Fall 2019
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program

Message from Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Senior Lecturer in Discipline and Director of the Private Equity Program

Dear Friends of the Private Equity Program:

Hope your 2013 is off to a great start. This is the second year of the Private Equity Program newsletter and we hope it has inspired you to consider ways to engage with the Program. In an effort to keep our private equity alumni community connected, future editions of the newsletter will include an alumni news section. Please email Greta Larson, Assistant Director of the Program, with news you would like to us to consider sharing in the newsletter.

Since our last newsletter in September we have:
  • Welcomed Gary Appel ’77, former vice chairman of Castle Harlan, as an advisory board member
  • Hosted a very successful alumni event with Alston & Bird LLP
  • Held the Second Annual Deal Camp in Montauk, NY, with the generous sponsorship of Ernst & Young LLP
  • Launched the Deal Camp KKR Case Competition
  • Helped the students prepare for the 19th Annual PE/VC Conference
We hope you enjoy reading about these events in this newsletter. I encourage you to visit the Private Equity Program web site to learn more about our upcoming initiatives. If
 you would like to become a supporter of the Private Equity Program or have a suggestion for future programming, I would be happy to speak with you. I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of the corporate sponsors of the January newsletter, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Joele Frank and SAP.

Kind regards,
donna sig
Donna M. Hitscherich
Office: 212-854-0763
Email: dmh9@columbia.edu
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program Donna M. Hitscherich on Twitter
Greta Larson
Office: 212-854-7989
Email: gl2304@columbia.edu
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program Private Equity Program on Twitter


Read more

Deal Camp 2012

On December 7-9, 2012, the Program held its 2nd Annual Deal Camp. Members of the Columbia Business School community, including MBA and EMBA students, alumni and private equity professionals spent the weekend in this intimate and high-intensity learning environment overlooking the ocean at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk.

After a reception hosted by the Dean's Office on Friday night, Alisa Wood `08 gave a talk on her road to KKR. On Saturday Jason Kelly, Private Equity Reporter at Bloomberg who recently published his new book "The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry that Owns Everything" was joined by Donna M. Hitscherich `90 and Gary Appel `77 for a dinner discussion on private equity.
L-R: Donna M. Hitscherich, Jason Kelly and Gary Appel `77

Deal Camp was made possible with generous sponsorship by Ernst & Young LLP.

See the full agenda for Deal Camp on the Program's web site.

Read more

Deal Camp Kick-off Reception and Case Competition

At the Deal Camp kick-off reception November 2012, hosted by KKR, L-R: Deal Camp attendee Shanita Nicholas `13 with Alisa Wood `08, Jenny Farrelly and Margaret Butler `01
The Dollar General case assignment was developed by KKR. Finals will be held on February 8, 2013 on campus and the winning team is looking forward to a lunch with Henry Kravis `69.

Congratulations to the three teams competing in the finals:
Houston Adair CLS `13, Marcus Goormastic `12, Kyndra Jamison CLS `13, Miguel Lorrio `09, Matt Pareti `13 and Kraig Tuber `13

Shrinivas Chellappa `14, Pablo Guichard `14, Vikram Narain `14, Grant Pritchard and `14 and David Trevino `14

Morris Cox `13, Shanita Nicholas `13, Eugenia Song TC and Jason St. Peters `13

Read more

Alston & Bird/ Columbia Business School Private Equity Program Series - November 27, 2012

On November 27 the Program hosted a lively discussion on the current and future state of private equity - Where We've Been and Where We're Going: A Private Equity Retrospective and Look Ahead on November 27, 2012.

Speakers at November 27, 2012 Alumni Event - Visit the Slideshow
The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Director of the Columbia Business School Private Equity Program with panelists David DeLeeuw `69, Chairman, Lion Cao Asset Management, Matthew Mamak, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP and James H. Sullivan, Jr., Partner, Alston & Bird LLP Corporate Transactions and Securities Group.

Read more

Business and Law Students Unite for Restructuring Competition

L-R: Brian Louko `14, Professor Hitscherich, Samantha Cerone `13
On October 3, 2012 Columbia Law and Business Students gathered for a lesson in Restructuring from Michael Livanos `08 and a presentation on the upcoming Restructuring Competition by Sam Cerone `13 and Brian Louko `14.

Professor Robert J. Jackson from Columbia Law School and Professor Donna M. Hitscherich, `90, Director of the Private Equity Program gave opening remarks. The reception was
L-R: Brian Louko `14, Fred Steindler `06, Jerry Polacek `01, Mary Jane Constant `09, Lauren Krueger `02, Michael Livanos `08, Keith Luh `03, Preston Brice `13
jointly sponsored by the Private Equity Program, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy and the Columbia Business School PE/VC Club.

On October 26, 2012 we welcomed Mary Jane Constant`09, Lauren Krueger  `02, Michael Livanos `08 and   Keith Luh  `03, Jerry Polacek  `01, Fred Steindler  `06 as alumni judges to send the winning teams to the finals at Wharton. Visit the slideshow here. Read more

Private Equity Program Advisory Board

Gary Appel `77, Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School - Jeffrey Barber `01
 Managing Director, TA Associates, Inc.

 - Kenneth A. Buckfire `87
 CEO and Managing Director, Miller Buckfire

 - Jeff Bunder 
Global Private Equity Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

 - Margaret Butler `01 
 Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig - David E. De Leeuw `69
 - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Lion Chemical Capital LLC 
- Co-Founder & Chairman, Lion Cao Asset Management LLC
 - Stewart K.P. Gross `87
  Managing Director, Lightyear Capital
  - Rebecca John `01 Partner, Lexington Partners - Adam Reinmann `04
 Principal, Onex

 - Alisa A. Wood `08 
Managing Director, KKR
Read more

THANK YOU to the Sponsors of this Newsletter




February 8 - The KKR/ PE Program Deal Camp Competition
February 15 - The 19th Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference
March 18 - Coast to Coast: The Venture Capital Landscape from the Alley to the Valley
April 3 - Alumni Panel and Networking Event at Alston & Bird
May 6 - Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria

Gary Appel joins as Executive in Residence and PE Program Advisory Board member

Gary Appel `77

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Conference on February 15, 2013!

Hire Columbia Talent

The Private Equity Program has been meeting with recruiters and private equity professionals to discuss how the Program in cooperation with the Career Management Center can best help in providing top talent. We have received valuable feedback from many of you. If you are a recruiter or private equity professional interested in discussing Columbia recruiting or have comments or questions, please contact us. If you have a specific job ready to post, go directly to www.gsb.columbia.edu/jobpost

Happy New Year from the Program

We hope you received our holiday well wishes. In case it missed your mailbox, here is a direct link.

Private Equity Program Photos

We are always posting new photos on our Flickr account!

Private Equity Program on Twitter

Columbia Business School Private Equity Program Follow Private Equity Program on Twitter