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KPMG is the market-leading professional services provider to funds of every size and at every stage of the growth life cycle. Our focus is on providing fund managers with the clarity, confidence and insight to succeed. Whether you're starting, building or expanding your fund or firm, we can help with formation and capital accumulation; acquisitions of investments; reporting on performance and plan delivery; restructuring, refinancing and divesting; and realization and exit. For more information on our Alternative Investments practice, visit us at www.kpmg.com.
BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At March 31, 2016, BlackRock's AUM was $4.737 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of March 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com | Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog:www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock
Coller Capital, the leading player in private equity 'secondaries', acquires portfolios of positions in private equity funds and unquoted companies from their original owners – investing from as little as $1 million to $1 billion or more.
Founded in 1990, the firm is headquartered in London, and has offices in New York and Hong Kong. Coller's multinational investment team – the world's largest dedicated to secondaries – has a truly global reach.
In December 2015, the firm closed Coller International Partners VII, with capital commitments of $7.15 billion and backing from approximately 170 of the world's leading institutional investors.
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $98.7 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2015. Private Markets strategies include private equity, real estate, energy, and infrastructure. Public Markets comprises leveraged credit, alternative credit, special situations/distressed investing, and hedge funds. We have expanded our capabilities from our legacy core private equity franchise to complementary businesses that build on our knowledge, relationships, and established investment capabilities. Today, we are positioned to bring operational expertise and enhanced insights to the investments we make and innovative solutions to investors. We invest our own capital alongside our client and partners' capital and are the largest investor in aggregate across our funds and portfolio companies. For additional information, please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com.
Walkers is a leading international law firm. We provide legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers. Our clients are the most innovative firms and institutions across the financial markets, and rely on us for our ability to provide solutions to their most important legal and business issues. We develop globally-minded, entrepreneurial lawyers who are experts in their field and committed to client service. Walkers is consistently ranked in the top tier of the leading global legal directories. Recognized for being a 'dynamic team that is very user friendly', a regular comment by clients is that Walkers is the "go-to" firm for offshore legal advice.
Walkers' corporate and private equity group offers Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Irish and Jersey law advice on all corporate matters on a global basis. Our corporate clients include international companies of all sizes across all industry sectors, private equity providers, banks and a number of state / government entities.
Walkers advises on complex domestic and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions. We have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and have extensive first-hand experience in the following areas:
Wellington Management is one of the largest private, independent investment managers in the world. Managing over $46 billion in alternative strategies across hedged equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative exposures, we serve as investment advisor for institutional clients in more than 50 countries. The development of our alternative capabilities over the past 20 plus years has led to uncorrelated sources of return for clients and an ability to attract and retain creative and performance-driven investment talent globally. Many of the capabilities are an extension of our depth of experience and conviction across all major listed asset classes. They draw on the strengths of our proprietary global research as well as our robust trading and risk management infrastructure.
UMB Fund Services provides a broad array of services for both mutual funds and alternative investments – as well as turnkey solutions for launching a registered alternative fund, a mutual fund or a collective fund. UMBFS offers a one-stop solution providing clients with a full range of services for hedge funds, private equity, funds of funds, and all types of registered alternative funds.The company's full-service lineup for alternative products includes:
The company has teamed up with other industry service providers to offer Registered Fund Solutions, the industry's first turnkey solution for launching and servicing a registered hedge fund. UMB Fund Services offers unparalleled service, leading-edge technology, and the stability of a highly capitalized parent organization that has been around for 100+ years. Learn more at umbfs.com.
Kauffman Fellows, established in 1995 and based in Silicon Valley, seeks to develop leaders in innovation and capital formation and build on the success they have already achieved. Each year, a class of approximately 45 innovation leaders is selected. The Fellowship challenges each Fellow to accelerate their impact through self-reflection, peer learning, 1-on-1 mentoring, and a structured curriculum taught by leading venture capitalists and global thought leaders.
Each class meets quarterly for three days over a two-year period. Inspired by Ewing Marion Kauffman and his legacy of conducting business in a scrupulously honest fashion, we measure our success by the number of new businesses we nurture and inspire, by the longevity of these businesses, and by the long-term returns generated for entrepreneurs, investors, and society as a whole.
Our trust-based network of 474 Fellows in over 40 countries has collectively deployed over $50 billion in capital, and created over 700,000 jobs.
Kauffman Fellows has a strong commitment to diversity, actively recruiting individuals who believe our community is stronger and better when we value and respect everyone. This essential core value guides us in our service to entrepreneurs, investors and colleagues.
Applications are now open for Class 22, which commences in June, 2017.
The Toigo Foundation is committed to ethical leadership and broader diversity of thought and experience in business. Our mission is to foster the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent by creating mechanisms for greater inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom.
For more than 25 years, the Foundation has advanced the success of thousands of talented diverse professionals as they ascend through their MBA studies and embark on careers across a variety of finance industry sectors and investment roles. Toigo's work is anchored by a fellowship program which has been established with an unwavering expectation for excellence in skill and leadership potential. Through a highly competitive selection process, the distinction of Toigo Fellow is awarded each year to a group of approximately 50 individuals who exhibit these qualities. The Foundation has advanced its programmatic reach to focus keenly on new mechanisms for entry such as its private equity rotational fellowship program and retention - providing tools, resources and thought leadership which build upon their finance skills and strengthen their leadership ascent to corporate leadership, entrepreneurship, board leadership, and community impact.
Today, Toigo Alumni represent a new generation of talent demonstrating the merits of inclusion balanced with skill, ethics and integrity. Firms work with Toigo through a variety of offerings tailored to each organization's needs and strategies for diversity hiring and retention and collaborates with many business organizations to strengthen our shared goals for opportunity and change . To learn more, visit www.toigofoundation.org.
The ILPA is the global, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity Limited Partners through industry-leading education programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations.
Initially founded as an informal networking group, the ILPA is a voluntary association funded by its members. The ILPA membership has grown to include almost 400 member organizations from around the world representing over US $1 trillion of private assets globally.
As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community's flagship trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its member firms through a full range of professional services. Please visit www.nvca.org.
EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization with over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA's belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.
High Water Women (HWW) is a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 2005 by women in the hedge fund and investment industries to promote the economic empowerment of women and youth. We are a volunteer-driven organization with more than 4,000 business professionals participating in a wide range of volunteer opportunities with nonprofit partners, and through our own programs in financial literacy, microfinance and other initiatives, including our annual Backpack Drive, for children and families in need. HWW is a leader in financial literacy for teens and young adults through the High Water Women Muriel Siebert Campaign for Financial Literacy. In 2013, HWW launched an annual Investing for ImpactSymposium for family offices, endowments foundations and other investors.
About the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing women and diverse alternative asset managers whose investment strategies focus on mid-market opportunities. Founded in 1970, NAIC firms invest in venture (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/distressed/secondary funds). NAIC firms generate significant returns for institutional investors and shareholders by investing in and transforming privately held businesses in global emerging markets as well as the $6 trillion diverse U.S. domestic market. For more information, visit: www.naicpe.com
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 that provides superior educational and career programs to young people from underserved and underrepresented communities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success.
Its newest initiative, SEO Alternative Investments, provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternatives sector. Core components include a ten-month fellowship program that strengthens young analysts as candidates for positions in private equity, and an annual conference that promotes diversity through a day of education, access and career development for experienced professionals who are underrepresented in the industry. The conference includes panel discussions and networking activities with prominent leaders from private equity, hedge funds, real estate, limited partners, fund of funds, emerging managers and career placement firms. Click here for information about SEO's Seventh Annual Alternative Investments Conference on March 24, 2016.
Its founding program, SEO Scholars, is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college. SEO Career is the premier summer internship and training program for talented, underrepresented college students of color, specializing in banking, corporate leadership, law, private equity and non-profit.
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has 59 chapters and 14,500 members around the world. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth. For more information about ACG, visit www.acg.org
Albourne Village, a virtual hedge fund community with over 98,000 active residents, is a free and independent website for anyone interested in alternative investments. It incorporates a virtual pub and library to exchange news, views and IP, a job centre, conference centre and School. The Village is also home to a vast number of established industry contacts.
Don't just join the Village, be the Village.
Published either daily or weekly (depending on the title), the 19 Bloomberg BRIEF newsletters pull together the reporting, insight and analysis of senior editorial staff and dedicated economists to help you stay informed and ready for your daily business needs. They offer cutting-edge access to proprietary Bloomberg data and breaking stories that move markets. For more information or a free trial visit bloombergbriefs.com
Debtwire is the leading source for market-moving news and analysis on actionable restructuring, distressed, high-yield and primary market situations. This proprietary content often gets behind the scenes to alert readers on happenings such as creditor group formations, company-side advisor mandates, restructuring proposals, trading activity, deal origination and the earnings of privately-held companies. Debtwire's coverage range hits on big cap companies to smaller situations. Moreover, Debtwire's group of reporters, devoted strictly to covering in-court situations, keeps readers up-to-speed on the latest events in court relating to restructurings and securities litigation. For more information, please visit: www.debtwire.com
Eurekahedge is the world's largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specialising in hedge fund databases covering North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases and analysis, Eurekahedge's other business functions include hedge fund publications, due diligence services, investor services, and an analytical platform service. For more information, please visit www.eurekahedge.com.
Hedge Connection has grown to become the most widely recognized and innovative marketing solution for the hedge fund industry. Our online fund database is powered by Morningstar and provides investors with access to over 7,000 hedge funds, fund of funds and CTAs.
The Boardroom, our industry leading online community, is woven into the fabric of our fund database and facilitates relationship building, networking, and free-flow of information. Hedge Connection's online ecosystem is complemented by our premier one-on-one networking events. Since 2005, over 5,000 investors have participated in Hedge Connection related events, resulting in thousands of direct meetings for hedge fund managers.
Hedge Connection is built on a foundation of industry experience and guided by the core principles of integrity, partnership, and value. Our clients include hedge funds, fund of funds, family offices, endowments & trusts, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks, advisors and service providers to the financial industry.
Hedge Connection is a recipient of a US patent for it's methodology of connecting hedge funds and investors online.
Mergermarket is the leading provider of forward-looking M&A news and intelligence for M&A professionals and corporates. With an unrivaled network of 500+ journalists based in over 65 locations worldwide, Mergermarket is the only specialized media service that offers active analysis of corporate strategy before it becomes public knowledge, and a historical deals database to analyze past deals. Mergermarket is part of the Mergermarket Group. Visit www.mergermarket.com
Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 300 staff based in New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Manila serving over 40,000 customers in over 90 countries.
Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity and venture capital, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin's services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press. www.preqin.comFollow us on Twitter: www.preqin.com/Twitter Find us on LinkedIn: www.preqin.com/LinkedIn
A Falk Marques Group publication, Women's PE Briefs is the weekly e-newsletter showcasing the accomplishments of senior women in private equity and venture capital.