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On behalf of the Private Equity Club and the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, we are pleased to announce the first annual Tuck Private Equity and Growth Ventures Conference.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire

Friday, February, 17, 2006
Networking breakfast, panel discussions, lunch, and networking reception

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Ski Day at the Dartmouth Skiway for conference participants and panelists, their family members, and current Tuck students

Program Information:
Panelists & Schedule
Conference Committee
Directions, Campus Parking, and Campus Map


The conference is designed to enhance the Tuck network in the private equity industry, to educate and enlighten Tuck students and alumni on trends in the private equity industry, and to facilitate networking. The conference will provide participants with an opportunity to address the relevant issues and trends in both the venture capital and buyout industries. We will host panels on:

  • Venture Capital - Financing Innovation
  • LBO Industry - Present & Future
  • Limited Partners - Supporting PE Industry Growth
  • Entrepreneurship - Building and Leveraging an Effective Board

Additionally, we will hold small roundtable sessions where students will be able to speak with professionals about best practices when trying to enter the private equity industry from Tuck.

Panelists & Schedule

Selected Panel Speakers:
Tom Blaisdell T'89, DCM - Doll Capital Management
Alicia Cooney T'76, Monument Group
Peter Denious T'97, FLAG Capital
Chris Egan D'98, Advent International
John Fontana T'86, Allied Capital
Steve Graham T'86, Graham Partners
Rob Jevon T'79, Boston Millennia Partners
Fred Maynard T'85, HarbourVest Partners
Terry McGuire TH'82, Polaris Venture Partners
Tom Naughton D'89, T'96, NeoCarta Ventures
Andy Palmer T'94, Infinity Pharmaceuticals
David Russ, Dartmouth Endowment
Michael Sheldon T'87, Portero
Renny Smith T'83, TH Lee Putnam Ventures
Fred Whittemore D'53, T'54, Morgan Stanley

View the Conference Schedule »


There are several registration options to choose from. All options include breakfast, lunch, breaks, and a networking reception on Friday, February 17th. No refunds.

Tuck Alumni, Friends, and Family Registration - EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
- $ 79 - Conference only
- $ 99 - Conference and one lift ticket for the Dartmouth Skiway on Saturday, February 18th
- $299 - Conference, one lift ticket for the Dartmouth Skiway on Saturday, February 18th, and overnight accommodations for up to two nights (February 16-18) at the Hanover Inn

Alumni, friends, and family register online at February 8th at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=100650.

Tuck Student Registration - EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
- free - Conference only (registration is required)
- $ 25 - Conference and one lift ticket for the Dartmouth Skiway on Saturday, February 18th

Tuck students register online by February 8th at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=100646.

Platinum Sponsors

WilmerHale is nationally and internationally recognized for its premier practices in antitrust and competition; aviation; bankruptcy; civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation (including white collar defense); communications; corporate (including public offerings, public company counseling, start up companies, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing); defense and national security; financial institutions; intellectual property counseling and litigation; international arbitration; life sciences; securities regulation, enforcement and litigation; tax; and trade. WilmerHale was formed in May 2004 through the merger of two of the nation's leading law firms, Hale and Dorr LLP and Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a national leader in pro bono representation. The firm has more than 1,000 lawyers and offices in Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, London, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Oxford, Palo Alto, Waltham and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.wilmerhale.com.

Morgan Stanley is one of the best-known names in financial services: a leader in connecting people, ideas and capital to help our clients achieve their financial aspirations. The firm serves institutional and individual investors and investment banking clients, including corporations, governments and other entities around the world. Whether they want the best execution, the best ideas or the most innovative solutions to complex financial problems, they think of us. Our 53,218 employees work in 600 offices in 28 countries, providing services that include underwriting, trading and research, as well as advice on mergers and acquisitions, privatization and financial restructuring. For more information, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Gold Sponsors

For more than 100 years, clients have relied on Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and its predecessor organizations for solutions to their ever-changing needs. We are a national and global leader today because we have sustained our clients’ trust and exceeded their expectations throughout our history. Great leaders, such as William Welch Deloitte, George A. Touche, Charles Haskins and Elijah Watt Sells helped define and expand the foundations of our profession and the value of our service. As we embark upon our second century of achievement, the story of our forebears and the outstanding clients they served continues to motivate and inspire us. These great clients, great leaders and great moments shaped the culture of client service that distinguishes the organization today. For more information, please visit www.deloitte.com.

Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with full service corporate and litigation practices and a team of 650 attorneys serving clients across a broad range of industries. With offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, the firm provides creative solutions to complex problems and couples practical legal advice with proactive strategic counsel. Goodwin Procter’s Private Equity Group is a team of innovative, responsive attorneys who work with clients aggressively and proactively to make deals happen and facilitate growth of equity value. The group focuses on buyouts, fund formation, early and later stage investments, recapitalizations and liquidity transactions for many of the nation’s leading private equity and leveraged buyout firms. For more information, please visit www.goodwinprocter.com.

Graham Partners is a private equity firm based in suburban Philadelphia that focuses on acquiring and investing in privately held middle-market industrial companies. Since the firm's founding in 1988, Graham Partners has closed over $3 billion in acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and divestitures and has had first-hand involvement in the operations of companies in numerous different manufacturing sectors. Graham Partners possesses a unique combination of financial and operating resources, and has a heritage of working within the context of a family industrial concern. As such, the firm has the ability to develop meaningful partnerships with management teams and family owner/operators for the purpose of creating considerable company value appreciation over a four to seven year period. While primarily focused on domestic industrial businesses with revenues between $20 million and $350 million, Graham's access to substantial capital resources and its long-standing relationships with customers, suppliers, industrial peers and affiliated investors provide the firm with the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of investment opportunities. For more information, please visit www.grahampartners.net.

Professional distinction in specialized practice areas and advisory independence are the cornerstones of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, whether in mergers and acquisitions, portfolio valuations, financial opinions, or financial restructuring. For 2005, Houlihan Lokey was ranked as the #1 provider of fairness opinions, the #1 advisor in transactions under $750 million, and the #2 advisor for total U.S. announced transactions. Houlihan Lokey is one of the fastest-growing investment banks, with a dominant position in the middle market, and is very active in providing investment banking services to private equity firms. We have offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London, Paris and Frankfurt. For more information contact Joe Wallace at 312.456.4723 or please visit www.hlhz.com.

Landmark Partners is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in secondary funds. Formed in 1990, the firm has one of the longest track records in the industry and is a leading source of liquidity to owners of interests in venture, mezzanine, buyout, and real estate limited partnerships. Landmark has formed 20 funds focused on venture capital, buyout, mezzanine, and real estate partnerships. These funds have been capitalized at more than $5.5 billion, which has been deployed across more than 800 partnerships that comprise over 8,000 underlying company and property investments. For more information, please visit www.landmarkpartners.com.For more information, please visit www.landmarkpartners.com.

The Portman Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Fund
The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences is a lively, intellectual gathering place for students and faculty, and a catalyst for public policy research and education. Through the opportunities it offers students for discussion and interaction with scholars, policymakers and political figures, the Center prepares students for lives of leadership and service in a diverse and globally interdependent world. The Center also provides Dartmouth students a space that bridges their academic and personal lives through small discussion groups that focus on public affairs, public policy, law, leadership, social justice or politics. Scholarly work of the Dartmouth faculty is supported through interdisciplinary workshops and seminars where faculty and visiting scholars can present their work. Other funding supports faculty and post-doctoral fellowships, research and conference grants, and classroom enhancement programs. For more information, please visit www.rockefeller.dartmouth.edu.

Torys LLP is an international business law firm with more than 330 lawyers and offices in New York and Toronto. Torys provides legal services in a range of areas, and is recognized as one of New York's most experienced private equity firms. In 2003 and 2004, Private Equity Analyst listed Torys among the most active venture capital and private equity attorneys in the United States, by fund and by deal. We represent private equity funds and institutions in all forms of acquisition transactions, venture capital and minority equity investments; private equity funds and institutions in restructuring and exiting from their investments; financial institutions in their investments in private equity funds; and fund sponsors in their fund formation and capital raising activities. For more information, please visit www.torys.com or contact Jay Romagnoli, the head of our Private Equity Practice in New York, at 212-880-6034 or jromagnoli@torys.com.

Conference Committee

The organizing committee is being led by the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and includes an outstanding group of students and practitioners. The Program Committee includes:

  • Colin Blaydon, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship
  • Vik Chitkara T'06, MBA Student
  • Jeff Danley T'06, MBA Student
  • Peter Denious T'97, FLAG Capital
  • Bob End D'77 T'82, Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity
  • Matt Nichols T'06, MBA Student
  • Ketan Patel T'06, MBA Student
  • Monique Renta T'06, MBA Student
  • John Taylor T'79, National Venture Capital Association
  • Fred Wainwright, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

Directions, Campus Parking, and Campus Map

Directions to Tuck
The Tuck School is located in central New England, near the intersection of Interstates 89 and 91, just 2 1/2 hours by car from Boston, 5 hours from New York, and 3 1/2 hours from Montréal. If you are traveling by air, there are several regional airports to choose from. Directions to Tuck by car/air and campus/regional maps can be found at http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/directions.html.

Directions to Dartmouth Skiway
From Interstate 91: Turn east from Exit 14 and travel 1.4 miles to the intersection of U.S. Route 5. Turn right (south) for 100 yards, then turn left across bridge to Lyme, N.H. Proceed 1.8 miles into Lyme N.H., continuing on the left side of the Town Common, go right at the fork in the road at the white church. Drive 3 miles to the Skiway. For more information, please visit the Dartmouth Skiway's website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~skiway/.

Campus Parking
Parking is limited - participants staying at the Hanover Inn are strongly encouraged to walk to Tuck School (8-10 minute walk). If you drive to Tuck School, please park in the Cummings and Channing-Cox lots (behind the Thayer School). Overflow parking is available in Dewey Lot near the Dartmouth Medical School (15 minute walk). Shuttles run every ten minutes. NOTE, there is NO PARKING on Tuck Mall or Tuck Circle. Cars parked there will be ticketed and towed.

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