Join a series of interactive discussions with PE CFOs & COOs

The CFOs & COOs Spring Roundup is a one-day event for private equity finance and operations executives to benchmark against their peers and create conversations about strategically navigating new challenges caused by the pandemic.

The Roundup will provide vital peer insight, feedback and allow for in-depth conversations on issues impacting firms and portfolio companies presently and highlight what is to be expected as the industry moves toward a new normal.

Connect with your peers on how they are addressing a wide variety of topics including:

  • Sourcing and developing talent in PE
  • Data management practices
  • Strengthening operational efficiency
  • Enhancing cybersecurity protocols
  • The CFO and COO roles
  • ESG integration
  • Investor reporting efforts
  • Compliance & SEC matters

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.

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

Join our growing community of CFOs & COOs

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 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 Eastern Time (ET)

Day 1
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Spring Roundup - Thursday 24th

08:15 - 08:55

Registration – Continental Breakfast

08:55 - 09:00

PEI Welcome

Plenary session
09:00 - 09:40

Striking a balance between strategic firm development and managing operations

  • Ensuring firm strategy corresponds with evolving PE trends
  • How the CFO and COO roles continue to impact front office functions
  • Recognizing when to delegate tasks to focus on emerging firm initiatives
  • Tax alert: what is expected in 2022 and how are CFOs involved in the process?
  • Examining what tools CFOs are utilizing to assist with task management
  • Best practices for optimal engagement with portfolio companies
Discussion topics
09:45 - 16:30

Engage in 10 interactive discussions on hot topics in private equity

Participate in each roundup session below rotating every 30 minutes throughout the day.

  • Rotation 1 | 9:45-10:15am
  • Rotation 2 | 10:15-10:45am
  • Rotation 3 | 10:45-11:15am
  • Rotation 4 | 11:45-12:15pm
  • Rotation 5 | 12:15-12:45pm
  • Rotation 6 | 12:45-1:15pm
  • Rotation 7 | 2:15-2:45pm
  • Rotation 8 | 2:45-3:15pm
  • Rotation 9 | 3:15-3:45pm
  • Rotation 10 | 4:00-4:30pm
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 1 | Identifying opportunities to bolster operational efficiencies within the firm

  • Implementing technology to create efficiencies and advance firm initiatives
  • Reevaluating in-office, remote and hybrid work arrangement requirements and policies
  • Providing professional development training for senior and junior level employees
  • Spearheading internal communication efforts among teams
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 2 | Has fundraising forever been changed?

  • How are firms exploring various fundraising vehicles and opportunities (i.e., alterative asset classes, emerging markets, distribution calls)?
  • Executing due diligence throughout the fundraising process
  • Maximizing the relationship between the deal and finance teams
  • Establishing communication methods and frequency that fulfills LP/GP needs
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 3 | Risk mitigation strategies to protect the firm

  • Understanding potential risks impacting PE
  • Maintaining consistency in firmwide due diligence efforts
  • Assessing fees and expenses to provide investors with accurate information
  • Decreasing operational, data, valuation, performance and tax risks
  • When to enlist assistance from third-party risk advisors
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 4 | Developing a sustainable ESG program to meet investor and firm objectives

  • Are firms equipped to oversee increasing ESG efforts?
  • Standardizing metrics to highlight portfolio company ESG efforts
  • Meeting LP ESG expectations
  • Establishing non-bias in the development of DEI initiatives at firms and portfolio companies
  • Looking ahead: the implications and effects of the SEC’s approach to standardize ESG
  • How are firms evaluating their carbon emissions initiatives, protocols and policies?
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 5 | Sourcing and developing a talented team in a competitive landscape

  • Developing a hiring strategy for back and middle office talent
  • Fighting against the great resignation: how are firms managing satisfaction amongst current employees?
  • Beyond the basics: what skills are valued and necessary to develop a sustainable team?
  • Reviewing salaries and compensation plans to match an evolving market
  • Fostering a collaborative work/team culture to drive success
  • Expanding resources to aid in candidate sourcing and recruitment
  • Accessing and attracting diverse talent in PE
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 6 | Promoting productive and collaborative relationships with outsourced partners

  • Determining when to outsource functions
  • Forming realistic expectations and strategic plans with your service providers
  • Navigating third-party service provider turnover and its effect on deliverables
  • Establishing a process to receive real-time access to service provider data
  • What should firms be asking service providers during the due diligence process?
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 7 | Extracting and maintaining the truth in data to drive decision making

  • Practices for consolidating and organizing data
  • Ongoing efforts for translating quantitative data to qualitative data
  • Determining who should be granted access to raw data?
  • Are firms expanding their staff to help manage and analyze data?
  • Migrating data over to advanced platforms to assist with complex calculations
  • Increasing automation to aid in the data collection process
  • Uncovering findings in historical and present data to drive strategic decisions
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 8 | Navigating the investor reporting process to meet increasing demands

  • Approaches to fulfilling individual LP reporting and data requests
  • How are firms outlining the costs covered by management fees vs. additional administrative expenses?
  • SEC predictions: what’s on the horizon from the SEC for new reporting standards?
  • Generating comprehendible investor reports
  • Addressing privacy concerns related to granting multiple parties access to reports
  • Methods for gathering portfolio company performance data
  • Tools for generating reports in a timely manner
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 9 | Enhancing firm cybersecurity protocols to tackle emerging attacks

  • Staying abreast of malware and ransomware attack methods putting firms at risk
  • Protecting the firm with a cyber insurance policy
  • Reviewing methods to securely store sensitive information
  • Assessing cyber threats when collaborating with external parties or vendors
  • How often should penetration tests be conducted to protect firms against relevant threats?
09:45 - 16:30

Roundtable 10 | Updating compliance programs in response to regulatory developments

  • Effective strategies for enhancing your firm’s compliance program
  • Can PE prepare for new SEC guidelines by observing other financial industries (i.e., public markets, banking)?
  • Providing staff training to increase compliance risk awareness
  • Making an investment in compliance tools for the firm
  • Managing the changes set forth by consumer data privacy laws
Networking breaks
11:15 - 11:45

Networking break

13:15 - 14:15

Networking lunch break

15:45 - 16:00

Networking break

Keynote interview
16:30 - 17:00

Keynote interview

17:00 - 17:00

Cocktail reception and end of roundup

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

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, 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

Head of Finance, Knox Lane

Ivor van Esch serves as Head of Finance at Knox Lane where he focuses on the firm’s finance, operations, portfolio monitoring, and ESG functions. Before joining Knox Lane, Mr. van Esch served as Head of Investment Operations and Head of Valuations in… 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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