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Redefining the private equity CFO & COO role

Entering its 19th year, the CFOs & COOs Forum New York is the industry benchmark for high-value content and networking.

The annual meeting for C-level executives, the CFOs & COOs Forum is an irreplaceable resource for the private equity community. Featuring a breadth of relevant topics and authoritative speakers, finance and operations executives are guaranteed to receive key information that will impact processes and practices within the firm.

The 2022 live Forum features insightful keynotespanelsworking groups, live Q&Asthink tanks and lunch chats. The event continues to respond to the needs of the PE community and addresses pivotal issues affecting the industry in real-time.

 

2022 Discussion topics

» Redefining the CFO and COO role

» Data management

» Valuation methodology

» Fundraising

» Hybrid work environments

» Subscription lines

» Compensation trends 

» Tax updates

» ESG

» Diversity & inclusion

» Secondaries and end of life funds

 

» Legislative and regulatory update

» SPACs

» LP requirements

» Technology implementation

» Waterfall calculations and carried interest

Featured keynote speaker

Vik Sawhney
Chief Administrative Officer
Blackstone

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with Blackstone and several other large private equity firms.  Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Sawhney was an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Vik represented Blackstone as a Rockefeller Fellow during 2010-2011.  He currently serves as Board Chair on the Board of Dream, an east Harlem social services and educational organization.

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.

Past Forum attendees include

1414 Ventures
500 Startups
5AM Ventures
Actis
Activant Capital Group LLC
Advent International Corp
Akira Impact
Alcion Ventures LP
American Family Ventures
American Triple I Partners, LLC
AMERRA
Ares Management
Audax Group
Avista Capital Partners
Banneker Partners
BBAM
BC Partners
BDT Capital Partners
Bessemer Investors
BharCap Partners
Bow River Capital
Bregal Sagemount
Canapi Ventures
Catalyst Investors
CIM Group LLC
Commonfund
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
IFC
In-Q-Tel, Inc.
International Finance Corporation
Investcorp
Investindustrial
Israel Secondary Fund
Jackson Square Ventures
JLL
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.
MassMutual
Melody Investment Advisors
MetaProp
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
Northpond
O2 Investment Partners
Oceansound Partners
Onex
Orbimed Advisors LLC
Origami Capital Partners
Orkila Capital LLC
OUP
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
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
TPG
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 attendees say about the Forum

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Crestview Advisors

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Managing Director and CFO, Franklin Park

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The Cynosure Group

The annual CFOs & COOs Forum has been the most helpful source of organized continuing education for my role as the CFO of a PE firm.

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2022 Speakers

For speaking opportunities, contact Shamara Ray at shamara.r@peimedia.com or call +1 212 633 1453.

Brandon Baudin

Chief Financial Officer, The Sterling Group

Brandon joined Sterling in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all financial management aspects of the firm, as well as advising the firm’s portfolio company CFOs on certain financial issues and transactions. Previously, Brandon wa… Read full bio

Noah Becker

Chief Financial Officer, LLR Partners

Mr. Becker joined LLR Partners in 2012 and is responsible for financial reporting and oversight of all administrative financial matters. Prior to joining LLR he held senior financial positions at early stage as well as established entities and previo… Read full bio

Tony Braddock

Chief Financial Officer, Stellex Capital Management LLC

Mr. Braddock is the Chief Financial Officer of Stellex Capital Management and its affiliates. Prior to joining Stellex in 2014, Mr. Braddock founded Oculus Resource Group, Inc., a family office advisory firm focused on private investments in natural… Read full bio

Tracey Chaffin

Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Pamlico Capital

Ms. Chaffin joined Pamlico Capital in 1995. She serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer is responsible for the firm’s portfolio administration, compliance, and finance activities. Ms. Chaffin is a Certified Public Ac… Read full bio

Sam Cohn

Chief Financial Officer - Credit & Venture, Perceptive Advisors

Sam Cohn is the Chief Financial Officer - Credit & Venture at Perceptive Advisors where he is responsible for managing the accounting and operations for Perceptive’s Credit Opportunities Funds and the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Funds, which tot… Read full bio

James Gaven

Senior Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

James Gaven is Senior Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, having joined WCAS in 2010. In addition to his legal and compliance responsibilities, Mr. Gaven helps coordinate the Firm’s ESG program. He also serves as an Advisor to Text IQ. Previously… Read full bio

Jacqueline Giammarco

Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Stone Point Capital LLC

Jacqueline M. Giammarco is a Managing Director and Stone Point Capital’s Chief Compliance Officer, member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Chair of the ESG Committee. She joined Stone Point in 2012 from MF Global where from 2007 t… Read full bio

Kara Goodloe Harling

Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Mountain Capital Management, LLC

Mrs. Harling serves as the Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer to Mountain Capital where she is responsible for accounting, finance, treasury, compliance and overall fund operations. She began her career in 2000, with a concentratio… Read full bio

Omar Hassan

Principal, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Cloverlay Partners

Omar is a Principal, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Cloverlay Partners where he leads all financial reporting, investor relations, operations and compliance functions. Cloverlay is an independent asset management firm to foc… Read full bio

John Herr

Chief Financial Officer, Francisco Partners

John Herr is the Chief Financial Officer of Francisco Partners, responsible for all finance, accounting and tax matters for the firm and its private equity funds. Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2009, John was the Controller and Chief Complian… Read full bio

Vik Sawhney

Chief Administrative Officer, Blackstone

Vik Sawhney is Blackstone’s Chief Administrative Officer and Global Head of Investor Relations & Business Development. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank,… Read full bio

Kshitij Shah

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, WestBridge Capital Partners

Kshitij ("KS") Shah, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of WestBridge Capital, is based out of Silicon Valley. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. KS formerly served as Managing Director - Fina… Read full bio

Lance Taylor

Partner & CFO, HGGC

Mr. Taylor joined HGGC in May 2014 and serves as a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the Firm’s finance, accounting and human capital operations. He also sits on the Firm’s Valuation Committee. Prior to joining HGGC, Mr. Taylor was M… Read full bio

Alisa A. Wood

Member, Head of Private Market Strategies, KKR

Alisa A. Wood joined KKR in 2003 and is a Partner of the Firm. She leads the Private Market Strategies Group globally within KKR’s Client and Partner Group, looking after key product areas including private equity, infrastructure, energy real assets,… Read full bio

Patty Xu

CFO, Catalyst Investors

Patty is responsible for Catalyst’s accounting and reporting. Prior to joining Catalyst in 2012, Patty served as Vice President with JP Morgan Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Services where she managed a multimillion-revenue client relationship w… Read full bio

Year-round networking for private equity CFOs and COOs

The 19th annual CFOs & COOs Forum New York returns as in-person, live event January 2022.

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Meet our growing community of CFOs & COOs

ABRY Partners
Advent International
American Family Ventures
Avista Capital Partners
Blackrock
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
Investindustrial
JMI Equity
Kohlberg & Company
Landmark Partners
Lindsay Goldberg
Lovell Minnick Partners
LLR Partners
Luther King Capital Management
MassMutual
Melody Investment Advisors
MiddleGround Capital
MidOcean Partners
New Harbor Capital
New Leaf Venture Partners
Onex
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

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.

What our attendees are saying about CFOs & COOs Forum

James Crossen

Managing Director Finance Apollo Global Management

The top conference I have attended. Very relevant topics, a great cast of characters and a diverse group of firms represented.

Kristine O' Connor

Managing Director and CFO, Franklin Park

The Forum is consistently the best conference for finance professionals in the private equity industry! The event offers meaningful content, knowledgeable speak…

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Shant Mardirossian

Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Kohlberg & Company

A must attend conference for me. Plan to expand to other members of the Finance team.

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  • Access to the CFOs & COOs Forum New York
  • Access to all of PEI’s CFO events (both virtual and in-person)
  • Access to the member directory
  • Frequent virtual and in-person networking opportunities
  • And much more …

2022 Agenda

For speaking opportunities, contact Shamara Ray at shamara.r@peimedia.com or call +1 212 633 1453.

All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET)

Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day one - Wednesday 19th

Registration
07:45 - 08:30

Registration – Continental breakfast

PEI Welcome
08:30 - 08:40

PEI Welcome & chair’s introduction

Chair’s welcome
08:40 - 08:45

Chair’s welcome

Keynote interview
08:45 - 09:30

Keynote interview

Plenary session
09:30 - 10:30

9th annual global CFO and COO benchmarking survey results

In this session, we will review the results of the ninth annual survey of CFOs and COOs from across the globe. We’ve collected extensive data on people, processes, and planning for the future. The insight gained from the survey will provide the foundation for a robust discussion by an esteemed panel of CFOs and COOs representing a broad spectrum of private funds.

Networking coffee break
10:30 - 11:00

Networking coffee break

Think tanks
11:00 - 12:00

Think tank (GPs only): Bolstering the future of the firm with a solid succession plan

  • Does your firm expect to see a succession event in the near future?
  • Laying the groundwork for succession
  • When is the right time to start identifying candidates?
  • How much LP disclosure is required regarding succession plans?
  • Determining if multiple candidates will be required to fill a role historically held by one person
  • How often do firms meet to identify successors?
  • Identifying successors by granting candidates some responsibility and authority to start to influence the business
  • Putting a process in place for a seamless transition
  • What does succession planning at end of fund life look like?
11:00 - 12:00

Think tank (GPs only): Is private equity going through a talent revolution?

  • How are CFOs competing effectively in the war for talent?
  • Will paying whatever it takes or providing other benefits/alternatives win the race for talent?
  • Restoring the balance: closing talent gaps resulting from women leaving the workforce during the pandemic
  • Making a case for return to office when other firms are offering remote options
  • Increasing value of soft vs hard incentives—finding the right mix
  • Inventive strategies for retaining next generation talent
  • Do you incentivize using matching or leveraged coinvest?
  • Assessing how to maximize and leverage existing employees
11:00 - 12:00

Think tank (GPs only): Are SPACs on your firm’s radar for 2022

  • Projections on SPACs formation and IPOs in the year ahead
  • Dissecting why PE is attracted to SPACs and the benefits of entering the evolving space
  • Does an increase in SPACs signal that firms should be giving the option another look?
  • Are SPACS an ideal way for firms to find liquidity and go public in a more controlled environment?
  • How does your firm view the growing SPACs market’s ability to bring companies public?
  • What has been the LP reception to the rising popularity of SPACs?
11:00 - 12:00

Think tank (GPs only): PE compensation trends

  • Conducting an analysis of your firm’s compensation and benefits
  • CFO compensation trends
  • What is competitive compensation by level of investment professional?
  • How do you compensate your employees? How does it compare to industry standards?
  • Identifying opportunities to augment terms of compensation
  • How do you incentivize employees?
  • Utilizing compensation surveys to benchmark against peers
  • Establishing a process to identify individual career goals to align opportunity and compensation
11:00 - 12:00

Think tank (Service providers only): What every GP expects from their service providers

  • Private equity’s mounting acceptance of outsourcing
  • Methods for overcoming challenges with adopting new technologies
  • Collaborating with service providers as partners
  • Setting up regular touchpoints
  • Having clear dialogue on what your provider is doing
  • Making your service provider a part of the team
  • Ensuring third-party due diligence
Networking luncheon
12:00 - 13:30

Networking luncheon

Breakout sessions I
13:30 - 14:20

Track A | Utilizing automation to maintain a competitive edge

  • Examining how automation is redefining PE firm processes
  • How do you define emerging tech within your firm?
  • How firms should be using emerging technologies to foster strategic growth
  • Adopting systems to automate ILPA templates
  • Budget friendly tools to help smaller firms automate
  • Leveraging automation and visualization for better decision-making
  • How do you sustain your advantage and/or not fall behind with the use of technology?
  • Automating the back office
13:30 - 14:20

Track B | Establishing a successful dynamic for internal and external fundraising strategies

  • Future direction of the CFO function during a fundraise
  • Finding value-adds across the firm to contribute to the fundraise process
  • Positioning the firm to be able to launch a new fund with existing resources and technology
  • Will fundraising continue to employ virtual meetings?
  • Making changes to how the firm presents in a virtual environment: scaling webinars, presentations and collateral
  • How different are in-person and virtual due diligence meetings during fundraising?
  • Fielding an increase in ESG policy questions
  • Are placement agents playing a larger role in providing fundraising support?
  • How are LPs utilizing track record data in the decision process?
13:30 - 14:20

Track C | One year later: tax reform and the Biden administration

  • Overview of tax legislation and regulatory changes
  • Affirmative planning for potential tax changes
  • Pivotal focus areas: corporate rate, personal rate, carried interest and dividends
  • Dissecting the impact of tax reform on senior professionals
  • How does the increasing capital gains tax drive what firms do with portfolio companies?
  • Impact of carry tax on portfolio companies
  • Recent state and local tax developments
  • Investor sensitivities—fund structure and tax reporting
  • Emerging cross-border tax developments
  • What is on your radar at the fund or portfolio company level?
13:30 - 14:20

Track D | Reevaluating methods and implementing new approaches for streamlining firm operations

  • Surveying what is driving operational efficiency at the firm to uncover additional areas of opportunity
  • Is your firm readying for value creation initiatives to drive efficiency?
  • Assessing how the finance team can deliver efficiency to support the business
  • Taking another look at outsourcing: which functions can be outsourced and what remains in-house?
  • What technologies are being utilizing across the firm from an operational perspective?
  • Understanding who is responsible for and owns the system initiatives at your firm
  • Adhering to ILPA standards to address increasing LP expectations
13:30 - 14:20

Track E | Technology spotlight

Discover new automated solutions firms are implementing to address challenges and the best technology to help with accounting, transparency, reporting and more.

Breakout sessions II
14:25 - 15:15

Track A | Orchestrating the management, normalization and utilization of data

  • Growing importance of data across the firm
  • Models for getting an essential database from an inherently complex task
  • Best practices for achieving better organization of data
  • Finding a complimentary approach to consuming data from an Excel spreadsheet
  • Pulling data in a way that can be managed, utilized and shared—what tools do you need?
  • Steps for maintaining good, quality data over time
  • Deploying a company-wide platform to enable firmwide data solutions
  • Strategies for cleansing data and quality control
  • Is your firm using data warehouses, data lakes or business intelligence tools?
  • Analyzing firm data to make better investment decisions
  • How are firms utilizing data in a way that’s forward looking?
  • Data protection risk
  • Cybersecurity best practices and protocol
14:25 - 15:15

Track B | Holding on: improving performance and returns through continuation funds

  • Unraveling the pros and cons of seeking longer term holds on companies
  • Are continuation funds an option for addressing supply and demand issues?
  • How do continuation funds de-risk assets?
  • Determining which assets have the potential to grow doing a continuation fund
  • What strategic approaches can firms take to extend funds and achieve positive performance results?
14:25 - 15:15

Track C | How private equity is adjusting valuation methodology

  • State of valuations in a hot leverage and pricing market
  • What does PE do to prepare for 2022?
  • GP attitude towards lifting valuations in line with the large market valuation uplift
  • Valuations and audit review: are firms using a third-party or doing it in-house?
  • Benchmarking whether CFOs are responsible for valuation and how it’s evolved over time
  • Does the investment team or finance/accounting complete valuations?
  • Reviewing valuation policy changes made during the pandemic to determine the need to revert back
  • Is the SEC focusing more on valuation and disclosure?
  • Establishing a centralized data collection process with the finance and/or deal team
  • Are firms doing valuations based on WACC or making adjustments?
  • Best practices and where the industry is heading
14:25 - 15:15

Track D | COO strategic initiatives: moving the back office toward operational efficiency

  • Reassessing back office operating models to identify efficiencies
  • Achieving efficiency gains through back office deal tracking, accounting and CRM software integration
  • Identifying the operational elements COOs need to tackle as firms change
  • Managing growth and scale while establishing processes to meet new demands from LPs
  • Moving the firm toward better integrating systems
  • Wading through point solutions to ensure the firm is getting the right visibility into investments
  • Strategies for securing buy-in within the firm when operational efficiencies are needed and require a sizable investment
  • Putting resources in place to enable you to achieve more and decrease day-to-day tasks
14:25 - 15:15

Track E | Technology spotlight

Discover new automated solutions firms are implementing to address challenges and the best technology to help with accounting, transparency, reporting and more.

Networking coffee break
15:15 - 15:45

Networking coffee break

Plenary session
15:45 - 16:35

How can CFOs and COOs be more additive to firm initiatives?

  • Evolving skills: how the role has changed and will function 5-10 years from now
  • Tools CFOs and COOs use to effectively manage the growing demand on time and resources
  • Prioritizing responsibilities when concurrent deliverables have critical levels of importance
  • How are CFOs enhancing the support provided to portfolio companies?
  • How do you split CFO vs COO responsibilities?
  • Weighing in on outsourcing decisions
  • Managing in-house and outsourced functions
  • CFO role in the IR and fundraising processes
  • How CFOs are assisting in making portfolio companies as profitable as possible
  • Playing a strategic role in the firm’s considerations about its balance sheet
  • Different hats CFOs wear throughout the span your career
  • Overcoming challenges around adopting new technologies
Keynote
16:35 - 17:20

Keynote interview

Cocktail reception and end of day one
17:20 - 18:20

Cocktail reception and end of day one

Agenda

Day two - Thursday 20th

Invitation-only think tanks
07:45 - 09:00

CFOs and COOs think tank

07:45 - 09:00

CCOs think tank

07:45 - 09:00

Senior finance executive think tank

Continental breakfast
08:15 - 09:10

Continental breakfast

Opening remarks
09:10 - 09:15

Chair’s opening remarks

Keynote interview
09:15 - 10:00

Keynote interview

Plenary session
10:00 - 10:50

Adapting to hybrid work environments in a historically in-office culture

  • Is remote and hybrid working the new normal for private equity?
  • Exploring the purpose of “office” for your organization?
  • What are firms doing to address the ever-increasing demand for work from home?
  • Striking the right balance for your firm: number of days per week, rolling, etc.
  • Importance of having the right technology in place to operate productively in a remote/hybrid environment
  • Methods for fostering engagement and growth of hybrid/remote back-office employees when the investment team is in the office
  • How to monitor performance and identify high performers
  • Conducting remote finance team oversight in a post-COVID work environment
  • Unintended consequences of people not being in the office
  • Are firms concerned about attrition?
  • How to attract and retain talent when other firms offer more appealing hybrid or remote arrangements
Networking coffee break
10:50 - 11:20

Networking coffee break

Breakout sessions I
11:20 - 12:10

Track A | What’s in store for the future of carry?

  • Examining carry models that are simpler to administer and more equitable to manage
  • Carry vesting schedules: what are firms doing?
  • Examining GP carried interest waterfall structures and the impact on returns
  • How do you think about who is entitled to carry, considerations?
  • How does your firm allocate carry and who gets in the carry pool?
  • Should founders spread carry more evenly down into the organization?
  • What is the approach to fund new hires when all the carry has been allocated?
  • Bracing for a change in tax legislation and whether carry will be taxed like regular income
  • What kind of language are firms putting in LPAs to address the coming tax bill?
  • Considerations for doing phantom carry
  • Creative approaches for dealing with the carry rule
11:20 - 12:10

Track B | What’s ahead for PE compliance: the next three years?

  • What regulatory changes is the industry anticipating from SEC Chair Gensler?
  • How are you being strategic in compliance?
  • Common issues firms encounter with respect to fees and expenses?
  • Implementing a process to ensure better data and reporting
  • Should PE anticipate an uptick in exams and enforcement actions?
  • Before the exam—considerations when preparing for a potential SEC visit
  • Recommendations for utilizing outsourced compliance consultants
  • CFO and COO accountability in the compliance process
  • Tracking timeline initiatives and trends from one SEC Chair to the next
  • Standing by for a prescriptive approach for the industry at large on ESG, reporting and disclosure requirements
  • Regulations on the horizon: crypto, capital gains tax and carried interest
  • New marketing rules
11:20 - 12:10

Track C | Analyzing how technology is interconnected with firm success

  • Surveying the latest technology and tools for private equity
  • Ensuring your technology is ideal for the firm’s type of investments and required reporting
  • Determining what system to use for fund accounting
  • Tools for organizing data and metrics
  • Providing necessary training and education for in-house use and remote access
  • Uncovering common integration challenges when launching new technologies
  • Incorporating user feedback into technology decisions
  • The role next generation technologies are playing in the investment decision-making process
11:20 - 12:10

Track D | How firms approach and view the use of subscription lines

  • Are you seeing an increase in the overall debt exposure in the funds?
  • What type of facilities are being used and how long is debt outstanding before repayment?
  • Using leverage to show increased returns given today’s low interest rates
  • Overview of hybrid facilities
  • Employing asset backed facilities at the portfolio level
  • What is the borrowing landscape like for your firm?
  • Do you use subscription lines for actual leverage or for bridging purposes?
  • SEC oversight into use of the line
  • Why UBTI has been sensitive issues with investors
  • Renewal process of subscription lines—what it entails
  • Calculating performance in a way that takes out the impact of subscription lines
  • DDQ and subscription line terms: how much you can call on commitments and how long do you keep it out there?
  • How to leverage your subscription lines to enhance returns
Roundup sessions
11:20 - 12:10

Roundup A | Aligning ESG commitment with corporate strategy

  • Advancing the firm from ESG awareness to implementing policies and procedures
  • Taking steps to make ESG a part of the firm’s DNA
  • How are firms tracking and enforcing ESG within portfolio companies?
  • Portfolio company ESG data: collection and frequency
  • Presenting accurate ESG initiatives to potential LPs
  • Tackling ESG reporting in response to more sophisticated LP questions
  • New ESG regulatory requirements
  • Examining the parameters and metrics of your ESG compliance policies
  • What is the SEC focusing on with disclosures?
11:20 - 12:10

Roundup B | Ensuring outsourced services are aligned with firm interests

  • Checks and balances: getting comfortable with relinquishing a level of control to vendors
  • Formalizing the vendor selection process to guarantee you pick the right partner
  • Conducting service provider due diligence
  • Cost allocation of outsourced solutions
  • What are the hidden costs of insourcing vs outsourcing?
  • How much time does outsourcing really save the firm?
  • Examining the technologies needed to keep specific functions in-house
  • Can a strong CFO network be an alternative to hiring or outsourcing?
  • Having a productive and transparent relationship with your service providers
  • Management of outsourcing in relation to regulatory oversight
Working groups
12:15 - 13:00

Group A | Building finance teams

  • Assessing what level of expertise you have in-house
  • Evaluating whether to hire for the finance team or does it make more sense to outsource
  • Focus on recruitment: using emerging/untraditional sources to assemble a pool of candidates
  • Do your diligence: outlining requirements for third-party service providers
  • Developing the junior finance team
12:15 - 13:00

Group B | Cybersecurity policies and risk mitigation

  • Where does cyber risk rank on the list of challenges your firm faces today?
  • What are firms doing to proactively prevent hacks?
  • What should be the internal process if your firm gets hit by a cyberattack?
  • Using technology/ tools more robustly in cybersecurity initiatives
  • Implementing a process to lead the cybersecurity charge for your portfolio companies
  • Handling ODD questions that have an increased focused on cyber
  • How are other firms approaching cyber insurance?
  • Cybersecurity email standards: how do you treat PDF attachments?
  • Security measures for LPs who cannot/will not login to the investor portal
  • Use of password-protected or encrypted documents
  • Creating cybersecurity best practices and protocols around legacy systems with data in multiple places
  • Developing a cybersecurity training program for employees
  • Ensuring firm policies are up to par with SEC requirements
12:15 - 13:00

Group C | Secondary market: driving growth in fund restructuring

  • What does aging funds mean and how many are out there?
  • Market metrics and recent developments in the market
  • Economic insight on what can be seen in the data
  • Providing options for GPs and LPs seeking a way to structure out
  • Evaluating the process: timeline of how long these deals are supposed to take
  • Due diligence—perspectives on running and facilitating the deals
  • What diligence looks like from the funds side of the universe
  • Types of information and documents requested
  • What changes can fund managers expect with fair value accounting for secondary market transactions?
  • Tax and valuation issues to consider
Networking luncheon
13:00 - 14:05

Networking luncheon

Plenary sessions
14:05 - 14:55

Key considerations for addressing diversity, equity and inclusion issues in private equity

  • Are DEI initiatives a matter of firm culture?
  • How much does LP pressure contribute to DEI policies?
  • Does your HR policy provide structure or outline diversity initiatives?
  • Tackling post pandemic talent gaps in an inclusive manner
  • How can the challenge of lack of diversity at entry and senior levels be solved?
  • What impact hiring should look like for PE and your firm
  • Changing how your firm approaches recruitment and hiring
  • Utilizing recruiters to assist in identifying the right candidates
  • Ensuring diverse hires are successful within the firm
15:00 - 15:50

Evolution and normalization of investor reporting

  • How has investor reporting evolved over the past 10 years?
  • Primary areas of reporting that have changed the most in the last several years
  • Best practices for responding to ESG questionnaires and reporting on ESG metrics
  • Recent reporting on DEI initiatives
  • Handling ILPA templates and increasing side letter requests
  • Are ILPA templates used for specific investors or across the board for all investors?
  • Exploring different ways to manage data including technology implementation
  • What are you doing internally to get to a single point of truth?
  • Utilizing portals as the delivery mechanism to LPs
  • Will AGMs and diligence meetings remain virtual in the future?
  • Are investors requesting returns presented in accordance with GIPS?
Fireside chat
16:00 - 16:30

Keynote fireside chat

End of conference
16:30 - 16:30

End of conference

Up to 15 CPE credits available

Earn up to 15 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits at this year’s CFOs & COOs Forum. PEI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org.

 

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

 

As part of our commitment to safety at the CFOs & COOs Forum New York and following New York City and venue COVID-19 vaccination requirements, we are requiring that all attendees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status before checking into the event.

To expedite this process, PEI Media and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel will be using Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via the CLEAR mobile app. Complete your health screening with Health Pass by CLEAR ahead of time for expedited check-in and entry. We will not be accepting NYC COVID Safe App or Excelsior Pass as a form of record of vaccination at the event. We are only accepting proof via Health Pass by CLEAR.

All attendees will receive the event specific Health Pass registration code before the event.

Questions? Please contact customerservices@peimedia.com.

Frequently asked questions

Will I need to be vaccinated to attend the CFOs & COOs Forum New York?

Yes. Only individuals who provide full proof of COVID-19 vaccination status via the Health Pass by CLEAR app will be allowed to enter the event.

Do I need to use Health Pass by CLEAR to attend the event? Can I bring my vaccine card or show a negative COVID-19 test result or use another app?

All attendees must use Health Pass by CLEAR to prove vaccination status. Attendees cannot only show a vaccine card upon entry, a negative COVID-19 test result, or the NYC COVID Safe App or Excelsior Pass. Verification via Health Pass by CLEAR must be presented on arrival to prove vaccination status.

What if I don’t download the app and complete Health Pass by CLEAR before arriving to the event?

We strongly encourage all attendees to download the CLEAR app and sign up for Health Pass by CLEAR at least 24 hours prior to the event to ensure your vaccination status is confirmed. If you do not this, please bring your vaccine card and a photo id with you to the venue to verify your information through the app onsite at the event. It can take up to 30 minutes for your vaccination status to be confirmed.

What is Health Pass by CLEAR?

CLEAR Health Pass is a free feature in the CLEAR app that provides an easy way to complete health screenings for a safer, easier return to events. After a quick one-time enrollment, you’ll follow instructions to comply with health requirements for the venue. Upload your CDC vaccine card or link to your vaccine provider.

How do I use Health Pass by CLEAR?

  1. Download the CLEAR app and tap on the white Health Pass tile.
  2. Tap “Enroll or verify your in CLEAR” to create your CLEAR member account
    1. New to CLEAR? When prompted, enter your email address, phone number and have your gov’t issued photo ID ready to complete enrollment.
    2. Already a CLEAR member? Use the email address associated with your membership and snap a quick selfie to verify your identity
  3. Continue to follow prompts on the Entry Requirements page to securely confirm your proof of vaccination. Upload a photo of your vaccine card or select your vaccine provider to verify your proof of vaccination.
  4. After your vaccination upload, two weeks prior to the event, a code is provided by PEI Media specific to the CFOs & COOs Forum New York to confirm your identity for the event in the app. Open the health pass to get your verification result. Green means you’re good to go!

Please note that once your vaccination record is uploaded to the platform, it can take up to 30 minutes for your status to be verified. All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete this process at least 24 hours before the event.

How does CLEAR protect my personal data?

Privacy is at the center of everything at CLEAR and they are fully committed to protecting members’ information. Personal information is never sold or rented. Personal information is only used to deliver a frictionless and secure experience with CLEAR.

I am already registered for the CFOs & COOs Forum New York, how do I confirm my vaccination status?

Email communications are being sent to all attendees regarding Health Pass by CLEAR and the CLEAR app can be downloaded right away to start verifying your vaccination. Attendees are strongly encouraged to verify vaccine status at least 24 hours prior to the event. The event specific code needed to confirm your identity will be sent to all attendees two weeks prior to the event.

 

Any questions regarding the event and vaccination requirements should be sent to customerservices@peimedia.com.

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The Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel
811 7th Avenue, 53rd street
New York, NY 10019

All conference sessions will take place at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel.

We also have reserved a room block at the hotel for all attendees with a discounted rate. To reserve your room at the hotel please use the link below or call reservations and mention PEI CFOs & COOs Forum at 1-888-627-7067.

Please note the rate expires January 7, 2022.

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