University of Michigan to Host Industry Experts David HE of PAG Asia Capital, Yi Luo of Blackstone and David Shapiro of KPS Capital Partners at 10th Annual Private Equity Conference

More than 250 Attendees Expected at Oct. 8-9 Event to Discuss Key Issues Impacting Today's Private Equity Climate

Aug 20, 2015, 09:14 ET from The Zell Lurie Institute

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business today unveiled final details for its 10th annual Michigan Private Equity Conference. The "boutique" conference covers current and emerging topics in the nation's credit markets that pose challenges and new opportunities for those in private equity and institutional investing. More than 250 private equity, investment banking and business professionals from around the United States and from the University of Michigan alumni community will be in attendance.  

The conference opens with David HE of PAG Asia Capital and Yi Luo of Blackstone to discuss private equity developments in greater China. New to the agenda is a keynote address delivered by David Shapiro ('84 LSA), co-founder and managing partner of KPS Capital Partners – a firm that has established a reputation for constructive relationships with the workforce and their unions.

"Over the course of the past several quarters, private equity activity has continued to surge across the nation, and Michigan remains in the thick of that commotion," said David J. Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. "This year's Conference grants Midwest investors the opportunity to hear straight from the experts leading the charge creating networking and learning opportunities for those interested in accelerating their own private equity activity."

Pre-conference events start on Thursday, Oct. 8 with a golf outing at the University of Michigan Radrick Farms golf course. At 4:30 p.m., a Fireside Chat for students, "How to get into Private Equity Consulting," will be hosted by Centerbridge Partners with the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at the Ross School of Business. Panelists include Andrew Kunkel of Bain and Company, David Shapiro of the Boston Consulting Group and Chris Doughty of McKinsey and Company. A pre-conference dinner reception will be held at the Campus Inn for all conference registrants. On Friday, Oct. 9, the formal conference program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Michigan Union on the University of Michigan campus.

Following HE and Luo's presentation and a series of panel discussions, Shapiro will give the closing keynote address, and a networking lunch will be held. Panel sessions will focus on what LPs are looking for in today's investment climate and the ins and outs of public policy as it relates to the investment world.

Online registration for the conference is open through Tuesday, October 6. For more information or to register, visit

About the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Institute and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance bring together a potent mix of knowledge, experience and opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investments. The student learning experience is further enhanced through internships, entrepreneurial clubs and events that serve to provide viable networks and engage the business community. The School's three student-led investment funds, with over $6.5M under management, immerse students in the business assessment and investment process. Founding Board Members include Samuel Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Eugene Applebaum, Founder of Arbor Drugs, Inc. For more information, visit the Institute at

About Michigan Ross
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.


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