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Eric Hippeau

Managing Partner, Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is the chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. Previously, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner. Prior to Softbank Capital, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. He serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Eric graduated from the Lycee Francais de Londres and attended the Sorbonne University in Paris.


Michael Ronen

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers

Michael is Managing Partner of Softbank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in next-generation Automotive and Transportation companies, as well as Artificial Intelligence and Communications companies. Michael joined Softbank in 2017 after 19 years at Goldman Sachs where most recently he was a Partner Managing Director and served as co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Michael was a member of Goldman Sachs’ M&A Group and founder of the firm's Automotive Technology effort. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Michael served as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Corps and later worked as an attorney, specializing in bankruptcies and financial restructurings. Michael earned an LLB (JD) from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.





Global Head of Private Equity, Blackstone

Joseph Baratta is Global Head of Private Equity and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Baratta has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Universal Orlando, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals, Houghton Mifflin, Spirit Group and was responsible for Blackstone's investments in First Eagle Investment Management, Seaworld Parks and Entertainment, Merlin Entertainments Group, Center Parcs, Tragus Group, Southern Cross and ICS Group. In 2001, Mr. Baratta moved to London to help establish Blackstone’s corporate private equity business in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Baratta was with Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. Mr. Baratta also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Baratta graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University where he currently serves on the University's Board of Directors. He serves as a director of Blackstone portfolio companies First Eagle Investment Management and Penn Engineering. He is also a trustee of the Tate Foundation in Britain and serves on the board of Year Up, an organization focused on youth employment.



Friday, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2019

Navigate below for further details on each panel



9:00 - 9:50 AM | WELCOME
Welcome Remarks - TBD
Opening Discussion - TBD
 Moderated by TBD

Morning Panels

10:00 - 10:50 AM | FIRST SESSION
Panel I: TBD
Panel II: TBD

11:00 - 11:50 AM | SECOND SESSION
 Panel III: TBD
 Panel IV: TBD


12:00 - 12:50 PM
Lunch & Networking

1:00 - 1:50 PM | KEYNOTE
Midday Keynote - Annie Lamont, Oak HC / FT
Moderated by TBD

afternoon Session

2:00 - 2:50 PM | THIRD SESSION
Panel V: TBD
Panel VI: TBD

3:00 - 3:50 PM | FOURTH SESSION
Panel VII: TBD


4:00 - 4:50PM | KEYNOTE
Closing Keynote - TBD
Moderated by TBD

5:00PM - 6:00PM
Evening Cocktails & Networking



a full day exploring new horizons across the private investments landscape



Investments in Cryptocurrency and Fintech

The Investments in Cryptocurrency & FinTech panel will explore key trends in the field, whether cryptocurrencies have the potential to disrupt the current paradigms of fundraising in Private Equity/Venture Capital/Initial Public Offerings, and the legal ramifications and securities regulation that is likely to impact the industry in the near future.

  • Kendrick Nguyen Founder, Republic

  • Aaron Wright Law Professor, Cardozo Law

  • Jason Jones Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Consensys Capital

  • Travis Scher Vice President, Investments, Digital Currency Group

Moderated by David Yermack, Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation and Chair of the Finance Department

Secondary Market PE Investing

The Secondary Market for PE Investing panel will explore Private Equity funds focused on investing in secondaries, the factors that have led to increases in demand for secondary investments, the industries that investors are focused on, and the resulting paradigm shift in the investment landscape.

  • Jameson L Mones Director, Blackstone Strategic Partners

  • Ethan Falkove Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

  • Daryl Li Director, Ardian

  • Brian Zaratzian Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Omaha Beach Capital

Moderated by Dexter Blake, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

In Search of Longer Term Horizons

The In Search of Longer Term Horizons panel will explore the trend of GPs, LPs, and Co-Investors shifting their focus to investment strategies with longer investment horizons and how the shift is expected to impact the relationship between GPs and LPs.

  • Adam Sokoloff Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

  • John Laxmi Co-Founder, Former CFO, Alinda Capital

  • Scott Werry Founding Partner, Altas Partners

  • Dina Said Dwyer Managing Director, Eden Capital

Moderated by Michael Weisser, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The Rise of Corporate VCs

The Rise of Corporate VCs panel will explore the corporate search for diversified returns and the expansion of corporate activity into the VC space in their search for sector disruptors that will change the future of their industry.

  • Kim Armor Managing Director and CFO, Comcast Ventures

  • Gus Warren Managing Director, Samsung Next Ventures

  • Darcy Frisch Managing Director and Vice President, Hearst Ventures

  • Urs Cete Managing Partner, BDMI

Moderated by Alden Mahabir, Verizon Ventures

PE Value Creation Strategies
and Opportunities in the Current Environment

The Private Equity Value Creation Strategies and Opportunities in the Current Environment panel will explore the shifts in investments across industries and regions, the increasing importance of operational restructuring/efficiency, as well as discussing the rise of alternative methods for investors to access the Private Equity market.

  • Jasvinder Khaira Senior Managing Director, Blackstone, Tactical Opportunities Group

  • Vivianne Akriche Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital

  • Trevor Winstead Managing Director, Apollo Global Management, Illiquid Opportunistic Credit

Moderated by Kenneth Young, Partner,  Dechert LLP

Venture Investments in Data Driven Technology

The Venture Investments in Data-Driven Technology panel will address the current state of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Data Mining and explore how VC investors expect to leverage these trends in their day to day work and discuss the end-user adoption of this technology.

  • Erik Nordlander Engineering Partner, Google Ventures

  • Davide Venturelli Quantum Computing Team Lead, USRA at NASA Ames Quantum AI Lab

  • John Frankel Founding Partner, ff Venture Capital

  • Vijay Reddy Head of AI Investments, Intel Capital

Moderated by Steven Kuyan, NYU Tandon Future Labs

Distressed Investing

The Distressed Investing panel will explore the expectations for the next stage of the distressed investing sector. Given the current state of the energy, shipping, and retail industry and the increasing price of LBO and M&A deals, should we expect an inbound wave of defaults and bankruptcies in the future? When will the benign credit cycle finally end? Where in the capital structure do we expect to see the most opportunity?

  • Holly Neiweem Managing Director, Eight Bar Partners

  • David Markus Founding Partner, Turning Rock Partners

  • Jason Dillow CIO, Head of Credit and Vice Chairman, Halcyon Capital Management

  • Max Holmes Adjunct Professor, NYU and Chief Investment Officer, Haven Asset Management

Moderated by Josh Sussberg, Partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Investments in Lifestyle: Entertainment, Media, Sports,
LuxurY & Hospitality

The Investments in Lifestyle: Entertainment, Media, Sports, Luxury and Hospitality panel will explore how investors are capitalizing on the infusion of new technology and changes in consumer preferences in the lifestyle segments: Entertainment, Media, Sports, Luxury, and Hospitality.

  • Mark Leavitt CIO, Union Square Hospitality Group

  • Joshua Empson Managing Director, Providence Equity

  • Eugene Remm Founder, EMM Group and Rumble Boxing

  • Tehmina Haider Principal, L Catterton

Moderated by Philip Grovit, Managing Director and COO, Corporate Private Equity, Goldman, Sachs & Co


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