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Lead Sponsor

Amundi Smith Breeden

At Amundi Smith Breeden, we have a singular focus – a commitment to providing best in class fixed income solutions to our clients. Amundi Smith Breeden serves as the center of Amundi’s U.S. fixed income expertise. We offer a combination of research depth and market experience that has earned us the position of trusted resource in our client relationships. We are flexible to meet clients’ needs and manage to their specific objectives.

Gold Sponsors

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.

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.

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.

Silver Sponsors

Center for Excellence in Investment Management

Center for Excellence in Investment Management (CIM) provides resources that facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination throughout the ever-expanding frontiers of finance. CIM helps students, researchers, and practitioners keep pace with the rapidly evolving financial services industry through a variety of programs, publications, and outreach.

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Since 1985, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has encouraged cooperative efforts among privately owned businesses, higher education and government. More than a “think tank,” we find ways to connect people and organizations, create opportunities and resources, and accelerate the achievements of our partners. Our work currently centers on helping innovative entrepreneurs, supporting North Carolina economic development, and building bridges with other educational institutions for research activities.

Z Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. is the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, L.L.C., a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management with offices in New York, NY; Lake Forest, IL; and Zurich, Switzerland. Z Capital Partners pursues a value-oriented, opportunistic approach in private equity that includes making control investments in companies that may require growth capital, balance sheet and/or operational improvements. Z Capital’s principals have applied this investment philosophy for over a twenty year period, deploying approximately $17 billion of capital across the balance sheet of hundreds of industry leading businesses, and seeking to create value for our investors throughout economic cycles.

Bronze Sponsors

Eton Avisors

Eton Advisors is an independent wealth advisory boutique dedicated to being your trusted advisor in a complex financial world. We partner with high quality specialist providers to bring a full service offering to our clients. Bank of New York Mellon serves as our custodian and CTC Consulting provides us with investment research and scale.

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners

Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) seeks to deliver investment solutions that address the needs of each of our clients by drawing upon our strong investing acumen, the extensive global network of Morgan Stanley and a deep pool of investment support resources. Our alternative investment capabilities span both public and private markets for retail and institutional investors, and are the chief focus of three of our six investment capability groups: Private Credit & Equity, Real Assets and Solutions & Multi-Asset. MSIM offers among the broadest range of alternative investment strategies in the industry with stable leadership across the platform and bespoke portfolio construction capabilities within and across liquid & illiquid alternative asset classes. MSIM has $95Bn in assets under management and advisement in alternative investment strategies as of September 30, 2016.


StepStone is a global private markets specialist overseeing over US$75 billion of private capital allocations, including approximately US$14 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.

Group Sponsors

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. Our attorneys 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.

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.

Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC was founded in 1987 in Greensboro, NC, to practice in the areas of business law and related fields, with the commitment to rendering legal services of the highest quality on a timely basis at a fair cost. We take pride in this commitment and in the capabilities of our firm in those areas where we have chosen to concentrate our practice.

QMS Capital

QMS Capital Management LP is an alternative investment management firm applying sophisticated quantitative methods to investing in financial markets. The firm’s approach blends academic research, extensive asset management experience, and state of the art technology to serve its clients. QMS Capital has been building investment research and trading tools since 2009 and began investing in liquid global markets in 2010.