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Have you ever heard someone say "Most of the deals are done behind closed doors"?

I have and it was intimidating. What if I don't get an invite? What if I can't build myself up in the industry? The intrusive thoughts go on.

If you want to make your name in the PE world, heading over to these 12 private equity conferences represents an opportunity to get your ticket to those closed-door discussions.

Best Private Equity Conferences 2024 Shortlist

Here's a shortlist of the 12 private equity conferences - or conference series - I think are worth attending in 2024: 

  1. SBIA 2024 Southern Private Equity Conference - Nashville, TN (February 2024)
  2. Women's Private Equity Summit - Phoenix, AZ (March 2024)
  3. PEI Nexus 2024 - Orlando, FL (March 2024)
  4. PDI Europe Summit - London, UK (May 2024)
  5. Impact Investor Global Summit 2024 - London, UK (May 2024)
  6. PEI Responsible Investment Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates
  7. PEI Women in Private Markets Summit - Multiple Locations and Dates
  8. Private Equity Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates
  9. PEI Operating Partners Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates
  10. PFC Network Data and Technology Forum - San Jose, CA (October 2024)
  11. Private Equity Wire US Leadership Summit 2024 - New York, NY (October 2024)
  12. SuperReturn North America - New York, NY (November 2024)

Find more details about each conference below.

Best Private Equity Conferences Conferences Of 2024

1. SBIA 2024 Southern Private Equity Conference - Nashville, TN (February 2024)

Women attendees at the Southern Private Equity Conference
Southern Private Equity Conference

Overview:

A gathering that showcases the vibrant private equity scene in the Southern United States. It covers investment strategies, regional economic trends, and networking opportunities with local and national leaders.

Why You Should Attend:

It's a unique chance to tap into the Southern market's potential, offering a blend of traditional networking with insights into the region's growth opportunities.

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2. Women's Private Equity Summit 2024 - Phoenix, AZ (March 2024)

Attendees networking at the Women's Private Equity Summit
Women's Private Equity Summit 2024

Overview:

Dedicated to female leaders in private equity, this summit addresses investment strategies, leadership, and the role of women in finance. It's a celebration of female achievement and a platform for furthering diversity in the industry.

Why You Should Attend:

This event stands out for its focus on empowering women in finance, offering unique networking opportunities and insights into overcoming industry barriers.

The participation of Cate Ambrose, CEO of the Global Private Capital Association, and Lisa Anderson, Managing Director at Brookfield Asset Management, elevates the summit further.

Hearing their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing women in the industry today could be just the push you need to feel ready to tackle the next chapter of PE.

3. PEI Nexus 2024 - Orlando, FL (March 2024)

Delegates gather at PEI Nexus 2024 conference venue
PEI Nexus 2024 Conference

Overview:

Nexus brings together limited and general partners to discuss the future of private equity. Topics include emerging markets, sector-specific strategies, and investor relations.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is all about learning to foster LP-GP relationships and understand their evolving nature.

The presence of Jonathan Gray, President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and Scott Nuttall, Co-Chief Executive Officer of KKR, makes this conference particularly noteworthy. These industry titans bring unparalleled insights into the future of private equity, investment strategies, and the global economic landscape.

Their sessions will provide macroeconomic outlooks and delve into the nuances of creating value in today's complex investment environment.

4. PDI Europe Summit - London, UK (May 2024)

Finance professionals at PDI Europe Summit
PDI Europe Summit Conference

Overview:

Focuses on private debt, a critical component of the investment landscape. The summit covers market trends, investment opportunities, and risk management in private debt.

Why You Should Attend:

With private debt becoming an increasingly important part of portfolios, the PDI Europe Summit is essential for those looking to deepen their understanding of the sector.

The presence of keynote speaker Nemashe Sivayogan, Head of Treasury and Pensions at the London Borough of Merton, along with Joaquin Ardit, Senior Portfolio Manager at Allianz Global Investors, adds significant value to the summit. Nemashe's insights into public sector investment strategies and pension management, combined with Joaquin's expertise in portfolio management at one of the world’s leading investment firms, provide attendees with a comprehensive view of the private debt landscape.

Their discussions will cover market trends, investment opportunities, and risk management in private debt.

5. Impact Investor Global Summit 2024 - London, UK (May 2024)

Panel discussion at the Impact Investor Global Summit
Impact Investor Global Summit 2024 Conference

Overview:

This summit delves into impact investing, exploring how investments can generate social and environmental benefits alongside financial returns. It's a hub for discussing strategies, outcomes, and the future of impact investing.

Why You Should Attend:

The Impact Investor Global Summit is crucial for merging investment success with positive societal impact.

Insights from Dr. Andreas Nilsson of Golding Capital Partners and Willem Huidekoper from the IMAS Foundation offer practical strategies for impactful investing, including how to choose the planet without sacrificing your returns.

6. PEI Responsible Investment Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates

Panelists at the PEI Responsible Investment Forum
PEI Responsible Investment Forum
  • Dates: Multiple Dates (see table below)
  • Location: Multiple Locations (see table below)
  • Pricing: See the registration page for current pricing
  • Website: PEI Responsible Investment Forum
  • Social Media: X | LinkedIn

Overview:

Similar to the last, this forum focuses on integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Topics include:

  • Sustainable investing trends
  • Regulatory updates
  • ESG data management

Speakers are industry leaders committed to responsible investment practices.

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Conference Locations and Dates

LocationsDates
New York | Convene,117 West 46th Street, New York, NYFebruary 20 - 21, 2024
Europe | 155 Bishopsgate, London, UKNovember 20 - 21, 2024

Why You Should Attend:

With increasing regulatory emphasis on sustainability, understanding ESG integration is vital. This conference offers insights into how responsible investment can drive long-term returns in a way regulators will actually like.

7. PEI Women in Private Markets Summit - Multiple Locations and Dates

Panel discussion at the Women in Private Markets Summit
Women in Private Markets Summit Conference

Overview:

Similar to the Women's Private Equity Summit but broader, covering private equity, venture capital, and real estate. It's a forum for women to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities across private markets.

PEI Women in Private Markets Summit: Conference Locations and Dates

LocationsDates
New York | Convene,117 West 46th Street, New YorkMay 15 - 16, 2024
Europe | 133 Houndsditch, London, UKDecember 5 - 6, 2024

Why You Should Attend:

This summit is ideal for women seeking to expand their network and get a wider look into the world of private investments.

8. Private Equity Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates

The organizing team of the Private Equity Forum
The Private Equity Forum Conference
  • Dates: Multiple dates (see table below)
  • Location: Multiple locations (see table below)
  • Pricing: See the registration page for current pricing
  • Website: Private Equity Forum

Overview:

A series of events focusing on different facets of private equity, including regional focuses, sector-specific trends, and operational strategies.

Private Equity Series: Conference Locations and Dates

LocationsDates
12th Annual Private Equity New York Forum | Convene 225 Liberty Street, New York, NYMAY 15, 2024
Private Equity Asia Forum | ParkRoyal Collection Pickering, SingaporeJune 25, 2024
Private Equity Chicago Forum | University Club of Chicago, Chicago, ILJuly 30 - 31, 2024
7th Annual Private Equity Europe Forum | Convene 133 Houndsditch, London, UKSeptember 17-18, 2024
7th Annual Private Equity San Francisco Forum | Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco, CAOctober 15-16, 2024
Private Equity Boston Forum | Harvard Club of Boston, Boston, MANovember 6-7, 2024
15th Private Equity Latin America Forum | Hotel Unique
Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, Sao Paulo Brazil
December 9-10, 2024

Why You Should Attend:

You can get location-specific private equity knowledge at one event, or a comprehensive view of global private equity from the series, whilst being surrounded by other like-minded professionals.

9. PEI Operating Partners Forum - Multiple Locations and Dates

Attendees engage in a discussion at the PEI Operating Partners Forum
The PEI Operating Partners Forum
  • Dates: Multiple dates (see table below)
  • Location: Multiple locations (see table below)
  • Pricing: (see table below)
  • Website: PEI Operating Partners Forum
  • Social Media: X

Overview:

Specifically designed for operating partners, this forum covers:

  • Value creation strategies
  • Portfolio company management
  • Best practices in private equity operations

PEI Operating Partners Forum - Conference Locations and Dates

LocationsDatesPricing
Europe | 133 Houndsditch, London, UKMay 22 -23, 2024£1,660
New York | Convene 225 Liberty Street, New YorkOctober 22 - 23, 2024$2,770

Why You Should Attend:

It's a niche event that dives deep into the operational side of private equity, ideal for those who want to best leverage their own time and energy within portfolio performance enhancement.

10. PFC Network Data and Technology Forum - San Jose, CA (October 2024)

Joint interactive session at PFC Network Data and Technology Forum
PFC Network Data and Technology Forum

Overview:

Tailored for CFOs and financial leaders, this conference explores the intersection of finance, data analytics, and technology. It addresses the challenges and opportunities in leveraging technology for financial decision-making.

Why You Should Attend:

As technology continues to reshape finance, this conference offers critical insights into staying competitive through innovation, with feedback from top financial executives in the same position as you.

11. Private Equity Wire US Leadership Summit 2024 - New York, NY (October 2024)

Speakers at the Private Equity Wire US Leadership Summit
The Private Equity Wire US Leadership Summit 2024

Overview:

A high-level gathering of private equity leaders discussing the industry's future, leadership challenges, and opportunities in the USA market.

Why You Should Attend:

This summit is unparalleled for top-tier networking and strategic insights from industry leaders.

12. SuperReturn North America - New York, NY (November 2024)

Roundtable discussion at the SuperReturn North America conference
SuperReturn North America Conference

Overview:

Part of the global SuperReturn series, this event focuses on North American private equity and venture capital, featuring discussions on market trends, investment strategies, and future outlooks. The event covers:

  • Investment strategy
  • Retail and institutional investments
  • Innovative investment approaches
  • Private equity and venture capital markets

Why You Should Attend:

The insights of the keynote speakers - Aditi Javeri Gokhale and David Chiang - set the summit up to be incredibly enriching for anyone looking to effectively navigate private equity and venture capital markets in North America.

Wrapping Up

Whether you're looking to break into the industry, shape up your strategy, or implement ESG requirements in your business, there's an event (or two) here for you.

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Simon Litt
By Simon Litt

Simon Litt is the Editor of The CFO Club, where he shares his passion for all things money-related. Performing research, talking to experts, and calling on his own professional background, he'll be working hard to ensure that The CFO Club is an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to stay informed on the latest financial trends and topics in the world of tech.

Prior to editing this publication, Simon spent years working in, and running his own, investor relations agency, servicing public companies that wanted to reach and connect deeper with their shareholder base. Simon's experience includes constructing comprehensive budgets for IR activities, consulting CEOs & executive teams on best practices for the public markets, and facilitating compliant communications training.