‘Must-Go’ 2011 Buyouts Events Offer Education, Networking

With the new year, so also a new calendar and new needs to fill in those blanks and put some structure to your year.

Here are some must-attend buyouts events in the months ahead where the cool kids will be hanging out.

To begin with, there are our own Buyouts conferences, sponsored by our sister publication Buyouts Magazine. We are returning to New York this year, with a two-day event to be held on April 26-27 at the Plaza Hotel—nothing but the best for our readers. We also are putting on Buyouts Chicago on June 30 and a two-day Buyouts Texas on Nov. 16 and 17 in Dallas.

The competition also stages conferences. The Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Outlook conference is Jan. 25 and 26 in New York. Those guys also sponsor a fall conference; this year’s is not yet posted on their Web site, but it’s usually held in late September in New York City.

A number of Ivy League schools have PE conferences coming up soon. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is holding its on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia; Columbia University has one scheduled Feb. 25 in New York; and Harvard University has one coming up Feb. 26 in Boston. Yale University does one in the fall. No word yet on its Web site about the 2011 conference; last year’s was in mid-November in Stamford, Conn.

The Association for Corporate Growth also puts on a number of high-profile events. Maybe the biggest one is InterGrowth, to be held March 21-23 in San Diego. The New York chapter also puts on an annual “Capital Connection” wine-tasting event; while not an educational conference per se, it is a monster cocktail party and an excellent venue for networking. This year’s wine-tasting is not yet on the chapter’s calendar (although a little bird says it is tentatively set for Nov. 3); last year’s was held in early November.

As for educational conferences, the Capital Roundtable also does tons of highly targeted, one-day events. Upcoming “master classes” will focus on investing in the automotive aftermarket, regional and community banks and restaurant companies; fund-raising from family offices and by starting a small business investment company; best practices in portfolio-company management; and so on. Most if not all are held in the Big Apple.

Super Return, which bills itself as the world’s largest event for buyouts and venture capital, will be holding its 14th annual international conference Feb. 28 to March 3 in Berlin. The event organizer, the ICBI division of Informa Plc, also sponsors a series of regional conferences around the world. Its U.S. conference is slated for June 6 to 9 in Boston.

The Women’s Private Equity Summit, coming up March 3-4 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., calls itself “unique in its commitment to helping women build networks and to promoting the advancement of women in private equity, venture capital, and alternative investing in general.” Conference producer Falk Marques Group LLC also is planning its annual women’s alternative investment summit in New York in the fall, with a broader agenda encompassing real estate and hedge funds in addition to buyouts and venture capital.

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, which promotes (naturally enough) emerging markets, is holding its 13th annual Global Private Equity Conference May 10-11 in Washington, D.C., in association with the International Finance Corp., an affiliate of the World Bank.