Fall 2019
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program

Message from Donna M. Hitscherich ’90, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business Finance and Economics and Director of the Private Equity Program

Dear Friends of the Private Equity Program:

Before summer takes off in full swing and brings with it a respite (hopefully) from a busy first half of the year for all of us, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some highlights of the Program's past activities and future plans since our January newsletter. Professor Margaret Cannella, Greta Larson and I hope reading the newsletter will inspire you to reach out to the Program with some of your own ideas on how we, working together, can continue to build the network of friends of the Private Equity Program of Columbia Business School.

• The 4th Annual Deal Camp scheduled for December 5-7 - please consider joining us or sponsoring this important student/alumni event
 • The M&A Block Week course offered in EMBA in May with guest speakers Adam Reinmann `04 Senior Director, North America, Wendel Group and Joseph DiTomaso `03 CEO and co-founder of AlltheRooms.com sharing professional experiences with the students
 • Alumni series sponsored by Alston & Bird held in March on the the Regulatory Landscape  with the next program scheduled for September 16
 • Research continued on the role of technology and other societal influences on the various generations in today's workforce with Damon J. Phillips, James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy
 • The 2014 class held the 20th Annual Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference on February 28
• Welcomed Neal Costello `08 as an Advisory Board member
• Supported the School by hosting a table at the Annual Dinner on May 5
• The winners of the 2014 Deal Camp competition were chosen
 • After a very successful pilot program, the Private Equity Fellows Program will be accepting applications from second year students and looking for additional mentors

Margaret, Greta and I want to thank all of you who have reached out to us as we strive to fulfill the Program’s mission and further connect our alumni. 

The Private Equity Program Newsletter reaches over 3,000 friends of the Private Equity Program and is a great way for all of us to stay in touch. If you have any information to share, please contact us. In the meantime, have a safe, productive and enjoyable summer. 

Kind regards,
donna sig
Donna M. Hitscherich
Office: 212-854-0763
Email: dmh9@columbia.edu
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Fellows Program Update from Margaret Cannella `76, Administrative Director of the Private Equity Program

The Private Equity Fellows Program has completed its first year as a pilot with 41 MBA and EMBA candidates participating as Fellows.
  • Each participant was assigned an alumni mentor
  • A series of "After Hours" lectures facilitated by top firms in the industry were held exposing students to various facets of the industry
  • Several practice interview sessions were held to replicate case interviews at private equity firms
  • Fellows participated in writing a case on Burger King, and visiting 3G in Miami with the case to be published by Columbia Caseworks
Margaret Cannella and James
Connolly `96 at KKR Fellows Program
February 2014
The Private Equity Fellows Program has supported individual students in their career preparation and will continue to help further the work of the Private Equity Program at large by helping create a community of Columbia Business School alumni helping each other prosper across the landscape of this exciting and challenging industry.

This year's Fellows Program is even more intensive, and selective. Read more about the Fellows Program schedule and application on our web site.

Congratulations to all the graduates in the PE Fellows Program
Read more

Private Equity Program Advisory Board

Welcome to Neal Costello `08 as an Advisory Board member
Gary Appel `77 Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School; Vice Chairman of Corporate Investment-North America at Investcorp
Jeffrey Barber `01
 Managing Director, TA Associates, Inc.

Kenneth A. Buckfire `87
 Co-President & Managing Director, Miller Buckfire

Jeff Bunder 
Global Private Equity Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Margaret Butler `01 
 Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
Neal Costello `08 Senior Principal, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
David E. De Leeuw `69
 - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Lion Chemical Capital LLC 
- Co-President, Huntsman-Lion Capital, LLC

Sean P. Epstein `04, Global Managing Partner, SAP Private Equity
Stewart K.P. Gross `87
  Managing Director, Lightyear Capital
Rebecca John `01 Partner, Lexington Partners
Adam Reinmann `04
 Senior Director, Wendel Group
Alisa A. Wood `08 
Managing Director, KKR
Read more

Annual Dinner 2014

The Private Equity Program was proud to sponsor a table at Columbia Business School's 38th Annual Dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria on May 5. The Annual Dinner brings together alumni, friends, corporate sponsors, and guests in an evening of support for Columbia Business School.

The Program hosted the winners of the Deal Camp Competition along with our Advisory Board and other friends. This year's event raised $3.2 million for financial aid, faculty research, and entrepreneurial outreach. Read more

LP Institute at Duane Morris LLP

Professor Hitscherich moderated the Duane Morris LLP LP Institute trans-atlantic simulcast discussion that was broadcast between New York and London on March 26, 2014 Read more

Recruiter Breakfast

On March 21 many of the top global private equity firms joined us for a presentation by Donna M. Hitscherich on her latest research on generational differences (see our article about the Program's research) and a presentation by Margaret Cannella on the Private Equity Fellows Program.

We were excited to start a dialogue with these professionals on how the Program is working with industry on several important fronts. Please put your recruitment professionals in touch with us and we can keep them abreast of future events such as this breakfast. Read more


September 16 - Alston & Bird Alumni Panel & Networking Event
December 7-9 - Deal Camp at Gurney's Inn

Congratulations to Deal Camp Competition Winners

L-R - Kris McKee `14, Akin Akbiyik `14,
Emil Plagborg-Møller Visiting Scholar and
Bharath Rajagopalan `15 at the
February 14, 2014 Finals

Congratulations to the 2014 Champions (pictured above). The competitors were hosted by CFO Clay Creasey at the Toys "R" Us flagship store for a fun tour and lunch in the skyroom board room (Toys "R" Us visit Slideshow on Flickr).

Alumni Spotlight

Rendel L. Solomon `05 Vice President, Muller & Monroe Asset Management, LLC (“M2”)

"Broadly speaking, my education at Columbia taught me to explore. At Columbia, I gained an appreciation for the global connectedness of people and business.  In private equity, I have found an industry that does not limit me to a single field thereby affording the opportunity to continually explore." Read more

Alumni News

Congratulations to James Connor `93 on the February 24, 2014 announcement of his firm, Acrecent's, completion of a capital raising transaction to expand its footprint in Central America, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico. The lead investor was Darby Private Equity (“Darby”), the private equity arm of Franklin Templeton Investments, with Hofmockel Investments, LLC co-investing. Darby invested through its Darby ProBanco Fund II that specializes in the financial sector in Latin America. http://www.acrecent.com

Jarret Fass `09 is one of the founders of Pierpoint Capital, a new growth equity firm focused on investing in and partnering with exceptional companies. Pierpoint Capital provides growth-stage companies with the necessary strategic, operational and financial resources to accelerate growth and realize their potential. http://www.pierpointcap.com

Advisory Board member
David De Leeuw `69
was honored by CMEACS 
- Congrats David!

Private Equity Program Research

Enhancing your Career Success in a Multi-Generational Workplace
- the Program's research survey developed with Damon J. Phillips, James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy. This research project is sponsored by SAP. The second phase of the research surveying financial professionals is about to launch, and we look forward to continuing our survey of incoming MBAs this Fall in as we look at the generational differences longitudinally.

THANK YOU to the Sponsors of this newsletter


FEATURED CONTENT: Why Should a PE Investor Care about IT?

By Sean Epstein, Co-Head, EMEA/MEE PE Team, SAP Global Private Equity

"Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of meeting with more than 250 Private Equity executives in over 15 countries and 5 continents. These discussions have primarily centered on the role of and value of technology in all phases of a PE deal cycle.  Here are three immediate takeaways for Private Equity investors... " Read more

20th Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

Congratulations to the 2014 Student Conference team as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference which was held at the Sheraton on February 28, 2014. Visit the Slideshow.

Regulatory Landscape Panel

March 25 we discussed the Regulatory Landscape in Private Equity. Our 2013-2014 series has focused on verticals which present opportunities for private equity.
Clockwise from top left: Chris McArdle, Partner at Alston & Bird LLP; Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Director of the Private Equity Program; Michael O'Hara `02, Managing Director, Restructuring & Reorganization at Blackstone; Vince Ponzo `03, Director, The Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship; Ashley Larson `11, Principal at Egis Capital Partners and  Kevin Miller, Partner at Alston & Bird LLP

Reunion 2014

The Climate Change of Private Equity Panel with Moderator: Donna Hitscherich ’90, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business and Director, Private Equity Program with alumni Panelists: David S. Bovenizer ’94, Founder and CEO, Lionheart Ventures, Stephen Murray ’89, President and CEO, CCMP Capital Advisors and Lihong Wang ’99, Managing Director, Bain Capital Asia