programmes, and exceptional networking opportunities.

With a global and growing member base, AVCA members span private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, pension funds, international development finance institutions, professional service firms, academia, and other associations.

This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the Africa growth story.


The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association is the world leader in alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is known for the CAIA Charter. Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a member of the CAIA Association, a global network of over 9,000 AI leaders. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program®. For more information, please visit


EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. An independent, non-profit organization, the association brings together 300+ firms—including institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors—who manage more than US$5 trillion in assets across 130 countries. EMPEA members share the organization's belief that private capital can deliver attractive long-term investment returns and promote the sustainable growth of companies and economies. EMPEA supports its members globally through authoritative research and intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.

Girls Who Invest

Girls Who Invest ("GWI") is a non-profit organization founded in April 2015 dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. Our benchmark for success is to have 30% of the world's investable capital managed by women by 2030. This goal is in sharp contrast to 2014, a year in which less than 10% of the world's investable capital was managed by women. GWI focuses on education, industry outreach, accessibility and career placement to achieve our mission. GWI is creating programs to inspire and support young women to become tomorrow's leaders. By completing GWI's rigorous program, talented and motivated women will be well prepared to enter the industry across all asset classes including public and private equity, fixed income, credit, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, and to be skilled allocators of capital.


The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the growth of private capital investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. LAVCA's membership is comprised of over 180+ firms, from leading global investment firms active in the region to local fund managers from Mexico to Argentina, as well as institutional investors, family offices, corporates, real estate investors, and sovereign wealth funds. Member firms control assets in excess of US$65b, directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. LAVCA's mission – to spur regional economic growth by advancing private capital investment – is accomplished through programs of research, networking forums, education, and advocacy of sound public policy. More information at


The NAIC is a 501(c)(6) that was founded in 1971 to serve as the industry association for diverse-owned and emerging private equity firms and hedge funds, many of which rank among the best performers in the United States. With more than 40 member firms representing over $40 billion in assets managed, the NAIC is a recognized thought leader on the U.S. Emerging Domestic Market (EDM).


Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 that provides superior educational and career programs to young people from underserved and underrepresented communities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success.

Its newest initiative, SEO Alternative Investments, provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to professionals and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternatives sector. SEO's track record of success in AI includes the annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference, the Alternative Investments Fellowship Program (AIFP), the SEO Investment Banking Prep Program, SEO AI Undergraduate Internships and other industry-specific programming. Core components of AIFP include a nine-month fellowship program that strengthens young analysts as candidates for positions in private equity. SEO's Alternative Investments Conference promotes diversity through a day of education, access and career development for experienced professionals who are underrepresented in the industry. With nearly 600 attendees in 2017, the Conference features industry leaders representing private equity, hedge funds, real estate, limited partners, fund of funds, emerging managers and career placement firms, and fosters valuable exposure and interaction for participants. SEO's AI Undergraduate programming helps to educate and expose college students, preparing them to compete for opportunities in the alternatives sector. Click here for more information about the work of SEO Alternative Investments.

SEO's founding program, SEO Scholars, is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college. SEO Career is the premier professional development and summer internship program for talented Black, Hispanic and Native American undergraduates. SEO Career partners with more than 40 companies across multiple lines of business, including investment banking and corporate roles. Click here to learn more about all of SEO's work.


Media Partners:

Albourne Village

Albourne Village, is a free and independent website for the alternative investment industry, with over 100,000 users. This virtual community features a pub and library where residents exchange news, views and IP, a job centre, conference centre, business centre, and school. The Village is also home to a vast number of established industry contacts.

Don't just join the Village, be the Village.

Eureka Hedge

Launched in 2001, Eurekahedge has a proven track record spanning over 16 years as the world's largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specialising in global hedge fund databases and research. Headquartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Philippines, the global expertise of our research team constantly adapts to industry changes and needs, allowing Eurekahedge to develop and offer a wide array of products and services coveted by institutional investors, family offices, accredited investors, qualified purchasers, financial institutions and media sources. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases, Eurekahedge's other business functions include hedge fund research publications, due diligence services, investor services, analytical platforms and risk management tools. For more information, please visit please visit or

Hedge Connection

Hedge Connection has grown to become the most widely recognized and innovative marketing solution for the hedge fund industry. Our online fund database is powered by Morningstar and provides investors with access to over 7,000 hedge funds, fund of funds and CTAs.

The Boardroom, our industry leading online community, is woven into the fabric of our fund database and facilitates relationship building, networking, and free-flow of information. Hedge Connection's online ecosystem is complemented by our premier one-on-one networking events. Since 2005, over 5,000 investors have participated in Hedge Connection related events, resulting in thousands of direct meetings for hedge fund managers.

Hedge Connection is built on a foundation of industry experience and guided by the core principles of integrity, partnership, and value. Our clients include hedge funds, fund of funds, family offices, endowments & trusts, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks, advisors and service providers to the financial industry.

Hedge Connection is a recipient of a US patent for it's methodology of connecting hedge funds and investors online.


PitchBook is a financial technology company that provides data on the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. We collect and analyze detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people. Our data and analysis are available through our suite of products (the PitchBook Platform), industry news and in-depth reports.


Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 300 staff based in New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Manila serving over 40,000 customers in over 90 countries.

Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity and venture capital, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin's services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

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