Fall 2019
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program

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

Donna M. Hitscherich
Dear Friends of the Private Equity Program:

We at the Private Equity Program want to wish you all a healthy and restful summer. It was wonderful to connect with so many of you this spring at each of the Annual Dinner, 2017 Reunion, Annual Student PE and VC Conference, and our recent alumni networking event addressing the current regulatory landscape, hosted by Alston & Bird.

As we expand our community and develop important connections between practice and theory, I would like to call your attention to the following:

• The Seventh Annual Deal Camp will take place the first weekend in December. This year we are again partnering with Executive Education to provide an opportunity for a limited number of professionals to attend Deal Camp. Individuals and firms interested attending or sending a candidate to Deal Camp should contact Greta Larson (gl2304@columbia.edu). Please also review our Deal Camp video.

• All Business School alumni are invited to participate in our research survey on technology and other societal influences on the various generations in today’s workforce. This research is sponsored by SAP Americas. We look forward to sharing findings with you. Access the surveys here.

• The Fellows Program continues to move forward with the class of 2017 lining up private equity industry positions. Some students are still engaged in the search process. Please let us know if you would like to see resumes and if we can be helpful in your hiring needs. We were grateful for the dedication this year of Michael Livanos ’08 and Michael Ciolli ’10 who helped lead the Fellows Program sessions along with our impressive roster of guest speakers and case presenters this year.

Welcome our new Advisory Board member, Steve Winograd ’82 and we look forward to Steve being part of our team.

Greta and I thank all of you who have reached out to us as we strive to fulfill the Program’s mission to bring together financial theory and practice in the private equity industry.

Kind regards,

Donna M. Hitscherich
Office: 212-854-0763
Email: dmh9@columbia.edu
Twitter: @dmhcbspe


Fellows Program Update

The Fellows Program students have been working hard and showing up at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday for an outstanding set of lectures and case studies provided by alumni and other industry professionals.

Dawn at Uris Hall on a Wednesday morning. 
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Private Equity Program Advisory Board

Gary Appel ’77 Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School; Vice Chairman of Corporate Investment-North America, Investcorp International Inc.

Jeffrey Barber ’01
 Managing Director, TA Associates, Inc.

Charles Buaron ’14, Vice President, TPG Growth

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

Neal Costello ’08 Managing Director, Alpinvest Partners

David E. De Leeuw ’69 Co-Founder and Co-President, Lion Chemical Partners

Hythem El Nazer ’08 Managing Director, TA Associates

Sean P. Epstein ’04 Head EMEA/MEE, SAP Global Private Equity

Stewart K.P. Gross ’87
 Managing Director, Lightyear Capital

Rebecca John ’01 Partner, Lexington Partners

Adam Reinmann ’04
 Managing Director, Wendel Group

Jeff Rojek ’96 Global Lead Partner, KPMG

Steve Winograd ’82, Managing Director, PennantPark Investment Advisers

Alisa A. Wood ’08 Member, Client and Partner Group, KKR

Members of the Advisory Board and friends at the Annual Dinner, September 13, 2017



Alumni News

Charles Buaron   
Charles Buaron 14 has joined the Private Equity Program Advisory Board. Welcome Charles!

Nicola Della Casa ’15
has joined KKR in London.

Kevin Collins ’17 has joined Disruptive Technology Advisors.

Carol L. Foster ’92 has joined SharesPost as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. SharesPost is an online platform that links investors with late-stage venture-backed companies and shareholders.

Sharam Honari 97, Partner at BlackGold, was quoted in PE Hub about their recent milestone:
BlackGold Capital Management (backed by KKR) has raised $165m for its second fund.

Claudio La Rosa
’15 has joined Oxy Capital in Milan, Italy.

Övünc Okyay ’10  has joined LG Capital in Switzerland.

David Steinhardt 17 has joined Litespeed.

The Alumni Club of New York has a new breakfast series on private equity. The most recent one was held on November 2. The breakfast featured Beth Michelson ’96, Senior Managing Director of Cartesian Capital. Visit the Alumni Club web site for more information.

Private Equity Program Photos

We are always posting new photos on our Flickr account!
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New Videos Launched from Private Equity Program's Annual Deal Camp

The Private Equity Program recently launched a two-part video lecture with Valerie Purdie-Vaughns who came to speak at Deal Camp in 2015 and 2016. Speaking on the subject of diverse teams, and providing an experiential exercise for the students, Professor Purdie-Vaughns shows the academic research and ideas that make diverse teams an important value-proposition for PE firms. These sessions were sponsored by KKR. Read more






November 30 - December 3, 2017 
- Annual Deal Camp in Montauk. We are still accepting applications for 2017. Contact us for more information.

Save the date: February 23, 2018 - Annual PE Conference held by the PE Club. 


July 2017 - Annual Trip to Toronto
Joining EMBA Americas, the Program enjoyed a reception with students and the Toronto Alumni Club. 

Andrea Robertson ’80, Toronto Alumni Club Leader, and Nicole Dow ’19, current EMBA student
July 18, 2017 - Women in Finance Event with Heibrunn Center hosted by KKR
Women in Finance panel discussion with Professor Donna M. Hitscherich ’90; Bola Osakwe, KKR; Lauren Krueger ’02, Drivetrain
September 18, 2017 - Finance Careers Event with CMC

Professors Kent Daniel, Tomasz Piskorski, Anne Heinrichs and Donna M. Hitscherich ’90

October 9, 2017 - Fundraising Panel hosted by Alston & Bird 

Chris Kirsten ’82, Moelis;  Sean Nelson ’16, KKR;  Michael Saarinen, Alston & Bird; David Wachter, W Capital Partners; Donna M. Hitscherich ’90, Columbia Business School



FEATURED CONTENT: 3 Big Ways that Technology Impacts M&A

By Sean Epstein ’04, Head of SAP Private Equity, EMEA/MEE, and Emmanuel Cassimatis, Head of Small & Mid Cap Private Equity, EMEA

Read the executive summary of what investors need to know about the impact of technology on M&A. 

Looking for a Columbia Private Equity Candidate?

If you are a recruiter or private equity professional interested in discussing Columbia recruiting, have comments or questions, or wish to see the Deal Camp or Fellows Program resume book, please contact us.

If you have a specific job ready to post, go directly to: www.gsb.columbia.edu/jobpost.

Additional Research

The research of Professors Charles Calomiris and Donna M. Hitscherich appeared in the Financial Times, ’’Go-shop provisions: buyer beware OM Group and Apollo deal shows a final bid is not necessarily final.’’

Private Equity Program Research - Gen Xers Needed!

The Program’s research survey developed with Damon J. Phillips, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise, is available for all professionals!  In particular we could use some more responses from Gen X professionals. Click here to access the survey.

Feel free to share with your colleagues. Thank you in advance for your time and participation!

Be a part of Columbia research!


Private Equity Program on Twitter

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