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    2016 Texas Private Equity Conference

    February 26, 2016
    The Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street , Austin, TX 78701

2016 Texas Private Equity Conference

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December 1, 2015

The Texas Private Equity Conference is sponsored annually by the Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance. The conference provides an opportunity for finance researchers and practitioners in the private equity markets to discuss private equity. The conference will address issues of interest to both the venture capital and buyout communities.


8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am - 8:35 am
Opening Comments
Laura Starks, Interim Dean, McCombs School of Business

8:35 am - 9:20 am
Keynote Speech:  Global Debt Levels and Private Equity
Speaker: Lacy Hunt, Executive Vice President, Hoisington Investment Management

9:20 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 10:45 am 
Panel 1:  Financing and Managing Energy Investments with Current Oil Prices 

Description:  This session will examine the challenges associated with financing and managing energy investments in
an environment with low oil prices. 
The discussion will address how energy firms  are financing their activities as well as the
operational challenges that they face.

Moderator:  Sheridan Titman, McAllister Centennial Chair in Finance, McCombs School of Business
Marshall Adkins, Director of Energy Research, Raymond James
Greg Beard, Head of Natural Resources & Senior Partner, Apollo Global Management
Buddy Clark, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Gene Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer, Brigham Resources
George Vaughan, Principal Consultant - Business Development, ConocoPhillips
10:45 am - 11:00 am  Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Panel 2:  Allocating Capital to Private Equity Investments 

Description:  This session will bring together institutional investors for a discussion of how they allocate capital
within the private equity area. The discussion will address allocating capital across different types of private equity
funds, fund selection, geographic considerations, and co-investing, among other issues. 

Moderator:  Keith Brown, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, McCombs School of Business
Scott Bigham, Director - Private Markets, UTIMCO
Billy Charlton, Partner and Head of U.S. Investment Team, Altius Associates
Neil Randall, Director - Private Equity, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Chris Schelling, Director - Private Equity, Texas Municipal Retirement System

12:00 pm - 1:40 pm  Lunch

Keynote Speech:  TBA
Speaker:  Gilman Louie, Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

Scholarship Recipient Recognition:  Jay Hartzell, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, McCombs School of Business

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm  Panel 3:  Jumping the Shark:  Start-ups to Unicorns
 This session will examine how the local availability of certain types of venture capital affects entrepreneurial
activity and start-up valuations. Venture Capitalists from the east coast, west coast, and Texas will discuss how the
availability and structure of early and later stage capital impacts entrepreneurial activity and valuations in their respective markets.

Moderator:  Ken Wiles, Associate Director, Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance
Brooks Gibbins, General Partner, FinTech Collective
Bill Gurley, Partner, Benchmark Capital (invited) 
Rouz Jazayeri, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
Venu Shamapant, General Partner, Live Oak Venture Partners

2:40 pm - 2:45 pm  Closing Comments
Speaker:  Robert Parrino, Director, Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance

Keynote Speakers

Lacy Hunt
Executive Vice President
Hoisington Investment Management Company

Dr. Lacy H. Hunt, an internationally known economist, is Executive Vice President of Hoisington Investment Management Company (HIMCO), a firm that manages nearly $6 billion for pension funds, endowments, insurance companies and others. He is Vice-Chairman of HIMCO’s strategic investment policy committee and also Chief Economist for the Wasatch Hoisington Treasury Bond Fund.

Lacy Hunt is the author of two books, and numerous articles in leading magazines, periodicals and scholarly journals. Included among the publishers of his articles are. Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Journal of Finance, the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Portfolio Management. Previously, he was Chief U.S. Economist for the HSBC Group, one of the world’s largest banks. A native Texan, Dr. Hunt also served as Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

He earned his BA from the University of the South (1964), his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1966), and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Fox School of Business and Management of Temple University (1969). Dr. Hunt is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Temple University and served on the Board from 1987 until 2010. He received the Abramson Award from the National Association for Business Economics for “outstanding contributions in the field of business economics.”

Gilman Louie
Alsop Louie Partners

Gilman Louie is a Partner. He is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. intelligence community with venture-backed entrepreneurial companies. Previously Gilman built a career as a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry, with accomplishments that include the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator as well as being the person who licensed Tetris, the world’s most popular computer game, from its developers in the Soviet Union. During that career, Gilman founded and ran a publicly traded company called Spectrum HoloByte which ultimately was acquired by Hasbro Corporation, where he served as chief creative officer of Hasbro Interactive and general manager of the group before founding In-Q-Tel.

Gilman has served on a number of boards of directors, including Wizards of the Coast, Netwitness, Ribbit, Zephyr Technologies, the National Venture Capital Association, the CIA Officers Memorial Fund and currently chairs the Mandarin Institute and the Federation of American Scientists. He serves as a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chairs the committee on Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies for the National Academies, and was recently appointed as member of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community.

In 2006, Gilman was presented with the Directors Award by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for his service in creating In-Q-Tel and providing service to the intelligence community. In 2002, he was listed as one of fifty scientific visionaries by Scientific American. Gilman completed the Advanced Management program/International Seniors Management Program at Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.



500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

We have negotiated a room block with a special rate of $219 per night at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Cut-off Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016. This date is firm and there will be no exceptions. Go to the following link to make a reservation:  Or by phone at the Hilton Central Reservations line (1-800-236-1592); please reference the group name, Texas Private Equity Conference or the group code, TSE228, in order to receive the group rate over the contracted dates.