Dear Friends of the Campus for Finance – WHU Private Equity Conference 2019,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you at the Campus for Finance - WHU Private Equity Conference 2019. The WHU community is delighted to welcome so many distinguished speakers and international participants.
The past four decades have witnessed a tremendous growth in the private equity industry. The growth in private equity funds has outperformed almost any other asset class. Much of this growth reflects investors' growing appreciation of the effectiveness of the organizational structures and control mechanisms employed by private equity funds.
The more recent past reflects similar developments, with high investment, strong exit markets, attractive returns and hot fund-raising activity, with an unprecedented $3 trillion raised over the past five years. At the same time, we observe a substantial drop in deal count since 2014. Such developments may be indicative of a maturing industry. Indeed, banks are reconfiguring their operations to serve such a transaction-heavy clientele and limited partners are playing a more active role – developments that may suggest a reconfiguration of the private equity ecosystem.
The topic of this year’s conference, “Higher Volumes, Fewer Transactions – How to Stand out from the Crowd in a Saturating Market?” addresses these themes. The conference brings together leaders from private equity and venture capital companies to learn how they pick winners, add value and deliver returns, an effort that has become more difficult in the recent years.
The speakers in the programme are uniquely placed to debate and highlight the key themes, trends and current practices for the audience. Especially interesting will be to learn the priorities and developments from several local and international PE investors, companies and other influencers.
All members and friends of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management are proud that the WHU Private Equity Conference has established itself as an internationally respected platform for exchanging ideas on key issues around the private equity industry. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of a small group of student organizers. They have put a large amount of time and energy to organize the Campus for Finance – WHU New Year’s Conference. At the same time, this effort is a demonstration of their entrepreneurial spirit and their commitment to excellence – key elements of the WHU’s DNA. I cannot thank them enough for this achievement.
We look forward to two days of inspiring talks, lively panel discussions, enlightening break-out sessions, and networking possibilities. I wish all participants a wonderful and stimulating time at the Campus for Finance – WHU Private Equity Conference 2019.
Prof. Dr. Burcin Yurtoglu
Chair of Corporate Finance
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Campus for Finance conferences are entirely organized by students of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The organizing student team of each conference invests huge amounts of their time to create this unique and wonderful experience at our conferences.
The WHU Private Equity Conference brings together students, academics, corporate representatives and politicians to create a unique platform for discussing current topics in the private equity sector.
The Campus for Finance e.V. was founded 2004 by current and former members of the student teams and Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf. As one of many student associations at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, the CFF e.V. provides the organizational structure for the whole CFF family and is the legal organizer of the CFF conference series together with the WHU.
The aim is to assist the student teams organizing the different CFF conferences and to foster the knowledge exchange between the student teams themselves and with the CFF alumni.
Members of the association are the current teams, the former student organizers and people who supported the Campus for Finance in an extraordinary manner.
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is an internationally oriented and privately financed business school based in Vallendar and Düsseldorf. Founded in 1984 WHU is now one of the most renowned German Business Schools with a strong international reputation.
Since its establishment WHU has proved itself to be a paragon of future-oriented research and teaching in business administration. The range of courses includes a Bachelor and Master of Science Program, a Full-Time MBA Program, a Part-Time MBA Program, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA-Program as well as the Bucerius-WHU Master of Law and Business-Joachim Herz Program (MLB). The business school now attracts 1300 participants in all programs each year including the doctoral students. In addition, WHU Executive Education offers customized programs for companies as well as open enrollment programs for individual participants.
WHU also has the authority to award PhDs and professorships. Its international network includes more than 195 partner universities on all continents with which there are exchanges of lecturers and students, as well as cooperation in research in Germany and worldwide. WHU is regularly certified by EFMD (EQUIS), FIBAA and AASCB, which guarantees the excellent standard of research and academic programs as well as a high degree of internationalization.
In addition, WHU is the only private business school in Germany, which is a member of the German Research Association (DFG). In both national and international rankings WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management continues to occupy leading positions, most recently in the "Recruiters University Ranking" 2014 of the magazine WirtschaftsWoche, in the Financial Times Ranking 2014 as well as the CHE – University Ranking 2015/2016.
In the future, WHU will continue to pursue a strategy of growth. WHU's ultimate aim is to strengthen its position among the top business schools in Europe.