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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 third annual Tuck Private Equity and Growth Ventures Conference.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire

Friday, February 1, 2008
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Networking breakfast, panel discussions, lunch, and networking reception

Program Information

Keynote Speakers
Conference Schedule
Conference Committee
Directions, Campus Parking, and Campus Map


The conference is designed to strengthen the Tuck and Dartmouth networks among venture and buyout firms, hedge funds, institutional investors, and growth companies. Keynote and panel speakers will address current issues and important trends for the benefit of industry practitioners and Tuck students in the audience. Panel topics will include:

  • Venture Capital
  • Buyouts
  • Hedge Fund Investing
  • Limited Partners
  • Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Change

Registration will be limited to 200 people.

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Keynote Speakers

  • Chris Flowers, JC Flowers & Co.
  • Rogers Novak, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
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Selected Panelists

  • Tom Beaton, Next Step
  • Tom Beaudoin, WilmerHale
  • David Brown T'85, Oakhill Partners
  • Michael Coster D'83, Lazard
  • Peter Denious T'97, FLAG
  • Craig Driscoll, Highland Capital
  • Charlie Flint T'82, Baynorth Capital
  • Eric Gleason, JP Morgan
  • Steve Graham T'86, Graham Partners
  • Tim Healy D'92 T'02, EnerNOC
  • Thad Hill T'95, NRG
  • Tim Holt T'77, Aetna, Inc.
  • Chansoo Joung T'87, Warburg Pincus
  • Don Kendall T'76, Kenmont Investments
  • Jay Kolyer T'79, Howard Hughes Medical Center
  • Steve Maxwell, Kodiak Ventures
  • Fred Maynard T'85, HarbourVest
  • Andy Palmer T'94, Vertica Systems
  • Denis Picard, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Dana Schmaltz D'89, West Hill Partners
  • Andrew Ward D'89, Riverstone
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Conference Schedule

  • On-site registration and coffee
  • Networking breakfast and morning keynote
  • Morning panels
  • Networking luncheon and keynote
  • Afternoon panels
  • Networking mixer

View the full conference schedule »

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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:

  • John Barrett T’94, Cook Associates
  • Colin Blaydon, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship
  • David Chin T’08, MBA Candidate
  • Bill Christ T’08, MBA Candidate
  • Diane Daych T’85, Talcott Partners
  • Liam Donohue T’95, .406 Ventures
  • Martin Keck T’08, MBA Candidate
  • Jonathan Masland, Career Development Office
  • Susan Meaney T’86, Makena Capital
  • Michael Picek T’08, MBA Candidate
  • David Russ, Dartmouth Investment Office
  • John Taylor T’79, National Venture Capital Association
  • Fred Wainwright, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

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Directions and Campus Parking

Directions to Tuck
The Tuck School is located in northern 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.

Campus Parking
Parking is limited - participants staying at the Hanover Inn are strongly encouraged to leave their cars at the Inn and walk to Tuck School (10 minute walk). If you drive to Tuck School, please park in the Cummings Lot or the Channing-Cox Lot (behind the Thayer School). Overflow parking is available in the Dewey Lot near the Dartmouth Medical School (15 minute walk). Shuttles to and from Dewey run every 10 minutes. NOTE: cars parked on Tuck Mall or Tuck Circle will be ticketed and towed by Dartmouth Parking Operations.

View directions to Tuck and campus map »

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Platinum Sponsor

Alvarez & Marsal

For more than 20 years, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has set the standard for working with organizations to tackle complex issues, boost performance and maximize value for stakeholders. As the leading, independent global professional services firm, Alvarez & Marsal excels at problem solving and value creation. Serving clients ranging from international enterprises to middle market companies to public sector entities, the firm draws on a deep operational heritage and hands-on approach to deliver comprehensive performance improvement, turnaround management and corporate advisory services.

With a team of seasoned professionals based in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, the firm provides turnaround management services, including performance improvement; turnaround and restructuring a dvisory; interim and crisis Management; creditor advisory and claims management. A&M's services also include: business consulting; real estate advisory; dispute analysis & forensics; corporate finance; tax Advisory; and transaction advisory. The firm works with large and middle-market businesses around the world in the corporate, as well as public and health care sectors. For more information, please visit us at www.alvarezandmarsal.com.

Platinum Sponsor

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley has earned a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its financial advice and execution. Truly global, the firm is a market leader in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The members of Morgan Stanley in 32 countries connect people, ideas and capital to help our clients achieve their financial aspirations.

Morgan Stanley's goal is to help individuals, institutions and sovereign states achieve their financial aspirations. To achieve this, we have built leadership positions in investment banking, asset management, credit services, debt and equity underwriting, research, sales and trading and the provision of financial advice. In each business, we focus on creating custom-tailored solutions that cut across functions to help our clients discover and realize new business and financial opportunities.

Our success is measured by the satisfaction of our clients. It is also measured by the professional and personal achievements of our employees and the long-term value we create for shareholders. It rests on shared values held throughout the Firm: a common belief in the importance of integrity, excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, teamwork and a respect for individuals and cultures around the world.

Morgan Stanley Private Equity, part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Merchant Banking Division, makes private equity and equity-related investments on a global basis. Morgan Stanley Private Equity utilizes Morgan Stanley’s vast resources, including the firm’s global franchise and relationships with leading corporates, management teams and financial sponsors, to source the most attractive opportunities for its investment funds. Morgan Stanley’s roots in private equity investing date back to 1985 with the Morgan Stanley Capital Partners private equity funds. To date, Morgan Stanley Private Equity and its predecessor funds have invested nearly $6.5 billion of equity across a broad spectrum of industries. For more information, please www.morganstanley.com.

Platinum Sponsor

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is recognized globally 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.

The firm's corporate practice serves public and private companies, investment banks, venture capitalists, families and individual entrepreneurs throughout the world. We are widely recognized for our representation of all types of private equity funds, including venture capital funds, buyout funds, secondary funds and fund of funds. We have extensive experience in domestic and international private equity transactions. Combining our knowledge of corporate, tax, securities, intellectual property, litigation and ERISA law, we have successfully handled numerous fund formations, mezzanine and later stage investments, rollups, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, private investments in public equity (PIPEs) financings, going private transactions and recapitalizations. Our fund clients are located throughout the US, and in Europe, Israel and Asia.

With a longstanding commitment to public service, WilmerHale is also renowned as a leader in pro bono representation. The firm has more than 1,100 lawyers, and offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit our website at www.wilmerhale.com.

Gold Sponsor

Debevoise & Plimpton logo

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm, was founded in 1931.  The firm offers a diverse range of sophisticated legal services in corporate, international, litigation, real estate, tax, and trusts and estates law to businesses and individuals. For the fourth consecutive year, Debevoise ranked 1st in The American Lawyers A-List, a ranking of the 20 most elite law firms in the United States, based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono performance, associate satisfaction and diversity.

Debevoise's private equity team has been focusing on private equity fund formation and transactions for over 25 years in the US, Europe and Asia.  We are a leader in the representation of private equity firms, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and provide “one stop shopping” for our private equity and financial sponsor clients.  From our offices worldwide, we have advised private equity firms on the formation of, and represented investors in, private equity funds pursuing all major investment strategies, including buyouts, venture capital, media and telecommunications, mezzanine, workouts and distressed debt, real estate, infrastructure, healthcare, energy and sector and regional funds, as well as funds of funds.  We represent both first time funds and leading independent and institutionally-sponsored private equity firms. We advise our private equity clients on the acquisition and financing of public and private businesses, the development and implementation of compensation plans and ownership incentives for management teams, the design and implementation of exit strategies and a wide range of other corporate matters. 

Debevoise is ranked top tier for private equity fund formation and transactions by Chambers USA (2007).   With over 200 lawyers serving private equity in the US, Europe and Asia, Debevoise is among a handful of firms with a truly global private equity practice.  For more information, please visit our website at www.debevoise.com.


Gold Sponsor

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.

Gold Sponsor

KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, offers its clients the scale, global reach, industry insight, and multidisciplinary range of services they require. KPMG partners and professionals provide a wide range of audit, tax and advisory services, working from 140 offices covering clients located in all 50 states.

KPMG's Transaction Services practice provides a range of services to private equity investors in both developed and emerging markets around the world. Whether your organization is a venture capital fund, a leveraged buyout firm, or an institutional investor, our professionals an help guide you on a deliberate path from early deal planning towards desired business results. For more information, please visit www.kpmg.com.

Gold Sponsor

Graham Partners is a leading privately held investment firm, based in suburban Philadelphia, which focuses on acquiring and investing in privately held middle-market industrial companies with exceptional growth potential. Graham Partners is sponsored by the Graham Group, a privately held concern founded in 1960 that is comprised of industrial and investment businesses with more than $1.2 billion in investment assets. 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 manages more than $850 million in equity capital and possesses a unique combination of financial expertise and operating resources, and a heritage of working within the structure of a family industrial concern. While primarily focused on domestic businesses with revenues of $20 million to $350 million, its access to substantial capital resources and longstanding 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.

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Gold Sponsor

Rockefeller Portman logo

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.

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