Global Private Equity Symposium

Practitioner and Academic-focused Private Equity and Venture Capital Symposium

The Evolution of the Venture and Private Equity Industry
Survival of the Fit: What Would Darwin Say?

April 9-10, 2013

By Invitation Only

Thunderbird campus
Glendale, Arizona |
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Featured keynotes include:
Dörte Höppner, Secretary-General, EVCA

Josh Lerner, Ph.D., Harvard Business School
David Rubenstein, Co-founder, The Carlyle Group

For more information please contact:

Jessica Tartell
Managing Director

Dr. Gary Gibbons
Academic Director

Carol Pacelli
Administrative Manager


Thunderbird Main:
+1 602 978-7000 

Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA

Thunderbird Executive Inn on campus
Main Phone: _602-978-7987
Reservations: _866-865-7091


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Welcome to Speakers and VIP attendees

Private dinner for speakers and select guests at the Paradise Valley home of Mike and Sandy Hecomovich

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening Remarks


Cynthia Hostetler, Member, Board of Directors, Artio Global Funds; The Edgen Group; TriLinc Global Funds

9:00am – 10:00 am

Keynote – Fireside Chat with David Rubenstein

10:00am – 11:00 am

Shifts in Power from Developed to Emerging Markets

The panel will discuss current and future investment opportunities in emerging markets, such as Latin America, the Middle East and Asia from both the GP and LP perspectives. Has the past wave of private equity deals in emerging regions proved the permanence of this investment strategy? In addition, the panel will discuss the importance of these areas as new sources of capital for fundraising.


Bill Pearce, Acting Head of Investment Funds, OPIC
Fabiana Cid de Andrade, Director of Business Development and Strategy, LAVCA
John Dominguez, Managing Director, Institutional Global Investors
Maureen Downey, Partner, Pantheon Ventures
Gustavo Eiben, Director, The Abraaj Group 
Steve Cowan, Partner, 57 Stars 

11:15am – 12:15 pm

Fireside Chat with Josh Lerner - Global Trends in Private Equity 

12:30pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch in the Atrium

Keynote Speaker:    

Sarah Corr, Senior Portfolio Manager, AIM Program, CalPERS

1:45pm – 2:45 pm

Fireside Chat with Dörte Höppner

2:45pm – 3:45 pm

How Changing Regulatory and Tax Regimes Will Change Private Equity


This panel of tax, valuation and compliance experts will discuss operational changes brought by Dodd-Frank, FATCA and other policies. How will compliance to new regulations impact the fundamentals of private equity industry? Panelists will also discuss differences across international regulatory regimes and any changes in the investment environment.


Dörte Höppner, Secretary General, EVCA
Dan Cullen, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP 
Denise Hintzke, Global Tax Leader: Foreign Account Tax Compliance, Deloitte 
David Larsen, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps 
Christian McGrath, General Counsel, GTCR 


Changing LP/GP Dynamics

As PE firms increasingly compete for scarce investors, LPs are altering the rules of this partnership. This panel will discuss the validity of this statement from the viewpoints of pensions, foundations, private equity and venture capital. Are trends toward direct investments, lower fee structures, ESG requirements here to stay? The speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges of this new paradigm.


Heather M. Stone, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Tim Bridgewater, Managing Director, Utah Capital Investment Corporation 
Patricia Grad, Head of Investor Relations, Irving Place Capital 
Karl Polen, Portfolio Manager of Private Markets, Arizona State Retirement System 
Erik Sebusch, Partner, CMEA Capital 


Closing Remarks


Dr. Gary Gibbons, Academic Director, Thunderbird Private Equity Center


Cocktail Reception

Thunderbird Pavilion