Michael Genereux '95
Senior Managing Director
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
Director, Private Equity Program, Columbia Business School
Senior Lecturer in Discipline Finance and Economics
Professor Donna M. Hitscherich was appointed as director of the Private Equity Program in October 2010. Professor Hitscherich now serves as Senior Lecturer in the Finance and Economics division, a position she has held since 2008 after a nearly twenty year career in investment banking and law. Professor Hitscherich teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Law in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. From 1988 through 1990, Professor Hitscherich was an assistant professor of law at St. John's University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.
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 11
Egis Capital Partners
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.
Previously, Ms. Larson was an Associate in the Corporate Development division of Red Ventures, a global marketing services firm, where she managed all aspects of M&A, venture investments, and capital raise transactions. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, focused on the origination and execution of middle- market M&A and private placement transactions.
Ms. Larson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Wake Forest University.
Clay A. Littlefield
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
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.
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Kevin is a partner in Alston & Bird's Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and the head of Alston & Bird's Financial Advisors Practice. The firm is regularly ranked by The American Lawyer and Corporate Control Alert among the leading counsel to investment banks acting as financial advisors, and over the last three years, Alston & Bird has advised large and midsized financial advisors on over $100 billion of M&A transactions. Kevin is also the co-head of Alston & Bird’s M&A Practice Quality Team.
Prior to joining the firm, Kevin served as the head of Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division’s legal group for the Americas. He is a frequent author and speaker on M&A topics, including recent legal and regulatory developments, fairness opinions, stapled finance and the role of investment bankers. Kevin is a member of the advisory boards of DealLawyers.com and the Deal Lawyers newsletter. He is also a frequent contributor to the DealLawyers.com Blog and PLI Securities Law Practice Center..
Partner, Alston & Bird
Deepro Mukerjee is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group at Alston & Bird. For close to 15 years, Mr. Mukerjee has litigated patents and other intellectual property rights relating to a wide variety of technologies ranging from pharmaceutical compounds and diagnostic assays to electrical circuit interrupting devices and computer software programs. An experienced Hatch-Waxman litigator, Mr. Mukerjee is also involved in several Paragraph IV litigations on behalf of some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Mukerjee is often involved in spearheading complex due diligence projects and provides intellectual property advice to corporate clients for complex transactions such as public offerings and venture capital financings. In that capacity, his practice encompasses counseling numerous early-and mid-stage companies in leveraging existing IP portfolios in order to grow equity investments. Mr. Mukerjee’s clients include pharmaceutical companies, bio-tech start-ups, technology companies, angel investors and a major metropolitan university.