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Sponsors & Partners

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

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors and Partners!

Platinum Sponsors:

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 2,000-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 six 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 13 offices located in New York, Chicago, Boston, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Kirkland promotes the recruitment, retention and advancement of women attorneys at the Firm 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 2017 Women's Alternative Investment Summit.


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 global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At June 30, 2017, BlackRock's AUM was $5.7 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of June 30, 2017, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at | Twitter: @blackrock_news | | LinkedIn:

Coller Capital

Coller Capital, the leading player in private equity 'secondaries', acquires portfolios of positions in private equity funds and unquoted companies from their original owners – investing from as little as $1 million to $1 billion or more.

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. LinkedIn: Twitter: @Coller_Capital


Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with approximately $148.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2017. The firm manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and, through its strategic partners, 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.

Silver Sponsors:


Walkers is a leading international law firm. We provide legal, corporate and fiduciary 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 Taylors in Bermuda, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

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

Specialty Sponsors:

Antares Capital

Antares Capital is the leading provider of financing solutions for middle-market, private equity-backed transactions. For more than 25 years, our dedicated professionals have helped our private equity sponsor clients grow their businesses by offering innovative financing solutions. When customers choose Antares Capital to arrange their financing, they benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as our longstanding philosophy of delivering for our clients — consistently, predictability and reliably — in good times and challenging ones, from start to finish.


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.)

The company has teamed up with other industry service providers to offer Registered Fund Solutions, the industry's first turnkey solution for launching and servicing a registered hedge fund. 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

Educational Partners:


Kauffman Fellows, established in 1995 and based in Silicon Valley, seeks to develop leaders in innovation and capital formation and build on the success they have already achieved. Each year, a class of approximately 50 innovation leaders is selected. The Fellowship 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 three 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 525 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, 2017 for Class 23 which commences in June, 2018.
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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 (AVCA) is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa. AVCA plays an important role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry - connecting, educating, and empowering members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programs 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, academic institutions, 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. CAIA programs include the CAIA Charter® and 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's membership comprises 300+ firms representing institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors who together manage more than US$5 trillion in assets across 130 countries. EMPEA's Members share the organization's belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. EMPEA supports its members through global authoritative 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:

ACG Inter Growth

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has 59 chapters and 14,500 members around the world. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth. For more information about ACG, visit

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.

Bloomberg Brief

Markets are turbulent and rapidly changing. Financial professionals from around the world rely on Bloomberg BRIEF newsletters to deliver the latest news, market data, and expert commentary from the world's most trusted economists and analysts. Expert commentary and insight backed by Bloomberg's proprietary data. Covering finance from the macro-level to the key vertical markets that move the world's economies. Written for: Portfolio Managers, Traders, Analysts, Service Providers, Institutional Investors, Money Managers, Treasury/Finance Professionals, Compliance Executives, Risk Officers, Lenders, Bond Investors.

Debt Wire

Debtwire is the leading source for distressed, bankruptcy, high-yield and primary market coverage. This proprietary content gets behind the scenes to uncover creditor group formations, advisor mandates, deal proposals, deal origination, earnings of privately-held companies and more. Journalistic content is complemented by opinionated pieces from our legal analyst team. Additionally, our credit analyst team publishes issuer specific reports, complete with cash flow analysis, projections and waterfall scenarios. For more information, please visit:


Launched in 2001, Eurekahedge is the world's largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specializing in hedge fund databases covering North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Headquartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Cebu, 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. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases and analysis, Eurekahedge's other business functions include hedge fund publications, due diligence services, investor services, and an analytical platform service. For more information, please visit

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.


Mergermarket is the leading provider of forward-looking M&A news and intelligence for M&A professionals and corporates. With an unrivaled network of 500+ journalists based in over 65 locations worldwide, Mergermarket is the only specialized media service that offers active analysis of corporate strategy before it becomes public knowledge, and a historical deals database to analyze past deals. Mergermarket is part of the Mergermarket Group. Visit


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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A Falk Marques Group publication, Women's PE Briefs is the weekly e-newsletter showcasing the accomplishments of senior women in private equity and venture capital.