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March 2020

Thu Mar 19

BEST PRACTICES
For Launching & Managing SBIC Funds

For almost a year, the U.S. Small Business Administration has had no CEO. Private equity and venture capital firms had all been nervously studying their tea leaves.

Then, in the waning weeks of 2019, the U. S. Senate – with bipartisan support — took action. As a result, in January the Senate confirmed Jovita Carranza, formerly the U. S. Treasurer, to grab the reins as Administrator of the SBA, thanks in large part to her past success as the federal Treasurer and as the SBA’s Deputy Administrator.

Now the PE and VC communities are facing a new question -- what does the confirmation of an experienced SBA executive mean for the SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program?

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Tue Mar 31

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Cannabis Industry Companies

Investing in cannabis companies is a hot hand right now – especially considering that cannabis hasn’t even been legalized in much of the world.

In fact, some investors worry that cannabis investing may already have become TOO hot -- valuations are steep, consolidation is well under way, major corporations are competing for deals —and meanwhile, unknown regulatory risks hover in the background.

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April 2020

Thu Apr 2

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Food & Nutrition Companies

Hankering to nosh on something nutritious – and also a little exotic?

Perhaps you’d consider heading online to order a bag of frozen Brazi Bites-brand chickpea veggie Empanadas. They’re touted by their private equity-backed maker as a South American “hand-held favorite.”

You’d not only be grabbing a gluten-free bite to eat. You’d be embracing some of the biggest consumer trends in the food industry—trends acting as a compass for both private equity firms and strategics in search of profitable, fast-growing additions to their portfolios.

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Thu Apr 30

BEST PRACTICES
For Managing Talent in PE Portfolio Companies

Are you aware that over a third of the time CEOs leave their jobs at PE portfolio companies and often blindside their investors?

Typically PE firms assemble portfolios of 15 or more companies. That means that the odds are that CEOs don’t work out at five or more portfolio companies.

Turnover takes energy and resources to bridge the leadership gap, find a replacement, and get a new CEO up to speed. It also sucks up lots of time. And lost time is the enemy of returns.

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May 2020

Tue May 19

BEST PRACTICES
For Sourcing PE Investment Opportunities

Attention, business development professionals!! Your newest colleague may be a virtual robot that finds deals using artificial intelligence.

PE firms are facing average multiples for deals running at around 11x EBITDA and mountains of dry powder that are reaching a record high of $2 trillion,

So it’s no surprise that it’s become harder and harder for them to find exclusive deals, let alone pay “reasonable” prices.

As a result, a number of private equity firms – e.g., Pilot Growth Equity Partners, Enter Capital, Insight Partners, and Jolt Capital -- have begun using artificial intelligence and data mining not only to sort through deals but also just to find and evaluate them.

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June 2020

Thu Jun 11
Tue Jun 16

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Franchise Companies

Private equity investors face complex choices nowadays when they study deals in the franchise industry.
• Buying company-owned vs. franchises
• Buying franchisors vs. franchisees
• Buying multi-concept franchises or single concept
• Buying off-the-shelf technology or bespoke tech that’s been developed in-house

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July 2020

Thu Jul 9
Thu Jul 23

BEST PRACTICES
For Creating Value in PE Portfolio Companies

All-day conference chaired by Rohit Bassi of Corridor Capital; more details to come!

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Thu Jul 30
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