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January 31, 2014: Alumni Profile, Matt Sherman `03, President and Partner at Joele Frank

November 8, 2013: Christopher Pace `87  has joined VFM as a Principal of the firm.

September 30, 2013: Alumni Profile, Margaret Isa Butler `01/`02, Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig

May 29, 2013: Alumni Profile, Tobias Wollenhaupt `10, partner at Adiuva Capital

March 27, 2013: Alumni profile in Columbia Business alumni magazine: After nearly 25 years at McKinsey and Co., Christian Mariager ’88 made a career change to private equity.

February 15, 2013: Alumnus Mark T. Gallogly `86,  Cofounder and Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners, spoke at the 19th Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference. Other keynotes included Howard Marks, Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management and Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution and Co-founder, America Online

August 2, 2010: Alumni Rutger Bruining '08, investment manager, Candover, and Jacob Polny '08, vice president, TPG - both students in Columbia Business School's Masterclass in Private Equity in Spring 2008 - found themselves using their experience in real life as they were at opposite sides of Europe's largest announced LBO year to date. It was announced in July 2010 that Candover sold Ontex to TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

July 13, 2010: Alan Patricof ('57), Founder & Managing Director of Greycroft Partners, had an article published in the Business Insider - Silicon Alley Insider on July 7 , "You Think It's Hard To Raise Money For A Company? Try Raising It For A VC Firm." Read the full article here (PDF).

February 1, 2010: Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a global investment firm, today announced that Alex Ferrara '04 of the Larchmont, New York office has been named partner.

October 2009: Two Columbia Business School alumni, Maneesh Sagar '03 and Alex R. Ferrera ‘04 were featured in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, giving their "7 Tips to Score VC Cash". Read the full article here (PDF).

September 29, 2009: An article,   "From Liquidity to Liquidation" appeared in the September 11, 2009 issue of Deal Magazine, featuring Columbia Business School alumni Ken Buckfire ('87) and Henry Miller ('70). Read the full article here (PDF).

September 4, 2009: An OpEd piece, Stopping Start-Ups, appeared in the New York Times by Columbia Business School alumnus Alan Patricof ('57) with Eric Dinallo August 31, 2009. Read the full article here (PDF).

August 14, 2009: Columbia Business School is proud and pleased to share news that Eugene  Song ('04), and Columbia Medical and Law Schools graduate, Snehal Patel, join the 2009 Kauffman Fellows class, the latest  of alumni from several of Columbia University graduate schools who make a strong  presence as Fellows and Mentors in this esteemed program in the venture capital  industry.

The mission of the Kauffman Fellows Program is to identify, develop, and  network emerging global leaders in venture capital. Success for us means  enabling entrepreneurs to build stronger, more enduring companies and,  correspondingly, allowing venture investors to realize enhanced returns.

Working full-time at a venture capital firm, each Kauffman Fellow engages in  a practical, 24-month apprenticeship including professional coaching, mentoring  by senior partners, and quarterly sessions of industry and leadership  curriculum. As members of the Society of Kauffman Fellows throughout their  careers, fellows join a trusted network -- in Silicon Valley and across 5  continents -- that links together 500 individuals at 140 investing firms who  are actively deploying $40B in venture capital. Insights are shared, resources  are made available, and opportunities can be efficiently vetted and  syndicated. - from

The  Private Equity Program encourages our alumni to consider becoming mentors,  helping to mature the next generation of innovation. Read the full list of Kauffman Fellows and Mentors with Columbia affiliations (PDF)

August 10, 2009: Alumnus Kevin Conway ('84) featured in recent article, CD&R Stays the Course; Clayton Dubilier & Rice's managing partner, Kevin Conway, says CD&R will weather the changes coming to private equity by Kelly Holman. The Investment Dealers' Digest : IDD. New York: Jul 17, 2009. Vol. 75, Iss. 27.

May 20, 2009: Georgia Prussell, a Columbia Law School alumnus, who also took courses at Columbia Business School recently co-authored an article with Matthew Bloch and Erika Weinber titled, "Change of Control - Is It or Isn't It?" in Finance Digest in the May 2009 issue of Financial Digest. Published by Weil, Gotschal and Manges LLP, reposted here with firm permission (PDF)

May 1, 2009: BC Partners sees traditional LBOs in hibernation - article featuring Alumnus Andrew Newington ('98).

February 19, 2009: "Another View: V.C. Investing Not Dead, Just Different." Article about the venture capital industry that appeared in the New York Times Dealbook, written by Alan Patricof ('57), Columbia Business School Board of Overseers.

February 9, 2009:   "Learning from Failure" - Pipeline blog on Article about Columbia Business School Alumnus, Roger Ehrenberg ('93).

New Research

No Free Shop: Why Target Companies in MBOs and Private Equity Transactions Sometimes Choose Not to Buy ‘Go Shop’ Options

By Charles W. Calomiris, Donna M. Hitscherich and Adonis Antoniades

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