Speakers

Browyn Bailey

Browyn Bailey directs the research program and industry outreach at the American Investment Council. Her knowledge leadership supports communications about private investment and helps firms navigate industry changes. She oversees the AIC’s Chief Financial Officers’ Committee as well as the Research & Investor Relations Committee.

Prior to joining the AIC, Bailey managed an analytics team at BlackRock to optimize distribution strategy for iShares ETFs. She was formerly the research director at SVB Capital, where she assessed venture investment opportunity and monitored a $1B fund portfolio. Bailey also advised the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) as an external consultant to develop benchmarks measuring private equity fund performance.

Bailey began her career as a management consultant advising international corporate clients. She conducted financial and economic analysis in support of commercial litigation at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and provided strategic recommendations to telecommunications and media companies while at Gemini Consulting in London. She has authored numerous publications, including articles for The New York Times and Pensions & Investments, and is a frequent speaker at investment conferences.

Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a CAIA charter holder.

Teresa Y. Bernstein

Teresa Y. Bernstein is the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of ACON Investments, a $5.5 billion private equity investment firm based in Washington, DC that invests in middle market companies across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Prior to joining ACON in 2013, Ms. Bernstein was Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Perseus, a Washington, DC-based middle market private equity firm. Ms. Bernstein joined Perseus in 2006 as Vice President for Legal Affairs. Prior to Perseus, Ms. Bernstein was an associate in the Corporate and Securities group of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Washington, DC office, focusing on M&A, private equity and regulatory matters relating to private and public pooled investment vehicles. Before that, Ms. Bernstein was a Corporate Associate in the New York City office of Paul Weiss. There, Ms. Bernstein focused on private equity fund formation, private equity investments and M&A. Ms. Bernstein received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Bernstein is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

ACON Investments is a middle-market focused private equity investment firm that invests principally in the United States, Canada and Latin America. ACON, headquartered in Washington, D.C., also has professionals in Los Angeles and, internationally, in Mexico City, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; and Bogotá, Colombia. ACON partners with management teams to create value through separate funds for its investors across a wide range of industries in the U.S. and in Latin America. Founded in 1996, ACON is responsible for managing over $5.5 billion of assets with a diverse portfolio of companies spanning over 60 investments.

Norm Champ

Norm Champ is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Norm is a member of the Investment Funds Group. Previously, Norm was the director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

While at the SEC, Norm played a key role in the SEC’s completion of landmark reforms in 2014 to strengthen the $3 trillion money market fund industry, and led important structural and policy changes in the Division of Investment Management. He was the leader of interactions with the Financial Stability Oversight Council as the Council turned its attention to whether asset management firms are “systemically important.” He also worked on crisis management efforts at securities firms to protect customers of those firms. Norm also headed the creation of Guidance Updates and Senior Level Engagement initiatives, both of which were established to provide transparency to the industry about the priorities and goals of the SEC and to create a dialogue between policymakers and the senior management of asset management firms.

Norm's book, Going Public, about his experiences at the SEC is available on Amazon. For more information on Going Public, visit www.goingpublicthebook.com.

Prior to becoming the Director of the Division of Investment Management, he was the Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Associate Regional Director for Examinations in the SEC’s New York Regional Office. In these capacities he supervised SEC examinations of investment advisors, investment companies, broker-dealers, national securities exchanges, credit rating agencies, clearing firms and other market participants.

Norm is one of several members of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management who have recently joined Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group Regulatory Practice. Alpa Patel served as branch chief and Jamie Walter served as senior counsel in the Private Funds Branch of the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Aaron Schlaphoff was an attorney fellow in the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Marian Fowler served as senior counsel to the Division Director.

Joshua Cherry-Seto

Joshua Cherry-Seto is the Chief Financial Officer at Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Cherry-Seto is responsible for fund and management company reporting to the Limited Partners as well as the SEC and other regulatory agencies; the coordination of finance operations and the reporting of Blue Wolf’s portfolio companies through their CFOs; and the investment and tax structuring of potential platform, add-on, and co-investment opportunities.

Before joining Blue Wolf in 2013, Mr. Cherry-Seto worked for five years as a portfolio and finance manager at Grove International Partners, a $5 billion global opportunistic private equity real estate fund manager. At Grove, he focused on portfolio management of Grove’s global platform and ASC 820 valuation audit and investor financial reporting and analysis.

From 2001–2008, Mr. Cherry-Seto held a variety of positions within Citigroup, acting principally as a Vice President with responsibilities including financial planning and analysis, tax structuring, SEC registration, and systems implementation within various units. In the finance department of Citigroup’s alternative investments business he covered the private equity, real estate and hedge fund asset classes for risk reporting and Basel implementation, sales projections, budgeting, performance, and executive reporting. He was a senior representative on the $2 billion asset agreement with Met Life as a result of the sale of Travelers. He completed his service with Citigroup as Product Manager within the Citi Fixed Income Alternatives group. He was responsible for the launch, SEC registration, risk management, NAV oversight, independent board coordination, tax structuring, and investor reporting of a novel SEC-registered fixed income alternatives fund.

Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Cherry-Seto held several roles within the organized labor movement. He was a union organizer for SEIU local 100 in Beaumont, TX, representing hospital workers and actively organizing nursing home and school support workers. He also was a union organizer for HERE organizing school support workers in Connecticut. He has served as the Executive Director of the National Writers Union; worked with 1199 SEIU in their political action and communications group, as well as assisting with financial analysis and contract negotiations; and has worked with the Jewish Labor Committee and United Hebrew Trades in New York City.

Mr. Cherry-Seto holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a post-graduate certification in Executive IT Management from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies.

Blinn Cirella

Blinn Cirella joined Saw Mill in 2006 and manages all financial and administrative aspects of Saw Mill Capital.

Prior to joining Saw Mill, Blinn was a Director at Bisys Private Equity Services Inc., a fund administrator, where she was responsible for managing the accounting and administrative functions for a large institutional client. Prior to that, Blinn was the Controller at Commonfund Capital Inc. and was responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting functions for numerous fund-of-funds across several asset classes. Prior to joining Commonfund Capital, Blinn was the Director of Finance and Administration at Orien Ventures, Inc., a small venture capital firm.

At Saw Mill, Blinn manages the financial administration of the firm and its back office, including LP reporting, accounting, and audit and tax preparation.

Blinn earned her BS in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Sacred Heart University and has passed the series 7, 63 and CPA exams.

Blinn is married with two grown children. She likes to read, hike, and listen to music, and now that her kids are grown, she hopes to actually have the time to enjoy those activities.

Scott Gluck

Scott Gluck, Special Counsel for Duane Morris LLP, practices in the area of corporate law, focusing on securities offerings and the regulatory, compliance and corporate activities of private fund advisers. Mr. Gluck is the principal author and executive editor of the Guide to Private Equity Regulatory Compliance, published by Thompson Finance in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth in Summer 2016.

Mr. Gluck has extensive experience with fund formation, regulatory and compliance-related matters for private funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Mr. Gluck’s practice includes the formation of private funds, implementation of their ongoing compliance programs, securities offerings and corporate transactions. He has significant experience with federal, state and local "pay-to-play" rules regulating political involvement and fundraising activities by investment advisers.

Mr. Gluck serves as outside regulatory counsel for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a leading trade association for small and middle-market businesses and private funds. He advises ACG on a broad range of regulatory issues, including securities regulations, the regulation of private funds and tax policy. He also advices ACG's Private Equity Regulatory Task Force (PERT), which interacts with Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal agencies on behalf of middle-market private equity firms.

Mr. Gluck is a graduate of Columbia University Law School. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons joined Leeds Equity in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer and an investment professional. Mr. Lyons has 15 years of experience investing in private equity transactions in the education, training and information services industries. He also acts as Leeds Equity's Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Leeds Equity, Mr. Lyons was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP.

Mr. Lyons' areas of responsibility at Leeds Equity include financial and tax management, financial reporting, investor relations, compliance, risk management, financial and operational due diligence and monitoring investments. Mr. Lyons is a Certified Public Accountant and previously served as a director of Datamark.

Mr. Lyons graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a B.S. in Accounting and earned his MBA from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Béla R. Schwartz

Béla R. Schwartz is the Chief Financial Officer at The Riverside Company. He joined the firm in 1998. Mr. Schwartz oversees both the Finance Department and all fund accounting, including reporting from each platform company in the Shared Global Resources and Finance, Legal, and Fund Administration department. Mr. Schwartz previously served as the Vice President of Finance at Bassini, Playfair and Associates LLC. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer and the Treasurer at The Clipper Group, L.P., Windward Capital Partners, and Securitas Capital, LLC. He previously was an Assistant Vice President at CS First Boston. Before CS First Boston, he spent four years as Budget Director at Institutional Investor magazine. His native language is English. Mr. Schwartz holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Music from Northwestern University. He also holds a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College.

Jamie Lynn Walter

Jamie Lynn Walter is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, Jamie was Senior Counsel in the Private Funds Branch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management.

Jamie has extensive public and private sector experience related to the investment management industry. While at the SEC, she provided legal advice and guidance on a wide range of matters involving the regulation of investment advisers and investment funds, including private funds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. She worked closely with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) on matters relating to private funds and investment advisers, including pending examinations and possible enforcement actions. She also made significant contributions to several Commission rulemakings and was a key member of the team that developed the Commission’s December 2015 proposed rulemaking on the ‘Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies.’

Prior to joining the SEC, Jamie was in private practice where she advised clients on a variety of legal matters related to the structure, management and operation of private funds. Before entering private practice, she served as law clerk to Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Jamie is one of several members of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management who have recently joined Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group Regulatory Practice. Aaron Schlaphoff was an attorney fellow in the Division’s Rulemaking Office. Norm Champ was the director of the Division of Investment Management.

FORUM DETAILS
When:
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Registration begins at 9:00 am.
Where:
The Willard InterContinental,
Washington, DC

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Who Should Attend:
  • Private Equity CFOs
  • Private Equity Chief Compliance Officers
  • Private Equity General Counsel
  • Private Equity Chief Administrative Officers
  • Attorneys Representing Private Equity Clients
  • Accounting and Tax Advisors to Private Equity Firms
  • Compliance Consultants
What's Included:
  • A day of top-level private and public sector insight into the challenges facing private equity compliance professionals
  • Opportunities to discuss the latest trends with industry leaders and key decision makers from the SEC
  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders
  • A one-year subscription to Thompson Finance's Guide to Private Equity Regulatory Compliance
Registration:
Early Bird Rate (through 10/20/17):
$899.00
Standard Rate:
$1099.00

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