Chicago Private Debt Summit: Multiple Panels and Midwest Chapter Meeting (IN PERSON)

February 16 2023, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, 161 North Clark Street, Suite 4300, Chicago, Illinois



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Dan Lee
Comvest Credit Partners
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Eric Prezant
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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Kevin Grossman
Decathlon Capital Partners
Vice President


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Alex Mazer
Big Shoulders Capital
Partner and EVP
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Alisa Rusanoff
Crescendo Asset Management LLC
Head of Credit / Trade Finance
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Karina Davydov
Greystone I Monticello
SVP ABL, Healthcare Originations
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Marilyn Adler
Mizzen Capital
Founder & Managing Partner
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Max Perdue
Caprice Capital Partners
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Rick Kaufmann
Aequum Capital
Chief Risk Officer
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Rob Meyers
Republic Business Credit
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Ryan Rassin
Managing Director
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Thomas Affolter
Garrington Capital
Managing Director
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Tom Lesch
Livingstone Partners
Partner, Debt Advisory
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William Bence
Wingspire Capital
Managing Director


February 16th
2:00 PM Registration/Check-In
2:30 PM Panel 1: Volatility and Shifting Market Conditions in Direct Lending
3:30 PM Panel 2: Impacts of Inflation Concurrent with Falling Asset Values
4:30 PM Panel 3: Grabbing the Tiger by its Tail - How Uncertainty and Market Volatility Creates Opportunities to Deploy Private Debt in Distressed Deals
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception/Networking
7:00 PM End


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Opus Connect is looking forward to welcoming you to our first quarterly Midwest Chapter Meeting and Part II of our Debt Summit featuring three consecutive afternoon panels followed by an evening cocktail reception. These panels will feature industry leading private lenders and other M&A professionals, and will focus on current trends impacting the lending landscape. This exclusive IN PERSON event and will be hosted in Chicago at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

**Registration includes attendance to afternoon panels & reception only.

Panel Topics:

  1. Volatility and Shifting Market Conditions in Direct Lending
  2. Impacts of Inflation Concurrent with Falling Asset Values
  3. Grabbing the Tiger by its Tail - How Uncertainty and Market Volatility Creates Opportunities to Deploy Private Debt in Distressed Deals


Panel 1: Volatility and Shifting Market Conditions in Direct Lending
There’s been a significant reduction in activity across direct lending platforms. What’s causing this reduced appetite and what would bring those platforms back to historical levels of interest in the sector? How has private credit held up across different segments? Which sectors are slowing down, which are roaring ahead? How has turbulence in lending markets impacted M&A activity? What risks could impact recoveries in the next downturn in the direct lending space? Join our panel of experienced private lenders as we explore these questions and many more while sharing their 2023 outlook/advice with the crowd.

Moderator: Dan Lee, Partner at Comvest Credit Partners

Tom Lesch, Partner, Debt Advisory at Livingstone Partners
Alisa Rusanoff, Head of Credit / Trade Finance at Crescendo Asset Management LLC
Karina Davydov, SVP ABL, Healthcare Originations at Greystone I Monticello
Max Perdue, Partner at Caprice Capital Partners

Panel 2: Impacts of Inflation Concurrent with Falling Asset Values
Inflation, by definition, signals the increase in the cost of assets. However, many assets and asset classes decline due to the same market conditions. Our present heated conditions create a market not seen for 50 years. For lenders and investors, determining asset values may seem like “catching a falling knife”. Please, join a discussion on the impacts on current and future investments and practices your peers use to address these issues.

Moderator: Kevin Grossman, Vice President at Decathlon Capital Partners

William Bence, Managing Director at Wingspire Capital
Marilyn Adler, Founder & Managing Partner at Mizzen Capital
Thomas Affolter, Managing Director at Garrington Capital

Panel 3: Grabbing the Tiger by its Tail - How Uncertainty and Market Volatility Creates Opportunities to Deploy Private Debt in Distressed Deals
Traditional bank lending is expected to soften dramatically in the coming year due to changing market conditions. This will create a gap in the lending market that may be filled by private debt players. The strategic deployment of private debt capital can be a lifeline for businesses that are struggling against the headwinds of a turbulent economy. This panel will discuss various structures and opportunities to meet the changing market needs, and some pitfalls and risks that will need to be managed when lending into distressed business situations.

Moderator: Eric Prezant, Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Rick Kaufmann, Chief Risk Officer at Aequum Capital
Alex Mazer, Partner & EVP at Big Shoulders Capital
Rob Meyers, President at Republic Business Credit
Ryan Rassin, Managing Director at Chartwell Financial Advisory

Pricing (includes attendance to all three panels and cocktail reception only)

  • Members: complimentary 
  • Non-Members (on or before Jan 4th): $295
  • Non-Members (after Jan 4th): $395

By Invitation Only

Opus Connect is a membership-based organization.
If you have any queries, please contact 
*Opus Connect adheres to a strict no cancellations, no refunds, no application of registration fees to future events policy.  
Qualified substitutions are accepted. To send a substitute, please notify 
**Opus Connect reserves the right to refuse entry to prospective attendees

Thursday, February 16th
2:00 PM CST

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4300
Chicago, Illinois

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