Capital Roundtable

Marquee Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor


Conference Partners


Association Partners

Data Partners

Partial List of
Past Attendees

Accord Financial Inc.

Acrewood Holdings LLC

Akoya Capital Partners LLC

Alston Capital Partners LLC

Altamont Capital Partners LLC

American Capital Ltd.

Andesite Capital Management LLC

Annapurna Capital Management LLC


Ares Management LLC

Artemis Holdings Group LLC

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Bertram Capital Management LLC

Blackford Capital LLC

Broadgate Capital LLC

Bronzen Financial LLC

Brookside Mezzanine Partners

Cascade Partners LLC

Centerfield Capital Partners

Charter Oak Equity LP

Cimarron Infrastructure Group LLC

Clarendon Group LLC

Colbeck Capital Management LLC

Consumer Growth Partners LLC

CrimStone Partners Inc.

Crofton Capital LLC

Darden Brothers LLC

District Equity LLC

Dobbs Management Service LLC

Ellis Co.

EverWatch Financial Inc.

Family Office Exchange LLC

FDX Holdings LLC

Fields Texas Ltd.

Fifth Third Capital

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

Five Crowns Capital LLC

Focus Management Group USA Inc.

Fremont Private Holdings

Frontenac Co.

Gardner Webster Capital Partners LLC

Genesys Partners Inc.

Geneva Glen Capital LLC

Gladstone Investment Corp.

Global Growth Access

Grant Thornton LLP

Gridiron Capital LLC

Harbert Mezzanine Partners LP

Harvest Capital Credit Corp.

Harvest Partners LP

Harvey & Co. LLC

Herrick Feinstein LLP

High Road Capital Partners

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Huron Capital Partners LLC

Janes Capital Partners

Juniper Investment Co. LLC

Khronos LLC

Kingfish Group Inc.

Kirby Capital Advisors LLC

KPMG Corporate Finance LLC

Lincoln International LLC

LLM Capital Partners LLC

M2 Holdings LLC & Dana Holdings LLC

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

Macquarie Corporate & Asset Finance

Marquette Business Credit Inc.

Marquette Capital Partners

MCG Capital Corp.


Medley Capital LLC

MERK Capital Corp.

MIAC Analytics

Nassau Point Investors LLC

Nassau Point Investors LLC

NBGI Private Equity Ltd.

NCA Partners Inc.

New Century Capital Partners

Northcrest Corp.

Orchard App Inc. 

Peninsula Capital Partners LLC

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Pillsman Partners LLC

Pine Street Capital Partners

Plexus Capital LLC

Prairie Capital LP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Resilience Capital Partners LLC

RFE Investment Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners

RocketHub Inc.

Rothstein Kass & Co. PC

SeedInvest LLC

ShoreView Industries LLC

Socius Capital LLC

Sorenson Capital Partners

Statesman Corporate Finance LLC

Stephens Group LLC

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel

Stonehenge Partners Inc.

Strait Lane Capital Partners LLC

TenBroek Investments

Tillery Capital LLC

Topspin Partners LBO LP

Torque Capital Group LLC

Tuckerman Capital LP

Unlimited Horizons Inc.

Valesco Industries Inc.

Waud Capital Partners LLC

Weston Education Group

Woomera Partners

Wynnchurch Capital Ltd.





Why Today's Marketplace Favors
Independent Sponsors


Independent Sponsor Dealmaking
In Partnership With Capital Sources



                                           CHAIRED BY                                       

Max DeZara, Founder & Managing Partner
Akoya Capital Partners, LLC



Pepper Hamilton LLP



Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLC



Jim Appleton, Akoya Capital Partners, LLC

Richard N. Baum, Consumer Growth Partners LLC

William A. Chapman, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Julia D. Corelli, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Hannah Stone Craven, Stone-Goff Partners LLC

Thomas D'Ovidio, ShoreView Industries LLC

Mac Gerlach, Cascade Partners

Grant M. Kornman, NCK Capital LLC

Jason Ment, StepStone Group LP

Dan Negrea, MTN Capital Partners LLC

Thomas E. Parro, MERK Capital Corp.

Richard P. Prestegaard, High Road Capital Partners

R. Peter Reiter Jr., RFE Investment Partners

Seth Rosenfield, Petsky Prunier

Christopher A. Rossi, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Peter E. Rothschild, OFS Management

Christopher S. Sheeren, Huron Capital Partners LLC

Lee Vandermyde, Stone Pointe LLC

Arthur S. Zuckerman, The TriCycle Group
Additional speakers to be announced

Register Now



Thursday, February 5, 2015

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York Athletic Club
Central Park South, New York City




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ToolBox A – “Best Practices Exclusively for Independent Sponsors”

ToolBox B – “Best Practices Exclusively for Capital Sources

For Independent Sponsors”

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

Good news!!


Our tenth annual full-day independent sponsor conference is around the corner -- Thursday, February 5.

As always, it’s preceded the afternoon before by our popular toolbox seminars for sponsors and for investors. And a wine and beer reception for everyone, thanks to our sponsors, Pepper Hamilton and Baker Tilly.


If you’re a veteran independent sponsor -- or new to the game -- come hear how today’s most successful dealmakers are growing their practices.


If you’re a capital source seeking deal partnerships, come learn how to identify sponsors with expertise.


Twenty highly-knowledgeable independent sponsors and capital sources will be on hand, bringing you current perspectives not available anywhere else.


Here Are Three Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Discover techniques independent sponsors use to gain the confidence of sellers and their advisors.
  2. Understand how capital partners are negotiating terms and assigning roles.
  3. Network with your peers and counterparts to hear which strategies and approaches are most in favor.

Click here to receive your best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates.


Register Now to Get Expert Advice from Max DeZara


Chairing the conference is Max DeZara, founder and managing partner of Chicago-based Akoya Capital Partners.


Max has sourced, evaluated, valued, and structured more private equity deals than most other sponsors, independent or funded.  The industries his firm covers include manufacturing, business services, consumer foods, and specialty chemicals.


His “secret sauce” is his system of partnering with industry-leading executives to identify and oversee proprietary investment opportunities for private equity co-sponsorship.


Prior to forming Akoya, Max spent over 20 years in human capital assessment and executive search. He works with Akoya portfolio companies ICM Products, CASS Polymers, Eddy Packing, Law Logix Group, Panhandle, and Edge Adhesive.


Register Now to Gain Insight on the Best Practices That Ensure Success


Attending this encore conference will help you succeed in the independent sponsor marketplace. Our panelists will answer all your important questions such as -- 

  • How can independent sponsors stay in control of their deals all the way to the closing table?
  • What are the trends in the compensation independent sponsors earn for finding and structuring the deal?
  • How can independent sponsors spot proprietary opportunities before funded sponsors and corporate buyers take notice?
  • Who are the best sources of capital to partner with in a transaction?
  • How do independent sponsors orchestrate transactions without broadcasting their efforts?
  • What are the traps and pitfalls facing both independent sponsors and also fund managers looking to transition?
  • What recent compliance issues are affecting the role of independent sponsors in today’s deal world?
  • What are the notable middle-market deals arranged through independent sponsors over the past year?

Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Understand how to assess the value of the domain expertise and personal knowledge you bring to a deal.
  2. Find out how to build a strong deal flow network.
  3. Learn how to approach additional potential partners such as private equity groups, family offices, SBICs, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds.


We also encourage you to Register Now to attend one of our optional “ToolBox” workshops, running concurrently on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4.

•    The “A” session is exclusively for newer independent sponsors, and for people considering becoming independent sponsors, offering an ideal grounding in this area.

•    The “B” session is exclusively for the backers of independent sponsors, and covers the issues that specially apply to these investors, lenders, and bankers.




Register Now to Make Valuable Contacts through Our Networking Opportunities


This Capital Roundtable conference is an ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners & clients

Register Now to Join Colleagues & Receive Your Best Rate


Benefit from a generous savings of $400 off our regular price by making your reservations for this conference before December 12, 2014.


Click Below to Learn More


 Who Are "Independent Sponsors?"


These are the thousands of private equity dealmakers who buy and build smaller middle-market companies on a deal-by-deal basis, without access to a pool of committed limited partner capital. Instead, after they orchestrate each deal, they invite other investors and lenders to pitch in. Formerly known as “fundless” or “unfunded” sponsors, these independent professionals get rewarded chiefly by sourcing attractive deals and then rolling up their sleeves and helping management teams enhance the value of the companies they buy.

Who Should Attend 


Designed to meet the needs of independent (fka “fundless”) PE deal sponsors, the middle-market capital sources, lenders & bankers who back them, and the lawyers, accountants and consultants who advise them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, February 5.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. 




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email




Have a Question?


Please contact Joanna Russell or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference held at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South at Seventh Avenue in midtown New York City is all-business, all-targeted, all designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about best practices for independent sponsors and their capital sources.


You’ll gain valuable insights from -- 

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two provocative keynote presentations
  • Two conversations among industry leaders of the independent sponsor community
  • War stories and lessons learned from seasoned independent sponsors and their capital sources
  • Intelligence from specialized experts including consultants, advisors, and company executives

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Chaired By

  • Max DeZara, Founder & Managing Partner, Akoya Capital Partners, LLC

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Jim Appleton, Managing Partner, Akoya Capital Partners, LLC
  • Richard N. Baum, Managing Partner, Consumer Growth Partners LLC
  • William A. Chapman, Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

  • Julia D. Corelli, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Hannah Stone Craven, Managing Partner, Stone-Goff Partners LLC
  • Thomas D'Ovidio, Partner, ShoreView Industries LLC
  • Mac Gerlach, Managing Director, Cascade Partners

  • Grant M. Kornman, Managing Partner, NCK Capital LLC
  • Jason Ment, Partner, General Counsel, & CCO, StepStone Group LP
  • Dan Negrea, Managing Partner, MTN Capital Partners LLC
  • Thomas E. Parro, Senior Managing Director, MERK Capital Corp.
  • Richard P. Prestegaard, Dir.--Business Development, High Road Capital Partners
  • R. Peter Reiter Jr., Managing Director, RFE Investment Partners
  • Seth Rosenfield, Managing Director, Petsky Prunier
  • Christopher A. Rossi, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Peter E. Rothschild, Managing Director, OFS Management

  • Christopher S. Sheeren, Partner, Huron Capital Partners LLC
  • Lee Vandermyde, Founding Partner, Stone Pointe LLC
  • Arthur S. Zuckerman, Chief Executive Officer, The TriCycle Group
  • Additional speakers to be announced

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EVENING OF FIRST DAY -- Wednesday, February 4
05:00-07:00 Wine & Cheese Networking Reception -- For all conference attendees
MAIN DAY -- Thursday, February 5
07:30-08:15 Networking & Registration & Breakfast
08:15-09:00 Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions

Chairman's Keynote -- Reflections of an Independent Sponsor -- Ten Lessons Learned in Ten Years

  • Max DeZara, Akoya Capital Partners, LLC

Panel 1 -- Viewpoints from Several Private Equity & Mezzanine & Family Office Investors-- Why We Like Co-Investing with Independent Sponsors

10:45-11:30 Networking & Coffee

Morning Keynote/Conversation -- Reflections of An Independent Sponsor: Ten Lessons Learned In Ten Years

  • Richard N. Baum, Consumer Growth Partners LLC

Networking & Luncheon


Panel 2 -- Effective Deal Sourcing -- Unique Considerations for Independent Sponsors

02:15-02:30 Networking & Dessert

Afternoon Conversation -- Compliance & Legal Considerations for Independent Sponsors & Their Investors


Panel 3 -- Capital Raising -- Seasoned Independent Sponsors Share Success Stories                          

04:15 Networking & Adjournment
4:30-5:30 Post-Conference Farewell Reception




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Space at this conference in strictly limited. Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Joanna Russell today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


  • Best Rate -- Early Bird Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1395 when you register by Friday, December 12. Just $995.


  • Premiere Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, January 2, and the fee for the conference is $1195.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,395 increasing to $1,495 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- Take an additional $100 off when two or more people attend from the same company.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: The Capital Roundtable, 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Joanna Russell or 212-832-7300 ext 0.

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New York Athletic Club

180 Central Park South

New York City

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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Conference Partnerships

We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.101, or by email at

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