University of Texas at Austin

2019 Texas Private Equity Conference

2019 Texas Private Equity Conference

2019 Texas Private Equity Conference

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

2019 Texas Private Equity Conference

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 to discuss current issues of interest to both the venture capital and buyout communities.

Conference Date & Location
February 8, 2019
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Conference registration will open on December 14, 2018.



8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:35 am 

Opening Comments
Speaker: Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business

8:35 am - 9:20 am

 Keynote Speaker: 
Glenn A. Youngkin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group

9:20 am - 9:40 am


9:40 am - 10:40 am

Panel 1:  Private Equity Valuations
Description:  This session will examine private equity valuations, their implications for investor returns and the LP allocation decisions.  The discussion will address issues such as the impact on valuations of how profitability is measured, the sustainability of profit margins, and the cost and availability of debt financing.

Moderator:  Sheridan Titman, McAllister Centennial Chain in Finance, McCombs School of Business 

John Moriarty, Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Jim McBride, Founder and Managing Member, Blue Sage Capital

Adam Pollock, Managing Director, Stellus Capital Management

Ryan Wald, Partner, Marlin Equity


10:40 am - 11:00 am Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Panel 2:  The Growth of the Private Equity Secondary Market

Description:  This session will examine the growth of the secondary market and the wider role secondary transactions play, including LP stake sales and GP-led deals, in the private equity industry and other private markets focus areas.

Moderator:  Sharmila Kassam, Deputy CIO, Texas Employees Retirement System

Ian Charles, Partner, Landmark Partners

Michael Elio, Partner, StepStone Group

Adam Graev, Partner, Glendower Capital

Michael Hacker, US Secondaries Co-Head, Alpinvest Partners


12:00 pm - 1:40 pm


Keynote Speaker:  TBD

Scholarship Recipient Recognition:  Steve Limberg, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, McCombs School of Business                      


1:40 pm - 2:40 pm

Panel 3:  The Evolving Venture Capital Market

Description:  This session will examine the evolution of the venture capital market in recent years, including the rapid rise in the amount of venture capital being raised, the sources of those funds (e.g., domestic vs. overseas), the resurgence of corporate venture capital, and investment structures, and exit strategies.  Comparisons to past venture capital markets, such as that in 1999 will be used to benchmark the discussion.

Moderator:  Jim Nolen, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, McCombs School of Business

Tom Ball, Partner and Co-founder, NextCoast Ventures

Jim Curry, Partner and Co-founder, BuildGroup

Jeff Fein, Principal,

Blair Garrou, Managing Director and Co-founder, Mercury Fund

Preetha Parthasarathy, Partner, SAP.iO Fund


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

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers will be added shortly.



AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

We have negotiated a room block with a special rate of $189 per night at the AT&T Center. Cut-off Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019. This date is firm and there will be no exceptions. Go to the following link to make a reservation: 

Or by phone (512) 404-3600; please reference the group name, Texas Private Equity Conference  in order to receive the group rate over the contracted dates.



On-site registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 8. The conference begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The key dates, times, and other pertinent information that you should keep in mind are summarized below.

Friday, February 8, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration (Foyer outside Classroom 204) and continental breakfast (Tejas Dining Room)
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Morning sessions (Classroom 204)
12:00 noon – 1:40 p.m. Lunch (Zlotnik Ballroom)
1:40 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon sessions (Classroom 204)

Meeting Location:

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

Conference Attire:
Business casual

Last minute questions:
You can reach Bob Parrino at (512) 471-5788 (office), (512) 569-0120 (cell), or by e-mail at or Juana Hardwick at (512) 471-6511 (office), (512) 497-2738 (cell), or by e-mail at