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MasterClass™ on  

P.E. Investing in

Distressed Companies --

How to Pick Out the Slightly Bruised Apples
From the Truly Rotten Ones

Featuring 20 Expert Speakers

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Thursday, April 24, 2008
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
New York City

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs & LPs of Middle-Market Buyout, Venture Capital, & Hedge Funds, Portfolio Company Executives, and the Lenders, Lawyers, & Advisors Who Support Them

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Read the headlines these days, and you might imagine that the professionals who buy distressed companies are dancing in the streets, now that the tight credit markets and shaky economy are hanging so many companies out to dry. 

Not so.

Ironically, these investors say their pipelines are jammed with opportunities to buy distressed and under performing companies at low multiples – and even at liquidation value or less.   They see five to ten classic “distress plays” every week--and they turn away most of them. 

What's more, only a handful of funds actively sort through the growing number of distressed, under performing, or bankrupt middle-market companies.  Over the next 18 months, they will be challenged to make good decisions in a volatile market – to choose good companies, find the right management teams, and actually fix the companies they buy.

So if you have the skills and experience and resources,  here’s a moment when opportunity may be knocking at your door --  now's the time to enroll in The Capital Roundtable’s
first ever
MasterClass on Private Equity Investing in Distressed Companies, being held on Thursday, April 24, in mid-Manhattan.

In this well-organized and exciting event, you’ll learn how to develop a flow of deals worth looking at, how to value turnaround opportunities in the current market, and how to fix the distressed companies you buy.

Best of all, you’ll hear war stories and lessons learned from industry leaders who have seen it all.

And if you sign up right now, you’ll save $400 using our special early-bird rate.

This exciting new MasterClass is being chaired by Stephen Presser, founding partner of Monomoy Capital Partners, and a  veteran of numerous distressed restructurings in the steel, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and food service industries.  Stephen is widely acknowledged as one of the savviest pioneers in distressed investing, as well as one of the field’s most articulate and colorful spokesmen. 

Joining him on this fast-moving comprehensive crash course is a group of 20 leading private equity fund managers, M&A experts, bankruptcy lawyers, lenders, investment bankers, and turnaround managers who focus on the distressed middle market. Among this group will be representatives from American Capital Strategies, Sun Capital, and Blue Wolf Capital.

Learn the surprisingly simple strategies for picking successful turnaround candidates, where to find them, how to make the deal, and how to create the operational improvements they need.  After all, distressed investing is not just about picking winners – it’s also about making winners.  

And even though many struggling companies can’t secure their own finances, you may be surprised to learn how much funding there actually is out there, and how to find it, in spite of the credit crunch.

When you come to this one-day MasterClass, you’ll learn:

  • How the economic downturn, weak dollar, and credit crunch impact distressed companies

  • Why automotive parts manufacturing, food service, and construction suppliers are among the most interesting  sectors to find distressed values

  • Where to find companies facing distress and in need of improvement that still have fundamental strength and value

  • What to consider when evaluating the sale of a distressed company in your own portfolio

  • Which sectors are likely to remain important to the economy and which are too saturated with competition

  • Where to secure debt and other funding for these unique deals and how to structure them

  • What creditors and lenders  want to see in a middle-market buyout

  • When is it better to take control of a company by buying its debt and when to go after its equity

  • How to develop the relationships to win the trust and cooperation of sellers who are under duress

  • How to handle the difficult task of management changes in small companies

  • How to prepare for and insulate from early-stage volatility frequent among restructured companies

  • What the main risks and pitfalls are in middle-market distressed buyouts

You definitely should not miss this extremely timely MasterClass if you:

  • Are a fund manager looking to diversify your portfolio with middle-market bargains

  • Are a bankruptcy attorney or consultant looking for ways to connect with private equity managers 

  • Are an investment banker, M&A advisor or lender looking to back or pursue distressed deals

  • Want expertise in running the restructuring of small companies

  • Are considering raising a fund for distressed deals

  • Want to meet and network with key intermediaries, investors and funders for distressed deals

For more information, please feel free to contact Alison Burke at 212/832-7333 ext. 104 or

This program 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 CR’s 25 annual MasterClasses and other events and programs, please visit

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 Chaired By

  • Stephen Presser, Partner, Monomoy Capital Partners LP

 Hosted By

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


  • Philip A. Arra , President, Hunt Special Situations Group LP
  • Adam M. Blumenthal, Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Management LLC
  • Ty T. Clutterbuck, Managing Director, W. Y. Campbell & Co.
  • Jeffrey W. Corum, Vice President, Lincoln International LLC
  • Mark Eichhorn, President & Chief Executive Officer, Anchor Hocking Glass Co.
  • Gerald A. Shapiro, Managing Director, CRG Partners Group LLC
  • Michael B. Fieldstone, Principal, Sun Capital Partners Inc.
  • Paul Halpern, Partner & General Counsel, Versa Capital Management Inc.
  • David W. Hanfland, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group Inc.
  • Gun H. Keresteci, Managing Director, Marathon Asset Management LLC
  • Dennis P. Kirby, V.P.--Special Situations, American Capital Strategies Ltd.
  • Joshua M. Kogan, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • David L. Kreilein, Operating Partner, Monomoy Capital Partners LP
  • Brett J. L'Esperance, Principal, Woodside Capital Partners
  • Sharon L. Levine, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler PC
  • Charles W. Moore, General Partner, Jacobson Partners LP
  • Christian Moye, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC
  • Rocky Pontikes, Dir.--Investment Banking, Mesirow Financial Inc.
  • Christy S. Sadler, Managing Director & Principal , New Stream Capital LLC
  • Todd R. Snyder, Managing Director, Rothschild Inc.
  • Lloyd A. Sprung, Managing Director, Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC
  • Andrew J. Torgove, Managing Director, Lazard Middle Market
  • A. Jeffrey Zappone, Senior Managing Director, Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions
Introductory Keynote
Chairman’s Keynote
Coffee & Networking Break
First Panel -- “How We Do It, What We’ve Learned--Winning Strategies from Five Prominent Middle-Market P.E. Investors” (This panel features five successful P.E. investors who operate funds of different sizes & strategies.)
Luncheon & Networking
Second Panel -- “Selling & Financing Distressed Companies--Four Experienced Intermediaries Share Their Insights”
Third Panel -- “Buying Distressed Companies – The Art of the Deal”
(This panel features a buyouts lawyer, a bankruptcy lawyer, and two restructuring consultants.)

Coffee & Networking Break
Fourth Panel -- “Fixing Distressed Companies – War Stories from Successful P.E. Turnarounds”  (This panel features a CEO, a consultant, and two operating partners who fix distressed companies for successful P.E. buyers.)
Fifth Panel –Origination & Value Creation –Perspectives from Four More Prominent Middle-Market P.E. Investors” (This panel features four more P.E. investors, this time emphasizing tactics for sourcing & managing deal flow, as well as for enhancing the value of portfolio companies.)

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  • Premiere Registration Fee -- and save $400 off the regular fee! Register by Friday, March 28, and the fee for the MasterClass is $1495.
  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- and save $200 off the regular fee! Register by Friday, April 11, and the fee for the MasterClass is $1695.
  • After that, the regular registration fee is $1895 for the MasterClass.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1995 for the MasterClass.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special rate for 3 or more people from your firm.  For more info, please contact Amy Geiger or 212/832-7333 ext 103.

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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, April 17, at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future meeting.) In the rare instance in which a program is cancelled, we will refund your payment in full immediately – using the same method you used to pay.

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 Alison Burke at 212/832-7333 ext. 104 or

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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 sponsorship opportunities to reach the middle-market private-equity community. For more details, contact Arlene West at 212/832-0800 or by email at

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