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Event Schedule

Infrastructure and Real Assets

The conference’s Infrastructure and Real Assets Track is coordinated by GCM’s Infrastructure Investments Team. This track typically focuses on strategies in infrastructure, conventional and renewable power generation, oil and gas exploration and production, oil and gas midstream, oil and gas oilfield services, agriculture, timber, mining, and metals.

This year’s track highlights the current infrastructure market, debates transaction sizes, provides feedback from LPs on fundraising, and explores the role of labor in today’s energy, infrastructure and renewables (EIR) investment market.


Women’s Networking Tea

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Gold Room

Presenter: Jill Zucker, Partner, McKinsey & Company

LP Only Session

3:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.
Terzo Piano Restaurant – Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing

Emerging Manager Guidebook
This session explores the breadth and depth of the emerging manager landscape across four alternative asset types: private equity, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure. Using data derived from multiple sources, including meetings with many thousands of fund managers over the past decade, the presentation addresses topics such as how many emerging funds exist, what strategies they pursue, where they come from, and how they are (or not) raising capital. To provide context to the data, we give an overview of the broader alternatives universe and how emerging managers fit, including with respect to institutional investor allocation trends. Finally, the presentation reviews the universe of emerging manager capital and programs, and explores potential trends for the future.

Presenter: Peter Braffman, Managing Director, GCM Grosvenor

LP Only Dinner – Invite Only

5:00 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.
Terzo Piano Restaurant – Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing

General Reception

6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing


Breakfast & GCM Grosvenor Conference Kick-Off

7:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Imperial Ballroom

Panel I

8:05 A.M. – 8:50 A.M.
State Room

Too Big to Fail? Infrastructure Discussion: Can a Big Deal Be Too Big?
Against the backdrop of a recently announced $40 billion infrastructure fund, LPs and GPs will discuss the pros and cons, as well as issues to consider, with respect to increasing transaction sizes in the real asset market. Alongside the moderator, the audience will be invited to pose questions during the discussion.

Moderator: Michael Rose, Director/Partner, GCM Grosvenor
Speakers: Carolyn Pearce, Director, Infracapital; Matthew Fedors, Director, John Hancock; Andrew Marino, Managing Director, Carlyle; Julio Garcia, Head of Infrastructure, North America, IFM Investors


8:50 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Panel II

9:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
State Room

Labor Day: The Important Role of Organized Labor in Infrastructure Investing
Vikram Bhaskar, a member of GCM Grosvenor’s Private Markets Investment Committee and Head of Infrastructure Investments, and a guest speaker discuss the role of labor in the context of infrastructure and real assets. Focusing on organized labor’s objectives and potential contributions, they also explore the importance (and challenges) of impact investing / ESG considerations in generating compelling investment returns.

Fireside Chat: Vikram Bhaskar, Managing Director, GCM Grosvenor and Tim Barron, Chief Investment Officer, Segal Marco Advisors


9:45 A.M. – 10:10 A.M.

Panel III

10:10 A.M. – 10:55 A.M.
State Room

You Can Get There from Here: Fundraising Techniques
LP Panelists explore current trends in GP fundraising, focusing on the myriad of tools that emerging managers may use to differentiate themselves during the process. Panelists discuss the efficacy of preferred economics, co-investments, seed deals and other tactics, with the objective of giving emerging managers a roadmap to help navigate the sometimes difficult path to a successful fundraise.

Moderator: Ravi Parekh, Director, GCM Grosvenor
Speakers: Eric Lang, Senior Managing Director, Teacher Retirement System of Texas; Rakesh Saraf, Head of Private Investments, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board; Reynold Martin, Managing Principal, Allstate Insurance Company


10:55 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Panel IV

11:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
State Room

What’s Hot and What’s Not: Evolving Themes in Today’s Infrastructure Market
LP panelists discuss relevant issues in the infrastructure market and identify how GPs can adapt to current themes in their efforts to raise and deploy capital and generate attractive returns. Among the topics: fundraising; the expanding definition of “infrastructure;” US and European markets; open-ended versus closed-ended fund strategies; and exit markets.

Moderator: Akhil Unni, Director/Partner, GCM Grosvenor
Speakers: James McMillan, Senior Vice President, Courtland Partners, Ltd.; Howard Stern, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Life; Tara Davies, Managing Director and Head of European Infrastructure, KKR; Marc Ganzi, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC


12:00 P.M. – 12:20 P.M.

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

12:20 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Imperial Ballroom

Closing Networking Reception

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
International Ballroom Foyer

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