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Michigan Private Equity Conference and Women Who Fund Forum to Commemorate the U of M's Bicentennial

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two premier alternative-investment conferences—the 12th annual  Michigan Private Equity Conference and the third annual  Women Who Fund Forum—will be held on November 2-3, 2017. The two conferences expect more than 200 private equity and institutional finance professionals from across the United States to attend. Hosted by the  Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at the University of Michigan'sRoss School of Business, these events coincide with the recent release o f Evolution of Investing at University of Michigan 1817-2016, a seminal book tracing the evolution of endowment investing at U-M over the last two hundred years and the University's emergence as a highly sophisticated, globally diversified institutional investor with a $9.9 billionportfolio.

Many of the current investment themes and strategies slated for in-depth discussion at both of this year's conferences—ranging from venture capital and private equity to direct private investment, co-investment and fund of funds—simultaneously echo and amplify the milestone advances in asset class allocation, geographical diversification and multi-manager portfolio management pioneered and refined by the U-M Board of Regents and later the Office of the Chief Investment Officer over two centuries.

"The returns on investments realized through the University's endowment model feed the growth of excellence in teaching, research and service at Michigan and other universities where our success is emulated," commented David J. Brophy, Director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. "These two events bridge what we've done at the University with the current challenges and new opportunities for those in private equity and institutional investing to give attendees a leg up."

"Boutique" Private Equity Event Attracts Big Name Speakers
The half-day  Private Equity Conference, held at the University of Michigan's Michigan League on November 3, will feature addresses from notable U-M alumni who not only have significant expertise in but have also made notable contributions to the private equity field.  David Frank, CEO and Managing Partner of Stonehaven, a leading global alternative asset placement agent platform, will deliver the opening keynote address. To close the day, Brophy will host a fireside chat with  Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies, the most prominent privately owned real estate firm in the United States.

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