Private Equity Dinner
Ben Jenkins is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Digital Bridge. In addition to overseeing Digital Bridge’s growth and shaping its strategy, Mr. Jenkins is a Managing Partner and an Investment Committee Member at Digital Colony.
Previously, he was a Senior Managing Director and head of the Hong Kong office for The Blackstone Group. During his twelve years at Blackstone, Mr. Jenkins led over a dozen private equity investments across a range of industries and geographies, including telecommunications deals in developed and emerging markets. He was also named one of Private Equity International's "Top Dealmakers under 40".
In 2005, Mr. Jenkins led the Global Tower Partners (GTP) transaction for The Blackstone Group and as the Chairman of GTP spearheaded a more than quintupling of the business in just three years. In this role, he also pioneered the REIT structure and securitization financing for private tower companies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Jenkins was an associate at Saunders, Karp and Megrue (now Apax) and a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Stanford University and graduated with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Jenkins is a Board Member of Mexico Tower Partners, Vertical Bridge, and Digita Oy.
Drew J. Guff is a Managing Director and Founding Partner of Siguler Guff. Together with George Siguler, he is responsible for directing the Firm's private equity investment strategy. As Chair of Siguler Guff’s Executive Committee, Mr. Guff leads strategic decision-making related to existing funds, new product initiatives, the Firm’s management and significant internal matters. He is a member of the Investment Committees for all of Siguler Guff’s multi-manager funds, direct investment funds and separate accounts.
Mr. Guff has over 35 years of private equity experience. In addition to his oversight of the Firm, he leads Siguler Guff’s emerging markets investment strategy and the direct investment activities of Russia Partners, an affiliate of Siguler Guff that manages more than $1 billion of private equity investments. Together with George Siguler in 1995, he acquired the Private Equity Group of PaineWebber to form Siguler Guff.
Prior to founding Siguler Guff, Mr. Guff worked in PaineWebber’s M&A and Merchant Banking Groups from 1985 to 1995, including four years as assistant to the President of PaineWebber.
Mr. Guff is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Investment Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the 20-20 Investment Association, an investment group of pension and sovereign wealth funds dedicated to investment in the emerging markets. Mr. Guff is an International Council Member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He sits on the board of directors for a number of portfolio companies and previously served on the board of directors of EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE: EPAM). Mr. Guff is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for corporate citizenship in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of U.S.-Russia relations. He is a key representative for the private equity industry and is a frequent speaker at global industry conferences and investment forums. For 30 years, Mr. Guff has been a trustee of the Phillips Academy Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, a national program that prepares historically underserved and underrepresented U.S. college students for careers in teaching and academic administration.
Mr. Guff holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
Kenneth Turchin, CPA, joined SS&C Technologies in May 2007 and has over 20+ years experience in alternative investments and fund administration services. He currently serves as Vice President – Alternative Investment Products.
Prior, Mr. Turchin was a manager with KPMG LLP. He specialized in providing assurance and business advisory services to mutual funds, domestic and offshore hedge funds, commodity pools, private equity funds, venture capital funds, funds-of-funds, and the advisors that manage these vehicles
Mr. Turchin received his B.S. in accounting from Long Island University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and New Jersey.
Wherever major investment funds are putting money to work — whether the arena is public or private, equity or debt, mezzanine or hedge fund — Steven Siesser plays a prominent role. As co-chair of the firm's Transactions & Advisory Group, Steven actively represents investors, target companies, and intermediaries, such as investment banks and high-net-worth individuals, in all manner of sophisticated transactions. He often serves officially as their outside general counsel and unofficially as their trusted business and legal advisor, providing them with much-needed perspective on the universe of challenges they face.
Steven's clients know that he is totally focused on their interests. He is very much a hands-on, "working partner" who gets deeply involved in the details of the deals he arranges. Not content simply to point out problems, he finds ways to fix them — to get the deal done without getting bogged down in what he calls "lawyer minutiae." He is available anytime, not just to answer his clients' questions but also to answer what "they're not asking, but should be." He always refers to them as "we" and "us," which sums up, in a way, his role as a key member of their inner circle.
Steven is also known as a consummate networker. Interacting with clients, colleagues, and his many investor and business contacts, his expressed purpose is to "put people together to achieve great outcomes" — which happens with impressive regularity.
Jonathan is a Managing Director with Valuation Research Corporation (VRC), an independent firm that has been providing valuations to public companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies for more than 40 years. The Firm’s services include financial opinions with respect to valuation, solvency, capital adequacy and fairness in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, financings, and financial and tax reporting matters.
Prior to joining Valuation Research, Jonathan was a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal for 10 years, and was with KPMG prior to that. Most recently, Jonathan Founded Adelson Strategies, a business development and strategy firm and also co-founded Trio Media Ventures, an animation studio with responsibility for global strategy and business development.
Jonathan earned his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law, his JD from New England School of Law, and his BA from Ithaca College where he served on the Alumni Board of Directors for several terms.
Jacob is Analyst in the Research and Investments team. Prior to Altamar, he was an M&A analyst at Royal Bank of Canada in London focused on the industrials sector. Before that, he worked as an M&A Analyst for Stephens (London) for a year and at LionTree Advisors (London) for a full time internship.
Jacob completed a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering at the university of Imperial College of London.
This event starts on Thursday February 6th at 6:00 PM.
Join YJP for an inspirational evening with:
Ben Jenkins, Co-Founder and Chairman of Digital Bridge
Drew Guff, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Siguler Guff
Dinner: 6:00 PM || Panel: 7:00 PM.
This event is complimentary for:
Professional level members in the finance division.
Young Leadership members and above levels.
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