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Investor Series Webinar: Panel Discussion with Top PE Firms

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

After a decade of significant growth and performance, the current health crisis may have lasting effects on the private equity (PE) industry. Like so many other companies, PE firms face an uncertain business landscape. Subsequent to shoring up portfolio companies, PE firms are now turning to other challenges. Issues including dealflow, shifting financial positions, deal structure issues, and the effect on multiples. What are the biggest challenges for PE companies now vs. pre-Covid? Join the Food Institute, in partnership with Marcum LLP, for a deep dive into the current outlook of this vital community.

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Chris Allen

Mr. Allen joined Palladium in 2017 and serves as a Partner. Mr. Allen serves on the Board of Directors of Palladium portfolio companies Fora Financial, Kar’s Nuts, Quirch Foods and Spice World and previously served on the Board of Directors of Palladium portfolio company Del Real. Previously, Mr. Allen worked at Arlon Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm in middle-market food and agriculture businesses. Prior to Arlon, he was an investment professional at GenNx360 Capital Partners and Windjammer Capital Investors, where he sourced, led and structured investments in a range of industries, including food, specialty distribution, industrials, and business services. Mr. Allen began his career as a consultant at Bain and Company. Mr. Allen graduated from the dual-degree engineering program at Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, respectively, and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Steven Flyer

Steven Flyer is a Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC, a lower middle-market private equity firm with a sector focus on consumer products and services. Mr. Flyer serves as a member of AUA Equity’s Investment Committee. Mr. Flyer is currently Chairman of the Board of Raymundos Food Group, LLC and currently serves on the board of directors of Gourmet Culinary Partners, LLC, Indulge Desserts Holdings, LLC, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, LLC, Associated Foods Holdings, LLC and Two-Twenty Records Management, LLC. Mr. Flyer is also a mentor for AccelFoods, a food and beverage accelerator offering resources and guidance to emerging consumer companies.


Chaoran Jin

Chaoran Jin is a Managing Director at Keystone Capital. Since joining Keystone in 2009, Chaoran has leveraged her unique combination of investing and operational experiences to identify and execute platform investments as well as work with Keystone businesses to grow organically and through strategic acquisitions. Chaoran leads the firm’s investment effort in the food industry.

Prior to Keystone, Chaoran was an operating executive with Owens Corning, a strategy & operations management consultant with McKinsey, and a wireless technologist with Motorola.

Chaoran holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UIUC and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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This webinar will be moderated by Brian Choi, CEO of the Food Institute, and Lou Biscotti, National Food & Beverage Services Leader at Marcum LLP

Marcum LLP’s Food & Beverage Services group has the perfect recipe of knowledge and service capabilities to help you stay flexible.

Our professionals provide the accounting, tax, and consulting services so that you can concentrate on the growth of your business. Just as our service capabilities are diverse, so, too, are the types of food and beverage clients we serve, including distributors and manufacturers, importers, restaurant chains, processors and packaging, agribusinesses, and retailers.

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September 24
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm