Silicon Alley: Is calling New York City 'The Next Big Thing' premature? New York venture capitalists will discuss the competitive advantages of being located in New York and how they have strategically positioned themselves to win deals while competing with longstanding West Coast VC firms.
A shortage in quality assets combined with increased competition has led to valuations hitting decade highs over the first half of 2013. As the fundraising climate continues to improve, there will be a growing pool of capital chasing fewer quality opportunities. Private equity investors will discuss the techniques and strategies they are utilizing to maintain and grow returns in an increasingly competitive environment.
Investors from different global regions will discuss how access to capital as well as economic fundamentals in their respective markets impact their investment rationale.
How is the New Order of GPs Disrupting the Industry? As entrepreneurship takes center stage, the venture investment community leverages operational experience to strategically position themselves to create value in early-stage high growth start-ups. Direct management insight and a network of technologically minded human capital becomes increasingly paramount for successful entrepreneurs, making this new wave of VCs much more than just a financial resource.
Over the past three years there has been a paradigm shift in which venture capital financing has moved away from consumer technology and into enterprise technology. Venture capitalists will discuss significant trends in each category, the importance of focus, and which group will generate the superior returns.
The real estate market has continued to recover in the US and abroad, and as a result, we have seen new segments of the industry gaining strength. Demand for infrastructure investment has continued as well, however, financing for such investments is often more complex, involving both public and private financing. Real Estate investors will focus on which segments of the market they see having sustainable growth in the future, and Infrastructure investors will focus on the impact of infrastructure development on real estate values.
In today's markets, are private equity investors driving value through financial engineering or operational strategy? Portfolio CEOs and private equity investors will discuss how they develop their strategies in large-scale buyouts.
Growth equity incorporates many of the best elements of private equity and venture capital. Low capital loss ratios and attractive returns have led to an increase in LP interest, as well as an increase in competition. As venture capital firms, traditional buyout funds, and other investor groups look to growth equity, the ability for established players to effectively source attractive investments and differentiate from new entrants will be paramount.
In recent years, the impact of the global recession has seriously affected businesses across all sectors. Distressed investors will discuss how they are able to create value from businesses that face economic headwinds. Restructuring professionals will discuss specific transactions which have led to successful results.