SOURCE: ACG Los Angeles

March 06, 2008 09:31 ET

Billions to Be Available for Investment at ACG Los Angeles Annual Business Conference

Record Turnout of Private Equity Firms Expected for Nation's Largest M&A Event

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Corporate executives interested in tapping the private equity market for cash to fuel their companies' growth will be heading to Beverly Hills on September 16 and 17. That's when the ACG Los Angeles Business Conference will host the nation's largest "Capital Connection," featuring financing sources with billions of dollars they are eager to invest.

Now in its 11th year, the ACG Los Angeles Business Conference is the premier West Coast event focusing on corporate finance and M&A (mergers and acquisition) activity for middle-market companies. The 2008 conference is expected attract a record number of private equity firms, venture capital funds and hedge funds, surpassing the 170 participants of the 2007 event.

"The firms participating in the Capital Connection each have hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in capital for which they are seeking attractive investments in middle-market companies," said James B. Freedman, Chair of the Conference Committee and Founder and Managing Director of the Los Angeles-based investment banking firm Barrington Associates, a division of Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

"Just as important, these firms provide enormously valuable expertise to the companies in which they invest, offering guidance and strategic relationships that can significantly accelerate the growth of these companies," Mr. Freedman said.

The two-day conference features globally renowned speakers from the worlds of business, technology and public affairs, plus an array of technical and breakout sessions that explore strategies and issues related to finance and corporate growth.

Keynote speakers include political strategist and former senior White House advisor Karl Rove; ABC Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos; economist and former Secretary of Labor Richard Reich; as well as an array of high-profile CEOs.

The 2008 ACG LA Business Conference will be held September 16 and 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills. More than 1,500 corporate executives and professionals from across the country and abroad are expected to attend.

Conference registration is $495 for ACG members and $595 for others. Information and registration is available online at or by phone at 310-426-9710.

The conference is presented by ACG Los Angeles, in association with ACG Chapters in Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, the 101 Corridor and the Silicon Valley, and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the premier association for and about professionals involved in middle-market corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. ACG's more than 11,000 members in 51 chapters are leaders in corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms who are focused on building value in their organizations.

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