March 25, 2014- Alumni Networking Event and Panel on Regulatory Landscape
Join the Private Equity Program as we examine the impact of recent trends in intellectual property, tax policy and Delaware law on the deal making environment for private equity. Enjoy meeting fellow alumni at cocktail networking reception after the program where you can further discuss the likely impact of recent government policies on the deal environment.
This event will be part of our series hosted by Alston & Bird LLP since 2011. This series of programs is designed to offer an overview of topics of interest to those alumni in the private equity industry. The formal program starts at 6:30 PM with an opportunity to network with fellow alumni during a reception starting at 7:30 PM.
Private Equity Program Director, Donna M. Hitscherich 90, will moderate the panel discussion with Michael Genereux 95, Blackstone, Ashley Larson 11, Egis Capital Partners, and Alston & Bird LLP Partners Clay A. Littlefield, Kevin Miller and Deepro R. Mukerjee.
Michael Genereux '95
Michael Genereux is a Senior Managing Director in the Restructuring & Reorganization Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Genereux has worked on restructuring assignments involving a broad range of companies, including A123 Systems, Bally Total Fitness, Bear Stearns Asset Management, Calpine, Conexant, Delta Air Lines, Dynegy, Eastman Kodak, Edison Mission Energy, Fleming Companies, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Harry & David, Hawker Beechcraft, Hawkeye Renewables, Hostess, MoneyGram International, M Resort, R.H. Donnelley, Smurfit-Stone, Spansion, Station Casinos, TOUSA, Inc., and Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. Mr. Genereux has provided witness testimony in bankruptcy cases on valuation, capital structure and other financial matters. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Genereux was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston in the media and telecom group and previously was a Vice President in the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to these, he worked for Barclays, PepsiCo and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Genereux received a B.S. from the School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. Mr. Genereux is on the Board of Visitors for the School of Business at Wake Forest.
Donna M. Hitscherich '90, Moderator
Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, during which she held positions at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, valuation and fairness opinions. She was a member of the St. John's Law Review, and she is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.
Ashley Larson is a Principal at Egis Capital Partners and has ten years of corporate finance, investment, and operating experience. Ms. Larson is responsible for all aspects of Egis’ investment process, including transaction sourcing, analysis, structuring, financing, negotiation, and documentation. She also plays an active role in portfolio company oversight and provides ongoing operational support to management teams in marketing strategy, sales execution, business development, and corporate finance and acquisitions.
Clay A. Littlefield
Clay Littlefield is a partner in the firm’s federal income and international tax practices. His clients include both U.S. and foreign companies and individuals. Clay regularly advises U.S. and foreign hedge funds, venture capital and private equity funds on the tax and legal aspects of various structuring alternatives and investment product proposals. Clay also regularly provides counsel and advice to U.S. and foreign clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, distressed debt arrangements, and real estate and corporate finance issues.
Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Clay worked in Washington, D.C. as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Associate Chief Counsel, Division of Financial Institutions and Products. Accordingly, he has significant tax experience and regularly advises clients with regard to issues involving banks, structured finance, asset-backed securitizations (e.g., REMICs, CDOs), hedging and the tax aspects of various derivative financial instruments and structured transactions. As the tax rules are constantly evolving, Clay regularly consults with his former government colleagues and industry contacts on emerging issues, trends and prospective IRS guidance.