State of private equity

Unlocking Value Through Active Partnership


Ameya Agge

Managing Director, BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC

Ameya is a Portfolio Manager on the Healthcare Investing team, Ameya is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing healthcare-related investments.

Prior to BlueMountain, Ameya was at Apax Partners, where he worked for 11 years specializing in private healthcare investments at their New York and London offices. While at Apax Partners, Ameya served on the boards of several healthcare platform companies. Prior to joining Apax, Ameya worked for the CEO of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Ameya received an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also received a master’s degree from MIT and a bachelor’s degree from IIT Bombay in Chemical Engineering.


Matthew Levine (‘04)

Partner, EQT Partners Inc

Matthew Levine joined EQT Partners in September 2014 and is Partner and Head of EQT Mid Market US advisory team. 

Matthew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in Economics.  He also received an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Prior to joining EQT Partners, Matthew worked at American Securities, a New York based private equity firm (1999-2002, 2004-2014). He joined American Securities from Salomon Smith Barney, where he worked in the Financial Entrepreneurs Group (1997-1999). 


Matthew Michelini (‘15)

Partner, Apollo

Mr Michelini is a Partner and Co-Head of Hybrid Value Fund at Apollo, having joined in 2006, where he has been part of the firm’s Private Equity business focused on various sectors, including financial services, metals and mining, and business services. Previously, Mr. Michelini was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Michelini serves on the board of directors of Athene Holdings, Athene Asset Management, Onemain Holdings, Venerable Holdings, and Aleris International Inc. Mr. Michelini is actively involved in various charities dedicated to helping underprivileged children in New York City.

Mr. Michelini received his MBA from Columbia University and graduated from Princeton
University with a BS in Mathematics and a Certificate in Finance.


James Christopoulos

Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners

James is a member of the CVC North America team. He is based in New York. Prior to joining CVC, James was a Principal at Investcorp, which he joined in 2005 from UBS. James holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Columbia University.

Jeremy Lynch

Partner, Trilantic North America

Jeremy Lynch is a Partner of Trilantic North America. His primary focus is on investments in the business and financial services sectors. Jeremy joined Trilantic North America in 2009 at its inception, prior to which he was a Principal at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking (LBMB). Prior to re-joining LBMB in 2005, Jeremy worked as an Analyst and Associate at LBMB from 1999 to 2003. He is currently a director of 24-7 InTouch, Inc. and Asset, and was previously a director of Addison Group and MicroStar Logistics. Jeremy holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S., magna cum laude, in Applied Mathematics from Union College.

Maciej Kowalski

Partner, MCI Capital

Maciej is the co-fund manager of MCI Capital: EuroVentures – the buyout fund dedicated to investments in Central and Eastern Europe. The Fund is looking for investment opportunities within private equity sphere and is looking to grow the companies into regional/European digital champions.

Maciej has acquired professional experience in Deloitte, Orange Poland, and most recently at Crédit Agricole CIB, where he was responsible for private and public deals in the sectors of telecommunications, internet, e-commerce, distribution, retail, infrastructure, industry, food, renewable energy.

He graduated in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics. He completed doctoral studies at the Collegium of Management and Finance of the Warsaw School of Economics.

Moderator: Leo Greenberg

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Leo serves as counsel to large and middle market buyout funds and their portfolio companies in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, growth capital investments, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, corporate restructurings and workouts. Leo has broad experience counseling clients in a variety of industries, including technology, software, media, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services, logistics/transportation services, oil and gas services and retail.

Leo is listed in the 2017–2018 editions of Chambers Global and 2013–2018 editions of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a “rising star” whose clients describe him as “commercial, extremely hard-working and extremely relationship-focused,” and according to commentators, “brings creativity to the market.” Clients also praise Leo as a “great thought leader” who “can stand in the shoes of a financial sponsor.” In 2017 and 2018, Leo was recognized for his work in private equity buyouts by The Legal 500 U.S. In 2014, Law360 selected Leo as an “MVP of the Year” for Private Equity and as a “Rising Star.” His representative clients include A&M Capital Partners, Apax Partners, The Blackstone Group, Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. and EQT Partners, among others. Leo received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.