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Research Partners


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Partial List of
Past Attendees

Avalar Network Inc.

Baird Capital Partners

BB&T Capital Markets

Berkery Noyes & Co.

Boxford Consulting LLC / FranChoice Inc.

Brookwood Associates LLC

Cambridge Information Group Inc.

Capital Growth Advisors LLC

CapitalSpring LLC

Caymus Partners LLC

CIT Corporate Finance

Cogent Group LLC

Croft & Bender LLC

Crutchfield Capital


East Wind Advisors

Edgeview Partners

Fantastic Sams International

Fidus Partners LLC

Four Box Holdings Inc.

Franchise America Finance

Franchise Business Review LLC

Franchise Growth Group


Garden Fresh Gourmet

GE Capital, Franchise Finance

Gemini Investors

Grant Thornton LLP

Gray Plant Mooty

Huron Capital Partners LLC

IQ BackOffice Inc.

KarpReilly LLC

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.

Max Brenner

McLean Group LLC

MVP Capital Partners

Online Trading Academy


Planet Beach Franchising Corp.

Plave Koch PLC

Pouschine Cook Capital Management

Quad-C Management

Quatrro FPO Solutions LLC

Quatrro Inc.

Rackson Corp.

Riverside Co.

Sarpino's USA Inc.

SLC Capital Partners

Square Treasure Food Inc.

Starboard Capital Partners LLC

Stuart Portfolio Consultants LP

Thomas Franchise Solutions Ltd.

Trinity Capital LLC

TriState Capital Bank

TSG Consumer Partners LLC


Webster Capital LLC

Wiley Rein LLP

Wingstop Restaurants Inc.


Clear the date October 18 on your calendar!

CLICK HERE now to register before it's too late!

An ENCORE Conference

For Middle-Market Private Equity

& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders


Private Equity Investing

In Franchise Companies

Finding Excitement in Scalability,

Recurring Revenue, & Low Capital Needs


  Attendance Is Limited!

  CLICK HERE to Register Now



Samuel L. Katz, Managing Partner

Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --

  • Juan E. Alva, Fifth Street Finance Corp.
  • Michael Bidwell, Dwyer Group Inc.
  • Nathan Chandrasekaran, TZP Group LLC
  • Thomas Christopoul, Falconhead Capital LLC
  • Dina Dwyer-Owens, Dwyer Group Inc.
  • Benjamin Felt, Invus Group LLC
  • Mark R. Fleischer,  Plante & Moran PLLC
  • Scott D. Frith, Lawn Doctor Inc.
  • James J. Goodman, Gemini Investors
  • Glenn A. Gurtcheff, Harris Williams & Co.
  • Jeremy R. Holland, The Riverside Company
  • David W. Koch, Plave Koch PLC
  • Margaret A. Montague, Fidus Partners LLC
  • Richard L. Perkal, Irving Place Capital
  • Devon M. Russell, Madison Capital Funding LLC
  • Peter J. Schaeffer, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Samuel L. Shimer, SLC Capital Partners LP
  • Steven R. Siegel, Brookside Consulting
  • Ronen Stauber, Jenro Capital LLC
  • Dan Tarantin, Harris Research Inc.
  • Michael B. Weinberg, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
  • Burt Yarkin, McLean Group LLC


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Thursday, October 18, 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 |

Today, few private equity deals are more consistently attractive than franchise companies. The industry has a superb cash flow profile… the long-term agreements that franchisees sign can assure long-term fee income… and good concepts can produce a robust demand for new franchise formation.


So what was once an industry off of investors’ radars has become quite alluring.  


And with every seat filled at our first-ever franchise companies conference last year, we began planning this encore conference to outdo ourselves.


With so many private equity firms stepping up their interest in franchises, it’s a great time for you to step into The Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE conference on  “Private Equity Investing in Franchise Companies,” being held in New York City on Thursday, October 18.


Plus when you sign up for this conference before August 24, 2012, your registration qualifies for our Early Bird Discount -- a generous savings of $400.


To chair this timely conference, we’re delighted to welcome Sam Katz, managing partner at TZP Group LLC, a middle-market private equity firm in New York City that focuses on control investments in U.S.-based business and consumer services companies.

With the rise of social media and the growing role of advertising in popular culture, American consumers are more fascinated than ever with brands -- looking for familiar names and taking comfort in their promise.  


And these include all sorts of companies, often in categories where franchising is just now bringing recognition, predictability, and value. As well as the traditional restaurant and fast food space, opportunities are sprouting in home care, supplemental health, personal fitness, children’s education, recreational services and other broad-appeal concepts aimed at people with shrinking free time.


Just some recent middle-market private equity activity include --


  • Argonne Capital Group’s acquisition of hamburger chain Krystal.
  • Birch Run Capital’s investment in salon chain Regis.
  • Levine Leichtman Capital’s acquisition of Lawn Doctor.
  • And Fog Cutter Capital’s acquisition of casual-dining chicken wing chain Buffalo’s.

Sam Katz serves as Chairman of avVenta Holdings LLC and as a board member of DLT Solutions LLC, Media Storm LLC, The Dwyer Group Inc., and Total Military Management. Prior to founding TZP Group in 2007, Sam was CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Acquisition Holdings, Chairman & CEO of Cendant's Travel Distribution and Financial Services divisions, Co-Chairman of Saber Capital, and was Vice President at The Blackstone Group. The franchise brands he has acquired include Avis, Days Inns and Coldwell Banker. Sam received his BA magna cum laude in economics from Columbia College.


20 Franchise Company Specialists Cover The State Of The Industry.


Along with Sam, four lively and informative panel discussions will feature 20 knowledgeable PE experts in the franchise industry -- including GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more.  They will share their real-world perspectives, lessons learned, and industry outlooks, including insights on recent deal activity and managing current portfolio companies.


You’ll hear the importance of due diligence into the health of a franchise system and how the unit economics must be attractive enough to make it appealing for current franchisees to continue in place and new franchisees to come on board.  


Hear experts talk about how to make sure that enough financing is available to franchisees, and that growth is controlled so you don’t wind up with a zero-sum game where you’re not gaining new customers, just spreading the existing customers around (hello, Krispy Kreme).


You’ll hear discussion on the importance of ascertaining whether the original value proposition that made a franchise successful still exists -- or can be resurrected.  If only a small group of franchisees makes money, it doesn’t bode well for the long term.  If franchisees suddenly believe they don’t need the brand or must rely on their own resources too many times, you’re headed for trouble.


Register now to get the answers to important questions like these --


  • Which industries that use the franchising model are likely to provide investors with the best opportunities for 2012 and beyond?
  • What are some of the main reasons behind the increasing interest PE firms are showing in franchising companies?
  • How do the relationship dynamics between franchisor and franchisee affect profitability?
  • What is the current regulatory climate for franchising companies, and how to you tell whether a company has a culture of compliance?
  • How is due diligence for a franchising deal different from that for a traditional company?
  • What current middle-market deals are representative of recent franchise company activity?
  • Are there any rules of thumb for assessing interest in franchisors vs. master franchisees?
  • How do franchise company valuations compare to those of comparable non‑franchise businesses?
  • What are the potential pitfalls facing PE firms?  How do you assess management competency… operations protocols… franchise agreements… litigation history?
  • And much, much more.

Develop The Relationships You Need To Succeed.


This conference offers exceptional networking opportunities where you can make contacts and build connections within the franchise industry.  The day’s agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and an open lunch, when you can exchange ideas and business cards with fellow attendees and featured speakers.


You should attend this conference if you are a --


  • GP or LP looking to invest in franchising companies.
  • New private equity firm considering investing in franchising companies.
  • Hedge fund manager or venture capitalist interested in this specialized space.
  • Operating partner or operating executive of a franchising company.
  • Lender wishing to participate in franchising company transactions.
  • Investment banker pursuing deals within the franchising industry.
  • Attorney or advisor who focuses on the franchising space.
  • Executive search professional recruiting for the private equity industry.

Remember, register with our Early Bird Rate by August 24, 2012, 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 Mara Kane at 212-832-7300 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

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Chaired By

  • Samuel L. Katz, Managing Partner, TZP Group LLC

Hosted By

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


  • Juan E. Alva, Partner, Fifth Street Finance Corp.
  • Michael Bidwell, President & COO, Dwyer Group Inc.
  • Nathan Chandrasekaran, Principal, TZP Group LLC
  • Thomas Christopoul, Operating Partner, Falconhead Capital LLC
  • Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman & CEO, Dwyer Group Inc.
  • Benjamin Felt, Invus Group LLC
  • Mark R. Fleischer, Partner, Plante & Moran PLLC
  • Scott D. Frith, Chief Executive Officer, Lawn Doctor Inc.
  • James J. Goodman, President, Gemini Investors
  • Glenn A. Gurtcheff, Managing Director, Harris Williams & Co.
  • Jeremy R. Holland, Regional Dir.--Origination, Riverside Co.
  • David W. Koch, Partner, Plave Koch PLC
  • Margaret A. Montague, Director, Fidus Partners LLC
  • Richard L. Perkal, Senior Managing Director, Irving Place Capital
  • Devon M. Russell, Senior Managing Director, Madison Capital Funding LLC
  • Peter J. Schaeffer, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Samuel L. Shimer, Managing Director, SLC Capital Partners LP
  • Steven R. Siegel, Managing Partner, Brookside Consulting
  • Ronen Stauber, Managing Partner, Jenro Capital LLC
  • Dan Tarantin, President & CEO, Harris Research Inc.
  • Michael B. Weinberg, Managing Director, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
  • Burt Yarkin, Managing Director, McLean Group LLC
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced

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07:30 - 08:15
08:15 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:35
09:45 -

11:00 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45

12:45 - 01:45

01:45 - 02:30

02:30 - 03:30


03:30 - 04:30



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast

Welcome Remarks & Audience Introductions

Introductory Keynote -- “Franchising -- Partnering with Private Equity”

First Panel -- "From the Trenches -- Five Equity Investors Report Why They Like Franchise Companies"

Coffee & Networking Break

Second Panel -- "Sourcing Deal Flow & Financing -- What Four Key Investment Bankers & Lenders Are Telling Their PE Clients About Franchise Deals"

Luncheon & Networking

Afternoon Keynote

Third Panel -- "Due Diligence, Deal Structuring, Pricing & Exits -- Four Top Deal Professionals Explain How They Identify & Navigate the Unique Issues of Franchise Deals"

Fourth Panel -- "War Stories -- Perspectives from CEOs & CFOs Who Have Been Through the Cycle"

Networking & Adjournment

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  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- and save $400 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, August 24, and the fee for the conference is $995.
  • Premiere Registration Fee -- save $200 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, September 14, 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 Mara Kane or 212-832-7300 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, October 11 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future MasterClass.)

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 Mara Kane at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or by email at

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The University Club, 1 West 54th Street on the corner of 5th Avenue. Room: College Hall.

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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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The Capital Roundtable offers excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle-market private-equity community . For more details, please contact Charistine Rath at 212-832-7300 or by email at

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