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7th Annual Conference
For Middle-Market Private Equity
& Mezzanine Investors, Lenders &
Senior Management Teams
Private Equity Investing
In Middle-Market Restaurant Companies
Industry Evolution Offers
Attendance Is Limited!
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Billy Logan, Partner
Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --
Thursday, March 22, 2012
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Senior Restaurant Executives, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support Them
Some people think restaurant companies are a low-tech industry battered by the consumer economy.
But the truth is that more and more this industry is in the process of exciting change, and many middle-market private equity investors are focused on both growth and turn-around opportunities in this sector.
Strong restaurant brands, particularly those in the “fast casual” segment, are generating lots of attention. Meanwhile, other investors are targeting revitalization strategies for mature brands.
The Capital Roundtable is set to help you understand why there are so many interesting investment opportunities in this sector, and why well-positioned companies are poised for growth over the next three to five years.
That’s why you’ll want to reserve the date of Thursday, March 22, 2012, to
attend our seventh annual day-long conference on private equity investing
in middle-market restaurant companies.
Restaurant companies saw improved numbers in 2011, with rising same-store sales and aggressive actions by many operators -- from menu modifications to value-focused promotions -- designed to make guests feel more welcome.
The best-positioned companies have experienced above-average traffic, and are contributing to what is projected to be a record $604 billion in total restaurant sales for 2012.
If you missed out on last year’s conference… or want to learn more about the
transformations that are taking place during 2012 -- you belong at this encore
full‑day conference, with all-NEW content, on private equity investing in restaurant
companies Thursday, March 22, in New York.
And chew on this -- generous savings of $400 are waiting for you when you sign up
now for this conference. We’re extending our Early Bird Rate to all reservations
made by February 10, 2012!
New technologies, with social media at the forefront, have become game changers. Restaurants now have access to immediate customer feedback and ongoing loyalty tools, and can take advantage of sophisticated systems to measure food costs, manage commodity prices, and even schedule staff in real time.
Serving as your chair for the conference will be Billy Logan, partner at KarpReilly. Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, this private equity firm has nurtured some of America’s most notable restaurant companies over the past 15 years.
Billy is a former partner at Apax Partners LP and has 15 years of experience investing in consumer-facing businesses at KarpReilly, Apax, and Saunders Karp & Megrue. Currently, Billy is a director of Hooters of America and is deeply involved in KarpReilly’s investment initiatives in the restaurant sector.
KarpReilly has nine restaurant concepts in its portfolio today, ranging from high-growth fast casual businesses like Café Rio and The Habit Burger Grill to full service casual dining concepts like Z’Tejas and bar & grill brands like Hooters and Miller’s Ale House. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and is an active member of UNC's Board of Visitors.
Along with Billy, our four panel discussions will feature 20 knowledgeable private equity experts in the restaurant space, including senior GPs, operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more. They’ll be sharing their candid opinions on operating strategies, branding challenges, deal structures, and other key topics.
Much of the action among restaurant companies is in the fast casual segment -- these restaurants that emphasize high-quality, made-to-order food in a comfortable, but limited service environment are taking business from quick service and casual dining alike. They cost less to build and operate as well -- there are no servers (saving patrons a 15-20% tip), and they can often occupy vacant real estate that formerly housed tired casual concepts.
2011 was an active year for private equity investments in middle-market restaurant companies. The Florida-based family dining chain First Watch was recently purchased by Freeman Spogli & Co. from Catterton Partners. And Catterton recently invested in the high-growth fast casual concept Noodles & Co. Other recent middle-market activity includes J.H. Whitney’s investment in Uncle Juilos and The Chalak Group acquiring the fast-casual concept Baker Bros. American Deli.
20 Restaurant Industry Veterans Bring You Information Stacked High.
Our panelists will thoroughly cover the trends and the forecasts that can help investors seize real advantages throughout 2012. We’ll discuss who’s making deals, who’s innovating, who’s lending, who’s franchising. And we’ll reveal best practices for restaurant companies for social media -- how to handle immediate customer feedback, how to dialogue with varied audiences, and how to adapt your conventional marketing plans for this transformational medium.
We will also have an afternoon Keynote Presentation on Social Media by Michael L.
Atkinson, founder and CEO of FohBoh ("Front of House", "Back of House") -- the
leading social-business community for the foodservice industry. FohBoh is the first
marketplace where restaurant operators can meet branded food and beverage
manufacturers to share valuable insights and engage interactively. In addition,
operators can find tested recipes and learn by using video training materials.
Michael has over 30 years of experience a restaurant owner, operator, developer, advisor, financier, executive and entrepreneur. Before founding FohBob in 2007,
he was CFO at the famed Aqua Restaurant Group, San Francisco, CFO at
Cheeseburger in Paradise-Hawaii, CEO at eSports.com and Managing Director at
Bailiwick Capital Partners.
New this year will be a panel on distressed restaurants -- those over-extended chains that keep hanging on even with bankruptcy filings and costs. You’ll hear when the prospects for revitalization are indeed real, and when a chain may be better left alone.
Register now for the answers to why restaurant companies are such an exciting place to invest --
Make Valuable Contacts & Connections Throughout The Day.
Networking opportunities are prominently featured on our conference menu; both with fellow attendees and our featured speakers. We’ve built in plenty of time over the day when you can exchange ideas and swap business cards, including session breaks and an open lunch.
You should attend this conference if you are a --
Remember, register with our Early Bird Rate by February 10, 2012, and you’ll save $400 off our standard fee! Seats are available right now, but not for long, so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.capitalroundtable.com.
The Capital Roundtable thanks Plave Koch PLC 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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