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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2022 Agenda

Download the agenda to see the timely and relevant topics that will be covered at this 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 1 - Thursday 17th

08:30 - 09:25

Registration – Breakfast

09:25 - 09:30

PEI Welcome

Keynote Interview
09:30 - 10:00

Keynote interview

Plenary Session
10:00 - 10:45

Managing inflationary pressures, supply chain disruptions and other economic challenges

  • Approaching portfolio company and firm valuations in today’s market
  • How are firms managing increased interest rates and obtaining lines of credit?
  • Are secondaries and continuation funds a solution to consistent GP cash flow?
  • How can GP CFOs advise portfolio companies through economic volatility?
  • Can PE handle a potential recession?
  • Allocating internal and external resources to carry firms forward through an inflationary environment
  • Staying ahead of Federal Reserve and SEC measures tackling inflation in private markets
Morning Break
10:45 - 11:15

Morning Break

Roundup Sessions
11:15 - 12:15

Topic A | Instituting a recipe for success in fundraising

  • How involved are CFOs & COOs today’s fundraising process?
  • Navigating LP demand for more disclosure
  • Applying historical and current data to make informed investment decisions
  • How are firms catering to both global and emerging LPs?
  • Effects of inflation on private market fundraising
  • How are GPs balancing in-person and virtual fundraises?
  • Evaluating the future of side letters
11:15 - 12:15

Topic B | Approaching internal recruitment and retention in an intense environment

  • Enhancing short and long-term employee experiences across the firm
  • Determining the proper amount of back/middle-office staff to carry the firm forward?
  • What skill sets are firms seeking from finance and operations professionals to boost the firm’s capabilities?
  • Surpassing race and gender: increasing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to drive employee and investor satisfaction
  • From job posting to candidate acceptance: how are firms engaging in today’s recruitment cycles and practices?
  • Employing alternative internal and external recruitment resources to source talent outside of PE & VC

Scott Farden, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Nonantum Capital Partners

11:15 - 12:15

Topic C | Refreshing the investor reporting process to correspond with LP and regulatory demands

Jennifer Randle
  • How are the back/middle offices responding to ad-hoc requests?
  • What new items are LPs looking to find in quarterly and annual reports?
  • Creating a practical and sustainable repository that satisfies LPs
  • Developing reporting framework to showcase both firm and portfolio company ESG efforts
  • How will the SEC’s proposed rules change investor reporting requirements?
  • Implementing automation to aid the investor reporting process

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

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Jennifer Randle

Executive Vice President - Finance and Operations, TCG

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11:15 - 12:15

Topic D | Enhancing firm-wide operational efficiencies while adjusting to updated industry norms

  • Strengthening communication practices across the firm to drive informed decision-making
  • Coping with the loss of intellectual capital as firms and outsourcing partners undergo staffing changes
  • Where do cross-departmental efforts sit within the firm (ESG, IT, data, etc.)?
  • How are firms staffing teams to meet industry and LP demands?
  • Instituting professional development programs and plans to strengthen individual and team-wide skillsets
  • Navigating relationships with service providers in today’s environment
  • How have remote or hybrid working environments evolved for finance and operations teams?
  • Identifying effective technology solutions to help firms make informed decisions more rapidly

Sharon Hwang, Partner, Chief Operating Officer, MSP Sports Capital

Lunch Break
12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

Breakout Series I
13:15 - 14:00

Breakout A | Taking a proactive approach to taxes

  • Understanding the latest in pass through state entity taxes and their effect on GPs
  • What’s ahead for carried interest taxes?
  • Enhancing communication efforts with portfolio companies to gather prevalent tax information for the firm and LPs
  • Evaluating available resources to help organize necessary records and documents for the firm and portfolio companies
  • Assessing how the SEC & IRS tax plans on the horizon will impact firm operations
  • Addressing tax challenges and rules when working with foreign investors
  • Is creating an in-house tax team necessary to manage and keep up with the influx of foreign and domestic tax updates?
13:15 - 14:00

Breakout B | Assembling a robust IT infrastructure to further expand GP capabilities

  • Approaching firm-wide buy when adopting new programs and platforms
  • Is PE fully ready to adopt AI and machine learning capabilities?
  • Determining when to build in-house solutions or outsource?
  • Creating an IT budget that aligns with firm size and evolving growth
  • Evaluating potential cyber risks during implementation periods
  • Should firms hold on to their legacy systems as a backup?
  • What technology solutions are LPs looking for their GPs to have?
  • Tech alert: what tools are available to drive efficiency and decision making?
13:15 - 14:00

Breakout C | Strengthening firm-wide data management practices to help drive strategic growth

  • Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative data to provide firms and LPs informative insights
  • Increasing data standardization and integration across the back, middle and front offices
  • How are firms for collecting, analyzing, and sharing ESG data with investors?
  • Uncovering additional focus areas to record that will aid in firm advancement (i.e., DE&I and talent management)
  • Keeping up with LP requests for portfolio-company specific data
  • Addressing confidentiality and cyber risk concerns when sharing internal data with external partners
  • Leveraging modern technology to modernize data management and analysis
13:15 - 14:00

Breakout D | The role of finance teams in ESG reporting and development

David Smolen
  • Looking beyond the basics: what makes an ESG program unique from the finance and operations perspective?
  • Managing the LP appetite for ESG (data, reporting, due diligence, etc.)
  • Best practices for quantifying ESG data
  • Tying carried interest to ESG metrics
  • Preparing the firm for ESG regulatory requirements as the SEC looks to solidify rules on industry initiatives
  • Enlisting help from third parties to aid in ESG reporting

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

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David Smolen

Partner and Chief Operating Officer, GI Partners

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Afternoon Break
14:45 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

Think Tank Sessions
15:15 - 16:15

Think tank A | Instituting compensation tactics and incentives that align with a budding market

  • How is inflation playing a role in today’s employee compensation efforts?
  • Strategies for incentivizing staff that are not eligible for carry
  • What soft benefits can be added to the total employee package?
  • What additional fund performance compensation methods can firms apply to increase employee earnings across the firm (i.e., phantom carry)?
  • Are remote or hybrid working options must have incentives for today’s talent?
15:15 - 16:15

Think tank B | Navigating a new era of compliance

  • How often should firms review and revise their policies and manuals?
  • Preparing the firm as new guidelines and rules come into effect (i.e., fee disclosure, side letter agreements, fund indemnification, general investor reporting, etc.)
  • Evolving finance and operations team processes to align with the current regulatory environment
  • Compliance considerations for remote and hybrid employees
  • How are firms overseeing compliance when investing overseas?
  • What cyber rules are in place to protect the firm when working with external parties?
  • Establishing compliance and mitigating conflict of interest with GP family offices?
  • Are third party providers equipped to help firms keep up with increasing cyber compliance efforts?
15:15 - 16:15

Think tank C | Refining cybersecurity efforts at the firm

  • How are firms staying ahead of sophisticated bad actors and emerging attack methods?
  • Innovative approaches to continuous internal cybersecurity training
  • What are LPs seeking in both firm and portfolio company cybersecurity policies?
  • Taking stock of all devices in its IT inventory (in and out of the office) to help mitigate cyber risk
  • Efforts to protect the firm when granting external parties access to sensitive materials (encryption, password protected documents, etc.)
  • How to prepare for proposed SEC cybersecurity rules?
15:15 - 16:15

Think tank D | Staying ahead-of-the-curve while simultaneously managing daily obligations

  • Where should GPs allocate internal funds to enhance the firm?
  • Enhancing investment offerings to entice LPs while staying true to the firm’s core values
  • Taking a hold of new growth platforms (crypto, blockchain)
  • How are firms growing due diligence efforts?
  • Are PE and VC ready to be more public facing rather than remain private?
  • Alleviating tasks from the CFO & COO agenda to focus on strategic growth
  • Obtaining the proper resources to protect the firm from prospective threats and risks as firms are evolving

Eleena Melamed, Managing Director and Head of Strategic Operations, The Carlyle Group

16:15 - 17:15

Cocktail reception and end of Roundup

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2022 Agenda

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

Executive Vice President - 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

Partner and Chief Operating 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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