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Middle Market Capital Formation: A Breeding Ground for Unique Boardroom Issues

January 24, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST

Park City Club
5956 Sherry Ln
17th floor
Dallas, TX 75225
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Stacey Lesanto
(214) 243-2959
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We invite you to attend our exclusive Board of Directors Forum. This event hosted by BDO USA, LLP features an intimate group format providing a platform for Board Members to discuss hot topics currently impacting their corporate governance roles. 
Unlike for large public companies, capital formation for middle market companies is a minefield for the unwary. Varying degrees of trading liquidity, equity research coverage, and C-Suite and director experience often lead to equity capital market transactions that are sometimes needlessly dilutive. Our impressive panel of Adam Epstein of Third Creek Advisors and Julie Silcock of Houlihan Lokey’s Southwest Investment Banking will bring seasoned buy-side and sell-side perspectives to the issue in order to facilitate a robust, informative, and interactive debate.
We hope that you will join fellow directors to engage with our panelists and each other.
5:00 PM to 5:15 PM - Registration
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM - Program
6:45 PM to 8:00 PM - Refreshments & Dinner 


Adam J. Epstein 
Adam is a former institutional investor, and, now, an advisor to CEOs and boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors, LLC. He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences, and has given more than 80 keynote speeches since 2012. Adam is a key contributor to Nasdaq’s new Amplify small-cap content initiative, and a distinguished National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and faculty member. He is the small-cap contributing editor for Directorship magazine, author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw Hill, 2012), and contributing author to The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private and Not for Profit Board Members (Wiley, 2016). Prior to founding Third Creek, Adam co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC. During his tenure, Enable’s special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNN Presents. He earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vassar College.
Julie Silcock
Ms. Silcock is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Southwest Investment Banking practice. She has more than 25 years of experience advising companies on M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions, private debt and equity placements, and high-yield offerings for growth-oriented companies across all industries. Ms. Silcock joined Houlihan Lokey in March 2009 to expand its client coverage through her broad and deep relationships with CEOs and business leaders in these regions. She is based in the firm’s Dallas office.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Silcock was Founder, Managing Director, and Head of Southwest Investment Banking for Citigroup Global Markets Inc. from 2000 to early 2009. From 1997 to 2000, she was a Managing Director with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Investment Banking Practice in Dallas, where she executed the full range of transactions for clients in the industrial, consumer, business services, technology, media, and telecom sectors. From 1989 to 1997, she was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns in Dallas, where she focused on growth-oriented companies in the Southwest and Southeast.

Ms. Silcock graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Princeton University and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She remains active with both Princeton and Stanford (Co-Chairman of Stanford’s 25th Reunion Fundraising Campaign), and is on the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, which supports Olympic athletes. She was formerly on the Boards of Mesa Airlines, a publicly traded airline, and Greenhunter Energy, a publicly traded water reclamation company. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), an organization of women who serve on public company boards.


Hitesh Shah
Hitesh has over 25 years of experience spanning startup through venture financing and eventual M&A exits in multiple high technology companies. In depth experience in people management, finance, venture capital, business development, product management, business planning and customer service. Hitesh has raised over $100M in venture capital for four different startups.

Hitesh has served in multiple executive roles as CFO, COO and CEO. Prior to joining BDO, Hitesh was the Chief Operating Officer at Solum an Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Google Ventures funded company which was acquired by Monsanto. Hitesh also served as CEO and COO at Fat Spaniel Technologies acquired by Power-One and CFO at iPolicy Networks which was acquired by Tech Mahindra in India.