KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (FROM 2018)
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.
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
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
LUNCH & MIDDay CONVERSaTION
12:00 - 12:50 PM
Lunch & Networking
1:00 - 1:50 PM | KEYNOTE
Midday Keynote - Annie Lamont, Oak HC / FT
Moderated by TBD
2:00 - 2:50 PM | THIRD SESSION
Panel V: TBD
Panel VI: TBD
3:00 - 3:50 PM | FOURTH SESSION
Panel VII: TBD
Panel VIII: TBD
CLOSING KEYNOTE & RECEPTION
4:00 - 4:50PM | KEYNOTE
Closing Keynote - TBD
Moderated by TBD
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Evening Cocktails & Networking
PANELS (FROM 2018)
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
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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