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Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. See for more information.

Gold Sponsors

Dechert LLP is an international law firm recognized among the top ten law firms for private equity by The American Lawyer "Corporate Scorecard" and as one of the "most active law firms" for both fund formation and fund investments by Private Equity Analyst. In addition, we are ranked among the top law firms for private equity buyouts and exits by mergermarket, and have been recommended for buyouts and fund formation by The Legal 500.

Private equity investors around the world rely on Dechert's global team of 200 lawyers in the United States, United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Asia to provide creative solutions to the most complex issues in structuring, negotiating, and consummating private equity transactions at every phase of the investment life cycle. We structure funds for market terms and tax efficiency and good governance; investments that maximize value; transactions that enhance portfolio companies; and exits that optimize returns.

Wharton Private Equity Partners, founded in 1998, represents the interests of more than 2,500 Wharton and University of Pennsylvania alumni working in private equity around the globe. Our mission is to provide members with unique opportunities to exchange ideas and knowledge with their peers in a peer-only setting, to learn from industry experts and leading researchers, to enhance Wharton’s standing in the private investor community, and to support the constructive engagement of the alumnae members with the school.

Media Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Buyouts has been the publication of choice within the private equity community for more than 23 years, supplying readers with comprehensive deal and fund news, personality profiles, expert analysis and a wealth of proprietary data. Its quarterly deal and fund lists have become the industry benchmarks, and exceptional editorial pedigree and unrivalled relationships with the market’s key players ensure the most insightful commentary and analysis.

To start your subscription or for more information, call 646-223-6787 or email

Dow Jones Private Markets is a division of Dow Jones & Co., a News Corporation company. Dow Jones Private Markets offers integrated content solutions for the deal-sourcing, due diligence and compliance needs of today’s venture capital and private equity investors, fund managers, advisors, and portfolio companies. Core products include the industry-specific deal databases VentureSource, LP Source and Private Equity Source, as well as the highly-respected publications Private Equity Analyst, VentureWire, Daily Bankruptcy Review and LBO Wire.

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and bespoke data requests. Preqin also works with fund managers to identify and approach institutional investors for new vehicles via its flagship Fundraising Support Service.

Preqin has built a reputation in the alternative assets industry for providing the most comprehensive and extensive information possible. 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.

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For almost 50 years, VCJ has been an indispensable resource for the venture capital community. More thoughtful than dailies, more insightful than the competition, VCJ gives its readers the exhaustive news, intriguing analysis and proprietary data they need to make smart investment decisions. Equally important, VCJ continues to evolve with the market, increasing its global coverage, broadening its reach to angel investors and tackling never-before-done topics in its cover stories. VCJ offers readers insight into emerging investment trends, access to industry luminaries, expert and in-depth analysis of industry issues.

To start your subscription or for more information, call 646-223-6787 or email

Silver Sponsors

The Capital Roundtable is America’s leading conference company for the middle-market private equity community, focusing on the “need-to-know” information needs of general and limited partners, and their teams.

Our conferences are regularly praised as among the best-managed and best-attended in the alternative asset industry.

Founded in 1984, we are famous for our day-long informational MasterClasses on topics ranging from PE investing in different industries (e.g., restaurants, healthcare, education, banks) — to best practices for launching SBICs or managing relationships with LPs — to methods for investing by independent (aka "fundless") sponsors — to know-how for negotiating mezzanine finance, raising funds from institutional investors or family offices, or enhancing value of portfolio companies — to background about trends in executing exit strategies or obtaining the most cost-effective senior debt.

We call them “MasterClasses” because most of the 20 speakers we enlist for each program are themselves private equity investors, i.e., are “Masters.” We promote to our proprietary e-mail list of 70,000+ names. Each program draws 25-50 paying attendees from the PE community.

Over 3,000 people and 1,000 speakers have participated in MasterClasses since 2003. In 2010, The Roundtable is producing a total of 25 MasterClasses.

Bronze Sponsors

AllEquityFunds (AEF) - the largest community of private equity professionals in Russia and CIS. Started in April 2009, AEF became the leading source of information on private equity in the region, followed by thousands of users throughout the world. Website of community provides all kind of information for investors, private equity funds, professionals, companies and all interested in private equity in Russia and CIS. You can find news, analytics, events, private equity funds, deals, open discussion place, jobs etc. AllEquityFunds also publishes the only private equity journal in English on private equity in the region – Private Equity Russia and CIS Journal (PERCIS). AllEquityFunds is open and free for registration. We are aimed to become the leading useful partner in private equity world in Russia and CIS and would be glad to see you among our members and partners!

Golden Networking is the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and professionals, to experience what is new and next. Members are treated to exclusive industry-wide Leaders and Experts Forums, Experts Workshops, Business Receptions and Professional Nights, which have been featured in the business and financial press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Reuters. Golden Networking's forums draw hundreds of high-level attendees who cannot afford to miss these very selective learning and networking opportunities.

Golden Networking hosts monthly High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour receptions in New York City; following on its presentation in Hong Kong, Golden Networking is hosting High-Frequency Trading Experts Workshop 2011 in New York, March 3rd-4th, Sydney, March 14th-15th, Singapore, March 16th-17th, and Mumbai, April 7th-8th. In addition, High-Frequency Trading Experts Workshop 2010, Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010, China Leaders Forum 2010, Distressed Investing Experts Forum 2010, High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2010, Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010 and High-Frequency Trading Experts Forum 2010 are available on DVD at and

SumZero is the leading global community for buyside investment professionals. The site has rapidly grown to over 4,500 elite hedge fund, private equity, and mutual fund analysts. Almost every brand-name hedge fund and mutual fund is represented in SumZero's user base, including Pershing Square, Tiger, Farallon, SAC, and Fidelity. Membership is free, but highly selective. There are almost 3,000 full-length, peer-rated investment write-ups in SumZero's idea database (covering equities, credit, macro, commodities, and other asset classes). We encourage Wharton students who are serious about careers on the buyside to apply through the homepage with an actionable investment idea. For those less serious about working in investment management but still interested in the financial markets, SumZero also offers a free weekly top idea email. Every week, SumZero will choose one investment write-up from its database which will be emailed to you.

Wall Street Oasis is a web community of finance professionals including current and prospective investment bankers, traders, researchers, consultants, private equity and venture capital professionals. The purpose of the community is to facilitate communication among Wall Street professionals and anyone interested in a career in financial services. WSO also provides several services to help these professionals as they progress through their career including detailed industry and interview guides, elite private GMAT tutors, professional resume reviews as well as access to top jobs in private equity and venture capital.