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biznotes-reiman-finance-forumThe Reiman School of Finance hosted its biannual Finance Forum earlier this month, offering up three different perspectives on private equity. More than 80 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members attended the spring forum.

Speakers included Charlie Gwirtsman, cofounder and managing director of KRG Capital Partners, John Zimmerman, senior advisor to Oak Hill Capital Partners, and Dale Martin, director of illiquid alternatives at Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado.

Despite a global economic slowdown, increased volatility in the markets and high competition that drove investment multiples to new highs, 2015 saw strong performance for private equity firms—the best environment for fundraising since before the Great Recession. The leaders spoke about their viewpoints on private equity in 2016, specifically responding to the 2016 Global Private Equity Report published by Bain & Company.

Adam Loveland (MBA 2009) is a vice president at Citywide Banks who has attended several Finance Forums since graduating from Daniels. “These speakers definitely brought very different perspectives to the topic, and they used real transactions as examples, which gave their insight a lot more context and flavor,” says Loveland.

For students, the Finance Forum is more than just educational—it’s an opportunity to network with professionals in their field of interest. Math major (finance concentration) Emily Brandorff, who graduates in June, was a first-time attendee, and found the program to exceed expectations. “I really enjoyed talking with Dale Martin after the event and learning more about his insights as an LP who invests in private equity,” says Brandorff, who will start with Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake City office as an analyst in July 2016. “Daniels really provides a lot of opportunities like this to connect with great people. I’ve found that many professionals are more than willing to meet for coffee or continue the relationship.”

The fall Finance Forum is scheduled for November 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Joy Burns Center. Learn more»