Connect with your PE & VC CFO and COO peers

Join your peers on September 22-23 at the premier event for the private equity and venture capital community.

The CFOs & COOs Fall Forum builds on a nineteen-year legacy of providing invaluable industry insights, expert opinions, best practices and proven solutions for redefining the CFO role.

As finance and operations executives navigate the current climate, we’ll cover timely and relevant topics that are of importance to CFOs and COOs today.


What can you expect at the CFOs & COOs Forum West?

Connect with your peers.

Connect with a community of CFOs, COOs, and senior finance executives in networking sessions and small group meetings.

Hear from the leaders in private equity.

The Forum’s authoritative speaking faculty will share key information that will impact processes and practices within the firm.

Save time building your network.

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with private equity’s elite by using our sophisticated matchmaking platform.

Key sessions for finance professionals

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

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

Keynote interviews – industry leaders clear their schedules for in-depth and engaging conversations that assess and raise awareness of industry trends, challenges and solutions.

Networking – participate in invaluable peer-to-peer conversations on our platform with leading CFOs, COOs, and senior finance executives

Past Forum attendees include

1414 Ventures
500 Startups
5AM Ventures
Activant Capital Group LLC
Advent International Corp
Akira Impact
Alcion Ventures LP
American Family Ventures
American Triple I Partners, LLC
Ares Management
Audax Group
Avista Capital Partners
Banneker Partners
BC Partners
BDT Capital Partners
Bessemer Investors
BharCap Partners
Bow River Capital
Bregal Sagemount
Canapi Ventures
Catalyst Investors
Conservation Resource Partners, LLC
Cross Rapids Capital LP
Delta-v Capital
Dune Real Estate Partners LP
Dunes Point Capital
e2p Capital
Elion Partners, LLC
Endeavour Capital
Evolution Credit Partners Management
Fengate Asset Management
FFL Partners
Fiera Infrastructure
FinTech Collective
Flexpoint Ford
Franklin Templeton Private Equity
Freestyle Capital Management
Fundamental Advisors LP
GCM Grosvenor
Great Point Partners
Greenspring Associates
Greyhound Capital
HCI Equity Partners
High Road Capital Partners
In-Q-Tel, Inc.
International Finance Corporation
Israel Secondary Fund
Jackson Square Ventures
JMI Equity
Kline Hill Partners
Kohlberg & Company
Leonard Green & Partners LP
Level Equity
Linden Capital Partners
Lindsay Goldberg
LongRange Capital LP
Lovell Minnick Partners
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)
Madryn Asset Management LP
Maranon Capital, L.P.
Melody Investment Advisors
MGG Investment Group
MiddleGround Capital
Midocean Partners
Mizzen Capital
Monroe Capital
Napier Park Global Capital
Natural Capital Firm
New Leaf Venture Partners
New Mountain Capital
Newlight Partners LP
Newport Global Advisors LP
NewRoad Capital Partners
NextGen Growth Partners
NGP Energy Capital Management
O2 Investment Partners
Oceansound Partners
Orbimed Advisors LLC
Origami Capital Partners
Orkila Capital LLC
Paladin Capital Group
Palladin Consumer Retail Partners LLC
Pamlico Capital
Peak Rock Capital
Pennybacker Capital
Perceptive Advisors
Pfingsten Partners
Pomona Capital
Portland Private Equity
QED Investors
RCP Advisors
Resource Capital Funds
Revelstoke Capital Partners
Ridgewood Infrastructure
Safanad Limited
Sage Road Capital
SEI Investments
Serve Capital Partners III, LP
Siris Capital Group, LLC
Solum Partners
Sovereign Capital NYC
Square Mile Capital
Starr Investment Holdings
Steward Asset Management LLC
Stripes Group
SVB Capital
Systima Capital Management LLC
Tailwater Capital
The Catalyst Capital Group Inc
The Cynosure Group
The Engine
The Firmament Group
The Meridian Group
Thomas H. Lee Partners
Thor Equities
TowerBrook Capital Partners
Transom Capital Group
Trilantic Capital Management
Trive Capital
Two Sigma Private Investments
Vance Street Capital
Versant Ventures
Vertica Capital Partners
Viking Global Investors LP
VMG Partners
WestView Capital Partners
White Deer Management LLC
WI Harper Group
Willow Tree Credit Partners LP
Winona Capital Management, LLC

What our attendees say about CFO & COO Forums

Kristine O'Connor

Franklin Park

The Forum is consistently the best conference for finance professionals in the private equity industry! Meaningful content, knowledgeable speakers and ample net…

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Joseph Riley

Psilos Group

This is the premier event for CFOs and COOs in private equity. I love the ability to see/hear peers and industry leaders in one event

Jesse M Burwell

RLJ Equity Partners LLC

The event is great for networking and discussing and discovering best practices for PE CFOs.

2021 Agenda

Download the agenda to see the timely and relevant topics that were covered at last years CFOs & COOs Fall Forum.

If you are interested in a speaking role please contact contact Shamara Ray at

All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET)

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Day 1 - Wednesday 22nd - Thursday 9th

PEI welcome
10:25 - 10:30

PEI welcome

Plenary session I
10:30 - 11:20

Analyzing how the economic climate, new administration and pandemic have impacted PE and VC

  • The future of supply and demand: will there be enough deals?
  • Assessing the solvency of PE firms
  • Exploring special financial structures and the role of secondaries
  • What’s the new normal? Has your office dynamic or how you manage talent changed?
  • Lessons learned and how to manage crises in the future

Rich Melville
, Editorial Director – U.S., PEI

Pamela Hendrickson, Vice Chairman, The Riverside Company
Nickie Norris, Senior Partner, COO, CCO, New Heritage Capital
Kristine O’Connor, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Franklin Park

Morning break
11:20 - 11:35

Morning break

Plenary sessions II
11:35 - 12:25

Fundraising practices and investor relations in a hybrid environment

  • CFO role in a fundraise—what’s changed and where is it headed?
  • How can the CFO add the most value during fundraising?
  • Track record guidelines to present in fundraising
  • Use of placement agents, the terms and pain points
  • What is a typical “pre-marketing” period prior to launching a new fund?
  • What role do CFOs play in finding potential LPs?
  • Establishing a successful dynamic between CFO/COO, GC, IR/Communications and partners for internal and external fundraising strategies
  • Buyside perspective around fundraising
  • AML procedures on LP investors in a fund – what are GPs doing?
  • Will your firm retain a virtual component to the fundraise process?

Drake Paulson, Senior Director, eVestment Private Markets

Rich Herrick, CPA, CVA, Chief Financial Officer, NextGen Growth Partners, LLC
Marc Miele, Director – Finance and Operations, American Family Ventures
Maggie Schmitt, Chief Financial Officer, JMI Equity

12:30 - 13:20

Navigating the current tax environment

Lunch break
13:20 - 13:50

Lunch break

Breakout sessions I
13:50 - 14:40

Track A <$2B AUM | Benchmarking against the industry and comparable firms

• What is a typical ratio of compensation to revenue? Operating statistics? Contribution margins?
• When launching a new strategy, is it acceptable to lose money or break even?
• Do you raise employee perks being offered to retain employees?
• What structures are being used for employee co-investment vehicles that may preclude individuals from investing under SEC rules? Is leverage offered?

Graham Bippart, Editor, Private Funds CFO

Panelists :
Giorgio S. Boero, Chief Financial Officer, Mereo Capital Partners, LLC
Chester R. Dawes, COO & CFO, Melody Investment Advisors LP
Nisha Kumar, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Greenbriar Equity

13:50 - 14:40

Track B $2B - $10B AUM | Innovative technology deployment and use in PE/VC firms

  • What processes could benefit from the use of technology?
  • Emerging technologies making advances in data management, cyber risk, ESG and HR
  • Data technology and protection requirements
  • How technology is changing the way portfolio monitoring is conducted
  • Rising threats: putting cyber measures in place to prepare for increasing risks at the firm and portfolio companies
  • New technologies and the hybrid workforce: what does the future state of your firm look like systems-wide?

Tim Buchner, COO, Alpha for Private Markets, State Street

Jamison Davis, CFA, Chief Financial Officer, Bow River Capital
Rick O’Dell, Senior Vice President, Global Platform Solutions, Fiera Real Estate
Heramb Ramachandran, Chief Financial Officer, Sciens Capital Management LLC

13:50 - 14:40

Track C > $10B AUM | Strategies to consistently drive operational efficiency at your firm

  • Firm priorities in maximizing operational efficiency
  • Assessing the operational elements that need to be tackled as the firm changes
  • How firms are improving finance teams
  • Incorporating value creation initiatives to drive efficiency
  • Deciding what from an operational perspective can and should be outsourced
  • Identifying where to invest in systems and/or people
  • Technologies aiding in enhanced operations

Eliot Hodges
, CEO, Anduin

Drew Phillips,
Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Atalaya Capital Management
Sarah G. Roth, COO and CFO, Argosy Capital
Yuriy ShterkChief Product Officer, Allvue Systems


Q&A sessions I
14:45 - 15:00

Q&A for track A | Benchmarking panel

14:45 - 15:00

Q&A for track B | Technology panel

14:45 - 15:00

Q&A for track C | Operational efficiency panel

Breakout sessions II
15:05 - 15:35

Track A | Making a call on outsourcing firm function

  • Taking stock of firm requirements and internal resources
  • Is outsourcing operations and standard in-house functions a viable option?
  • Exploring whether to utilize outsourced fund administrators
  • Benefits and risks of outsourcing finance roles vs cultivating an in-house finance team
  • Deciding what to keep in-house or to outsource
  • Making a determination on outsourcing financial reporting
  • Ensuring third-party due diligence

Jordan Stutts, Senior Reporter, New Private Markets, PEI Media

Andrew Barriger, Deputy CFO, Solum Partners
Blinn Cirella, CFO, Saw Mill Capital
Mark Feirman, Chief Financial Officer and Partner, Cross Rapids Capital LP

15:05 - 15:35

Track B | What should be on your compliance and regulation radar?

  • Taking a strategic approach to compliance and regulation within the firm
  • What to expect during an SEC exam
  • Implementing a process to ensure better data and reporting
  • Dissecting the new marketing rule
  • Cybersecurity policies and risk mitigation
  • What the SEC is looking at with expense allocation, valuation and conflicts
  • Regulation on the horizon: crypto, capital gains tax and carried interest

Jason E. Brown, Partner & Co-Head of Private Funds Regulatory Practice, Ropes & Gray LLP

Mary Anne Capo,
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, The CapStreet Group, LLC
Jason Kaslow, Senior Vice President of Finance, Senior Controller & Chief Compliance Officer, Tiger Infrastructure Partners
Sara Shackelford, Chief Financial Officer, Canapi Ventures

Q&A sessions II
16:00 - 16:15

Q&A for track A | Outsourcing panel

16:00 - 16:15

Q&A for track B | Compliance panel

Afternoon break
16:15 - 16:30

Afternoon break

Plenary session III & end of conference
16:30 - 17:20

Carry structuring and allocation approaches—an analysis of the tactics and models

  • Evaluating different types of carry currently being used across funds
  • How innovative plans work and methods for creating an ideal one for your firm
  • Assessing preferred return and type of waterfall
  • Creative carried interest solutions – in the LPA and internally in the firm
  • Carried interest and compensation: how do you compensate your employees?
  • Tax strategies for carried interest

Doug Puckett, National Tax Leader-Private Equity, Deloitte

Omar Hassan
, Principal, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Cloverlay Partners
Andrew W. Petri, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C.
Arthur Zuckerman, Partner, CFO, CCO and Head of Portfolio Operations, Soundcore Capital Partners, LLC

17:20 - 17:20

End of day one


Day 2 - Thursday 23rd - Thursday 23rd

CFOs and COOs Think Tank (invite only)
10:00 - 11:00

CFOs and COOs Think Tank (invite only)

Designed to facilitate candid discussion, this closed-door session for CFOs and COOs targets the issues and challenges impacting your firm. Attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to help you gain solutions for common concerns facing your office.

Plenary session I
11:05 - 11:55

Surveying valuation methodology and metrics

  • Key considerations in revaluing assets
  • Is the CFO responsible for valuation or the deal team?
  • Making a case for having a separate valuation team within the firm—does size matter?
  • Unraveling the dynamics of valuation committees: dealing with governance and voting, conflict and varied points of view, and remediation strategies
  • Weighted average cost of capital: how the metric is put together
  • What are the best practices all firms should be implementing in valuing assets?

Clay Willingham, Executive Director, Commercial Strategy, Valuation Solutions, IHS Markit

Andrew Coren ,Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Gatewood Capital Partners
Brian Moncik, CFO, Fiera Infrastructure
Chase Paxton, Director of Finance & Valuations, NGP Energy Capital Management

Think tanks
12:00 - 12:50

Track A <$5B AUM | Optimizing management company operations

  • The evolution of running a management company
  • Effective strategies for dealing with audit
  • Best practices for handling tracking

Erin Holley
, Controller, MiddleGround Capital

12:00 - 12:50

Track B >$6B AUM | Optimizing management company operations

  • The evolution of running a management company
  • Effective strategies for dealing with audit
  • Best practices for handling tracking

April Evans, Partner, CFO and CCO, Monitor Clipper Partners

Lunch break
12:50 - 13:20

Lunch break

Plenary sessions II
13:20 - 14:10

Implementing an effectual process to approach and deal with ESG and diversity

  • How diversity, inclusion and ESG are merging into one large initiative
  • Evaluating the importance of a diversity and inclusion committee
  • Creating a D&I subcommittee within ESG
  • Addressing the pressure from investors, especially European, to implement ESG policies
  • Common ESG issues and practical solutions
  • Is your firm meeting the level of ESG diligence occurring within the industry?
  • Responding to LP demands for more information about diversity at the firm
  • Taking qualitative steps to become more diverse and inclusive
  • Best practices for managing a hiring process
  • How do you get buy-in from your entire organization to broaden the identity of your workplace?
  • Portfolio company requirements around ESG and how to monitor it

Snehal Shah, Reporter, New Private Markets, PEI Media 

Jeffrey Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Carnelian Energy Capital
Jennifer Hill, Managing Director, Head of M&A Strategy and Execution, JLL
Neeta Singh, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Activant Capital Group LLC

14:15 - 15:05

How firms are utilizing credit lines and managing capital calls in the current market

  • Size of subscription lines relative to fund size
  • What is the duration of borrowing permitted?
  • Assessing which banks are good/bad/ideal to work with on subscription credit facilities
  • Becoming more customized to respond to LP credit line demands
  • Use of credit lines and its impact on performance
  • The pros and cons of how large fund vs. smaller fund subscription lenders are behaving
  • What are UBTI concerns and how is it evolving?

Graham Bippart, Editor, Private Funds CFO

Josh Gilbert, CFO, Freestyle Capital Management
Jeremiah J. Loeffler, COO – Credit, Crestline Investors, Inc.
Patty Nykodym, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, FFL Partners

End of conference
15:05 - 15:05

End of conference

2021 Speakers

For speaking opportunities, contact Shamara Ray at or call +1 212 633 1453.

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For exclusive sponsorship packages for 2021, contact Cristiana Crocco at call +1 646 921 0923.

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