Conference Rescheduling Notice:

PEI Media has been working with our teams, clients and suppliers to monitor the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As part of this review, we have made the very difficult decision to reschedule the PartnerConnect Midwest event scheduled to take place on June 17-18 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. The new 2021 dates will be announced soon.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but as always, the safety and health of our participants, community and staff are our priority and we feel this is the best option. PartnerConnect will be hosting alternative conferences in 2020: Partner Connect East, PartnerConnect West, and PartnerConnect Texas. If you have any questions, please contact regny@peimedia.com.

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Now in its 13th year, PartnerConnect Midwest, has long since established itself as the premier event for LP-GP networking in the Midwest region.

At PartnerConnect Midwest, you’ll find:

    • 200+ senior level, largely LP or GP attendees; our attendees are 85% Managing Director/Partner Level; as well as 45% LP and 45% GP.
    • ExecConnect —our famous LP-GP 1:1 private meetings program—has seen billions of dollars raised over 11,000 meetings at our events.
    • Innovative content & elite speakers in the industry from our award winning journalists at PE Hub, Buyouts, &  VCJ. 
    • Conversations – We give you ample time to build relationships, with multiple networking breaks and cocktail receptions

Register today to take advantage of ExecConnect at PartnerConnect Midwest!

Join hundreds of LPs, GPs and intermediaries in Chicago for unparalleled networking and intelligence.

Whether you’re focused on fundraising or just looking to learn more about the trends shaping your business, PartnerConnect Midwest is the preeminent forum for private equity in the Midwest.

Discussion topics:

  • LP perspectives on fundraising
  • How to invest if the bull run continues
  • Opportunities created by the trade war
  • Academic research on behavior and manager return
  • Faith based investing
  • How companies staying private is affecting VC
  • Specialist vs generalist PE and VC managers
  • Emerging manager data
  • Early vs late stage VC
  • Buyouts Deal of the Year Award Winners

ExecConnect meetings and welcome reception: June 17th, Main conference day: June 18th

2020 Keynote speakers

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Who Should Attend?

  • Limited Partners / Investors / Allocators who invest in private partnerships
  • Managers in the following categories: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Mezzanine & Senior Debt, Growth Equity, Real Estate, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Deal intermediaries who advise or manage deal flow opportunities in private capital
  • Placement Agents / Fundraising advisors / intermediaries between GPs and LPs
  • CEOs of venture- or private equity-backed private companies
  • Corporate development executives who provide exit opportunities for private capital funds
  • Private Real Estate Funds

Why You Should Attend?

  • Unparalleled content produced by our award-winning journalists
  • Intimate and structured networking opportunities throughout the conference
  • ExecConnect Private LP-GP Meetings Program to help you achieve your fundraising goals
  • Strict vetting process for all attendees

ExecConnect LP-GP Meetings

Now celebrating our eighth year of our ExecConnect Private Meeting Program, we are proud to say we’ve arranged over 11,000 1:1 meetings between fund managers and limited partners.

Through our program, billions of dollars in commitments have been made by LPs to GPs. Participants efficiently move through 20 minute private meetings. For more information, click here.

LP Dinner

LPs who take part in ExecConnect are invited to join our LP Dinner after the event. This limited event is a forum for LPs to network and share best practices with other institutional investors.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to Grant Catton at gcatton@buyoutsinsider.com.

Brochure now available for download! 

Download the brochure to view:

– Speaker lineup

– Agenda highlights

– Past attendees

and more!

A sample of who you could meet

2019 Attendees included

50 South Capital Advisors
747 Capital
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Allianz Capital Partners
Brooke Private Equity Associates
Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
Crow Holdings Capital Investment Partners
Evanston Capital Management
Grove Street Advisors
Illinois State Board of Investment
Morgan Stanley
Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC
Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System
RCP Advisors
The Jordan Family Office
Union Grove Venture Partners
Wells Fargo
Wolf Point Asset Management

PARTNERCONNECT CONFERENCES BRING TOGETHER QUALIFIED INVESTORS, FUND MANAGERS, INDEPENDENT SPONSORS, FAMILY OFFICES & SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR UNBEATABLE NETWORKING AND AWARD-WINNING PANELS.

SEE WHAT OUR ATTENDEES SAY

Kolton Mente

RCP

We met with a lot of great people throughout the two days, and found some GP’s that we will be staying in touch with for a long time going forward.

Kurt Bonatz

Ai8 Ventures

If you are looking for relevant content and an opportunity to have meaningful and productive conversations and connections with LP’s and GP’s then t…

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Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Aldea Capital Partners

PartnerConnect is a great way to connect with as many GPs and LPs in private equity. It is an opportunity to meet new investors and reconnect with GPs to close…

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2020 Agenda

Interested in speaking?

Please contact Daniel Weinstein at dweinstein@buyoutsinsider.com or +1 646 356 4534.

ExecConnect meetings and welcome reception: June 17th, Main conference: June 18th

Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 17th

Opening Sessions
15:30 - 17:30

ExecConnect LP-GP Meetings

18:00 - 19:30

Welcome Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Thursday 18th

Morning sessions
07:30 - 08:30

Registration & networking breakfast

08:35 - 08:40

Welcome remarks

08:40 - 08:55

PEI data presentation

The head of PEI’s Research and Analytics Team (R&A) will share the latest data on PE and VC fundraising, deals, and exit trends

08:55 - 09:30

Opening keynote

09:30 - 10:00

We’re here! LPs discuss their PE and VC allocations in an unprecedented market

Julia Cormier

After 11 years, the bull-market has come to an end. How does this effect the private markets? LPs will discuss:

  • How they’re thinking about their PE and VC allocations
  • What sectors, strategies, and vintages are better off
  • How they are de-risking, whether it be to increase or decrease their PE and VC allocations
  • How they are approaching new fund commitments, co-investment, and secondaries
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Julia Cormier

Director, Alternative Investments, Russell Investments

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10:00 - 10:30

Creative deal sourcing and exit strategies in times of extreme uncertainty

Evan Harwood
  • How has deal sourcing and the types of deals available changed?
  • Has there been a bigger shift in deals available in a particular segment of the market?
  • Exits are certainly harder to come by than previously – Where does the exit market stand?
  • What creative exit strategies are becoming or are set to become more common?
  • Who are the most active buyers?
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Evan Harwood

Managing Director - Investments, Equity Group Investments

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10:30 - 11:00

Networking break

11:00 - 11:30

Investing with emerging managers: What does the data show? Does it differ for PE and VC?

Todd Roland, G. Scott Tabor

New and MWBE managers are getting increasing funding, awareness and are becoming a more powerful force in the wider landscape. LPs who have a focus on these types of managers will discuss:

  • What the data shows for first- and second-time fund managers
  • How diversity and inclusion benefits both society and fund performance
  • Examination of new managers in PE and VC and if a particular segment of the market outperforms
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Todd Roland

Principal, Private Equity Investments, GCM Grosvenor

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G. Scott Tabor

Senior Vice President, Private Equity, FEG

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11:30 - 12:00

The First 100 Days: Strategies for managers of all sizes to kickstart performance

Michael Hollander

A group of PE and VC fund managers of varying sizes will discuss:

  • Practical strategies and tools for managers with varying resources and operational capacity
  • What they tackle in the first 100 days and how important they feel this period is
  • Specific examples of things managers should and shouldn’t do in this period
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Michael Hollander

Managing Director, GTCR

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Networking Lunch
12:00 - 13:15

Networking luncheon

Afternoon sessions
13:15 - 13:45

Debate: Specialist vs generalist managers

Ryan Bell, Nat Kellogg, Mo Wilkie

Jack of all trades or master of none? Is it ever that simple? Two LPs, one specialist GP and one generalist GP will debate the pros and cons of each strategy in private equity.

Moderator: Ryan Bell, Managing Director, Barings

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Ryan Bell

Managing Director, Barings

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Nat Kellogg

Director of Manager Search, Managing Partner, Marquette Associates

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Mo Wilkie

Vice President, Private Equity Group, 50 South Capital

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13:45 - 14:15

Faith Based LPs: Best practice for GPs to work with this type of institutional investor

Tim Bray

Faith-based institutions have large amounts of capital and are active allocators to the private markets. Three faith-based LPs will discuss:

  • How they differ from a non-faith-based LP
  • What specific considerations are made when allocating to PE and VC
  • Types of investments by fund managers that may disqualify them from a capital commitment
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Tim Bray

Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, Guidestone

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Break
14:15 - 14:45

Afternoon betworking break

Afternoon Sessions
14:45 - 15:15

Early vs late stage: What's best for fundraising, deals, and talent?

Brian Smiga, Paul Bodnar, John Frankel

An LP, an early-stage VC and a late-stage VC will discuss:

  • Where are most LP dollars going and what kind of LPs are interested in early and late stage venture?
  • Where are the quality deals in the venture space?
  • What affect do the market conditions have on viable early and late stage investments?
  • What type of VC firm is top talent favoring?

Moderator: Brian Smiga, Co-Founding Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

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Brian Smiga

Co-Founding Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

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Paul Bodnar

Director of Investments & Private Capital, CM Wealth Advisors

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John Frankel

Founding Partner, ff Venture Capital

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15:15 - 15:45

The state of private debt

Brendan Carroll
  • Who is investing in the space
  • Who the main recipients of private debt are
  • New strategies, opportunities, and risks
  • How market shifts affect the wider market
  • What the next 1, 3, and 5 years hold
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Brendan Carroll

Senior Partner & Co-Founder, Victory Park Capital

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Break
15:45 - 16:00

Afternoon regroup

Afternoon sessions
16:00 - 16:30

Academia to reality: Professor Sugata Ray Data Presentation

Sugata Ray

Professor Sugata Ray has conducted wide ranging research in the area of behavioral finance. He will be presenting two of his studies that examine executive pay at pensions systems as well as how certain personality traits and spending habits may affect manager return.

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Sugata Ray

Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Alabama

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16:30 - 17:00

Fireside chat with Anne-Marie Fink, SWIB’s Managing Director of Private Markets and Funds Alpha

Anne-Marie Fink

The newly appointed head of SWIB’s entire external fund manager portfolio will sit down with a Buyouts editor to discuss SWIB’s latest thinking on private equity, venture capital, and private debt fund and co-investing.

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Anne-Marie Fink

Managing Director, Private Markets and Funds Alpha, State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)

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Networking
17:00 - 18:15

Cocktail reception

18:30 - 21:00

LP dinner (by invitation only)

WHAT IS EXECCONNECT

ExecConnect is a proprietary private meeting program consisting of meticulously pre-scheduled 20-minute meetings between mutually interested GPs and LPs. Each One-to-One Meeting is carefully vetted by ExecConnect Directors to ensure that LPs looking to commit capital and GPs looking to raise capital meet in a relaxed, efficient and effective manner. View the list of attendees in advance, pre-select those you would most like to meet and let us do the rest! You’ll arrive at PartnerConnect East with a full schedule of meetings organized by our VIP team.

ExecConnect removes the countless hours of research and travel needed for investors and managers whose goals are in symmetry, to meet in person. The time and hassle you avoid is incalculable.

EXECCONNECT IN NUMBERS

Since we started the ExecConnect program
in 2011, we have conducted:

  • 13,788 meetings over the course of 60 events
  • Helping nearly 2,000 PE, VC, and Real Estate funds raise billions in capital,
  • Assisted nearly 3,000 LPs find their next out-performing fund manager or independent sponsor

If you are a General Partner (GP), please contact Andrew Yale via email at AYale@buyoutsinsider.com or via telephone on +1 (646) 989-8025 to learn more.

APPLY FOR AN INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR PASS

As an accredited institutional investor you may qualify for a Complimentary Institutional Investor Pass. Recipients of this Investor Pass may attend the entire conference program and the general networking reception, if you agree to participate in our ExecConnect 1:1 meeting program for at least three 20-minute private meetings with fund managers of your choice at a time of your choice.

By applying for a complimentary pass, you certify that your firm is a qualified institutional investor that commits capital to alternative asset managers, or that your firm advises institutional investors to make such commitments. You also certify that your firm is an accredited investor as defined by Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. You agree to take at least 3 private meetings as part of the ExecConnect Meetings Program.

 

 

 

Please note: Fund of Funds who qualify for a complimentary pass are restricted to those who are responsible to approve, oversee or research primary commitments to fund managers. Professionals who work on secondaries, directs, fundraising, marketing, business development, or in an administrative capacity, would not qualify. We will be in touch once you have submitted your application.

If you are a Limited Partner (LP) looking for investment opportunities or to meet and screen new GP’s in a time-efficient, personalized manner, please contact Grant Catton via email at gcatton@buyoutsinsider.com or via telephone on +1 (646) 321-4864.

Showcase your company at the event

PartnerConnect Midwest offers a unique opportunity for organizations to raise their profile by meeting with the largest gathering of private equity fundraisers, investors, and dealmakers.  PartnerConnect Midwest welcomes 300+ senior LPs, GPs, and VCs as they gather for intimate one-on-one networking challenges creators across two days of sessions.

For exclusive sponsorship packages, contact Lawrence Dvorchik at lawrence.d@peimedia.com or call+1 646 545 4429.

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2020 Speakers

Interested in speaking?

Please contact Daniel Weinstein at dweinstein@buyoutsinsider.com or +1 646 356 4534.

Ryan Bell

Managing Director, Barings

Ryan Bell is a member of Barings Alternative Investments, a global real estate, private equity and real assets platform. Ryan is part of the Funds & Co-Investments team and is responsible for originating and underwriting funds and co-investments… Read full bio

Paul Bodnar

Director of Investments & Private Capital, CM Wealth Advisors

Paul Bodnar is a Partner and Director of Investment at CM Wealth Advisors, a multi-family office managing with $1.7B in AUM. He serves as the chair of firm’s private equity committee and invests in various types of private capital funds and co-invest… Read full bio

Tim Bray

Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, Guidestone

Tim Bray is a principal leader of the manager research and selection process for GuideStone Capital Management, LLC, including our ongoing monitoring and due diligence. Mr. Bray also maintains primary responsibility for the portfolio construction of… Read full bio

Brendan Carroll

Senior Partner & Co-Founder, Victory Park Capital

Brendan Carroll is a Senior Partner at VPC, which he co-founded in 2007. He is responsible for strategic initiatives and firm operations in addition to sourcing, evaluating and executing investment opportunities. Mr. Carroll also oversees marketing,… Read full bio

Julia Cormier

Director, Alternative Investments, Russell Investments

Anne-Marie Fink

Managing Director, Private Markets and Funds Alpha, State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)

Anne-Marie Fink joined SWIB in 2020 as Private Markets and Funds Alpha Group managing director. She is responsible for overseeing private equity, real estate, hedge funds, externally managed accounts, private debt, and venture capital portfolios. She… Read full bio

John Frankel

Founding Partner, ff Venture Capital

John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital. He founded the firm in 2008 and has been a seed- and early-stage investor since late 1999. John focuses on advising and growing technology and technology-enabled companies across emerging in… Read full bio

Evan Harwood

Managing Director - Investments, Equity Group Investments

Evan sources and evaluates credit and equity investment opportunities in the public and private sectors, negotiates and structures transactions, and partners with portfolio company operators to drive value. He is also responsible for market facing an… Read full bio

Michael Hollander

Managing Director, GTCR

Mike joined GTCR in 2008 and currently serves as a Managing Director. He worked previously at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York–based private equity firm, and Fremont Partners, a private equity group located in San Francisco. He started… Read full bio

Nat Kellogg

Director of Manager Search, Managing Partner, Marquette Associates

Nat Kellogg is the director of manager search for Marquette Associates and has 18 years of investment experience. An owner of the firm, Nat has been with the company since 2010. He is a member of the firm’s investment committee, sustainable investing… Read full bio

Sugata Ray

Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Alabama

Sugata Ray is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Alabama where he teaches courses on Financial Institutions, Corporate Finance, and Quantitative Investing. His research interests include asset management, real estate, and behavior… Read full bio

Todd Roland

Principal, Private Equity Investments, GCM Grosvenor

Mr. Roland focuses on client portfolio management and sourcing, evaluating and monitoring co-investment and direct investment opportunities. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Roland was a Vice President at Houlihan Lokey, where he was responsible f… Read full bio

Brian Smiga

Co-Founding Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

Brian Smiga is the co-founding partner at Alpha Venture Partners, an innovative late-stage venture fund that invests growth capital in category-leading technology companies (Lime, Wish, Careem, Coupang, Getaround, DoctorOnDemand) sourced from a netwo… Read full bio

G. Scott Tabor

Senior Vice President, Private Equity, FEG

G. Scott Tabor, CAIA, is a Senior Vice President of FEG focused on private equity. In this capacity, he is responsible for sourcing, conducting due diligence and monitoring private equity managers and also for selecting special situations investment… Read full bio

Mo Wilkie

Vice President, Private Equity Group, 50 South Capital

Mo Wilkie is a Vice President in the Private Equity Group at 50 South Capital. She focuses on sourcing, evaluating and executing primary fund investments and direct co-investments in all areas, with a focus on buyouts. She also participates in fundra… Read full bio
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Venue

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

1 W Wacker Dr

Chicago, IL 60601

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1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel