Join a series of interactive discussions with PE CFOs & COOs

The CFOs & COOs Fall Roundup returns in-person this November 17th at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.

The Roundup will provide vital peer insight, feedback and allow for in-depth conversations on issues impacting firms and portfolio companies presently.

Key sessions for finance professionals

Roundup sessions – collaborative, strategic and solution driven for attendees to discuss the biggest challenges that are having an impact on their role and responsibilities.

Breakout sessions – craft a personalized agenda of sessions most applicable for improving the finance and operations at your firm.

Think Tanks – these closed-door, interactive group discussions promote an open dialogue to answer your most pressing questions and solve challenges facing your firm.

Featured speakers

2021 attendees included:

ABRY Partners
Advent International
American Family Ventures
Avista Capital Partners
Center Rock Capital Partners
The Cynosure Group
Crestview Advisors
Fengate Asset Management
Five Point Energy
Flexpoint Ford
Frontier Growth
Fundamental Advisors LP
Greenspring Associates
Greyhound Capital Europe
HCI Equity Partners
JMI Equity
Kohlberg & Company
Landmark Partners
Lindsay Goldberg
Lovell Minnick Partners
LLR Partners
Luther King Capital Management
Melody Investment Advisors
MiddleGround Capital
MidOcean Partners
New Harbor Capital
New Leaf Venture Partners
OrbiMed Advisors
ORIX Capital Partners
Ottawa Avenue Private Capital
Palladin Consumer Retail Partners LLC
Peak Rock Capital
Portland Private Equity
Promus Holdings
Resource Land Holdings
Revelstoke Capital Partners
SFW Capital Partners
Stripes Group
Tailwater Capital
Thomas H. Lee Partners
VMG Partners

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2021 Agenda

Download the agenda to see the timely and relevant topics that were covered at last year’s Roundup

If you are interested in a speaking role please contact contact Nikki Gale at

All times are listed in Pacific Time (PDT)

Day 1
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Day One - Tuesday 16th

10:00 - 10:05

PEI Welcome

Keynote Interview
10:05 - 10:40

Fireside chat - Putting cybersecurity at the forefront of private equity firms

Rich Melville, Editorial Director, US, PEI

Adam Fletcher, Chief Security Officer, Blackstone

Plenary session
10:45 - 11:30

How the increasing versatility of CFOs is driving firm success

  • Assessing CFO influence in moving the firm forward
  • More than finance: strategically navigating the back office, HR, IT, IR, etc.
  • How are CFOs effectively managing their time when working on both firm finance and assisting deal teams?
  • Identifying innovative ways for finance and operations to contribute to the strategic growth of the firm
  • Ensuring a connected and cohesive firm through cross-functional engagement
  • Adopting technology to assist with the increasing demands of the CFO role

Crystal Andersen, Partner, Deloitte

Greg Fujii,
Chief Operating Officer, Backstop Solutions
Jarrod Phillips,
 Chief Financial Officer, Ares Management
Dan Rochkind, CFO, Lerer Hippeau
Olibia Stamatoglou, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Victory Park Capital


Morning Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Coffee Break

Roundup sessions
11:45 - 12:45

Roundup A | Fundraising in a post-pandemic environment

  • How has the industry adjusted to a new fundraising paradigm?
  • Taking a closer look at the evolution of the CFO role in a fundraise
  • How instrumental have placement agents been in the fundraising process?
  • Best practices in fundraising operations
  • Assessing how to best support the IR team
  • What is the LP appetite for continuing virtual meetings and how is it shaping communication approaches?
  • What can we expect in 2022 for fundraising strategies?
  • Projecting the level of LP investments in the year to come

Andrew Coren,
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Gatewood Capital Partners
Drake Paulson, Senior Director, eVestment Private Markets

11:45 - 12:45

Roundup B | Fostering a collaborative relationship with outsourced partners

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the working relationship between GPs and third-party service providers
  • Examining the cost-benefit of outsourcing vs keeping functions in-house
  • Establishing agreed upon metrics to promote a transparent and results-driven relationship
  • Ensuring the firm and service providers are not duplicating tasks
  • Bolstering your third-party due diligence process
  • Engaging with services providers on a consistent basis to direct strategic decision-making

Aani Nerlekar, Senior Director, Solutions Consulting, SS&C Advent
Dino Verardo, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Sageview Capital


11:45 - 12:45

Roundup C | Gauging the impact of tax reform on private funds and portfolio companies

  • How involved are CFOs with tax reporting in their organization?
  • Will tax reform affect the amount of compliance you perform?
  • What functions are coordinating throughout the firm to comply with tax changes?
  • State tax compliance: tackling issues encountered during state tax reporting
  • Evaluating which tax and accounting practices can benefit from automation
  • Identifying the right external support for tax compliance

Jennifer Randle, Executive Vice President – Finance and Operations, TCG

11:45 - 12:45

Roundup D | Key considerations for cultivating enduring LP/GP relationships

  • How are firms approaching reporting measures due to the uptick in LP communication?
  • The balancing act between standardizing and creating bespoke reporting templates and questionnaires
  • Employing automation to manage ad hoc LP requests
  • Methods for protecting sensitive information between GPs and LPs
  • Establishing a diverse LPAC to represent LP and fund interests in an efficient manner
  • Examining what’s required to reinstate in-person LP meetings

Kate de Mul, Director, Client Services, KKR
Kelly Ramsey Gooch, EVP, Client Relationship Officer, Ultimus LeverPoint

Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:30

Lunch - Take a break on your own or grab a bite and join one of the interactive lunch & chat sessions

Optional lunch & chat sessions
12:50 - 13:20

Lunch Chat A | Redefining company culture in the current climate

  • Maintaining trust and confidentiality with employees regarding changes in COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Enhancing communication between leadership and employees to increase knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • How are firms supporting the development of junior staff in remote and hybrid working environments?
  • Implementing ESG and DEI policies within the firm
  • Encouraging innovative methods for teambuilding

Shant Mardirossian, Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Kohlberg & Company


12:50 - 13:20

Lunch Chat B | Conducting a review of compensation trends and terms

  • Determining whether the firm should perform a pay equity analysis
  • Designing compensation plans for a competitive landscape
  • How are firms are implementing success-based compensation?
  • Offering incentive programs for staff not eligible for carry

Jennifer Neivert,
Director of Operations & Administration, HCAP Partners

Breakout Series I
13:30 - 14:15

Track A | Maintaining and advancing the operational efficiencies achieved during the pandemic

  • What processes or activities for managing firm operations changed within the past 18 months?
  • Evaluating the operational challenges teams face trying to progress firm operations with escalating responsibilities
  • Formalizing cross-functional, firmwide communication for a hybrid work environment
  • Revisiting the workplace and the need for physical office space
  • Designing a process to retain and support a proficient staff
  • Tools for addressing ongoing pain points

Ben Collins, Senior Director, Financial Services Industries Marketing, Sage Intacct

Rahul Agarwal,
Head of Finance, Lindsay Goldberg
John Stephens,
Partner & Chief Financial Officer, US, Pomona Capital
Paul Vronsky, Operating Partners, Bond Capital


13:30 - 14:15

Track B | Extracting value from data to enhance firm and portfolio company performance

  • Reexamining how your firm navigates the data management process
  • Analyzing data from the past 18 months to inform firm decisions in the year ahead
  • Implementing tools to map and make data more accessible for the front, middle and back office
  • Effecting efficient data collection and monitoring to guide portfolio company growth strategy
  • Best practices for protecting and sharing data with third-party service providers and LPs

Dalen Chow, Head of Commercial Strategy, General Partners, Private Markets, IHS Markit

Michael Koenig,
Chief Client Officer, Hamilton Lane
John W. Polis, Chief Operating & Technology Officer, Star Mountain Capital
Heramb Ramachandran, Chief Financial Officer, Sciens Capital

Breakout series II
14:20 - 15:05

Track A | Navigating the current private equity tax environment

  • Tax requirements affecting the private equity industry
  • Assessing Biden administration tax plans on the horizon
  • Challenges and opportunities: is your firm performing the accounting/tax function in-house or outsourcing?
  • Determining the best way to maintain records for SEC/auditors/tax team
  • Tax implications of providing carried interest across the firm

Eric Coombs, Tax Partner, Asset Management Tax Leader, Grant Thornton

Anca Basturescu, Partner, Accounting, Tax & Operations, Yorktown Partners LLC
Mike Kubacki,
CFO, NewSpring Capital
Raj Rupani, Head of US Tax, Cinven

14:20 - 15:05

Track B | Adopting technology innovations to transition to a future firm

  • Coordinating with staff to assess the technology requirements for firm operations
  • New tech alert: identifying technology to align with the needs of firm finance and operations
  • Determining whether recent technology advancements can benefit firm initiatives
  • Making a case for automating firm functions from data management, IR, fundraising, compliance, etc.
  • Allocating the necessary resources for a seamless technology integration process

Lawrence Aragon, West Coast Bureau Chief, PEI Alternative Insight

James Black, Chief Operating Officer, Allvue
Peter Rivera,
Chief Financial Officer, Shamrock Capital
Ivor van Esch
, Head of Finance, Knox Lane


Afternoon break
15:05 - 15:15

Afternoon break

Think tank sessions – GPs only
15:15 - 16:15

Think Tank A | Paving a path forward: attracting diverse and skilled talent to private equity firms

  • Collaboration amongst leadership to increase the implementation of diversity, equity and & inclusion initiatives within the firm
  • Should firms invest in hiring new employees or train existing team members on new skills when focusing on growth?
  • Expanding the talent pool geographically when recruiting for a hybrid work model
  • Aligning your firm with the best recruiters who understand the industry and talent needs
  • Creating a well-rounded benefits program to entice candidates with the intention of accepting an offer

Laura A. Cappiello,
Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer, Madison Dearborn Partners

15:15 - 16:15

Think Tank B | Evaluating and modernizing compliance programs to prevent enforcement actions

  • How will the current administration’s stance on private equity influence the SEC’s initiatives and examinations?
  • Current compliance risks on the private equity firm radar
  • Taking a predictive and analytical approach to enhancing compliance programs
  • Determining the Marketing Rule’s impact on communication and advertisement practices
  • Establishing a firmwide compliance culture from the top down

Esana Blank,
Chief Compliance Officer, CCMP Capital

15:15 - 16:15

Think Tank C | Can the U.S. catch up on implementing ESG programs and policies?

  • Understanding the industry need to factor ESG into a firm’s strategy
  • What is the growth trajectory for ESG in the United States?
  • Should firms have a say in the implementation of ESG initiatives at portfolio companies?
  • Developing long-standing ESG policies and protocols
  • How will firms under consumer privacy laws remain compliant while delivering ESG data (California, Colorado, Virginia)?
  • Taking cues from the continued growth of ESG programs in both Europe and Asia
  • Reporting and measuring the impact of ESG initiatives

David Smolen, Managing Director, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, GI Partners

15:15 - 16:15

Think Tank D | Taking a proactive approach to implementing cybersecurity protocols

  • What are private equity firms doing to protect data from cyber attacks?
  • Mitigating cybersecurity risk at the firm and portfolio company levels
  • Implementing security software without causing disruption to firm operations
  • Emerging tools to protect information of firms operating in a hybrid work environment
  • Lessons learned during the pandemic to assist in the development of new security measures
  • Creating and conducting periodic trainings for all firm employees
  • Working with third-party service providers to ensure employees are aware of and abide by evolving cybersecurity measures

Jason Snider, Chief Financial Officer, Gauge Capital

End of Roundup
16:15 - 16:15

End of Roundup

Pre-Event Resources

2021 Roundup Speakers

For speaking opportunities, contact Nikki Gale at

Rahul Agarwal

Head of Finance, Lindsay Goldberg

Rahul is Head of Finance of Lindsay Goldberg. Previously, Rahul was Chief Financial Officer at CIFC Asset Management. Earlier in his career, he was Co-Head of Finance for Private Equity at The Blackstone Group. Rahul is a CFA Charterholder, Certified… Read full bio

Crystal Andersen

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Crystal brings 20 years of experience serving Deloitte’s most significant Investment Management and Capital Markets clients from both a risk advisory and finance transformation perspective. She advises Finance and Operations executives on risk manage… Read full bio
Lawrence Aragon, PEI

Lawrence Aragon

West Coast Bureau Chief, PEI Alternative Insight

Lawrence Aragon is an award-winning business journalist who writes about venture capital and private equity. As West Coast Bureau Chief, he is one of PEI’s senior editorial decision-makers and works closely with the Editorial Director US, the Group E… Read full bio

Anca Basturescu

Partner, Accounting, Tax & Operations, Yorktown Partners LLC

Anca D. Basturescu Mrs. Basturescu is a partner of Yorktown Partners LLC in New York City which manages private equity partnerships with $6 billion of assets under management that invest in traditional and alternative energy sectors with domestic and… Read full bio

James Black

Chief Operating Officer, Allvue

James brings 30 years of Fintech leadership experience to the role of Chief Operating Officer at Allvue. He has had success leading global teams to deliver superior client experience from implementation through support. Before joining Allvue, James w… Read full bio

Esana Blank

Chief Compliance Officer, CCMP Capital

Esana Blank is Chief Compliance Officer in the New York Office of CCMP Capital. Prior to joining CCMP in 2004, she was a senior consultant at Ernst & Young within Financial Services Consulting Group. Esana holds a B.S. in Finance from Brooklyn Co… Read full bio

Laura Cappiello

Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer, Madison Dearborn Partners

Laura Cappiello is a senior human capital executive with 20 years of experience in premier investment management and law firms. Laura joined Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm investing in middle-market companies, in early 2021 as Manag… Read full bio

Dalen Chow

Head of Commercial Strategy, General Partners, Private Markets, IHS Markit

Dalen Chow is Head of Commercial Strategy for IHS Markit's General Partners customer segment. Mr. Chow is responsible for driving strategic direction, establishing new product and data initiatives and leading overall business growth for the GP market… Read full bio

Ben Collins

Senior Director, Financial Services Industries Marketing, Sage Intacct

Ben serves as the Senior Director of Industry Marketing at Sage Intacct, where he focuses on driving growth in the Financial Services segment. Prior to Sage Intacct, Ben was the Senior Director of Product Marketing at SS&C Intralinks, a SaaS prov… Read full bio

Eric Coombs

Partner, Grant Thornton

Eric Coombs has over sixteen years of experience in public accounting specializing in partnership income tax consulting and compliance. Eric’s federal income tax experience includes supervising and coordinating income tax compliance and consulting se… Read full bio

Andrew Coren

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Gatewood Capital Partners

Andrew is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for Gatewood’s operations, financial matters and compliance program. Prior to this role, he was a Director at Duff & Phelps in their Alternative Asset Advisory practi… Read full bio

Kate de Mul

Director, Client Services, KKR

Katherine T. B. de Mul (Kate) joined KKR in 2007 and leads the global Client Services Team and participates in investor relations, operations and capital raising activities for KKR. Prior to her current role, Ms. de Mul directed investor relations fo… Read full bio
Adam Fletcher

Adam Fletcher

Managing Director Technology and Innovations Group, Chief Security Officer, Blackstone

Adam Fletcher is a Managing Director in the Technology and Innovations group and Blackstone’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of cyber and physical security across Blackstone as well as managing a small portfolio of investme… Read full bio

Greg Fujii

Chief Operating Officer, Backstop Solutions

With more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Greg Fujii serves as the COO at Backstop. Before his appointment in 2019, Greg joined Backstop in 2017 to lead the Company's Professional Services Group. Having used and implem… Read full bio

Michael Koenig

Chief Client Officer, Hamilton Lane

Mike is Chief Client Officer at Hamilton Lane, where he is responsible for the Relationship Management and Client Service and Operations teams and serves as a member of the Investment Committee. Mike began his career at Hamilton Lane in 2008 as a Rel… Read full bio

Mike Kubacki

CFO, NewSpring Capital

Mike Kubacki is the CFO at NewSpring where he manages and oversees the finance, IT, and infrastructure functions of the Firm. Mike also manages and works closely with the Firm’s Chief Compliance Officer on all compliance matters. Prior to joining New… Read full bio

Shant Mardirossian

Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Kohlberg & Company

Mr. Mardirossian is a member of Kohlberg’s Investment Committee, overseeing investor relations and the Firm’s financial, compliance and administrative functions. Mr. Mardirossian joined Kohlberg in 1996, was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999, a P… Read full bio

Rich Melville

Editorial Director, US, PEI Media

Rich is an editorial leader with more than 25 years of experience in financial journalism. In his role at PEI Media, he leads the editorial teams for a group that includes Private Equity International, Buyouts, PE Hub, Venture Capital Journal, Privat… Read full bio

Jennifer Neivert

Director of Operations & Administration, HCAP Partners

Jennifer joined HCAP Partners in December 2014 and leads the firm’s overall business operations. Her leadership role spans investor relations and reporting, human resources, project management, marketing, IT, facilities, and accounting. She has succe… Read full bio

Aani Nerlekar

Senior Director, Solutions Consulting, SS&C Advent

I work closely with prospects in understanding their business needs, functional and technical requirements for portfolio, fund structure, legal entity and investor accounting for middle and back office. I'm also part of the Global Solutions Managemen… Read full bio

Drake Paulson

Senior Director, Nasdaq Private Funds

Drake Paulson is Managing Director of Nasdaq Private Fund Solutions, where he leverages his deep subject matter expertise across sales, account management, and strategic planning responsibilities. Drake joined Nasdaq in 2015 with the acquisition of T… Read full bio

Jarrod Phillips

Chief Financial Officer, Ares Management

Mr. Phillips is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Management Corporation. He serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Phillips was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he focused on fi… Read full bio

John W. Polis

Chief Operating & Technology Officer, Star Mountain Capital

John Polis is an entrepreneurial information management and business operations leader with a 25+ year track record of creating and enhancing technology enabled businesses and building platforms that allow for significant scale. At Star Mountain Capi… Read full bio

Heramb Ramachandran

Chief Financial Officer, Sciens Capital

Heramb is a seasoned finance professional with over 15 years of experience in private equity, financial services, and professional services. Heramb is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Sciens Water (“Sciens”) and is responsible for the financ… Read full bio

Kelly Ramsey Gooch

EVP, Client Relationship Officer, Ultimus LeverPoint

As EVP, Client Relationship Officer for Ultimus LeverPoint, Kelly Ramsey Gooch is responsible for developing relationship management strategy for Ultimus LeverPoint’s private fund business and leading day-to-day relationship management efforts for ou… Read full bio

Jennifer Randle

EVP of Finance and Operations, TCG

Jennifer Randle is the EVP of Finance & Operations. Jennifer’s responsibilities include the accounting and financial reporting of the organization, as well as various other operational components. Prior to joining The Chernin Group, LLC in 2012,… Read full bio

Peter Rivera

Chief Financial Officer, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Peter is the Chief Financial Officer of Shamrock Capital Advisors and has been with Shamrock since 1994. He has also served as the Chief Compliance Officer of Shamrock from 2010 to the present. He was previously the Controller of Shamrock from 1996-2… Read full bio

Dan Rochkind

CFO, Lerer Hippeau

Dan Rochkind is the CFO at Lerer Hippeau, overseeing the firm's finances, operations and infrastructure. Prior to joining, Dan was the COO/CFO of Marker LLC, a New York-based venture capital firm. Before that, Dan was a Principal at the private equit… Read full bio

Raj Rupani

Head of US Tax, Cinven

Raj is the Head of US Tax & Transaction Support at Cinven. In his role he oversees partnership allocations and reporting, individual tax matters, transactions, corporate tax and other group tax matters. Additionally, Raj provides tax structuring… Read full bio

David Smolen

Managing Director, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, GI Partners

David Smolen is the Managing Director, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of GI Partners. Mr. Smolen chairs the Firm's ESG Committee. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Smolen was Senior Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Silver Lak… Read full bio

Jason Snider

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Compliance Officer, Gauge Capital

Jason is the Chief Financial Officer at Gauge Capital, where he leads the firm’s finance, accounting, financial reporting, and tax functions. He previously held several senior roles at TPG Capital and served as the Chief Financial Officer for a large… Read full bio

Olibia Stamatoglou

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Victory Park Captial

Olibia Stamatoglou joined VPC in 2019 and is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. She oversees business and fund operations, including finance, compliance and accounting. Previously, Mrs. Stamatoglou served as vice president of f… Read full bio

John Stephens

Partner & Chief Financial Officer, US, Pomona Capital

John Stephens is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Pomona, and is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day finances and operations. John is a member of Pomona’s Investment Committee, and chairs its Valuation Committee. Before becom… Read full bio

Ivor van Esch

Chief Financial and Chief Compliance Officer, Knox Lane

Ivor van Esch serves as Chief Financial and Compliance Officer at Knox Lane where he focuses on the firm’s finance, compliance, operations, portfolio monitoring, and ESG functions. Before joining Knox Lane, Mr. van Esch served as Head of Investment O… Read full bio

Dino Verardo

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Sageview Capital

Dino Verardo is responsible for overseeing the financial, operational, accounting, and compliance functions of Sageview Capital. Prior to joining Sageview in 2008, Dino was a Product Controller at Sailfish Capital Partners L.P., a fixed-income hedge… Read full bio

Paul Vronsky

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, BOND

Paul is an Operating Partner. He oversees firm strategy and management, including investments, fund operations and regulatory compliance. Before BOND, Paul served as a partner at Vy Capital and General Counsel at Kleiner Perkins where he was responsi… Read full bio

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