Distinguished Speaker Series: T. Bondurant French, CFA

Update on the Private Equity Industry
Hosted by: Distinguished Speaker Series Advisory Group

Bon French, CFA, chairman of Adams Street Partners, is joining us for our October Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon and webcast! French, who has been with Adams Street for 41 years, will provide an update on the private equity industry. He will also address the tremendous growth in the private equity/private credit asset class as well as the opportunities and challenges therein. This will include thoughts on the continued democratization of the private markets arena, the growth in interest in ESG investing, and what the private equity industry is doing to further diversity, equity and inclusion. 
Adams Street is a global private markets firm with $46 billion under management and has five practice areas within private markets: primary investments in private equity and venture capital partnerships, secondary investments in funds and companies, co-investments in private equity-backed companies, growth equity investments in emerging companies, and private credit lending to private equity backed companies.

In-person Luncheon:
Members - $45 or FREE with function ticket 
Student Members - $20
Nonmembers - $65

Members - $20 or FREE with function ticket 
Student Members - $10
Nonmembers - $40

(member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 1 credit hour

Attire: Business Casual

Menu: Chef’s Choice (vegetarian option available upon request)

Registration: Online
Online registration closes at 5:00 PM on October 4th. Please note distribution of presentation slides is at the discretion of the speaker and may not be available for this event.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration & Networking
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Program

*Please note distribution of presentation slides is at the discretion of the speaker and may not be available for this event.

Important Notice: The health and safety of staff and attendees are the Society’s priorities. The Society will be following all recommended local government guidelines and venue policies. As such locations are subject to change based on this information. Please make sure to review the City of Chicago's Latest Guidance prior to the event to get the most updated list of COVID guidelines. Effective August 20, 2021, masks are required in all indoor public settings. Masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating/drinking. We look forward to meeting in person!
The Chicago Club: Members, guests, and employees will be required to wear a face covering in order to enter the Club. Face coverings are also required while transiting through the common areas of the Club. For those dining or socializing on the Terrace, face coverings may be removed upon reaching the Terrace. Face coverings may be removed indoors when individuals are actively eating and drinking. However, face coverings must be worn when individuals are approached and served by staff.  

Speaker Bio:

Bon French, CFA, is the chairman of the Board of Directors and has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980. He was instrumental in the development of Adams Street’s private equity investment strategies, fund management, and investor relations. French is sought out by private equity firms, consultants, and investors for advice and recommendations on a variety of private equity topics.

French has been a guest lecturer to business schools, Wall Street firms, private equity conferences and industry trade associations about various investment topics and strategies. He was a member of the CFA Institute Committee (formerly AIMR – the Association for Investment Management and Research), which made recommendations concerning standards for reporting performance in private equity. French was also a contributor to the ICFA’s first book on the subject of private market investments, Investing in Venture Capital (1988). 

French sits on the advisory boards of New Enterprise Associates and Madison Dearborn Partners. French is chairman of the Adams Street Partners Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council. French is a member of CFA Institute, CFA Society Chicago’s Leadership Council, the Economic Club of Chicago, and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art. French is also a former director of the National Venture Capital Association, and former chairman of the Board of the Chicago History Museum, where he remains as a Trustee. French received his BA and MBA from Northwestern University.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:

Regular, Candidate, and Affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for Non-member or Student-Member. Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations except for reservations using Function Tickets. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 PM, September 30, 2021. 

Passport Program:

Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Society Chicago member rate. Please Use code PPORTLIVE for in person events and PPORTWEB for webcasts for member pricing. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the Society member rate.

CFA Institute CE Qualified Activity:

This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the
CFA Institute Professional Development Program.
10/5/2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Chicago Club 81 E. Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60605 UNITED STATES

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