Private Equity – Trends and Themes
Earlier this year, the global consultancy firm, McKinsey & Co., published a report describing the strong growth in alternative investments: an asset class which includes hedge funds and private equity. While still dwarfed by the more traditional investment choices, such as pensions and mutual funds, alternative investments have produced almost double the rate of growth of assets under management over traditional investments over the 8 year period ending 2013. With just over $7 trillion in assets, the sector has become an even more formidable category than ever. Additionally, over the past several years several high profile institutional investors have moved an increasing amount of their assets into alternative investments seeking returns and reduction of risk not easily achievable in traditional investment categories.
What explains this strong shift to this asset class? What are the trends and themes that investors should consider when viewing this investment sector? What are the implications for traditional investment vehicles and for the financial markets overall?
Vincent Catalano is Managing Member of the private equity firm, Adriatic Capital Partners. Vincent is also President and Global Investment Strategist with Blue Marble Research Advisory Services and author of "Sectors and Styles" (Wiley 2006). A leading investment strategist and asset manager, Vincent appears regularly in the media (Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters) and is a guest speaker at various major forums. Vincent is a past president of the New York Society of Security Analysts and chairs NYSSA's Global Thematic Committee. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Kunal Shah is a Senior Vice President of Fund Manager Due Diligence & Origination where he focuses on identifying and leading due diligence on private equity funds. Previously, Kunal was a Principal in the private markets group at Meketa Investment Group ("Meketa") where he was responsible for leading and managing private equity fund investments. Kunal joined Meketa in 2006 and invested over $1 billion on behalf of Meketa's discretionary and non-discretionary clients. He invested globally and covered buyouts, venture capital, private debt, natural resources, and infrastructure investments. He also developed and led Meketa's secondary funds purchase practice. Kunal served on various limited partners advisory boards. Prior to Meketa, Kunal was an analyst at The Vanguard Group and Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. Kunal received a BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Drexel University.
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Thrusday, February 18th
12:00pm until 1:30pm
CFA Society San Francisco
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