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2/28/2014 The 20th Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference *Sheraton, nyc

2014 Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

Keynote Speakers

Leon Black

Chairman and CEO, Apollo Global Management, LLC

Leon Black is chairman and CEO of Apollo Global Management, LLC, and a managing partner of Apollo Management, L.P., which he founded in 1990 to manage investment capital on behalf of a group of institutional investors. The firm had $105 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2012. From 1977 to 1990, Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., where he served as managing director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. He serves on the board of directors of The New York City Partnership and the general partner of AP Alternative Assets.

Black is a trustee of The Museum of Modern Art, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Asia Society. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Black is a member of the board of FasterCures and the Port Authority Task Force.

He graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in philosophy and history and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Peter Thiel

Partner, Founders Fund; Co-founder and Former CEO, PayPal

Before launching Founders Fund with his PayPal partners Ken Howery and Luke Nosek, Peter was an active venture capitalist in his personal capacity, funding companies like Facebook, where Peter was that company’s first outside investor and director. Peter’s contributions to technology, entrepreneurship, and finance have been widely recognized, including by the World Economic Forum, which honored Peter as a Young Global Leader, and by BusinessWeek, which named him one of the 25 most influential people on the Web.

Peter is also involved with a variety of philanthropic, academic, and cultural pursuits. He serves as a primary supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a group that promotes press freedom worldwide; the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which seeks to foster the responsible development of advanced computing technologies; and the SENS Foundation, a medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human lifespans. Peter remains active at his alma mater, and has taught at Stanford Law School, in addition to serving on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Peter received a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.


R. Glenn Hubbard

Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School

Glenn Hubbard was named dean of Columbia Business School on July 1, 2004. A Columbia faculty member since 1988, he is also the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics. Professor Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida, where he received the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. He also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard, Professor Hubbard began his teaching career at Northwestern University, moving to Columbia in 1988. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as the University of Chicago. Professor Hubbard also held the John M. Olin Fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Professor Hubbard is the author of two leading textbooks on money and financial markets, as well as co-author of Seeds of Destruction; The Mutual Fund Industry; The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty, and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. His commentaries appear frequently in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television (on PBS’s Nightly Business Report) and radio (on NPR’s Marketplace).

In government, Professor Hubbard served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department for Tax Policy from 1991 to 1993. From February 2001 until March 2003, he was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. While serving as CEA chairman, he also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD. In the corporate sector, he is currently a director of ADP, BlackRock Closed-End Funds, KKR Financial Corporation, and Met Life. Professor Hubbard is married to Constance Pond Hubbard. They live in Manhattan with their two sons.


Donna M. Hitscherich

Director, Private Equity Program
Senior Lecturer, Finance and Economics

Professor Donna Hitscherich was appointed as director of the Private Equity Program in October 2010. Professor Hitscherich now serves as Senior Lecturer in the Finance and Economics division, a position she has held since 2008 after a nearly twenty year career in investment banking and law. Donna has a long and distinguished history of teaching at Columbia, including nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor in the business school and as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School. Professor Hitscherich was awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award by the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class of 2010 and was nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum in 2002. Professor Hitscherich currently teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. From 1988 through 1990, Professor Hitscherich was an assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.

Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, during which she held positions at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. At J. P. Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued by the bank. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm’s fairness opinion review committee and a major contributor to the firm’s training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Professor Hitscherich is a founding member of Gnosis Advisors LLC, a financial education advisory firm and has served as an expert witness and provided litigation support in several complex securities litigations respecting various matters, including valuation, due diligence, custom and usage in the finance industry, and financing alternatives. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, valuation and fairness opinions. She holds a JD from St. John’s University (magna cum laude) where she was a member of the St. John’s Law Review, an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and a BS from St. John’s University (summa cum laude). She is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.

entative Panels

Silicon Alley: New York Venture Capital

Silicon Alley: Is calling New York City ‘The Next Big Thing’ premature? New York venture capitalists will discuss the competitive advantages of being located in New York and how they have strategically positioned themselves to win deals while competing with longstanding West Coast VC firms.

Middle Market PE: Finding Gems in a Crowded and Competitive Environment

A shortage in quality assets combined with increased competition has led to valuations hitting decade highs over the first half of 2013. As the fundraising climate continues to improve, there will be a growing pool of capital chasing fewer quality opportunities. Private equity investors will discuss the techniques and strategies they are utilizing to maintain and grow returns in an increasingly competitive environment.

The Flight of PE/VC to Emerging Markets

Investors from different global regions will discuss how access to capital as well as economic fundamentals in their respective markets impact their investment rationale.

Entrepreneurship as an Investor

How is the New Order of GPs Disrupting the Industry? As entrepreneurship takes center stage, the venture investment community leverages operational experience to strategically position themselves to create value in early-stage high growth start-ups. Direct management insight and a network of technologically minded human capital becomes increasingly paramount for successful entrepreneurs, making this new wave of VCs much more than just a financial resource.

Investing in Technology: Is it Better to be Sexy or SaaSy?

Over the past three years there has been a paradigm shift in which venture capital financing has moved away from consumer technology and into enterprise technology. Venture capitalists will discuss significant trends in each category, the importance of focus, and which group will generate the superior returns.

Hard Assets and the Economy: RE and Infrastructure Investing

The real estate market has continued to recover in the US and abroad, and as a result, we have seen new segments of the industry gaining strength. Demand for infrastructure investment has continued as well, however, financing for such investments is often more complex, involving both public and private financing. Real Estate investors will focus on which segments of the market they see having sustainable growth in the future, and Infrastructure investors will focus on the impact of infrastructure development on real estate values.

Creating Value through the LBO

In today’s markets, are private equity investors driving value through financial engineering or operational strategy? Portfolio CEOs and private equity investors will discuss how they develop their strategies in large-scale buyouts.

Growth Equity: Filing the Liquidity Gap

Growth equity incorporates many of the best elements of private equity and venture capital. Low capital loss ratios and attractive returns have led to an increase in LP interest, as well as an increase in competition. As venture capital firms, traditional buyout funds, and other investor groups look to growth equity, the ability for established players to effectively source attractive investments and differentiate from new entrants will be paramount.

Uncertainty and Opportunity in Distressed & Restructuring

In recent years, the impact of the global recession has seriously affected businesses across all sectors. Distressed investors will discuss how they are able to create value from businesses that face economic headwinds. Restructuring professionals will discuss specific transactions which have led to successful results.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 TBD Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 TBD Opening Remarks by
R. Glenn HubbardDean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School
8:45 – 9:30 TBD Early Morning Keynote AddressTBD

Morning Panel A: 9:30 – 10:30

9:30 –  10:30 TBD Silicon Alley: New York Venture Capital
9:30 –  10:30 TBD Middle Market PE: Finding Gems in a Crowded and Competitive Environment
9:30 –  10:30 TBD The Flight of PE/VC to Emerging Markets
10:30 – 10:45 TBD Networking Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30 TBD Morning Keynote Address by
Leon BlackFounder of Apollo Global Management

Morning Panel B:  11:45 12:45

11:45 –12:45 TBD Entrepreneurship as an Investor
11:45 –12:45 TBD Investing in Technology: Is it Better to be Sexy or SaaSy?
11:45 –12:45 TBD Hard Assets and the Economy: RE and Infrastructure Investing
12:45 –1:30 TBD Networking Luncheon
1:30 – 2:15 TBD Midday Keynote AddressTBD

Afternoon Panel: 2:15 – 3:15

2:15 – 3:15 TBD Creating Value through the LBO
2:15 – 3:15 TBD Growth Equity: Filling the Liquidity Gap
2:15 – 3:15 TBD Uncertainty and Opportunity in Distressed & Restructuring
3:15 – 3:30 TBD Networking Coffee Break
3:30 – 3:45 TBD Closing Keynote AddressTBD
3:45 – 4:00 TBD Closing Remarks by
Professor Donna M. Hitscherich ’90 – Director of the Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School
4:00 – 5:30 TBD Networking Reception & Cocktails

*All events will take place at The Sheraton New York


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