Past Events - Illinois Venture Capital Association

IVCA Hosted Webcasts


May 25, 2021 - "Rep & Warranty Insurance Update PLUS What really happens when there is a claim"

  • Curtis Young, Thompson Flanagan, Moderator
  • Steve Kaye, Counsel in Ropes & Gray’s liability risk management group,
  • Meg Gardiner is General Counsel and Claims Officer at Euclid Transactional
  • Toria Lessman,  SVP, Underwriting Leader, Transactional Liability
  • Bill O’Neill, Litigation Partner, Winston & Strawn


May 6, 2021 - 2021 IVCA Annual Spring Event webcast " PE & VC Returns since 2010…and Outlook for the Future"

This event featured a presentation by Prof. Steven N. Kaplan,  followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Dan Malven, 4490 Ventures - Moderator
  • Joanna Rupp, Managing Director, Private Equity · ‎University of Chicago, Office of Investments
  • Tobias True, CFA, FRM - Partner, Adams Street Partners
  • Prof. Steve Kaplan

View the event recording here.

February 25, 2021 - "IVCA/CFE Present Virtual Event "How Private Company Investors Leverage Networks and Operating Talent to Drive Exponential Growth".
Featuring 3 Panelists with deep Venture Capital Expertise:

  • Shari Young Lewis, Aon Investments
  • Karen Derr Gilbert, FTV
  • Constance Freedman, Moderne Ventures
 Moderated by Maura O’Hara, IVCA (Illinois Venture Capital Association)


September 3, 2020 - "Illinois’ fiscal and pension crisis: what you need to know and what can (and cannot) be done about it".
How did we get do we get out?!  Even before COVID, Illinois’ ballooning pension obligations have crowded out spending on virtually every other category of spending in the state. Illinois is now in a more severe crisis and all of us will be affected by the looming disaster.
All is not lost!   Three individuals who are working tirelessly to suggest solutions to the Illinois Pension disaster will discuss what they’ve learned about the scope of the problem AND some potential solutions

  • Ira Weiss, Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • Laurence Msall, The Civic Federation
  • Marin Gjaja, BCG

May 22, 2020 - "LP Perspectives in These COVID Days"View the video here.

Panelists included:
  • Alex Abell, Partner, RCP Advisors
  • Harisha Koneru Haigh, Managing Director, Northwestern University
  • Jerry Quandt, Senior Investment Officer, Illinois TRS
  • Jennifer Steans, President & CEO, Financial Investments Corporation
May 7, 2020 - "Structuring Transactions Amid Recent Economic and CARES Act Changes".  View the video here.

Presented by Mark Blumenthal and Stephen Eckert, Plante Moran and Saul Rudo, Katten, this event covered transaction implications of the CARES Act:

  • Summary of recent developments in the CARES Act and how it may be impacting transactions:
    • Pending
    • New
  • Discussion of the transaction implications of:
    • Net operating losses
    • Maximizing deductions and losses
    • Impact of payroll tax incentives on tax due diligence
    • Form of purchase price payments and installment reporting
    • Debt workouts

April 22, 2020 - “Main Street Lending Program for Companies Backed by Private Equity and Other Private Investors”

White & Case Chicago Partner Gary Silverman and New York Partner Luke Laumann presented a live webcast on the “Main Street Lending Program for Companies Backed by Private Equity and Other Private Investors” for the members of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and select clients. Brett Palmer, President of the Small Business Investor Alliance, joined as a guest speaker. Gary, Luke and Brett discussed the Main Street Lending Program and how it compares to other CARES Act programs; terms & updates of the program; eligibility requirements and the challenges they pose to companies seeking to take advantage of the program and Borrower restrictions. A live Q&A session was held at the conclusion of the discussion.  A link to a recording of the session and PowerPoint materials can be found here.