Milbank hosted a breakfast program on June 18 at its Hudson Yards office featuring four successful diverse and women alternative investment fund managers sharing their respective investment strategies, track records, market outlook, and emerging trends with a full audience of institutional fund investors. The program was sponsored by SEO Alternative Investments and Colonial Consulting as a part of the SEO Breakfast Connections series, through which the two organizations invite emerging managers across asset classes to present to members of SEO’s Limited Partner Advisory Council as well as Colonial’s institutional investor clients.
The program began with welcoming remarks by Milbank Leveraged Finance partner Jerome McCluskey, and was followed by a series of fireside chats led by the fund managers, each ending with an informative Q&A. Speakers included Catherine Faddis and Jane Li from Grace Capital, Samir Shah from MBS Mantra, Ray Whiteman from Stellex Capital and Sutian Dong from Female Founders Fund, who noted, “Diversity in companies lends itself to better outcomes in both private and public markets.”
Through its Alternative Investments Fellowship Program (AIFP), SEO works closely with leading alternative investment firms to educate, develop and provide access for first- and second-year investment banking analysts from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds with a strong interest in private equity careers.