Independent Sponsors & Capital Providers Dealmakers Meeting

April 17, 2024
New York City

ISCP Club President's Club Sponsor






We are delighted to announce the Independent Sponsors & Capital Providers Dealmakers Meeting in New York!

We have worked with our Advisory Board of industry leaders to offer a program that dives deep into the high-level strategies and complex industry topics you need to succeed in 2024 and beyond. And the networking time will enable you to foster invaluable connections with your peers. This truly is the go-to destination event for the Independent Sponsor (IS) and Capital Provider (CP) communities.

Engage in dynamic panels, thought leadership talks, and over 4 hours of 1x1 networking to:

- Secure and execute high-quality deals through direct connections of your choice 

- Discover top strategies for deal success

- Learn creative structuring solutions to navigate economic challenges

- Maximize growth by establishing lasting partnerships and continuous capital access

Please note this event is limited to only 75 participants, so make sure to secure your spot as soon as possible to avoid missing out. This is your opportunity to build long-term partnerships and gain valuable insights into the independent sponsor and capital provider landscape. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Assess Your Business

We will collect information on your business model and identify exactly what you need from a successful partnership.

Compare Prospective Matches

Your needs are then cross-referenced against the benefits that can be gained from meeting with other attending companies.

Evaluate Future Business Opportunities

You select and are matched with other business partners for a 1x1 meeting.

Arrange up to 10 Meetings

Once both parties have agreed to the meeting, we provide a private, professional environment, where these meetings take place.

Hear from the attendees


"I wanted to thank you and the iGlobal team - feedback has been fantastic - and I met many new people. This was an extremely successful event and looking forward to many more."

Claudine M. Cohen, Managing Principal, Value360

CohnReznick LLP

"All-in-all a very positive experience. It was extremely efficient."

Al Bhakta
CMG Companies

"We've met some interesting people who we hope to transact with, and we have also met some potential investors."

Ahmed Fattouh


"Knowing who's in the industry and who's available for transactions is very valuable for us."

Chase Stuart

Ice Miller

Why attend

  • Join up to 10 bespoke 1x1 networking meetings based on your investment criteria
  • Benefit from partnerships unique to your business model.
  • Develop business connections through personalized 1x1 networking meetings.
  • Explore and discuss future business opportunities.
  • Connect directly with leading industry professionals and decision-makers.

Connect With Leading

  • Independent Sponsors
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Family Offices
  • Mezzanine Lenders
  • Hedge Funds
  • Institutional Investors
  • HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals)
  • M&A Intermediaries/Advisors


April 17, 2024, New York City

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9:00 am - Registration Networking

9:45 am - Interactive Panel: Top Strategies for Deal Success

  • Deal Size Dynamics: Determining the optimal debt multiples for your deals, considering both risk and return
  • IS's Equity Contribution: How the personal equity contribution of sponsors is influencing deal dynamics and attractiveness to other investors
  • Navigating Capital Relationships: Winning strategies for maintaining strong and effective relationships with capital providers


Doni Perl

Doni Perl


Charter Oak Equity, LP

Doni is a principal with Charter Oak Equity, where he oversees business development and transaction execution. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CGA Holdings and previously served in a similar capacity for ChemRes. Prior to Charter Oak Equity in 2017, Doni spent four years at Quadrangle Group, where he focused on investments in the communications and media sectors and served on the board of directors of Hargray Holdings and TowerVision Group. Doni received a B.S., summa cum laude, in Marketing and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Ignacio Macias

Ignacio Macias (1)


CECOP North America


Faraz Abbasi

Faraz Abbasi

Managing Partner

Centerfield Equity

Faraz joined Centerfield in 2001. He is responsible for investor relations, overseeing due diligence, executing transactions, and portfolio management. Faraz also manages the general activities of the firm. Faraz is a member of the Partnership’s Investment Committee.

Faraz has 20+ years of experience in private equity. Prior to Centerfield, Faraz held sales and product development roles at Praxair and Rodel, where he was the lead researcher and developer of next generation consumables for the microelectronics industry and was awarded a patent. Faraz has been recognized as one of the “Forty under Forty” young leaders in Indianapolis, “Who’s Who in Finance” by the Indiana Business Journal and was the winner of Junior Achievement’s “Indy’s Best and Brightest” award.


David J. DiPaolo

David J. DiPaolo

Managing Director & Investment Committee Member

Star Mountain Capital, LLC

David DiPaolo has over two decades of alternative investment management and advisory experience with the majority of that time spent evaluating, structuring, negotiating and managing direct private debt investments in the U.S. lower middle-market.  At Star Mountain, Mr. DiPaolo serves on the Investment Committee and is involved in the firm’s direct investment and portfolio management activities.

Prior to joining Star Mountain, Mr. DiPaolo spent 15 years at Brooks, Houghton & Company, culminating his tenure as a Senior Managing Director.  Mr. DiPaolo was a General Partner and Investment Committee member of a series of investment funds (BHC Interim Funding I, II & III) which provided senior and senior subordinated debt to established, U.S. middle-market companies.  His primary functions were to lead new investment underwriting and portfolio management, as well as to interface with limited partners and lead fundraising activities.  While at Brooks, Houghton, Mr. DiPaolo co-founded and served on the Investment Committee of a series of investment funds (BHC Winton Fund I, II & III, L.P.) which focused on providing capital to syndicates operating in the Lloyd’s of London market.

Previously, Mr. DiPaolo was a Vice President at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in middle-market transactions. His transaction experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts and public and private securities offerings across a broad spectrum of industries.

Mr. DiPaolo received a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland and an MBA with honors in Finance from Columbia Business School.

10:30 am - Thought Leadership - How Aspen HR saved a sponsor-backed portfolio company $1mm in overhead

  • Learn how Aspen HR worked with a sponsor-backed portfolio company in the retail industry that had 500 employees across multiple locations in multiple states
  • Aspen was able to implement our PEO solution which streamlined HR processes and resulted in significant savings in employee benefits


Mark Sinatra

Mark Sinatra


Aspen HR

Mark Sinatra is a 7-time Inc. 5000 CEO who is currently CEO of Aspen HR.  Aspen HR is a white-glove PEO that provides independent sponsors and their portfolio companies with cost effective employee benefits, streamlined payroll and expert HR guidance. Prior to Aspen HR, Mark was CEO of Staff One HR where he led the company through a period of substantial growth highlighted by the company's sale to its largest privately-held competitor, Oasis Outsourcing, in 2017. Mark oversaw the Western half of the country for Oasis Outsourcing until its sale to Paychex for $1.3bn in December 2018. 

Mark is an MBA graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and holds a BA in Economics from Fordham University. He is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and a partner with Social Venture Partners. Mark enjoys spending time with his family and playing tennis and basketball.

10:40 am - Interactive Panel: Creative Structuring Solutions to Adapt to Economic Headwinds

  • Seller Pricing Realities: Creative structuring solutions to help you bridge pricing gaps between sellers and buyers
  • Alternative Lenders: Leveraging the benefits of non-traditional financing, including mezzanine and unitranche lenders
  • How to efficiently and cost-effectively manage the deal process, including due diligence, in light of today’s greater deal uncertainty?


Paul J. Valentine

Paul Valentine


Quarles & Brady LLP

Paul Valentine is a Corporate partner in Quarles’ Phoenix office and Chair of the Firm’s Independent Sponsor Group. He advises independent sponsors, venture funds, private investment firms, middle-market companies and privately held companies across a broad array of industries, including carwash,hospitality, healthcare and consumer products. Paul works creatively and efficiently, partnering with his clients to understand their business operations and risk profile to tailor his legal advice to their business goals. He has extensive experience with acquisitions, dispositions, minority investments and joint ventures. Clients rely on Paul to neutralize obstacles, focus on practical solutions to business and legal problems, and navigate the changing legal landscape.


Kyun Park


Managing Member

Aperion Management

Mr. Park founded Aperion in August 2006 and is currently a member of the boards of directors of Tri Con Works, Ontario Drive & Gear, Cairn Real Estate and Trusted Influence.  Previously, Mr. Park was a Vice President and member of the investment team at Caxton-Iseman Capital.  Mr. Park was a Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at UBS Securities LLC where he was involved in the structuring and execution of bank, high yield, bridge and mezzanine financing for financial sponsor clients. Prior to UBS, Mr. Park was an associate in the Real Estate Finance Group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. Mr. Park is a graduate of Harvard College, where he received an B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and New York University School of Law.


John Darguzas

John Darguzas (1)


Merit Capital Partners

John J. Darguzas, Principal, joined Merit in 2018.  From 2011 to 2018, John was a Vice President at Antares Capital Sponsor Finance Group in Chicago.  At Antares John worked on the Underwriting Team evaluating senior debt investment opportunities across a broad range of industries, on the Originations Team reviewing new investment opportunities and on the Credit Advisory Team working on troubled loans all while maintaining an active role in helping establish Antares as a standalone company after it was spun out of GE Capital.  While attending Kellogg part time from 2012 to 2014, John founded MyMenu, an app based platform that helps people with food allergies find restaurants that meet their dining requirements.  From 2005 to 2011, John was a Director in KPMG’s Transaction Service Group, overseeing financial buy-side due diligence of middle market acquisitions for private equity clients.

John Received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2012 with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  In 2005, he received a B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with concentrations in Accounting and Finance.  John is a registered CPA.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors of Engendren Corporation, Glenn Rieder, MicroPrecision, LLC, PFI Instore, LLC Revision Military, LTD, Urban Surfaces, and U.S. Minerals, Inc.

He lives in Elmhurst, IL with his wife and three sons.


Silvia Lupu

Silvia Lupu (1)


Hikaro Capital

Silvia Lupu is a seasoned executive and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with over 7 years of experience in the investment and financial industry. With a strong academic background in International Economic Relationships, Silvia possesses a deep understanding of global markets and a keen eye for strategic decision-making. Throughout her career, Silvia has honed her expertise by working in five countries across three continents, gaining invaluable insights into diverse financial ecosystems. Her international exposure has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the nuances and challenges of conducting business on a global scale.

Silvia's leadership journey spans both mid and senior management positions, where she has consistently demonstrated her ability to drive results, inspire teams, and navigate complex financial landscapes. Her dynamic approach, combined with a strong focus on innovation and sustainable practices, has positioned her as a visionary leader in the industry.

With a passion for ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing, Silvia has been at the forefront of integrating responsible investment practices into the financial sector. Her commitment to sustainability and ethical decision-making has earned her recognition as a thought leader in the industry, advocating for the importance of aligning financial goals with positive social and environmental impact.

11:25 am - Networking Break

11:55 am - Interactive Panel: Maximizing Growth: Elevating Independent Sponsorship Through Lasting Partnerships and Continuous Capital Access

  • Value Proposition: Developing a compelling value proposition as an Independent Sponsor, and communicating this to capital providers, to source more capital
  • Relationship Building: Forming and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with capital providers beyond the initial transaction
  • Overcoming Challenges: Successfully resolving challenging situations between Independent Sponsors and capital providers


Claudine Cohen

Claudine Cohen-2

Managing Principal


Claudine oversees an integrated team of transaction, valuation, restructuring, project finance, and dispute resolution professionals serving clients throughout the lifecycles of their businesses. With specific expertise in managing opportunities and roadblocks that can impact a business moving forward, Claudine and her team help clients achieve optimal outcomes in protecting and growing stakeholder value.

Claudine serves as an adviser to public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. Her clients comprise the full gamut of financial sponsors including private equity investors, independent sponsors, family offices, alternative investment funds, lenders, and strategic investors. Her areas of knowledge include strategic advisory, quality of earnings analyses, identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers, examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors, investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections, reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities, identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions, post-close working capital verification, and adjustment mechanisms.  

Claudine was named to Mergers and Acquisitions 2019 list of the most influential women in mid-market M&A, and Crain’s NY 2018 most notable women in consulting.


Gary Matthews

Gary Matthew

Managing Partner

Tamarix Capital Partners

Joined Tamarix Equity Partners in 2020. Over 30 years’ experience in managing large organizations and developing management teams. Previously CEO of IES Holdings (NASDAQ: IESC), prior to which was a Managing Director, Operating Partner and Investment Committee Member of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Served as CEO of three sponsor backed companies, in addition to Board Chair positions at multiple companies. Held Senior Management positions at Guinness, PepsiCo and McKinsey & Company. MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction, Bachelors of Arts from Princeton University cum laude.


Marilyn Adler

Marilyn Adler

Managing Partner

Mizzen Capital

Ms. Adler is a founder and Managing Partner at Mizzen Capital. Prior to launching Mizzen Capital, Ms. Adler held senior management roles with SBIC investment funds including Medley SBIC LP, Sunrise Equity Partners LP and Hudson Venture Partners LP. Prior to that, she worked at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association in the fixed income group and at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the investment banking division.

M&A magazine has named Ms. Adler as one of the top women in middle market for the last seven years – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. She was also named ACG’s Women of Leadership awardee for 2018. Ms. Adler is a board member of UJA’s private equity division, banking & finance division and women of wall street division. Previously, Ms. Adler was a Board Member of the SBIA Board of Governors (2014 to 2019) and chair of its BDC committee (2015 to 2017).

Ms. Adler earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with distinction from Cornell University.


Omar Simmons

Omar Simmons

Senior Partner

Avante Capital Partners

Omar Simmons is an accomplished investor, entrepreneur and operator.  He has closed deals exceeding $2.6B in aggregate transaction value over a30-year private equity career.  Omar is a senior Partner at Avante Capital, a leading private credit and structured equity firm with $1B AUM.  He is also founder and Managing Partner at Exaltare Capital Management, an Independent Sponsor with four portfolio companies.  Omar was also the founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of ECP-PF, a Planet Fitness Franchisees and grew the business from 15 units to over 100 units prior to exit in late 2021.Prior to starting ECM and ECP-PF, Omar was a Director at Windjammer Capital Investors, a leading middle-market private investment firm with over $2B under management. Prior to Windjammer Capital Investors, he was a co-founder and Managing Director at Reliant Equity Investors, a $120mm PE firm based in Chicago. Omar started his private equity career at Summit Partners, a growth-oriented PE firm managing over $23 billion in capital.  He has also worked as a Senior Associate at the private equity firm McCown DeLeeuw and as a management consultant at Marakon Associates. Omar graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School with honors. 

12:40 pm - Networking Lunch

1:50 pm - Business-Building 1-1 Networking Meetings

Connect with independent sponsors or capital providers specializing in investments in the industry sectors and markets you focus on. We will provide you with a full list of participating capital providers and independent sponsors, so you can choose to meet with the most relevant contacts and evaluate the potential for future business collaborations.

4:30 pm - Summary & Close of Event


CohnReznick LLP 

1301 6th Ave, 10th floor

New York, NY 10019


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