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Partial List of
Past Attendees

2tor Inc.

AboutEdu Inc.

Achieve3000 Inc.

AdvancePath Academics Inc.

AEA Investors LP

Allen Evans Klein International

Alpine Investors LP

Alvarez & Marsal

American Academy

American Management Association Inc.

Americas Choice Inc.

Andersen Associates

Angelo Gordon & Co.

Antenna International

Apax Partners LP

ARC Advisors (HK)

Argo Inc.

Argosy Capital

Arlington Capital Partners

Ascension Health Ventures LLC

Ashford Capital Managment Inc.

Assoc. of Private Sector Colleges & Universities

Audax Group

Austin Ventures LP

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barrington Research Associates Inc.

BC Partners Inc.

Berkery Noyes & Co.

Bertelsmann AG

BIA Digital Partners

Blue Harbour Group

BMO Capital Markets

Boston Ventures

Brant Point Partners

Brentwood Associates

BridgeSpan Financial

Brightside Academies

BrightWork Capital

Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.

BSG Team Ventures

C/H Global Strategies

Calvert Education

Camden Partners

Campus Direct Inc.

CantorGreenfield LLC

Capital One Bank USA

Career Education Corp.

Carlyle Group LLC

Castanea Partners

Catapult Learning LLC

CBIZ Mahoney Cohen

Champion College Services Inc.

Charter Oak Capital

Chicago Growth Partners

CMS Companies

Coady Diemar Partners

Coburn Greenberg Partners LLC

College Board

CollegeBound Network

Columbia Capital LLC

Communispond Inc.

Compass Knowledge

Conversion Partners

Conway Del Genio Gries & Co. LLC

Cortiva Education Inc.

D. E. Shaw & Co. LP

Deloitte & Touche LLP

DeSilva & Phillips LLC

DeVry Inc.

Diamond Castle Holdings

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Discovery Americas

Disney Publishing Worldwide Inc.

Dow Lohnes Government Strategies

Dow Lohnes PLLC

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Duane Morris LLC

Dunning Capital LLC

East Wind Advisors

Edison Ventures

Education Growth Partners LLC

Education Management

Education Realty Group

Education Week-Editorial Projects in Education


Edwards Angell

Eisner LLP

Eos Partners LP

Epic Partners LLC

Fenway Partners LLC

Fidelity Investments

Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Finn Dixon & Herling

Florida Institute of Tech.

ForProfit EDU

Fox Hill Capital LLC

Fullbridge Inc.

GE Capital

Gemini Investors

Generation Partners

Global Alliance Ltd.

Global Education Co.

GlobalHealth Education & Training

Goodwin Procter LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

Greenhill Capital

GRO Capital LLC

Ground Swell Equity Partners

Gryphon Investors

H. I. G. Capital LLC

H. I. G. Growth Partners LLC

Halyard Capital

Hamilton Lane

Hamilton White Group

Harris Williams

HCP & Co.

Heathcourt Madison

Height Analytics LLC

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Huron Capital Partners

Hylton Associates

IBM Corp.

Idea Foundry Inc.

Ignite Education Group

InfiLaw Corp.

Innovative Entrepreneurship

Inside Jobs Inc.

InsideTrack Inc.

Insight Schools Inc.

Insperity Inc.

Institute of Culinary Education

Invus Group LLC

iQ4 Corp.

J. P. Morgan Chase

Jordan Edmiston Group

K. R. Management

K12 Inc.

Kaplan Inc.

Kelso & Co.

Kilimanjaro Education Foundation

Knowledge Universe Education LP Inc.

Kohlberg Kravis

LaSalle Capital Group

Lazard Middle Market LLC

Leeds Equity Partners

Liberty Partners LP

LLR Partners Inc.

LRN Inc.

Lucas Group

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

Madison Dearborn Partners

Management Consultant

Maverick Capital Ltd.

McCarter & English

McClintock & Associates


McGraw-Hill Companies

Media & Entertainment Strategy Advisors

Medley Capital LLC

MetSchools Inc.

MHT Partners LP

Monitor Clipper Partners LLC

Montclair Board of Education

Morgan Joseph & Co.

Morgan Stanley Private Equity

Mosaica Education

Mountbatten Institute

Murray Devine & Co.

New England Board of Higher Education

New Markets Venture Partners LLC

New Mountain Capital

New View Advisors

New York Life Capital Partners LLC

New York Times Co.


Noah Fund LLC

North American Capital Corp.

NorthStar Capital Market Services Inc.

Northwest Evaluation Association

Nova Venture Fund Ltd.

Open English

Palm Ventures LLC

Parthenon Group LLC


Perot Investments

Piper Jaffray & Co.

Powers Pyles

Primus Capital Funds

Providence Equity

Quad Partners LLC

RBC Capital Markets

RBG Capital Partners

Red Dog Ventures

Regent Education Inc.

Revolution Learning

Riesenbach Strategic Advisors

Ritzert & Leyton PC

Riverside Co.

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Roberts & Co. LP

Rocket Learning

Ropes & Gray LLP

RSR Partners

Russell Reynolds

Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates PLLC

Sankaty Advisors LLC

Scholastic Inc.

School Choice International

Serent Capital LLC

ServCo LLC

Sessions College for Professional Design Inc.

Signal Hill Capital Group LLC

SNR Denton

Software & Information Industry Association

Sorenson Capital

Soros Fund Management

Specialized Education Services Inc.

Spectra Advisors

Squire Sanders & Dempsey

St. Charles Capital

Sterling Partners

Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel Inc.

Summer Street Capital

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc.

Sutter & Verville PC

TA Associates Inc.

Teachers' Private Capital

Thomas L. Creel PC

Tooling University LLC

Trident Capital LP

TriState Capital Bank

Trophy Point Capital Inc.

U. S. Corporate Education

University Ventures Fund LLC

USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis

Valhalla Partners

ValueAct Capital LLC

Vector Careers

Veritas Capital Fund

Veronis Suhler Stevenson Partners

Vistage International

W. P. Carey & Co. LLC

Wafra Partners LLC

Weiser LLP

Weld North LLC

Wicks Group

XRoads Solutions Group LLC

YTI Career Institute





The upcoming For-Profit Education Roundtable

is on July 26, 2012.

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Encore Conference

For Middle-Market Private Equity

 & Mezzanine Investors & Lenders


Private Equity Investing

In For-Profit Education Companies
Despite Grumbling from Activists & Politicians,

The Industry Is Getting Good Results


  Attendance Is Limited!

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Chris Hoehn-Saric, Senior Managing Director
Sterling Partners


Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --

  • Jay N. Bartlett, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Daniel L. Black, Wicks Group of Companies LLC
  • Thomas J. Formolo, CHS Capital
  • Timothy E. Foster, YTI Career Institute
  • Lincoln E. Frank, Quad Partners LLC
  • Atif U. Gilani, Renovus Capital Partners
  • Matthew T. Haggenmiller, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patrick Iles, Barclays Capital Inc.
  • Victor Klatt, Penn Hill Group
  • Robert Lytle, Parthenon Group LLC
  • H. John Michel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Anthony W. Miller, U. S. Department of Education
  • Seth A. Prostic, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • John R. Przypyszny, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Robert T. Puopolo, Epic Partners LLC
  • John M. Rogers, Gryphon Investors
  • Meredith L. Ruble, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel
  • Adarsh K. Sarma, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Lawrence I. Shagrin, Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.
  • Sam Shah, Credit Suisse Group
  • Scott A. Wieler, Signal Hill Capital Group LLC

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City 

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,

& Other Advisors Who Support Them

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

Here’s a conundrum.  On one hand, no sector has been so vilified lately by federal and state politicians and lawmakers as for-profit, post-secondary education.  


While the new Department of Education gainful employment rules are (relatively-speaking) not unfavorable to the industry, activists and the media have seemingly taken matters into their own hands.


On the other hand, non-profit institutions have not exactly jumped up to the plate to educate non-traditional students who hold full-time jobs or cannot take an on-campus program.  In the decade beginning in 1998, enrollment in public and private universities went up less than 25 percent while enrollment in for-profit colleges was up a whopping 236 percent.


Clearly, the sector is doing something right, and with today’s push by employers and the government to raise the percentage of college-educated Americans, these companies have to be part of the solution.


What’s more, cheap valuations among many traditional publishing companies in the K-12 education sector are garnering significant private equity activity.  Many firms are actively seeking acquisitions and investments in this area as changing demographics are likely to produce superior profits down the road.

          There’s more to this sector than meets the eye, and The Capital Roundtable will be

          focusing on the many real buying opportunities for the year at our at full-day

          encore conference.  We are assembling all-new content that showcases the latest

          issues and challenges affecting the industry.


          Whether you’re seeking bright opportunities in the education space for 2012, or

          want to improve performance of your current portfolio companies, you’ll want to

          join us for --


                       Private Equity Investing

                       In Middle-Market Education Companies --
                       Doing Well as an Investor
                       By Doing Good by Your Customers


         Plus signing up well before the bell rings carries a special reward. By registering

         in advance, you will receive our Early Bird Discount -- a generous savings of $400!

Just some of the sector’s recent middle-market activity includes Permira Fund’s purchase of Renaissance Learning for $455 million.  Leeds Equity Partners’ acquisition of Nobel Learning Communities for $149 million.  And Sterling Partners’ announced exit sale of virtual charter school company Connections Academy to Pearson.

To help us assure timely content for this encore conference on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in New York, we’re delighted to welcome as our chair Chris Hoehn-Saric of Sterling Partners in Baltimore -- a leading private equity firm in the education marketplace, with approximately $5 billion in assets under management.


A senior managing director of the firm, Chris co-founded Sterling in 1983.  Prior to re-joining the Sterling team, Chris operated as CEO of portfolio company Educate Inc. and as chairman and co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems Inc.  Chris is a member of the boards of trustees for Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries.  He attended Johns Hopkins University.


20 Education Industry Specialists Make All Of Today’s Realities Clear.

Joining Chris will be a team of 20 panelists with proven expertise in education deals.  You’ll hear from GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more -- sharing their insights on who’s succeeding, what areas are poised for growth, and how to locate financial partners.

We’ll discuss how gainful employment regulations have changed the landscape, and why there are new rules and practices companies must follow to succeed.  The times when student outcomes could be ignored are over -- today companies that make money are those who make student needs their first concern.

We’ll explore how technology is continuing to affect the industry, with today’s millennial generation having practically zero interest in traditional classroom settings.  All institutions, from for-profit to public not-for-profit, are having to change their instruction modalities to make online preeminent. 

In addition, future opportunities abound in the branding and content of instruction -- an admired school name, or a star instructor presenting online courses, could be crucial for tomorrow’s winners.

And we’ll examine which individual areas hold the greatest potential.  These include private K-12 education, tutoring and enrichment courses that counter declining school budgets and often‑axed subjects like music instruction.  And post-secondary vocational training programs that provide job-ready skills.

Register now so you can have the answers to today’s most pressing questions --

  • What was the source of education industry turmoil during 2011, and why are the trends most positive for 2012?
  • What are some of the main challenges that PE investors are facing in the education sector?
  • What are the current enrollment trends for for-profit vs. non-profit institutions?
  • How are investors reacting to bifurcated valuations in the K-12 education sector -- as many traditional companies suffer while the technology-savvy prosper?
  • How are lenders approaching education deals, and what factors are behind their decisions?
  • What areas in supplementary private education have the most stickiness that leads to increased profitability?
  • What are the opportunities in private post-baccalaureate programs that facilitate advanced degrees for non-traditional students?
  • What recent middle-market deals are notable?  What deals are in the pipeline?
  • How are private equity firms adding value to their education portfolio companies?
  • And much, much more.


Learn Who’s Who In The Industry With Our Excellent Networking Opportunities.

Our previous education conferences always fill up quickly because we provide one-on-one connections with both fellow attendees and featured speakers. You’ll have plenty of time during our session breaks and open lunch to make contacts, share ideas, and swap business cards.

You should attend this conference if you are a --

  • GP or LP looking to invest in education companies.
  • New PE firm considering investing in education.
  • Hedge fund manager or venture capitalist interested in this specialized space.
  • Partner or operating executive of an education portfolio company.
  • Lender seeking participation in education transactions.
  • Investment banker pursuing deals with education companies.
  • Attorney or advisor representing education companies.
  • Executive search professional recruiting for the private equity industry.

         Remember, register with our Early Bird Discount by December 2, 2011, and you’ll

         save $400 off our standard fee!  Please make your reservation now so you’re not

         disappointed.  We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.


For more information, please feel free to contact Anna Fagan at 212-832-7333 ext. 0 or

This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit

The Capital Roundtable thanks Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Parthenon Group LLC for sponsoring this outstanding event. It’s due in great part to their collaboration and support that we have the resources to make this event so worthwhile for you.


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Chaired By

  • Chris Hoehn-Saric, Senior Managing Director, Sterling Partners

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Managing Partner, Alimansky & Bethell Group, and Chairman, The Capital Roundtable


  • Jay N. Bartlett, Partner, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Daniel L. Black, Managing Partner, Wicks Group of Companies LLC
  • Thomas J. Formolo, Partner, CHS Capital
  • Timothy E. Foster, Chairman & CEO, YTI Career Institute
  • Lincoln E. Frank, Managing Partner, Quad Partners LLC
  • Atif U. Gilani, Partner, Renovus Capital Partners
  • Matthew T. Haggenmiller, Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patrick Iles, Managing Director, Barclays Capital Inc.
  • Victor Klatt, Principal, Penn Hill Group
  • Robert Lytle, Partner, Parthenon Group LLC
  • H. John Michel, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Anthony W. Miller, Deputy Secretary & COO, U. S. Department of Education
  • Seth A. Prostic, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Robert T. Puopolo, Partner, Epic Partners LLC
  • John M. Rogers, Partner, Gryphon Investors
  • Meredith L. Ruble, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel
  • Adarsh K. Sarma, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Lawrence I. Shagrin, Partner, Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.
  • Sam Shah, Head--Global Ed. Practice, Credit Suisse Group
  • Scott A. Wieler, Chairman, Signal Hill Capital Group LLC
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced

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07:30 - 08:15
08:15 - 08:45
08:45 - 09:45

09:45 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15

12:15 - 01:15
01:15 - 02:15

02:15 - 03:15

03:15 - 03:30
03:30 - 04:30



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions

Introductory Keynote -- "Post-Secondary -- Opportunities for Operators & Service Providers in the 'New Normal'"
Chairman’s Keynote -- "Large Opportunities for the Knowledgeable Investor -- Five Key Factors Affecting the Market"

Coffee & Networking Break

First Panel -- “From the Trenches – Five Private Equity Investors Report Why They Invest in For-Profit Education Companies”
Luncheon & Networking

Second Panel -- “Executing Education Deals -- How to Complete Due Diligence, Get Financing, & Handle Structuring Issues"
Third Panel -- “Navigating Education’s Legal & Regulatory Hurdles -- How to Identify & Manage Regulatory Issues, & Deal with State & Federal Authorities”
Coffee & Networking Break
Fourth Panel -- “Exiting Education Deals --
How to Prepare & Where to Find the Best Liquidity Opportunities”
Networking & Adjournment

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  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- and save $400 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, December 2, and the fee for the conference is $995.
  • Premiere Registration Fee -- save $200 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, December 23, and the fee for the conference is $1195.
  • After that, the standard fee is $1395 for the conference.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1495 for the conference.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special discount for 2 or more people.  For more info, please contact Anna Fagan or 212-832-7333 ext 0.

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You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card.  (If you need to cancel, please do so by Thursday, January 5 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future conference.)

From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

Have a special question?  Please contact Shaina Mardinly at 212-832-7333 ext.0 or by email at

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College Hall -- First Floor
One West 54 Street (at 5th Avenue)
New York City

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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