Lead Sponsor


StepStone is a global private markets specialist overseeing over US$255 billion of private capital allocations, including more than US$51 billion of assets under management. The Firm creates customized portfolios for the world’s most sophisticated investors using a highly disciplined research-focused approach that prudently integrates primaries, secondaries, and co-investments. We represent some of the world’s most sophisticated public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, family offices and foundations.

Gold Sponsors

Adams Street Partners

Adams Street Partners

Adams Street Partners is a global private equity investment management firm that offers comprehensive solutions for its investors.  As one of the leading independent, employee-owned firms, Adams Street has established a reputation for strong performance, an extensive knowledge base and a disciplined investment approach that values quality over quantity.  Our mission is to be the premier private equity investment manager in the world by sustaining world-class investment performance and the confidence of our investors through our deep understanding of the global private equity marketplace and exemplary client service.

AIF Global

AIF brings the best investment ideas, practices and information to institutional investors through in person roundtable discussions in global money centers and webinars and bespoke presentations delivered to investors online live and on demand.

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AlpInvest Partners

AlpInvest Partners is a global private equity investment management organization.

Since its founding in 1999, AlpInvest has invested across the private equity spectrum, and today includes large and middle market buyout, growth capital, and venture capital, as well as mezzanine and distressed debt, in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, emerging markets and other non-traditional markets. AlpInvest’s activities cover a range of private equity investing, including primary fund commitments, co-investments, and secondary investments. The firm’s investments span the range of private equity, with commitments to more than 600 buyout, venture capital, growth capital, and distressed funds managed by more than 300 sponsors. As of December 30, 2017, AlpInvest managed over $44 billion of client assets on a discretionary basis.

AlpInvest operates as part of Carlyle’s Investment Solutions segment. Investment Solutions helps clients meet their objectives through tailored portfolio construction and implementation. The Investment Solutions platform gives investors access to the large and complex universe of alternative investment strategies—private equity and real estate—on a global basis. AlpInvest offers customized private equity investment solutions to investors through separately managed accounts and commingled product.

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BroadVail Capital Partners



EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. For more information about our organization, please visit

Landmark Partners

Landmark Partners specializes in secondary market transactions of private equity and real estate investments, with approximately U.S. $15 billion of committed capital, as of December 31, 2014. Founded in 1989, the firm has one of the longest track records in the industry and is a leading source of liquidity to owners of interests in real estate, venture, mezzanine and buyout limited partnerships. Landmark has completed 460 transactions in its 25-year history and acquired interests in over 1,700 partnerships, managed by over 650 general partners. Landmark is headquartered in Simsbury, Connecticut and has offices in Boston, New York and London.

Northern Trust

Northern Trust is a leading global provider of asset servicing and related services. We have experience helping some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations handle their asset servicing needs, offering guidance and insight with personalized service. We work with corporate and government retirement funds, nonprofit organizations, fund managers, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors around the globe.

Our ongoing investment in technology allows us to provide our clients with the solutions they need to operate their businesses more efficiently. We couple this with a client-centered approach to provide a powerful combination of service, technology and expertise.

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Plexus Capital

Plexus Capital focuses on investments and partnerships with middle market businesses that need capital for growth.  Whether the need for capital is driven by new market opportunities, a transition of ownership or strategic acquisitions, the Plexus team has the capital and experience you need.  With $550 million under management, investments in more than 50 businesses, and experience managing through all economic cycles, we have proven ourselves to be patient investors with the experience it takes to succeed.

UAI Foundation

The UAI Foundation is a North Carolina-based non-profit that supports research in finance. The foundation has provided seed donations to support the Private Equity Research Consortium and the Institute for Private Capital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is a provider of banking, mortgage, investing, credit card, insurance, and consumer and commercial financial services. For additional information, please visit: Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Silver Sponsors

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Natixis Investment Managers serves financial professionals with more insightful ways to construct portfolios. Powered by the expertise of our multi-affiliate model, we apply Active Thinking℠ to deliver proactive solutions that help clients pursue better outcomes in all markets. Natixis ranks among the world’s largest asset management firms.

Bronze Sponsors

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Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners

Morgan Stanley Investment Management is a leading provider of alternative investment strategies with expertise that spans across private equity, private credit, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure and managed futures markets. We are dedicated to serving the unique needs of financial advisors and their clients by delivering exceptional portfolios and custom alternative investment programs.

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Smith Anderson

Specializing in private equity transactions from every angle, Smith Anderson provides a distinctive blend of deal experience, market expertise and practical counsel. We are creative yet pragmatic in structuring deals, closely attuned to our clients’ businesses and fundamentally solution-oriented. Instead of over-complicating transactions, we take a deal-driven approach focused on the best and most efficient outcome. For more information, visit

Group Sponsors

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Echo Health Ventures

Echo Health Ventures invests in, builds and grows tomorrow’s great health care companies. We are a joint collaboration of Cambia Health Solutions and Mosaic Health Solutions, working closely with our parent companies to accelerate portfolio companies’ growth and bring their innovations to scale nationally.

As stage-agnostic investors, we are committed to a new approach to strategic investing – an approach that brings more than capital to the table, focused on developing deep, high-value relationships with our portfolio companies. Together with these companies, we’re identifying bold, new and original ways to meet the needs of tomorrow’s health care consumers in an economically sustainable way.

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IHS Markit

IHS Markit is a global leader in information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. Our company partners with clients in business, finance and government to help them see the big picture with unrivaled insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit serves more than 50,000 key customers in over 140 countries, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.

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J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. The Firm and its Foundation give approximately US$200 million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world. We also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing our many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers the strength and resources of attorneys and professional staff experienced in a range of services. We provide advice and counsel in litigation, corporate, economic development, securities, finance, intellectual property, government relations, regulatory, and other needs of clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses, including many publicly held companies. Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 575 attorneys and other professionals with offices in 10 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the Firm, go to


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Nottingham has been serving the fund accounting, administration, organization, and management needs of clients nationwide for nearly three decades. Based in Eastern North Carolina, Nottingham delivers a full range of turnkey services, handling clients’ behind-the-scenes financial and administrative operations so they can focus on managing their portfolios.

How did we get into this industry without being located in a traditional financial center? Opportunities and small businesses germinate and grow by fulfilling a need. In the late 1980s the investment advisory industry was moving away from bank trust departments and in the direction of independent investment advisory firms. As these firms grew the operational and administrative issues of handling smaller accounts became onerous. Nottingham sought to solve these issues for investment advisors and investment structure sponsors, and has been doing so for over 28 years. Nottingham has become one of the largest independently-owned fund administration and accounting firms in the United States.

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Purrington Moody Weil

Purrington Moody Weil is a corporate law firm with offices in New York and North Carolina. We offer our clients a sophisticated transactional practice with a special focus on the private equity and investment fund industry. Our attorneys have developed a high level of expertise across a wide variety of domestic and international transactions and have accumulated extensive experience with investment managers, entrepreneurial companies and large, transaction-intensive law firms.

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Robinson Bradshaw

Robinson Bradshaw provides a full range of legal services to private investment funds and their managers, corporate and public pension plans, funds of funds, universities, family offices and other investment managers and institutional investors across the country. We received national rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds and Venture Capital Law in U.S. News’ 2018 “Best Law Firms” report. Our attorneys represent general partners in the formation of buyout funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds, SBICs, offshore funds, real estate funds, captive funds, separate accounts, funds of funds and other products. We also handle control acquisitions, debt and equity growth financings and venture capital investments for these clients.

On the investor side, we represent institutions in virtually every type of private fund investment, as well as separate accounts, managed account platforms, co-investments, derivatives and trading agreements. Our attorneys also represent numerous strategic investors, including various corporate venture capital programs, in connection with their portfolio company investments. Due to our experience representing both providers and recipients of capital, we offer clients a detailed knowledge of the market from multiple perspectives.

Schell Bray

Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray concentrates its practice in the business law area. Attorneys in the firm represent private equity funds and their sponsors, investors and start-up entities through every stage of their business cycle, from formation to exit transactions. Our services cover mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, venture capital, private equity fund creation and dissolution, technology, securities law compliance, and tax and regulatory issues. Our clients are engaged in a broad range of industries, including real estate, energy, technology, manufacturing and radio and other media. We frequently act as outside general counsel for our clients and regularly interact with a client’s ownership and its management team.

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