Expand Your Network, Supercharge Your Strategy, and Get Deals Done

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

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.

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 at the 2020 Forum?

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

Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 17th

Opening Sessions
15:30 - 17:30

ExecConnect LP-GP Meetings

17:00 - 18:30

Welcome Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Thursday 18th

Opening
07:30 - 08:30

Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:35 - 08:40

Welcome Remarks

08:40 - 08:55

PEI Data Presentation

08:55 - 09:30

Opening Keynote

09:30 - 10:00

Are we there yet? How to Invest if the Bull Run Continues

Evan Hardwood
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Evan Hardwood

Managing Director - Investments, Equity Group Investments

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10:00 - 10:30

Opportunities Created by the Trade Wars and Brexit

Break
10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

Morning Sessions
11:00 - 11:30

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

Todd Roland
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Todd Roland

Principal, Private Equity Investments

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11:30 - 12:00

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

Michael Hollander
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Michael Hollander

Managing Director, GTCR

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Networking Lunch
12:00 - 13:15

Luncheon

Afternoon Sessions
13:15 - 13:45

Debate: Specialist vs Generalist Managers

Nat Kellogg, Mo Wilkie
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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
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Tim Bray

Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, Guidestone

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Break
14:15 - 14:45

Afternoon Networking Break

Afternoon Sessions
14:45 - 15:15

Early vs Late Stage: What's best for fundraising, deals, and talent?

Paul Bodnar, Brian Smiga
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Paul Bodnar

Director of Investments & Private Capital, CM Wealth Advisors

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Brian Smiga

Co-Founding Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

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15:15 - 15:45

The State of Private Debt

Break
15:45 - 16:00

Afternoon Regroup

Afternoon sessions
16:00 - 16:30

Academia to Reality: Professor Sugata Ray Data Presentation

Sugata Ray
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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
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Anne-Marie Fink

Managing Director, Private Markets & 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.

If you are a General Partner (GP), whose firm begins with A/C/E/G/I/K/M/O/Q/S/U/W/Y, please contact Kevin McCaffrey via email at kmccaffrey@buyoutsinsider.com or via telephone on +1 (646) 345-4503.

If you are a General Partner (GP), whose firm begins with B/D/F/H/J/L/N/P/R/T/V/X/Z, please contact Andrew Yale via email at AYale@buyoutsinsider.com or via telephone on +1 (646) 989-8025.

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.  Limited Partners who accept three or more meetings will receive complimentary admission to the entire event.

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 below, 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 have any questions in the meantime, please contact gcatton@buyoutsinsider.com.

Showcase your company at the 2020 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 more information on our exclusive, customized sponsorship engagement campaigns, please contact Julius Picardi at Julius.p@peimedia.com or call +1 646-356-4507 for more information.

Platinum sponsor

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ExecConnect sponsors

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2020 Speakers

Interested in speaking at the 2020 Forum?

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

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

Anne-Marie Fink

Managing Director, Private Markets & 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

Evan Hardwood

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

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

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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We have secured a discount rate of $299 (plus applicable taxes and fees). To secure your place online, click here.

If you would like to call the hotel to secure your reservation, please call: 1-877-303-0104 and mention the PEI Media Partner Connect Midwest June 2020 and the date the room block begins, which is Wednesday June 17, 2020.   

Cutoff date to book rooms is Wednesday, May 27, 2020

1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

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