ATLANTA—Students in Robinson’s M.S. in Finance program gathered at Georgia State’s Buckhead Center recently to learn about trends in private equity at the college’s fall Financial Leadership Symposium.
Beatty D’Alessandro, chief financial officer and executive vice president of Merchants Metals, who also is executive-in-residence in Robinson’s Department of Finance, assembled a panel of private equity practitioners who discussed what Alessandro characterized as “a very interesting, but in many cases not well understood, part of the financial market.”
Panelists Matt Seston of Arcapita, Jason Squires and Colton Pate, both of Atlas Holdings, and Tommy D’Alessandro (no relation) of Roark Capital, described their experiences working in private equity, which included cultivating networks, uncovering opportunities, navigating the due diligence process, valuation, and interacting with management of companies their firms have purchased. Following the panel discussion, the group of about 80 students, alumni and other attendees talked with the panelists at a networking reception hosted by the Department of Finance.
“The Financial Leadership Symposium was a great way to gain insight into private equity and to meet and interact with business leaders. The questions posed by Professor D’Alessandro and the discussion by the panelists helped me to better understand the mechanisms of private equity,” said Priti Shaw, a student in the M.S. in Finance program.
The college holds a Financial Leadership Symposium each spring and fall, which is an integral part of the M.S. Finance program’s unique financial leadership development component. Prior symposium topics have included the future of consumer banking and the role of CFOs in mergers and acquisitions. The symposiums are open to students in other master’s programs, such as Robinson’s MBA, M.S. in Analytics and Master of Professional Accountancy programs, as well as to M.S. in Finance alumni and friends of the Robinson College.