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From the Producers of
The Women's Private Equity Summit
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors and Partners!
Around the globe, KPMG member firms have more than 6,000 professionals in 60 international jurisdictions serving investment funds. Our worldwide Alternative Investment member firm network is comprised of more than 5,000 Audit, Tax, and Advisory professionals, including 300 partners, who focus on serving alternative funds and their sponsors in all of the significant industry locations.
For more information on how KPMG LLP can help you achieve your business objectives in alternative investments: www.kpmg.com/us/alts
Lowenstein Sandler is a nationally recognized full-service law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington, DC. Our commitment to our clients is demonstrated through our client-centered, service-oriented culture. Our lawyers provide a hands-on approach, with a focus on institutional knowledge and value. Regardless of the transaction or matter, understanding our clients' needs and helping them to achieve successful outcomes are at the core of what we do.
Our investment management practice is distinguished, above all, for our broad and sophisticated client base, integrated nature of practice and focus on client service. From hedge and private equity fund formation and structuring to distressed investment and capital markets litigation, and everything in between, we provide an integrated, unified approach, capable of handling the needs of a variety of asset classes under a single umbrella.
We are consistently recognized as having leading investment management, litigation and bankruptcy practices, including by Best Law Firms, published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business; and The Legal 500. Our deep industry knowledge, entrepreneurial drive and commitment to our clients, communities and colleagues have made us a trusted partner for the world's leading managers and investors.
At Lowenstein Sandler — We're all about you.™
Coller Capital, founded in 1990, is the leading global investor in private equity 'secondaries' – the acquisition of positions in private equity funds from the original investors and of portfolios of companies from corporate or institutional owners. From its offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, the firm makes investments all round the world, committing from $1 million to $1 billion-plus to individual transactions. Between them, Coller Capital-advised secondaries funds have interests in over 300 primary-market funds and 2,500 private companies worldwide.
In July 2012, Coller Capital closed its sixth fund, Coller International Partners VI, with capital commitments of $5.5 billion from almost 200 of the world's leading institutional investors.
In 2013, Coller Capital won Financial News' European Secondaries Firm of the Year award, while in 2012, Real Deals named the firm Secondaries House of the Year. In 2011, Coller Capital won Private Equity International's Secondaries Firm of the Year award for the 8th successive year.
For more information about Coller Capital, visit the firm's web site at: www.collercapital.com
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Abbott Capital Management specializes in the creation and management of private equity investment programs. Since its founding in 1986, Abbott Capital has made over $15 billion in commitments to over 350 funds on behalf of institutional clients around the world. As a leading independent investment adviser, Abbott Capital has focused exclusively on private equity by building core and specialized portfolios of buyout, growth equity, venture capital, and special situations funds. Abbott Capital's investment team, based in New York and London, applies in-depth fundamental research and a rigorous due diligence process to selecting private equity funds, constructing portfolios, and monitoring investments, reflecting its steadfast commitment to building outstanding portfolios of investments for clients.
CarVal Investors is a leading global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, its experienced team has navigated through ever-changing credit market cycles, opportunistically investing $73 billion in 4,840 transactions across 70 countries. Today, CarVal Investors has approximately $10 billion in assets under management in both credit and commercial real estate strategies. The firm's credit strategies include corporate securities, liquidations, loan portfolios and structured credit. For more information visit carvalinvestors.com
J.C. Flowers & Co. is a leading private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry. Founded in 1998, the firm has invested more than $14 billion of capital in 38 portfolio companies in 14 countries across a range of industry subsectors including banking, insurance and reinsurance, securities firms, specialty finance, and services and asset management. With approximately $8 billion of assets under management, J.C. Flowers & Co. has offices in New York and London.
StarVest Partners is a New York City-based venture capital firm founded in 1998, investing in technology-enabled business services companies at the expansion stage throughout the US. With $400 million under management across two funds, StarVest is the largest women majority venture fund in the US. The firm's value-added partnership focuses on key emerging technology and services sectors including: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Data and Analytics, Internet Marketing and eCommerce Infrastructure. StarVest has invested in over 45 companies to date, identifying early trends such as SaaS with its 2000 investment in NetSuite, digital marketing, human capital management and ecommerce logistics. Portfolio companies with notable exits include NetSuite (NYSE: "N"; $6B market cap; StarVest Partner Deborah Farrington is Lead Director); iCrossing, acquired by Hearst; Fieldglass, acquired by Madison Dearborn; Connected, acquired by Iron Mountain; and Message One, acquired by Dell Computer. Among its recent investments are Switchfly, RetailNext, PeopleMatter, AppDirect, Take the Interview, Ceros and CrowdTwist. The firm's General Partners and Co-Founders are Deborah A. Farrington and Laura B. Sachar, with Liza Boyd as Venture Partner and Jeanne M. Sullivan and Larry A. Bettino as Special Advisors. More information about StarVest is available at the company's website: www.starvestpartners.com.
Top Tier Capital Partners, LLC (TTCP) is a venture capital specialist managing niche-focused funds of funds. We make primary and secondary investments in venture capital funds and co-invest in select portfolio companies. Our team creates diverse portfolios that are built to spot emerging trends early and to deliver optimal venture returns.
Our value-add lies in our experience, deep networks, industry insights, and superior client service. We work collaboratively with our investors to help them build their private equity investment programs, and we partner closely with our managers to offer thoughtful, hands-on counsel. We seek long-lasting, open relationships that begin, not end, with the investment.
Based in San Francisco with roots back to 1999, the TTCP team manages more than $2.5 billion in commitments from a global base of institutional investors including pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, and family offices. Top Tier Capital Partners is an SEC registered investment adviser.
App-X is the leading provider of flexible, web-based software solutions for Alternative Asset Fund Managers, Institutional Investors, and Impact Investors.
Since 2006, Application Experts (App-X) has worked with a wide variety of leading organizations in the Alternative Asset community including fund managers, funds of funds, institutional investors, and impact investors. Subsequently, we have developed a unique, holistic perspective on the Alternative Asset industry.
At App-X, not only do we understand technology, but we understand your business and specifically where technology and fund management intersect. Add in the experience we've gained implementing and supporting software for hundreds of organizations. The result is continually-evolving, custom-tailored software that improves efficiency, helps manage data, and sets our clients apart from their competitors.
Intertrust is the world's global quality leader in the trust and corporate services sector, providing a broad range of commercial, legal, tax and administrative services to multinational corporations, financial institutions, alternative investment funds and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world. Today, we have over 1,500 specialists working from 33 offices in 24 countries, including the world's most important financial centers. As a result, you get a world of local expertise working with you to meet your goals.
LeverPoint began as a division of Ayco, a Goldman Sachs company, and has been successfully serving the private equity industry since 1995.
LeverPoint's experienced team of accounting and tax professionals specialize exclusively in private equity. Knowing the ins and outs of the industry enables us to better serve our clients; and that expertise, coupled with our robust internal processes and control structure, makes it easy to seamlessly transition funds to LeverPoint.
We administer a variety of fund types, including fund-of-funds, buyout and venture capital. LeverPoint has experience with many fund structures, including general partnerships, carry vehicles, co-investment vehicles, blocker corporations, alternative investment vehicles and management companies.
Our mission is to build long-term, trusted partnerships with each of our clients. To this end, we offer customized, reliable services and collaborate with our clients in the most efficient way possible to produce results that will save time, money and resources.
For more information, please visit www.LeverPoint.com.
OneWire, the leading career site for finance professionals, delivers precise and confidential connections between qualified candidates and premier employers. Job seekers of all experience levels create comprehensive, resume-based profiles that provide them with total privacy and control over their search. Employers publish jobs, review applicants, and search the community of over 360,000 candidates with unprecedented precision, thanks to OneWire's proven search technology. Whether you're searching for your next job or exceptional finance talent, OneWire can help you achieve your goals. Visit www.OneWire.com to learn more.
Sturgeon Ventures is an investment management company based in London regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority - FCA, with an EU passport and is an Exempt Reporting Advisory firm with FINRA. It was originally a US Family office. In early 2000, Sturgeon pioneered what is today a new paradigm in the British financial services industry known as 'regulatory hosting', an 'FCA umbrella', or Sturgeon's own coined and trademarked phrase a 'regulatory incubator'. Sturgeon has incubated over 70 start-up financial services, including venture capital funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and corporate advisory firms. Sturgeon is today a UK Small Alternative Investment Manager (AIFM) and it is also a partner of a full AIFM in Ireland, so can offer incubation to US managers looking for a full AIFM, or small AIFM, to either market into Europe, or set up in London, or anywhere in the EU. Sturgeon has incubated a number of well-known US firms as they set up in London and then Sturgeon's team has taken them through their own authorization with the regulator and built their compliance processes.
A network of innovation practitioners and venture capitalists globally, Kauffman Fellows operates at 330 venture capital, corporate, government, and university investment organizations in 50+ countries, collectively investing $100 billion in innovation capital. Commencing each summer, the latest class of 35 Kauffman Fellows engage in a practical 24-month apprenticeship that includes quarterly sessions in Palo Alto, California, field research projects, mentoring and coaching, and industry and regional events. During the fellowship, Kauffman Fellows work full-time at venture firms or related organizations committed to building innovative, high-growth companies.
Inspired by Ewing Marion Kauffman and his legacy of shared ownership, accountability, and experimentation, we measure success in enduring new businesses that generate long-term returns for principals, investors, and society as a whole.
Get involved at www.kauffmanfellows.org.
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 talented professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternatives sector. Core components include a ten-month fellowship program that strengthens young analysts as candidates for positions in private equity, and an annual conference that promotes diversity through a day of education, access and career development for experienced professionals who are underrepresented in the industry. The conference includes panel discussions and networking activities with prominent leaders from private equity, hedge funds, real estate, limited partners, fund of funds, emerging managers and career placement firms. Click here for information about SEO's Sixth Annual Alternative Investments Conference on March 20, 2015.
Its 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 summer internship and training program for talented, underrepresented college students of color, specializing in banking, corporate leadership, law, private equity and non-profit.
The Toigo Foundation is committed to ethical leadership and broader diversity of thought and experience in business. Toigo's Fellowship and Institute initiatives support the advancement of individuals, institutions and industry. Toigo's MBA Fellowship promotes a framework of academic excellence, ethical leadership and social responsibility that provides aspiring minority students with a strong entrée into finance and finance firms with multi-cultural talent poised for leadership.
The Toigo Institute for Leadership Excellence Advancement & Diversity fosters a leadership model that capitalizes on diverse, multi-cultural perspectives and enriches individual, institutional and industry performance.
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), comprised of more than 440 member firms, is the premier trade association that represents the U.S. venture capital industry. NVCA's mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy, and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. The NVCA represents the public policy interests of the venture capital community, strives to maintain high professional standards, provides reliable industry data, sponsors professional development, and facilitates interaction among its members. Learn more at www.nvca.org.
The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is an independent, global membership association whose mission is to catalyze the development of private equity and venture capital industries in emerging markets. EMPEA's 300+ member firms share the belief that private equity can provide superior returns to investors, while creating significant value for companies, economies and communities in emerging markets. Our members, representing nearly 60 countries and more than US$1 trillion in assets under management, include the leading institutional investors and private equity and venture capital fund managers across developing and developed markets. For more information, visit www.empea.org and follow us on Twitter @EMPEA
The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing women and diverse alternative asset managers whose investment strategies focus on mid-market opportunities. Founded in 1970, NAIC firms invest in venture (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/distressed/secondary funds). NAIC firms generate significant returns for institutional investors and shareholders by investing in and transforming privately held businesses in global emerging markets as well as the $6 trillion diverse U.S. domestic market. For more information, visit: www.naicpe.com
ACG's 14,000 members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 58 chapters. Learn more at www.acg.org. ACG drives middle-market growth. Learn how at www.middlemarketgrowth.org.
Albourne Village, a virtual hedge fund community with over 92,000 active residents, is a free and independent website for anyone interested in alternative investments. It incorporates a virtual pub and library to exchange news, views and IP, a job centre, conference 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.
Published either daily or weekly (depending on the title), the 19 Bloomberg BRIEF newsletters pull together the reporting, insight and analysis of senior editorial staff and dedicated economists to help you stay informed and ready for your daily business needs. They offer cutting-edge access to proprietary Bloomberg data and breaking stories that move markets. For more information or a free trial visit bloombergbriefs.com
Debtwire is the most comprehensive provider of actionable intelligence and research on fixed income markets across the globe. With a team of expert fixed income journalists and analysts stationed worldwide, Debtwire offers unparalleled coverage of companies in the high-yield, distressed debt and leveraged loan arenas, leading the market and mainstream media with its real-time updates on capital raises, ongoing restructurings and post-restructuring situations. This actionable intelligence enables professionals in the investment, trading and advisory communities to stay ahead of competitors and uncover new business opportunities. Debtwire is part of The Mergermarket Group, a Financial Times Group company. Visit www.debtwire.com
Dow Jones & Company is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations via newspapers, Web sites, apps, video, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, conferences, and radio. Dow Jones has produced unrivalled quality content for 125 years and today has one of the world's largest news-gathering operations with nearly 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus, including The Wall Street Journal, America's largest newspaper by paid circulation. Other premier brands include Factiva, Barron's, MarketWatch and DJX. Dow Jones publishes in 13 languages and distributes content in 28 languages, combining technology with news and data to support business decision making. The company pioneered the first successful paid online news site and its industry leading innovation enables it to serve customers wherever they may be, via the Web, mobile devices, Internet-connected televisions, and tablets.
Eurekahedge is the world's largest independent data provider of fund indexes and research house focusing on alternative investments. With a second office in New York, Eurekahedge covers over 29,000 alternative funds globally, mainly in the hedge fund and fund of funds industry.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eurekahedge.com. You can also to reach us by calling our US office line at +1 646 380 1932 or our Singapore office at +65 6212 0925.
Family Office Review serves the high net worth/family office/wealth management sectors, providing relevant, organized information on both financial and lifestyle issues. We are online and publish a hard copy magazine 6 times per year beginning in November 2014.
We provide global coverage of the issues that concern families, wealth advisors and service providers. Our readers include family members, high net worth individuals, family office executives and owners, family business owners and executives, private bankers, lawyers, accountants, technologists, psychologists, and other specialist advisors dedicated to working in this sector.
Through our Annual FOR Awards North America, we have created a major unifying point for the celebration of success in the North American family office community. The 4th Annual FOR Awards will be held in Houston on January 29, 2015. We also have Family Office Capital Network, which helps HNWIs and family offices achieve success in direct co-investing and alternative asset investing, and Family Office Women International.
Hedge Connection has been helping managers and investors through web-based research, events and advisory work since 2005. Hedge Connection is the first and only internet- based platform that offers hedge funds direct access to a membership of "opt-in" qualified active hedge fund allocators. Investor members join for free and gain access to detailed information on hedge fund members. All members receive invitations to member's only events and partner discounts. Learn more and Join the Club at at http://www.hedgeconnection.com
mergermarket is a business development tool designed specifically for the M&A sector. With more than 300 financial journalists stationed in 65+ locations throughout the world, mergermarket provides proprietary intelligence and analysis on corporate strategy before that strategy becomes public knowledge. As a result, readers receive a six- to 24-month window of opportunity to source new business and leverage origination opportunities. The only M&A tool to offer active intelligence on potential transactions, mergermarket also provides historical data to analyze past deals through its Deals Database. This global library of past M&A transactions contains fully sourced financials and deal multiples, offering subscribers the opportunity to identify trends and discover deal patterns in specific regions or sectors. mergermarket is part of The Mergermarket Group, a division of the Financial Times Group. The FT Group is a division of Pearson plc, the international media group Visit www.mergermarket.com
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 200 staff based in New York, London, Singapore and San Francisco serving over 12,500 customers in 94 countries.
Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity, hedge fund, real estate, and infrastructure 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. Preqin is an independent business owned by its directors and employees. www.preqin.comFollow us on Twitter: www.preqin.com/Twitter Find us on LinkedIn: www.preqin.com/LinkedIn