February 7, 2020 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference 2020
  • FREE: Baker Tilly Webinar: Impact to Private Equity and Venture Capital Financial Reporting; The New AICPA Practice Aid
  • Help for Children: 7th Annual HFC Chicago Trivia Night
  • Rossdale Webinar: Mastering Bitcoin, Blockchain, & Digital Currency Law CLE
  • FinTank: Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, The #1 Decentralized Exchange on Ethereum
  • CFA Society Chicago and CAIA Association: ALTSCHI2020


Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Kellogg School of Management, 2211 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL

Interested in learning about the latest trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital?

The Kellogg Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference is a fantastic venue for students, alumni and the broader private investment community to come together and discuss key opportunities and challenges in our evolving industry.

Learn from timely, informative panels, hear from leaders and experts, and connect with other professionals and students interested in PE and VC. Panel topics include The Value of Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Firm, The Future of Private Equity Firm Models and The Mighty Middle versus The Coasts: Beyond Traditional Venture Ecosystems.

For more information, click here.

FREE: Baker Tilly Webinar: Impact to Private Equity and Venture Capital Financial Reporting; The New AICPA Practice Aid
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00- 1:00 P.M.

By its nature, a valuation is highly complex and subjective. This is particularly true when it comes to the valuation of companies with complex capital structures, which are common among portfolio companies held by private equity and venture capital funds.

In an effort to improve the quality, consistency and reliability of valuations, the AICPA has developed a Practice Aid on the valuation of portfolio companies. The Practice Aid provides guidance for preparers of financial statements, auditors and valuation specialists. It is a key resource for best practices for the valuation of investment interests for financial reporting purposes in connection with ASC 946, Financial Services – Investment Companies in the application of ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement.

Join Baker Tilly’s valuation specialists to learn more about the Practice Aid. We will discuss key insights of the Practice Aid and provide practical analysis as to the impact it is intended to have on the preparation of valuation analyses in the fund industry and beyond.

To register, click here.

Help for Children: 7th Annual HFC Chicago Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Registration 6:00 P.M., Tournament 6:30 P.M.
Bar Louie, Printers Row, 47 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL

Help For Children (“HFC”) and the Alternative Investment Industry have together been fighting child abuse since 1998.  As a global foundation, HFC is committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and since its inception has invested more than $53 million (USD) in the most effective advocacy, research, education and counseling programs that protect and heal innocent children.  Over those two decades, HFC has transformed the lives of more than 1.1 million children across 12 cities in six countries, making the world a safer place for children. 

HFC provides desperately needed private funding and expert consultation to select social organizations to achieve measurable results. Following a rigorous application and approval process by our Grants Committees, HFC academic and social welfare experts from renowned universities and institutions provide consultation throughout the grant year to each organization HFC funds. Grantees benefit from ongoing information sharing on best practices, consultation on program design and emphasis on evidence-based evaluation tools to guarantee life-changing results. In all our grant making, HFC tracks outcomes and illustrates the broader social impact of our grants.

For more information, contact Lynn Fisher (lfisher@hfc.com).

Rossdale Webinar: Mastering Bitcoin, Blockchain, & Digital Currency Law CLE
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:00 AM.-12:30 P.M.

The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues. The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency. The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject. This comprehensive program on virtual currency law will introduce you to the most relevant issues and practical solutions, including Blockchain, distributed ledger, the growth of cryptocurrencies, role of digital currencies in financial transactions, “Smart Contracts,” compliance and avoidance strategies, and virtual currency transmissions. The faculty will also cover the changes and progress on the latest legal developments and future regulations. Registration includes online access to course and reference materials that serve as a helpful guide to the numerous topics and techniques discussed in the program.

The speakers will include: Nicole M. Kalajian of Stradley Ronon; Bryan C. Skarlatos of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP and Samuel G. Kramer of Baker & McKenzie.

For more information, click here.

FinTank: Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, The #1 Decentralized Exchange on Ethereum
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
IIT Chicago-Kent/Stuart, 565 West Adams St., Chicago, IL

Please join FinTank to learn more about DEX- decentralized exchanges which allow peer-to-peer trading of cryptocurrencies. Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, the #1 DEX on the Ethereum network will speak.

IDEX uses a unique hybrid design which provides a centralized exchange with decentralized fund custody. Attendees will hear Alex’s entrepreneurial journey story and gain a deeper understanding of blockchain-based exchanges.

FinTank blockchain meet-ups always offer lively conversations between attendees and are an easy way to build your network with Chicago’s blockchain community. For more information, click here.

CFA Society Chicago and CAIA Association: ALTSCHI2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Venue: TBD

ALTSCHI is the flagship event for the Midwest alternative investment community and is an educational hotspot for those seeking the very latest in alternative investment news and developments. It has become a hub for industry leaders from all over the region.

Why Participate:

Network with over 700 decision makers from public pensions, endowments, foundations, family offices, hedge funds, RIAs, venture capital, investment consultants, private equity and real estate

  • Meet with hundreds of allocators, managers and advisors
  • 40+ speakers on topics facing the alternatives indus 

Contact us if you are interested in speaking or learning about other ways to get involved.

For more information, click here.


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