A PEI Spotlight series, sponsored by AlixPartners
Why disruption, why now? Disruption needs to be front of mind for everyone in the private equity industry, because we live in a disrupted world. But how can private markets participants ensure that they’re not caught unaware by market disruptions, and how can disruptors provide opportunities for value creation? We introduce the series with takeaways from a conversation with AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley.
Covid-19 forced the world to rethink the way it trades as supply chains continue to be massively impacted, and now geopolitical strife is adding new operational challenges. How are the private markets adapting to the operational disruptions of the last two years? How can they ensure operational and financial resilience? An exchange of experiences and ideas with AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley and co-lead of Americas and Asia Lisa Donahue, Blue Point Capital’s partner Chip Chaikin, Centerbridge senior managing director Brian Chu, Monomoy Capital Partners senior operating executive and head of operating team Ethan Klemperer, ZT Corporate chief investment officer and chief operations officer Sheheryar Shah and Investcorp head of private equity, North America, David Tayeh.
In the world of cybersecurity, the threat landscape is constantly shifting. To keep up, regulators and private markets participants have to be agile while also thinking long-term. Ransomware, supply-chain attacks, data theft and wire fraud are just some of the threats that businesses and firms face every day. So how are these challenges being met? AlixPartners global head of cybersecurity and data privacy Beth Musumeci, Lovell Minnick operating partner Bill Neuman, and Thompson Street Capital Partners head of operations Brad Strahorn share strategies.
Becoming a digital organisation is at the forefront of every manager’s mind, but every company is digital now. The rate of technological innovation and adoption is increasing exponentially and changing every aspect of our lives. At the same time, PE firms will also have to balance the ethical implications of these new technologies. So how are operators tackling this? AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley and head of digital Narry Singh; Microsoft large cap private equity, data and AI lead Lisa Weaver-Lambert; SGT Capital managing director Joseph Pacini; and Parabellum Investments founder and CEO Rami Cassis talk shop.
How has the great resignation forced a rethink on talent management in private equity? Human capital shot up as a concern consistently over the past two years. With four generations in the workforce, how are PE-backed companies appealing to the varying values of those constituencies? We close the series with thoughts from AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley and chief talent officer Ted Bililies, Blue Wolf Capital founder, managing partner and chairman Adam Blumenthal, MidOcean Partners chief human resources officer Jim Scarfone, Orangewood Partners founder and managing partner Alan Goldfarb, Tikehau head of private equity Emmanuel Laillier, and Two Sigma Impact partner Warren Valdmanis.