Working with Private Equity Groups

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

February 7, 2009: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Are you a business owner who is looking to grow your business substantially or sell it for top dollar? You may want to consider working with a private equity group (PEG). This symposium will feature leaders of nine PEGs of various types from across the country.


Gleacher Center of University of Chicago Booth
Room 621
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

You will learn about the various kinds of PEGs, what they are seeking and where the opportunities are for business owners. You will also have several opportunities to meet the PEG leaders face-to-face in informal settings: at breaks, at the luncheon and after the symposium This is designed to be a very unique event: one where leaders in the PEG community can meet business owners and where business owners can meet PEGs. The response from the PEG community has been very positive because this symposium will allow them to meet dozens of private business owners who might have an interest in working with them. Business owners will want to attend if they are: • Considering selling their business in the next five years • Looking for a business/financial partner to take them to a new level • Seeking financing to grow their business • Interested in recapitalizing their business to take some money out PEGs come in all models, shapes and sizes. Most have very specific business models and requirements and niches. Others are more flexible. You need to find out which ones may offer the best opportunities for you and your business. Our lead-off speakers are truly outstanding. Erik Hurst, one of the most popular professors and speakers at Chicago Booth, will provide an overview of the current economic situation and capital markets. Professor Hurst has been recognized repeatedly for his trailblazing research in macroeconomic policy, consumption and entrepreneurship. Tom Bagley, senior managing director of Pfingsten Partners, will provide an overview of private equity groups with a special focus on how PEGs are responding to today’s economic environment. Over its 19 years, Pfingsten Partners has acquired some 17 platform companies and 40 add-ons. With $285 million in its most recent fund, Pfingsten can make acquisitions of platform companies in its targeted value range of $25 to $100 million and smaller add-on acquisitions.


$125 for general public;$95 for Roundtable members and U. Chicago alumni/students/faculty. SAVE another $25 if register by January 29, 2009.


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Deadline: 2/7/2009


Bill Wentz/Mary Brown 
Roundtable Coordinator