Gold Sponsors

Z Capital Partners

Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. is a leading private equity firm with approximately $1.5 billion of regulatory assets and committed capital under management and with offices in Lake Forest, IL and New York, NY. Z Capital pursues an opportunistic, value-oriented approach in private equity that includes making control investments in middle-market companies that may require turnaround, restructuring, bankruptcy or are otherwise special situations. Z Capital’s principals have applied this investment philosophy for over a seventeen year period, deploying capital across the balance sheet of industry leading businesses, and seeking to create value for our investors throughout economic cycles.

Silver Sponsors

Purrington Moody Weil LLP

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. This experience affords us a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ needs and enables us to provide our clients with superior legal representation.

Royalty Exchange

Founded in 2011, Royalty Exchange is a secure, transparent and efficient online marketplace for buyers and sellers of royalty revenue streams in music, entertainment, publishing, patents, mineral, pharmaceutical and trademarks. This alternative investment platform was created to open up access to these highly lucrative assets and offer liquidity to the market. Royalty Exchange is owned and operated by veteran royalty rights experts and is advised by global leaders in the legal, financial, and technology industries.

SOLIC Capital Management, LLC

SOLIC Capital Management, LLC (“SOLIC”) is a specialized platform focused on maximizing stakeholder value by providing a one-source solution set that addresses the financial advisory, principal investing and distressed asset management requirements of middle-market situations. SOLIC’s multi-disciplinary team has deep experience working with institutional investors, creditors, management teams and other constituents, to create value through demonstrated expertise in specialized restructuring and investment banking advisory services, direct capital investments in distressed middle market companies, and oversight of troubled assets, with demonstrated execution of optimizing asset disposition strategies. The SOLIC team has successfully led nearly 500 mandates, involving over $90 billion in capitalization, across a wide array of industry sectors, creating significant stakeholder value. SOLIC is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, with professionals located nationally.

Bronze Sponsors

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.

Contributing Sponsors

Laser Image Printing & Marketing

Laser Image is a woman owned business located in Durham, NC. We have been in business for 26 years serving the Triangle with Digital Printing, Documentation and Signage. If you are a trainer, documentation manager, author, or event planner we have services designed especially for you. If you are a marketer or fund-raiser we can help you with direct campaigns that combine the power of mail, email and the web. We pride ourselves on streamlining your communications, doing complex projects fast, and delivering them on time.

Industry Affiliates

CFA Institute

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world. The CFA Program curriculum covers concepts and skills you will use at all stages of your career, bridging academic theory, current industry practice, and ethical and professional standards to provide a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.


Eurekahedge is the world’s largest alternative investment funds research house, specializing in hedge fund databases. Maintaining a hedge fund list of 29077* funds, across all strategies and asset classes, Eurekahedge delivers market-leading hedge fund analysis along with the most accurate hedge fund information on the market, tailored to investors’ needs.


HedgeCo was founded with the goal of to encourage transparency and enable easy communication between hedge funds and accredited investors. To further the goal of industry transparency, HedgeCo Networks created HedgeCo.Net, a free online hedge fund database. As hedge funds saw the value of a free database, the number of hedge funds that report to HedgeCo.Net grew, and HedgeCo.Net became the largest independent hedge fund database.

Private Equity Research Consortium

PERC is a group of scholars and industry professionals that conducts and promotes research on private equity. Our core mission is to develop better understanding of how these private capital investments affect both financial results and broader economic outcomes. The consortium includes individual faculty from a number of different universities and is housed at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina.  PERC’s Advisory Board helps set the consortium’s research agenda and selects researchers to participate in projects using consortium resources and data. The consortium also names Research Fellows who (in addition to the advisory board) are actively engaged in consortium research.