- For Students
Alumni Networking Event and Panel
Mergers & Acquisitions and Activism
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:30 PM
Mr. Buaron is a Vice President at TPG Growth based in New York. TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, the global private investment firm.
Prior to joining TPG Growth, Mr. Buaron was an investment professional at Perry Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm. Prior to Perry Capital, he was with Cerberus Capital Management where he evaluated and executed private equity investments across various industries. Charles began his career in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Donna M. Hitscherich '90
Director, Private Equity Program, Columbia Business School
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of 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.
Scott Ostfeld is a partner of JANA Partners where he is co-portfolio manager of JANA’s Strategic Investments Fund and is responsible for special situations investments, including active shareholder engagement. JANA Partners is a value-oriented investment advisor specializing in event driven investing. The firm frequently engages with companies and boards to pursue value-creating change.
Prior to joining JANA, Mr. Ostfeld was with GSC Partners in their distressed debt private equity group focused on acquiring companies through the bankruptcy restructuring process and enhancing value as an active equity owner. Prior to GSC Partners, Mr. Ostfeld was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked on a variety of M&A and capital raising assignments.
Mr. Ostfeld received a J.D. from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) where he was a Senior Editor of Columbia Law Review, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a B.A. from Columbia University (Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa).
Mr. Ostfeld serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Opportunity Network, a non-for-profit organization designed to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students.
A founding member of the firm and named President in August 2013, Matt has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic corporate, financial and crisis communications counsel to Boards of Directors and executive leadership of public corporations and private equity firms involved in M&A, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, shareholder activism defense, spin-offs, reorganizations, financial restructurings, management changes, litigation, regulatory actions and a wide range of corporate crises. His areas of expertise include Shareholder Activism, Mergers & Acquisitions and Investor Relations & Financial Public Relations.
In 2012 Matt received The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” Recognition Award, and in 2007 he was named to PR Week’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Matt previously was a vice president in the M&A and crisis communications practice at Abernathy MacGregor Frank. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott S. Winter
Managing Director, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Scott S. Winter is a Managing Director of Innisfree M&A Incorporated. Mr. Winter advises companies and investors on all aspects of shareholder engagement focusing on hostile and friendly acquisitions, shareholder activism, contested shareholder meetings, corporate governance, and other proxy solicitation matters. Prior to joining Innisfree, Mr. Winter was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP specializing in mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border and hostile transactions. Before attending law school, he was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young LLP for a number of hedge fund and broker-dealer clients.
Mr. Winter earned a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Winter is member of the American Bar Association, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, and a past member of Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.