Booth Business School to discuss Private Equity scenario in India

Chicago Conversations, presented by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will be hosted in Mumbai on June 10, 2013 with a focus to assess the current condition and take a view of private equity in India

May 16, 2013 8:02 IST | India Infoline News Service

Chicago Booth is collaborating with the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) on a full-day discussion on “Private Equity“ in Mumbai. Chicago Conversations brings together Chicago Booth alumni and prospective & current students with industry professionals to discuss the private equity scenario being witnessed in India. According to recent estimates, India-focused private equity funds have raised around $50 billion, primarily during India's economic and stock market boom between 2005 and 2007.

Today, despite the foreign exchange fluctuations, the political climate and government regulations, Mumbai remains an attractive hub of private equity opportunity. However, now more than a decade after the private equity industry took off in India, investors are beginning to take a step back and assess their investments in India.

Moderated by Scott F Meadow, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, experts like Ms Maninder Cheema, Deputy General Manager - Market Regulation Department, Division of Policy, SEBI, Mr Sanjay Nayyar, Head, KKR India, Mr Dhiraj Rajaram, Founder, CEO & Chairman, Mu Sigma, and Managing Director, Kalaari Capital (both alumni Chicago Booth), will deliberate on topics such as - has Indian private equity delivered the Indian growth story to investors in the last decade? Which industries have delivered high returns and which have failed to produce high returns? Looking ahead, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for private equity investors in India? – while steering an honest and thought-provoking discussion on what the industry must do to prosper and reignite the fire in the private equity business.

Scott Meadow, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth said, “It is exciting to be in India and steer a panel discussion on the topic of private equity at a time when the country is witnessing a slowdown in the overall inflow of foreign investment owning to policy issues and global sentiment of uncertainty on investing in India. The discussion is certain to be interesting with industry coming together to deliberate on issues relating private equity and the investment climate in India. Chicago Booth has had a long-standing relationship with India; Indian students make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of each class at Chicago Booth; almost one-third of the student body is from outside the U.S., with the largest portion of these students coming from India.”

Every year Booth, in major cities around the world, organizes panel discussions and debates facing a variety of industries, including Energy, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and others.

Private Equity is part of the Chicago Conversations series started in 2008. Chicago Conversations events bring together Chicago Booth alumni, faculty, current and prospective students, and corporate partners in locations around the world to attend industry-specific panel discussions.  The panels, comprised of accomplished Chicago Booth alumni and local industry experts, engage in lively discussions of pressing issues within a given industry.  The panel discussions are characterized by the celebrated Chicago approach to management education and the vigorous debate for which Chicago Booth is known.  In addition to being informative and educational events, Chicago Conversations encourage those in attendance to make connections and build relationships at a post and pre-panel reception.

To register for Chicago Conversations in Mumbai, please visit  http://chicagobooth.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aYtdZgIN35T0L0V

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