Day 1
24 Oct 2019

Michigan Private Equity Evening Reception – Guest Speaker Jim Davidson of Silver Lake

Sponsored by Howard & Howard
Join us for an evening welcome reception at the U-M golf course's Richard L. Postma Family Clubhouse, where we are please to host Jim Davidson, Co-founder & Managing Director of Silver Lake, as our guest speaker. Take advantage of the excellent networking during cocktails and dinner while enjoying the view of Crisler Arena and the Big House!
Jim Davidson
Day 2
25 Oct 2019

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Acon Investments


David J. Brophy, Finance Professor, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
David J. Brophy

Panel: Private Equity Pivot to Healthcare

Sponsored by Mirus Capital Advisors, Inc.
Tech is quickly transforming the future of health and the global healthcare industry doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Our panel of industry experts will share their viewpoints on the breadth of PE 's advancement in this rapidly evolving market sector.
David Berman,Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Lorient Capital
Scott Cowan, Partner, DLA Piper (moderator)
Daniel Lee, Partner, Comvest Partners
Troy Phillips, Partner, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company
Rohit Vanjani, Senior Associate, General Atlantic
David Berman
Scott Cowan
Daniel Lee
Rohit Vanjani
Troy Phillips


Sponsored by Blue River Financial Group

Concurrent Panel Session – Private Equity Investment Opportunities and Strategies in Technology

Sponsored by BDO
As the number of PE backed, late-stage tech commitments has surged over the past five years, what are the implications for investors, entrepreneurs, and analysts? What is the impact on the IPO market? What does this mean for the growth of the technology industry? Gain insights from our industry experts on investment opportunities and strategies in this high growth market sector.
Michael Amez, Investment Banking Director, Technology, William Blair
Lenny Dacanay, Central Region Director PE Services, BDO USA, LLP (Moderator)
Dan Spillane, Chief Revenue Officer, Nerdery
Cheryl Strom, Prinicpal Originations, The Riverside Company
Cheryl Strom
Lenny Dacanay
Dan Spillane
Michael Amez

Concurrent Panel Session – Tools for De-Risking Deals

Hear insights from these panelists from working with strategic buyers and private equity investors on how to secure investments and enhance returns in M&A.
Gary Blitz, Co-CEO, Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions
Anna Geml, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Justin Stark, Director, Cascade Partners
Robert Underhill, SVP, Transactional Insurance, Berkshire Hathaway
Gary Blitz
Anna Geml
Justin Stark
Robert Underhill


Sponsored by Aon M&A Insurance

Panel: Alternate Deal Strategies that PE Firms are Employing

Sponsored by Lexington Partners
PE firms employ various investment strategies and strong competition has led investors to employ creative deal strategies. Hear from our seasoned panel of industry experts on a range of alternatively structured deals and how they are gaining ground in this market.
Ann Brophy,VP Business Development, LLR Partners (moderator)
Morad Elhafed, General Partner, Battery Ventures
Douglas Sutton, Partner, Flex Equity, Huron Capital
Chris Fowler, CIO, SI Capital
Brian Schwartz, Principal, Sterling Partners Educational Opportunity Fund
Ann Brophy
Morad Elhafed
Douglas Sutton
Chris Fowler
Brian Schwartz


Sponsored by Mesirow Financial

Networking Luncheon / Saturday Tailgate

Please join us for a seated luncheon, which traditionally ends the conference. If you are staying for the game on Saturday, all private equity attendees are invited to stop by the tailgate on Main Street across from the West Side of the Big House in the AAA parking lot. The Tailgate is hosted by ProVisions and Bloomfield Capital.

2019 Advisory Committee

Ann Brophy, LLR Partners; David Brophy, University of Michigan; Lenny Dacanay, BDO; Jordan Finkler, DC Advisory, David Frank, Stonehaven; Michael Goodwin, Michigan Private Equity Partnership; Eric Jones, Honigman LLP; Kim Easterle Mattes, Aon PLC; Len Middleton, University of Michigan; Mary Nickson, U-M Ross School of Business; Adam Oakley, Mesirow Financial; Gretchen Perkins, Huron Capital Partners LLC; Derek Schlonsky, Ricardo Strategic Consulting; Rene Veloso, DLA Piper