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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

New York City


How to Organize & Manage an Effective Due Diligence Process --
Vendor Selection, Budgeting, Fee Negotiations, Timing,  & Gremlins
Monday, October 29, 2007

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New York City


Designed to Meet the Needs of Managers of Private Equity, Venture Capital, Mezzanine, & Hedge Funds, As Well as the Lenders, Investment Bankers, Lawyers, and Due Diligence Advisors Who Support Them

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

In today’s accelerated deal-making environment, the chances of making a bad business decision are infinitely higher. Further, with the recent issues in the debt capital market -- thorough, differentiated diligence could make all the difference. Never before has the necessity for timely and solid company assessment been so crucial.

So, we invite you to join us for a special MasterClass on Due Diligence, in which we’ll tackle the myriad concerns faced by buyers seeking to acquire a company.  You’ll hear from a banquet of 25 seasoned experts, each of whom will dissect a specific niche area of due diligence, allowing you the full opportunity to delve into the many issues.

Hosted by Howard Morgan, Senior Managing Director of Castle Harlan Inc. and a veteran with more than 20 years of experience in private equity dealings around the globe, this MasterClass will save you enormous amounts of grief, not to mention time and money, by providing you with a host of ways to improve the odds of a deal’s success and ultimately outperform.

You’ll discover how a proper due diligence game plan can quickly reveal hidden impediments and expose much that may be wrong with a company.  You’ll also see how a high-quality plan can unearth a company’s hidden value and upside potential, providing a competitive advantage.

By the end of the full-day program not only will you be fully versed in each specialty area, but you will also be amply equipped to conduct your own due diligence. Furthermore, you will have met a multitude of top ranking specialists who can be readily contacted for assistance.


This program is being produced by The Capital Roundtable™, the country's only educational organization focused exclusively on the private-equity community.

Those attending the full-day MasterClass will --

  • Acquire contacts in every facet of due diligence, ensuring you have the expertise you need at your fingertips
  • Discover how to more readily and accurately investigate and evaluate a business opportunity
  • Learn how to develop and prioritize an overall due diligence game plan, covering strategic, financial, legal, operational and management issues
  • Obtain the tools necessary to make informed decisions that will increase the chances of the acquisition’s success
  • Gain insight to asking the right questions – a key to acquisition agility
  • Identify areas to drill in on, so you can pinpoint potential “deal killers” and problem areas
  • Receive real life examples that provide inspiration and offer new ideas for value creation
  • Find out how to realize the upside potential of a company
  • Discover how to best value assets so as to define and negotiate favorable pricing
  • Develop a plan that allows you to identify target companies more readily

  • Learn how to structure a deal to fairly share risk with the seller

  • Save time and money, as well as grief, by discovering obstacles sooner rather than later

We also encourage you to attend our pre-MasterClass workshop on Monday, October 29 . The topic is --

  • How to Organize & Manage an Effective Due Diligence Process -- Vendor Selection, Budgeting, Fee Negotiations, Timing,  & Gremlins

You should attend this MasterClass if you are a --

  • GP or LP evaluating potential acquisition candidates 
  • Business acquirer seeking the purchase of a target company

  • Corporate development professional looking at non-organic growth expansion

  • Entrepreneur seeking the sale of your proprietary-owned company
  • Service provider, in the legal or HR arena, who wants to gain an alternative perspective on how the competition conducts business

  • Lender who provides funding for target acquisitions

  • Public investor who wants to gain an understanding of company evaluation criteria

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Chaired By

  • Howard D. Morgan, Senior Managing Director, Castle Harlan Inc.

Hosted By

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


  • Deepak Agrawal, Managing Director, Gotham Consulting Partners LLC (workshop)
  • Paul J. Aversano, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group LLC
  • Joseph W. Bartlett, Of Counsel, Fish & Richardson PC (workshop)
  • Michael H. Bunis, Principal, Fish & Richardson PC
  • Anthony F. Caporrino, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group (workshop)
  • Alan M. Feldbaum, Director, Environmental Resources Management
  • Daniel R. Fisher, Managing Partner, Fisher Rock Consulting
  • Alan Frank, Senior Manager, Amper Politziner & Mattia PC
  • Roddy Gow, Chairman, Gow & Partners (workshop)
  • Richard Jenkins, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group
  • V. Rory Jones, Partner, Business Intelligence Associates LLC
  • Jeffrey W. Joyce, Consultant , Frederic W. Cook & Co. Inc.
  • Neil C. Kelly, Chairman, Valuation Research Corp.
  • Merrill M. Kraines, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Steven M. Lewis, S.V.P. & Practice Leader, Banc of America Corporate Insurance Agency LLC
  • Christopher Lisle, Managing Partner, Acclaro Growth Partners Inc.
  • Robert Lordi, Managing Director, Investor Group Services LLC
  • Marisa Manley, President, Commercial Tenant Real Estate Representation Ltd.
  • Mohsin Y. Meghji, Principal & Managing Director, Loughlin Meghji + Co.
  • Charles J. Morton Jr., Partner, Venable Baetjer & Howard LLP
  • Rafi Musher, Chief Executive Officer, Stax Inc.
  • Rick Nathanson, Managing Partner, Nathanson & Co.
  • Christian L. Oberbeck, Managing Director, Saratoga Partners LP (workshop)
  • Jerome S. Oldham, Chairman & CEO, 1stWEST Financial Corp.
  • Ernesto R. Perez, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC
  • Denzil Rankine, Chief Executive, AMR International Ltd.
  • C. Nicholas Risom, Vice President, Marsh Inc.
  • Brian Rooney, Director, Oracle Corp.
  • Lawrence Sharpe, Director, Neo-Sage Inc.
  • Roger Thorne, Managing Partner, Hudson Gain Corp.
  • James F. Tonkinson IV, First Vice President, DoveBid Valuation Services
  • Caren Z. Turner, President & CEO, Turner Government & Public Affairs
  • Gayle Turner, Principal, Beckett Advisors (workshop)
  • Kent A. Willetts, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group LLC


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01:30 - 02:00
02:00 - 05:00


Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast
Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions
First Keynote -- High Level Trends & Forecasts
First Panel -- All About Operations & Business Processes Review (This panel features experts in manufacturing & logistics, technology & it systems, process management & outsourcing, real estate & facilities management, & insurance & disaster recovery planning.)
Coffee & Networking Break

Second Panel -- All About Financial Review (This panel features experts in financial accounting, internal controls & systems, solvency & fairness opinions, valuation analysis & equipment appraisals, & tax.)

Luncheon & Networking

Third Panel -- All About Legal Review (This panel features experts in agreements & contracts review, intellectual property & licenses, regulatory & compliance & OSHA issues, litigation, & environmental.)

Coffee & Networking Break
Fourth Panel -- All About Planning, Strategy, & Marketing Review (This panel features experts in strategy & long term planning, market research & intelligence, competitive analysis, sales management, & advertising & promotion.)
Fifth Panel -- All About Management & Personnel Review (This panel features experts in executive background investigations, management assessment & development, executive compensation & incentives, employee health & retirement benefits, & recruiting training, & hr operations.)
Adjournment & Networking
Pre-MasterClass Workshop (optional) Monday, October 29
Registration & Networking
Workshop --
How to Organize & Manage an Effective Due Diligence Process -- Vendor Selection, Budgeting, Fee Negotiations, Timing,  & Gremlins (This workshop is led by PE investor Chris Oberbeck, of Saratoga Partners LP,  and features experts in areas of operations, finance, legal, planning strategy, and management/personnel.)

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  • The registration fee is $1195 for the MasterClass -- or $1595 for both the MasterClass and Workshop.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1295 for the MasterClass -- or $1695 for both the MasterClass and Workshop.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special rate for 3 or more people from your firm.  For more info, please contact Abby Williams at or 212/832-7333 ext 106.


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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 Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future meeting.)

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 Dana DeMattia at 212/832-7333 ext. 104 or by email at

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Audio Package

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CLE Credits

CLE credits are available for this program.



Given the unique nature of this MasterClass, The Capital Roundtable is offering special sponsorship opportunities . For inquiries, please contact Amber Mahood at 212/832-7333 ext. 103 or by email at

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