Panelists and Guest Speakers
Brianna Chou, Moderator
Sebastian Molina Gasman
Ankh Impact Ventures
Impact America Fund
Prime Impact Fund
Joe Fennessey, Moderator
Head of Systematic Trading
Darius Hong, Moderator
Director of Research
Dodge & Cox
Founder, Portfolio Manager
Founder, Portfolio Manager
Dorsey Asset Management
Partner, Director of US Research
Orlando Kahan, Moderator
Lisa Smoluk, Moderator
LTF Ventures is a student-run venture capital fund that invests in novel ideas created by University of Chicago undergraduates. In the workshop, LTF will provide a brief introduction to the world of venture capital, covering the basic investment process in a VC backed company, the role of assessing management and market potential in the context of VC, recent trends within the world of venture capital, and the dynamics of investing in student-run companies.
In addition to this overview of VC, LTF will provide case studies on investments that the group have made including, what the group found compelling about the idea, the tools that the group used to assess market potential, and how the group looked at the amount of money that we would deploy invest in the venture. The workshop will be a valuable opportunity for students to gain insight into the world of VC, whether you are interested in being an investor or an entrepreneur.
Promontory Investment Research is a university-wide equity research publication that aims to disseminate investment knowledge. After undergoing a 7-week training program covering fundamental accounting and valuation concepts, research analysts use fundamental analysis to research public equities and write comprehensive investment recommendations to be published every quarter. Our presentation aims to highlight the importance of investment research and value investing in the financial markets, break down the equity research process into its quantitative and qualitative factors, and discuss its applications in various careers in finance.
This workshop will walk through the restructuring process and strategies for distressed debt investors.
When discussing the restructuring process, we will discuss what drives companies to file for bankruptcy, alternatives to in-court restructuring (chapter 11 bankruptcy), strategies to reduce debt burdens outside of and within bankruptcy, debt waterfalls (projecting returns for distressed debt investors), and the role of different types of subordination within distressed investing strategies. Afterward, we will walk through a case study on Neiman Marcus' chapter 11 bankruptcy by analyzing the strategies of different distressed investors and ultimately looking at how the bankruptcy unfolded.
Algorithmic trading drives a majority of trading volume in the United States and has demonstrated a significant and persistent effect on markets worldwide. This effect has ranged from the day-to-day assurance of fair prices provided by market makers to an "irrational" trillion-dollar flash crash observed in 2010. Given the key role that technology plays in our day-to-day lives, it naturally follows that technology has a significant effect on our financial markets through quantitative financial institutions.
This workshop discusses how technology has drastically affected how traders and investors make financial decisions, whether through the usage of alternative data to price instruments or by navigating market structure to capture edge. There will also be an interactive introduction to market making explaining how and why a market maker creates a bid-ask spread. Workshop participants will be able to formalize our discussion on how algorithmic traders make decisions and how market makers enforce fair prices.
The UChicago Impacting Investing Group will provide a broad introduction to the world of impact investing. We will discuss the goals of impact investing, how impact investors balance financial returns with making sure that their investments are impactful, how to measure impact in the context of investments, and the role of impact investing within the stock market.
The workshop will discuss the rapid growth of impact and ESG investing and how it has entered the mainstream with notable money managers starting impact or ESG strategies like BlackRock and ValueAct. The goal of the workshop is to have attendees understand an exciting and growing field within the world of investing and the tools that it uses to analyze businesses.
The UChicago Private Equity (UCPE) group is a student organization that focuses on educating its members on private equity industry knowledge and skills as well as helping members achieve their career goals. Our mission is to elevate UChicago as a preeminent target school in the private investment industry, by providing members the platform and resources to become technically proficient and to develop meaningful relationships with industry professionals for important career opportunities.
The private equity workshop will walk you through an introductory crash course on private equity. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to get a real-life demonstration of an LBO (leveraged buyout) model through a guided case study. Don’t miss out on this incredibly valuable experience to learn about the industry, prepare for potential interviews, and connect with students within the private equity industry.
The University of Chicago Real Estate Investment Group (“UChicago RIG”) offers undergraduate students a platform to learn about real estate investing and to explore real estate related careers in a collaborative community. We are the first and only investment club on campus focused primarily on real estate investing. The ultimate goal of RIG is to provide educational and professional development opportunities for UChicago students with an interest in pursuing a career in real estate and learning about real estate markets, investing, and how real estate investment and urbanization impact communities. In addition to our core focus of real estate markets and our primarily finance based curriculum, we will aim to grow awareness of the social issues associated with real estate and plan on facilitating discussions related to these topics by bringing in speakers and publishing reports related to the social and environmental side of real estate.
The real estate workshop will walk through the benefits of portfolio diversification through real estate investments in publicly traded securities. RIG will walk attendees through the anatomy of a REITs (real estate investment trust) financial statements and corporate structure as well as the historical returns associated with investing in these securities and the valuation methodologies employed in REIT analysis. Alongside this, the workshop will touch on real estate private equity transactions and how capital is deployed in private real estate markets.