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January 23, 2013

Private Equity Program's 2nd Annual Deal Camp 2012

In December 2012 over eighty  members and friends of the Columbia Business School community, including current MBA and EMBA students, law students, alumni, and industry professionals gathered at the oceanfront conference facilities of Gurney’s Inn located in Montauk, NY for the 2nd Annual Private Equity Program Deal Camp.

Created by the Private Equity Program in 2011, Deal Camp was made possible through the generous financial sponsorship of Ernst & Young LLP.  The driving force for the establishment for Deal Camp was the recognition of the need for current students and those considering a career transition into the private equity industry and related fields to feel better prepared to handle the “nuts and bolts” practical questions that arise in job interviews.

Deal Camp offered inter-active presentations and case studies from a variety of industry professionals in an intimate and high-intensity learning environment away from the distractions of everyday school and work life. This year's Deal Camp put all these things into a real-life framework with the addition of the KKR Deal Camp Competition which was announced on November 29, and finals to be held on February 8, 2013 with the winning team heading KKR's offices for lunch with Henry Kravis `69.

If you are interested in attending Deal Camp in the future or in becoming a sponsor of Deal Camp please contact: Greta Larson, Assistant Director of the Private Equity Program at

Read the study on Private Equity Exits which was presented at Deal Camp by Ernst & Young.

2012 Deal Camp Agenda:

Friday December 7

1:00-3:15 PM  Student Registration - Columbia Business School Staff  
1:00-3:15 PM  Welcome Lunch and Program Overview - Columbia Business School Staff and Industry Professionals  
3:15-3:30 PM  Break    
3:30-4:45 PM  Inside Directors and Deal Sourcing -  Robert J. Jackson, Jr. Columbia Law School, Donna M. Hitscherich `90 Columbia Business School  
4:45-5:00 PM  Coffee Break    
5:00-6:15 PM  PE Value Creation  - Brad Kuntz, Ernst & Young LLP  
6:30-7:30 PM  KKR: Our Approach to Value Creation - Matt King, KKR Capstone
7:30-8:30 PM  Cocktail Reception     
8:30 PM  Dinner and After Dinner Chat: My Road to KKR - Alisa A. Wood `08, Managing Director, KKR  

Saturday December 8

6:30 AM  GYM OPENS  
7:30-8:30 AM  BREAKFAST  
8:30 – 9:45 AM  Insuring the Benefit of the Bargain Through Due Diligence -   Alexander A. Shahidi `92, Michael Zambito `01 Ernst & Young LLP
9:45-10:00 AM  Coffee Break    
10:00-11:15 AM  Show Me the Money-The Fundraising Aspects of PE -   Mark Hallock `82 M2O Private Fund Advisors   
11:15-12:30 PM  Deal Counsel Confidential: Leveraging Lawyers to Maximize Returns  - Margaret Butler `01 Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP   
12:30-2:00 PM  LUNCHEON SPEAKER: PE Origination and Investment Thesis - Adam Reinmann, `04 Onex  
2:00-3:15 PM  A Consultant’s View on the PE Process  - JJ Kasper, McKinsey & Company  
3:15-4:30 PM  Tax Issues in PE - Serge Mezhburd, Ernst & Young LLP  
4:30-4:45 PM  Break  
4:45-6:00 PM  Venture Capital Financing - James H. Sullivan and Matthew W. Mamak Alston & Bird LLP  
6:00-6:30 PM  Break  
6:30-7:45 PM  Institutional Shareholders and the Public Company PE Target   - Scott S. Winter, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
8:30 PM  DINNER and After Dinner Chat: The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry that Owns Everything - Jason Kelly, Bloomberg News with Gary Appel `79, Castle Harlan and Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Columbia Business School

Sunday, December 9

8:00-9:30 AM  BREAKFAST     
9:30-10:45 AM  Restructuring Case Study -    Michael Livanos `08, Barclays   
10:45-12:00 PM  Financing the Transaction   - Joe DiTomaso `03, Macquarie Capital  
12:00-1:45 PM  WORKING LUNCH Issues Facing Today’s Board of Directors: A PR Perspective - Eric Brielmann and Jed Repko, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher   
1:45-2:15 PM  Closing Session - Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Columbia Business School