Private Equity

How Do You Create Value in the Middle Market?

Hear from experts about the opportunities and challenges of acquiring, operating, and selling companies the middle market, including how private equity investments will be impacted by rising rates and new regulatory rules.

Moderator: Mike Rost, PNC Riverarch Capital

Ryan Berg, New Capital Partners
Minor Hinson, Bourne Partners
Jay Jester, Audax Private Equity
Thomas Westbrook, BB&T Capital Partners


Public or Private:  Which Structure Serves Shareholders Best?

Learn the pros and cons of public versus private structures for business development corporations.

Moderator: Michael Painter, Plexus Capital

Michael Becker, Plexus Capital
Cary B. Nordan, Triangle Capital


What’s Next For Oil?

Oil markets have failed to rebound after the sharp sell off of the last six months.  However, the futures market remains in steep contango suggesting many participants are counting on a rally.  Where are prices headed?

Moderator: Mark Corigliano, DUMAC

David Heikkinen, Heikkinen Energy Advisors
Beau Taylor, Taylor Woods Capital


Public and Private Opportunities in Distress

With limited current opportunities outside of the energy sector, what lies ahead for distressed strategies?

Moderator: Craig Demko, N.C. Dept. of State Treasurer

Ken Monaghan, Amundi Smith Breeden
Andrew C. Curtis, Z-Capital
Robert Orr, Sandton Capital
Robert E. Annas, Partner, SOLIC Capital Management, LLC

Hedge Fund

What’s Ahead for Investors and Managers?

Over the last decade hedge funds have experienced poor absolute and risk-adjusted performance.  Will alpha return to traditional hedge fund strategies or will outsized returns remain limited to the very top performers.

Moderator: Patrick Hartley, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Ty Powers, Hatteras Funds
Josh Parrott, AQR
Edward Hetherington, UNC Management Company
Robert Rafter, CFA, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners

Venture Capital

Is Regulation Impeding Medical Innovation in the U.S.?

As the regulatory burden has increased in recent decades, innovators in the healthcare industry have become increasingly concerned about the effects on innovation.  Higher regulatory costs in the U.S. relative to other countries can provide an economic incentive for researchers and investors to push for relocating activities abroad.  Join our panel of experts to discuss the impact of the regulatory environment on innovation in the healthcare sector and the implications for venture investments.

Moderator: Professor Greg Brown, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Bill Starling, Synecor
Clay Thorp, Hatteras Venture Partners

Advances in Alternatives Research

Join leading academic researchers to learn about recent advances in our understanding of investments and human behavior.

Money and the Brain: Neuroeconomics Insights about Financial Decision Making
Prof. Camelia M. Kuhnen, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Hedge Fund Activism: What Are the Impacts?
Prof. Nickolay Gantchev, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Moderator: Professor Greg Brown, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School