Investing in Private Equity from an Institutional Investor's Point of View

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

European Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

December 1, 2011: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Chicago Booth European Private Equity Roundtable is pleased to invite you to its next event: Investing in Private Equity from an Institutional Investor's point of view.

It is sometimes easy to believe that the success of private equity firms is only about originating good deals and generating strong returns...but the ultimate test for the survival and long term growth of a private equity firm relies on how it can successfully convince institutional investors to raise their next fund.

For this event, we will have two seasoned private equity investors who will share some of their insights and views on some of the qualitative and quantitative criteria they use to compare and contrast private equity groups and how they decide to back or to pass on a fund being presented to them.


Chicago Booth Europe Campus
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street
London EC2V 5HA, United Kingdom


Current Booth Student ticket £10.00
Booth Alumni  ticket £15.00
General admission  £20.00


Register Online

Deadline: 12/1/2011


7:00 PM-7:30 PM: Registration

7:30 PM-8:30 PM: Program

8:30 PM-10:00 PM: Networking reception

Speaker Profiles

Blair Jacobson, '99 (Speaker)
Partner, StepStone Group

Blair is a Partner of StepStone Group where he focuses on investments in Europe and oversees the firm's London office. He is responsible for making primary and secondary fund investments, and direct equity and mezzanine investments, and also sits on the firm's global investment committees. Prior to joining StepStone in 2010, Blair worked at Citi Private Equity for nearly a decade, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. At CPE, Blair was responsible for managing a $3.7 billion business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined CPE in January 2001 had prior investment banking and M&A experience in a broad range of industries, most recently at Lehman Brothers. He graduated from Williams College Magna Cum Laude and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with Honors.

Shari Young, '06 (Speaker)
Senior Private Equity Consultant, Aon Hewitt

Shari is a senior private equity consultant in the Private Equity group at Aon Hewitt and is a member of the Investment Committee. She consults on the private equity programs for numerous public and corporate pension plans, endowments, and foundations. Shari has sourced and conducted due diligence on funds and co-investments across the full spectrum of private equity. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Shari focused on growth stage venture capital investments at Chicago Venture Partners and was a Summer Associate at Sterling Venture Partners. Previously, Shari was an investment banking analyst for ThinkEquity Partners and senior analyst at First Annapolis Consulting, a boutique strategic consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on financial services. Shari holds a B.B.A. with distinction in finance and marketing from Emory University Goizueta Business School and an M.B.A. in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.


Marc Nahum, MBA '90