CHICAGO, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Handler Thayer LLP, a leading law firm serving family offices and high net worth individuals, is hosting a groundbreaking one-day forum with over 30 speakers examining how family offices approach the world of investing in private companies. The forum is being held in Chicago on May 6.
The forum addresses a growing trend among family offices to make more direct investments in companies, bypassing traditional ventures or private equity funds. "While we recognize the direct investment trend, we want to make sure everyone understands the game they are playing," said Steve Thayer, the conference chairman and founder of Handler Thayer, LLP. "In some cases leveraging the experience of private equity and venture capital fund managers, and making a co-investment with them, could make more sense," said Thayer.
Direct investing in private companies as opposed to public companies or private funds has grown increasingly popular since the financial crisis of 2008. Many family offices and high net worth individuals would like to make private investments or co-invest with other families, but lack the experience and resources to do so successfully. In response to market demand and requests from clients, Handler Thayer has organized an educational day exploring the principles of private investing. The sessions are designed to lead participants through the considerations and decision-making processes and offer cutting-edge strategies used by family offices that have been successful in this type of investing.
Other speakers at the event agree that participating in direct investing of all types is increasingly important to ensure capital protection and growth. "Asset allocation is the most fundamental strategic investment decision an investor can make," said D.J. Van Keuren of Real Capital Solutions. Van Keuren believes direct investment, particularly real estate, is key to posting above-market returns in all market conditions. Adam Kaufman, an Ohio-based venture capitalist and family office advisor, says he sees more family offices participating in early-stage venture investments. "My thesis is venture capital has become increasingly compelling to family offices, and that venture capital will benefit all of the stakeholders in this environment," Kaufman said.
Single family offices who would like more information about Handler Thayer's Family Office Private Capital Forum may contact Patricia Gladstone at [email protected].
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