The 25TH Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

at the New York Athletic Club, Manhattan, NY


Conference Overview

After 25 years of success, this year’s conference theme is a tribute to our silver anniversary and is intended to spark discussions amongst attendees, keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators alike.

This year, the conversation will center around “finding the silver lining.” Given the growing feeling that the market is experiencing a calm before the storm, it’s important now, more than ever, for private equity professionals to find a way to see the silver lining. In an overvalued market and with the speculation of a potential downturn, the Conference is intended to bring together leading minds in the private equity and venture capital industries to discuss how to capitalize on opportunities as we move forward into this complex landscape.


2019 Keynote Speakers Feature:
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Jeff Aronson
Founder, Chairman, Managing Principal
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Joseph P. Landy
Warburg Pincus
Co-Chief Executive Officer
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Greg Mondre
Silver Lake Partners
Managing Partner and Managing Director

2019 Keynote Moderators Include:
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Kevin Kaiser
The Wharton School
Professor (moderator for Jeff Aronson)
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Eric Wedel
Kirkland & Ellis
Partner (moderator for Joseph Landy)
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Sean Rodgers
Kirkland & Ellis
Partner (moderator for Greg Mondre)
2019 Panels Include:

Buyout (Large Cap & Middle Market)

  • Jennifer Perkins – Corporate Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (moderator)
  • Devin O'Reilly – Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity
  • Ken Brotman – Founding Partner, ACON Investments
  • Sean Cunningham – Managing Director, GTCR
  • Wesley Bieligk – Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Consumer Private Equity

  • Mortimer Singer – Chief Executive Officer, Marvin Traub Associates (moderator)
  • Adrianne Shapira – Managing Director, Eurazeo Brands
  • Avik Pramanik – Partner, Buyout Fund, L Catterton
  • Dan Galpern – Partner, TZP Group
  • David Roberts – Principal, Advent

Healthcare Private Equity

  • Sergio Urias – Co-chair of the Private Equity Practice Group, Covington & Burling (moderator)
  • Alexander Buzik – Partner, WindRose Health Investors
  • Brandon Einstein, MD – Principal, Enhanced Healthcare Partners
  • Daniel Pang – Principal, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Impact Investing & ESG

  • Christopher Geczy – Adjunct Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Wharton Wealth Management Initiative, The Wharton School (moderator)
  • Adam Heltzer – Head of ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group
  • Amie Patel – Director, Elevar Equity
  • Elizabeth Seeger – Director, Sustainable Investing and Global Impact, KKR
  • Jose Fernandez – Co-COO, StepStone Group

Limited Partners Perspective

  • Robert Blaustein – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (moderator)
  • Iyobosa Adeghe – Principal, Coller Capital
  • Jennifer Pereira – Principal, CPPIB
  • Joel Hwang – Principal, HarbourVest
  • Kathryn J. Stokel – Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Abbott Capital
  • Thom Spoto – Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Private Credit

  • Judson Oswald – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (moderator)
  • David Geenberg – Managing Director and Co-Head of the North American Investment Team, Strategic Value Partners
  • Elizabeth Ko – Managing Director - Mezzanine, Crescent Capital
  • Karen De Castro – Managing Director - Credit, Ares Credit Group
  • Kevin Johns – Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Lone Star | Hudson Advisors
  • Spyro G. Alexopoulos – Managing Director, Golub Capital

Real Estate Private Equity

  • Jonathan Schechter – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (moderator)
  • Brian Kim – Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Blackstone
  • Chris Lee – Head of Real Estate Americas, KKR
  • Nicole Sermier – Senior Principal and Head of Residential Investments, OZ Real Estate
  • Ronald J. Kravit – Former Co-Head of North American Real Estate, Cerberus Capital Management

Special Situations & Distressed

  • Ranesh Ramanathan – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (moderator)
  • Harlan Cherniak – Managing Director, KKR
  • Matt Wilson – Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Special Situations Group, Oaktree
  • Scott Graves – Partner and Co-Head of North American Private Equity and Head of Special Opportunities, Ares Private Equity Group
  • Sean Britain – Managing Director, Bayside Capital

Venture Capital & Growth

  • Zander Farkas – Principal, Tribeca Venture Partners (moderator)
  • Alan Patricof – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Greycroft
  • Alex Crisses – Managing Director, Co-head of Emerging Growth Initiative, General Atlantic
  • David Pakman – Partner, Venrock
  • Lisa Wu – Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Merritt Hummer – Principal, Bain Capital Ventures
Event Information
8:15am – 9:00am Breakfast (9th Floor, Cardroom)
9:00am – 10:00am Opening Keynote (9th Floor, Lounge)
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:15am Panel Group 1: Special Situations & Distressed (10th Floor, President’s Room), Impact Investing & ESG (10th Floor, Olympics 1 & 2), Limited Partners Perspective (10th Floor, Olympics 4 & 5)
11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Panel Group 2: Venture Capital & Growth (10th Floor, Olympics 1 & 2), Private Credit (10th Floor, Olympics 4 & 5), Buyouts (10th Floor, President’s Room)
12:30pm – 12:45pm Break
12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch Keynote (11th Floor, Main Dining Room)
1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 2:30pm Post-Lunch Keynote (9th Floor, Lounge)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break (9th Floor, Cardroom)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Panel Group 3: Real Estate (10th Floor, President’s Room), Healthcare Private Equity (10th Floor, Olympics 1 & 2), Consumer (10th Floor, Olympics 4 & 5)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktail Reception (9th Floor, Cardroom)

Dress code:

Gentlemen – Jacket and tie required.

Ladies – Permitted attire refers to business suits, tailored pant or skirt ensembles, and dresses.

Room block:
The PE/VC Conference has reserved a block of rooms at the NYAC and the Penn Club in NYC. Please see the below contact information to reserve a room at a discounted rate by Thursday, March 21, 2019. Please mention the Wharton PE & VC Conference when booking.











MBA Conference Team
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Geoffrey Lim
Negin Navab corner
Negin Navab
Samantha Stowers corner
Samantha Stowers
William Guo corner
William Guo
Conference Team
Anastasia Hou corner
Anastasia Hou
Private Credit
Andrew Eckert corner
Andrew Eckert
Private Credit
Beau Brace corner
Beau Brace
Healthcare Private Equity
Chris Crant corner
Chris Crant
Venture Capital
Chris Luu corner
Chris Luu
Dana Kim corner
Dana Kim
Daniza Muliawan corner
Daniza Muliawan
Danny McDonough corner
Danny McDonough
Dawn Powell corner
Dawn Powell
Impact Investing & ESG
Evan Cairo corner
Evan Cairo
Healthcare Private Equity
Fernando Gallo corner
Fernando Gallo
Limited Partner & Fundraising
Gary Chalik corner
Gary Chalik
Guillermo Gonzalez corner
Guillermo Gonzalez
Ishani Shrestha corner
Ishani Shrestha
Jared Kaplan corner
Jared Kaplan
Special Situations & Distressed
Jeannie Vu corner
Jeannie Vu
Real Estate
Karlos Bledsoe corner
Karlos Bledsoe
Kelly Leong corner
Kelly Leong
Pablo Ramirez corner
Pablo Ramirez
Consumer Private Equity
Peter Chapin corner
Peter Chapin
Special Situations & Distressed
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Piero Remedios
Real Estate
Romana Sohail corner
Romana Sohail
Limited Partner & Fundraising
Ronak Mehta corner
Ronak Mehta
Venture Capital
Sid Radhakrishna corner
Sid Radhakrishna
Impact Investing & ESG
Snigdha Srinadhuni corner
Snigdha Srinadhuni
Sylvie Shi corner
Sylvie Shi
Consumer Private Equity
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Vasily Chernoplekov
Viswa Maramreddy corner
Viswa Maramreddy
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Wyatt Brothers