PartnerConnect Southwest 2015

December 1-2, 2015, The Adolphus, Dallas, TX

Buyouts Texas 2015  

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

Join the Buyouts editorial team and hundreds of LPs, GPs and intermediaries in Dallas for 2 days of unparalleled networking and intelligence. Whether you’re focused on fundraising or just looking to learn more about the trends shaping your business, the 8th Annual Buyouts Texas, conference is a great way to get perspective on 2015, and get ready for the year ahead.  You’ll meet more than 400 professionals at the region’s biggest PE event of the year for senior decision-makers.

As always, our editors have assembled an essential grouping of topics on the minds of limited and general partners, covering the full private equity fund life cycle: from the fundraising climate, to the finding of deals and the deployment of capital, to the ultimate harvesting and exiting of companies.

**Bonus for this year: We’ll be introducing our one day Buyouts Energy Summit, on Dec. 1, covering topics on private markets natural resources, real assets, and energy equipment, technology and services investing. Your pass to Buyouts Texas includes the full Buyouts Energy Summit,

As always, limited partners are welcome to attend our events for free. LPs, along with GPs, bankers and lenders as always can customize their networking opportunities by participating in our exclusive ExecConnect private meeting program: pre-arranged 1:1 meetings with industry participants with mutual investment goals and business development interests. Enrollment for ExecConnect is included with all LP, GP, banker and lender tickets. We normally host over 350 such meetings at PartnerConnect Southwest.

Michael Elio

Partner, Stepstone Global

Chris Flowers

Managing Director/CEO, J.C. Flowers & Co.

Kenneth Hersh

Co-Founder, CEO, NGP Energy Capital Management

Austin Long

Principal, Alignment Capital Group

Shamoil Shipchandler

Regional Director, Fort Worth Regional Office, SEC

Robert Smith

CEO, Vista Equity

Kelly Williams

President, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets

Neil Wizel

Managing Director, First Reserve


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Who's Coming?

Who attends Buyouts Texas? Virtually every major Financial Sponsor and hundreds of LPs. Here are the sample of firms that have attended PartnerConnect Southwest in the past.

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
  • Employees Retirement System of Texas
  • EnCap Investments
  • New York Life Capital Partners
  • Employees Retirement Fund, City of Dallas
  • Texas Children’s Hospital


Who Should Attend Buyouts Texas?
  • Private Equity Groups
  • Institutional Investors
  • Investment Banks
  • Commercial Lenders
  • Law Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Placement Agents
  • Due Diligence Firms
  • Valuation Firms
  • Recruiters
Buyouts Texas Agenda


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Buyouts Funds Track
Buyouts Deals Track
7:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome Remarks
8:10 am Keynote Speaker: Eric Foran, Principal, Coller Capital
8:35 am Keynote Speaker: J. Christopher Flowers, Managing Director & CEO, J.C. Flowers & Co.
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Ken Hersh, Co-Founder & CEO, NGP Energy Capital Management
9:35 am Networking Break
10:00 am Buyouts Funds Panel 1: Currently Trending: Where Top LPs Placing Their Bets Today

SPEAKERS: Bruce Ou, Managing Director, Grove Street Advisors; Richard Chau, Managing Director, Tulane University Endowment; Charles Froland, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Equity Management; James Tybur, Principal, Performance Equity Management
Buyouts Deals Panel 1: Five Surprising Stats That Point To Opportunities in the Deal Market

MODERATOR: Roger Hendren, Office Managing Partner, McGladrey

SPEAKERS: Ned Fleming
, Managing Partner, SunTx Capital Partners; Nadim Malik, Founder, Sutton Place Strategies; Sang-IL Park, Principal, Marlin Equity Partners; Howard Morgan, Partner & Senior Managing Director, Argand Partners, LP
10:30 am Buyouts Funds Panel 2: Shark Tank: Our Panel Of LPs Judges A Live Manager Pitch

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: John Dickie, Principal, Aberdeen Asset Management; Amanda Outerbridge, Principal, HarbourVest Partner; Natalie Jenkins Sorrell, Investment Officer, Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas; Ty Schultz, Managing Director, Transom Capital Group
Buyouts Deals Panel 2: Leveraged Lending: Maximizing Returns in Today's Frothy Market

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Stefan Shafer, Managing Partner, SPP Capital Partners; Faraz Abbasi, Senior Partner, Centerfield Capital Partners; Garrett Kanehann, Co-Founder and Partner, BlackEagle; Kelly Stotler, Managing Director, Czech Asset Management
11:00 am Buyouts Funds Panel 3: Small Funds—Big Returns: Finding The Top Decile Sub-$200M Fund

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Josh Sobeck, Partner, 747 Capital; Christian Albert, Managing Partner, Bowside Capital; Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO, Star Mountain Capital; Daryl Brown, Director - Private Markets Group, DuPont Capital Management Corporation
Buyouts Deals Panel 3: Just How Good Was That Deal? LPs Evaluate A PE Firm's Case Study

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Gijs van Thiel, Managing Partner, 747 Capital; Karl Schade, CEO, Presidio Capital Advisors; Josh Zweig, Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates; Serina Shi, Partners, eJnnn Phecda Partners
11:30 am Keynote: Navigating Volatility As An Energy Investor
Neil Wizel, Managing Director, First Reserve
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Kelly Williams, President, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
1:30 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 4: LP Roundtable: My Favorite Niche Fund Strategy Is…

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Dilip Ratnam, Managing Partner, Vista Ridge Capital Partners; Jason Cipriani, Partner, Corrum Capital Management
Deals Panel 4: Bankers Discuss Today's Deal Flow Environment

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Bill Murdock
, Senior Managing Director, Corporate Finance, Comerica Bank; Andrew Rabin, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan; Colt Luedde, Managing Director, GulfStar Group
2:00 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 5: Advanced Strategies in PE Portfolio Construction

MODERATOR: James Snyder, Partner, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc.

SPEAKER: Randal Ralph, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC; Josh Miller, Senior Vice President, NB Alternatives; Marianne Dwight, General Counsel, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
Buyouts Deals Panel 5: Breaking Clean Out Of The Gate: How to Get Your First Fund Raised

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Scott Spielvogel, Managing Partner, One Rock Capital Partners, LLC ; Victor Boksha, Managing Director & CEO, Si-Values / BG Partners Group
2:30 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 6: Private Debt: Top Risk Adjusted Strategies LPs Want This Year

MODERATOR: Heinz Blennemann, Principal, Blennemann Family Investments

SPEAKERS: Jason Safran, Senior Asset Manager, Texas Christian University Endowment; Mina Nazemi, Partner, GCM Grosvenor; Mitchell Drucker, Managing Director, Garrison Investment Group
Buyouts Deals Panel 6: Regulatory Update: Actions You Need to Take Right Now

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: David Smolen, General Counsel, GI Partners; David Gershman, Partner & GC, Trivest Partners; Marianne Dwight, General Counsel, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
3:00 pm PM Networking Break
3:30 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 7: Re-Ups: What Does It Take For An LP To Say No?

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: John Cancelleri, Investment Manager, SL Capital Partners; David Hartford, Partner, Aeris Capital; Jed Johnson, Senior Managing Director, Crow Holdings Capital - Investment Partners; Chris Lawrence, Managing Director, HQ Capital
Buyouts Deals Panel 7: Finding A Management Team: Secrets to Identifying Top Talent

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Nathan Brown, Managing Director, Wind Point Partners; Luke Phenicie, Lead Operating Partner, HKW Capital Partners III, L.P.; David Pittaway, Senior Managing Director, Senior VP, Branford Castle Partners,
4:00 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 8: LP-GP Communications: Trends and Best Practices

MODERATOR: Arthur Peponis, Head of Private Equity, Angelo, Gordon & Co.

SPEAKERS: Laure Brasch, Managing Director, Franklin Park; Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO, Star Mountain Capital, LLC; Ravi Ugale, Director of Private Equity, Genspring Family Offices; James Bode, Manager, Alternative Investments, Bank of Oklahoma
Buyouts Deals Panel 8: How the Most Aggressive Firms Are Securing More Deal Flow

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Michael Teplitsky, VP, Wynnchurch Capital; Chris Harris, Managing Director, FFL; Dan Lipson, Partner, Rotunda Capital
4:30 pm Buyouts Funds Panel 9: Roadshow Workshop: Top LPs Discuss Do's And Don'ts For Your Very First Meeting

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Rebecca Connolly, Partner, Fairview Capital; Richard Holbein, Managing Director, Bogdahn Group; Gregory Garrett, Managing Director, Portfolio Advisors; David McCoy, Principal, RCP Advisors
Buyouts Deals Panel 9: 2016 M&A Outlook - Identifying Dealmaking Trends In The Next 12 Months

MODERATOR: Luisa Beltran, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: David Santoni, Managing Director, Lazard Middle Marke; Mike McGill, Co-Founder and Managing Director, MHT; John Madden, Managing Partner, Sequel Holdings, LP
5:00 pm Closing Keynote: The Real Story of Co-Investment Performance In Private Equity
Michael Elio, Managing Director, StepStone Global
5:30 pm Networking Reception

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Buyouts Funds Track
Buyouts Deals Track
8:00 am Networking Breakfast  
8:05 am Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced  
8:15 am Welcoming Remarks
8:25 am Keynote: Recent Research Into the Underlying Structure of the Secondary Market
Austin Long, Principal, Alignment Capital Group
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Robert Smith, CEO, Vista Equity  
9:30 am AM Networking Break
10:00 am Funds Panel 10: Co-Investments: 10 GP-LP Strategies For Ensuring Positive Outcomes

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Michael Sorensen, Vice President, BlackRock Private Equity Partners; Chirag Shah, Vice President, DB Private Equity and Private Markets; Rohit Seth, General Partner, Duchossois Group
Deals Panel 10: Prepping A Company For a Sale: Tips To Boost Valuations More than 10%

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Suzanne Kriscunas, Managing Partner; The Riverside Company; Scott Finegan, Managing Director, Pfingsten Partners, LLC; David Felts, Managing Director, Brookwood Associates
10:30 am Funds Panel 11: Are The Best Returns For LPs Still In The Middle Market?

MODERATOR: Sam Sutton, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Gordon Hargraves, Partner, Private Advisors LLC; David Hartford, Partner, Aeris Capital
Deals Panel 11: Operational Improvements: Best Practices On Rolling Up Your Sleeves

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Christina Morin, Managing Principal, Graham Partners; Michael Teplitsky, Vice President, Wynnchurch Capital; Chris Zugaro, Partner and Co-Founder, Trive Capital; Gustavo Alberelli, Managing Director, Trident Capital
11:00 am Funds Panel 12: Evaluating Emerging Managers: Signs A First Time Fund Is A Winner

MODERATOR: Alan Hartmann, Senior Manager, Moss Adams

SPEAKERS: Matt Petronzio, Director of Fund of Funds, Five Points Capital; Mishone Donelson, Principal, Fairview Capital; Jeff Curtis, Associate, Perella Weinberg Partners; Catharine Burkett, Director of Private Investments, LCG Associates

Deals Panel 12: Winning Without Overpaying: How To Beat The High Priced Market

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Marc Rowland, Senior Managing Director, IOG Capital; Jay Coughlon, Managing Partner, Lariat Partners, LP
11:30 am Buyouts Funds Closing Panel: In The Next 12 Months, The Best Performing PE Size And Strategy Will Be...

MODERATOR: Bart Molloy, Managing Director, Monument Group

SPEAKERS: David Jensen, Director, Commonfund Capital; Craig White, Investment Manager, Stafford Capital Partners
Buyouts Deals Closing Panel: Creating A Winning Culture: How The Best PE Firms Operate

MODERATOR: Steve Gelsi, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Bruce Hernandez, Founding Partner, Spire Capital Partners; Chris Zugaro, Partner and Co-Founder, Trive Capital; Christopher Bruneau, 57 Stars, Washington, DC; David Schaible, Partner, Spire Capital Partners
12:00 pm Closing Keynote Speaker: Shamoil Shipchandler, Regional Director, Fort Worth Regional Office, SEC



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