IVCA Newsletter – January 31, 2024

Association News

IVCA Profile: Elle Ramel, Chicago Director of GET Cities

Legislative News

IVCA Provides Updates for State Legislative Issues – 01/31/2024

IVCA Events

June 24, 2024 – IVCA Invitational hosted by IVCA Promoting Diversity Foundation

October 24, 2024 –IVCA CFO Summit for VC and PE Professionals

December 9, 2024 – IVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Other Events of Interest

None listed but please check back!

Industry News

PPM America Capital Partners Closes on $660 Million Private Equity Fund

Wynnchurch Capital Closes on Fund VI at $3.5 Billion

Ropes & Gray Advises Wynnchurch Capital on $3.5 Billion Fund Close

Sidley Represents Synchrony in Its Acquisition of Ally’s Point-of-Sale Financing Business, Including US$2.2 Billion of Loan Receivables

Corral raises $1.38M to expand virtual fence solution’s US hoofprint; M25, Grit Road beef up deal

Wind Point Partners Acquires MOREgroup

Shore Capital Partners Announces Partnership with C2Dx and Acquisition of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Assets from Cook Medical

Ropes & Gray Represents McNally Capital in the Sale of Advanced Micro Instruments

Sidley Represents Khosla Ventures in Rabbit Inc.’s Series A Financing

Alphathena Raises $4 Million Series Seed Round; HPA Participates

Avathon Capital Sells Big Blue Marble Academy to Leeds Equity Partners

Ropes & Gray Advises McNally Capital in Sale of The Re-Sourcing Group

Sidley Advises Sequence in Its US$ 5.5 Million Financing Round

Periscope Equity Promotes Joe McIlhattan to Principal

RCP Advisors Announces Promotions

Baird Capital Shares Leadership Update

Pritzker Private Capital Names Dwight Gibson Operating Partner

Ropes & Gray Advises Surgery Partners on Refinancing of Senior Credit Facilities

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Special Purpose Acquisition Companies and De-SPAC Transactions

Jump Capital’s Tarun Gupta Speaks with S&P Global about Fintech IPOs in 2024

Runway Growth Capital Announces Results From Third Venture Debt Review Survey

Ropes & Gray Advises Altamont Capital in Mini Melts Investment

Potential Liability of Investors in the Healthcare Industry Heightens as Hospital Investors Enter into Novel Settlement

Wind Point Partners Port Co Targeted PetCare Acquires Pet Brands

Baird Capital Port Co ‘AEGIS Hedging’ Makes Strategic Acquisition of ‘Ancova Energy’

Frontenac Port Co Dealer Services Network Announces Acquisition of Express OMV

Baird Capital Portfolio Company ‘Cleanwater1’ Acquires ‘Velocity Dynamics

Ropes & Gray Advises CCMP Growth Advisors in its Investment in Innovative Refrigeration

Digital Assets Put ETPs in the Spotlight: What Are They and What Makes Them Tick?

Ropes & Gray Represents Nintex in Closing Acquisition of Skuid

Ropes & Gray Advises Aquiline in Majority Investment in PharmaForce

Ropes & Gray Advises Lido Advisors in Partnership with Constellation Wealth Capital

Ropes & Gray Advises Compass Diversified in $380 Million Partnership with The Honey Pot Co.

Ropes & Gray Advises American Industrial Partners on the Acquisitions of AquaShip and Intership – Creating a Leading Global Aqua Service Vessel Operator

Ropes & Gray Advises GI Partners in School Bus Safety Investment

Ropes & Gray Advises Bridgepoint on its Strategic Investment in Kerv Group

Job Postings

Please view the full details for each Job Posting listed below, on our website HERE. Once at Job Postings please scroll down the pages to view the jobs. They are listed chronologically as received, most current first.

NEW! Pfingsten Partners Associate to Corporate Finance team

Company Description:

Pfingsten is a Chicago-based, operationally-driven private equity firm that invests in manufacturing, distribution and business services companies with revenue between $20 to $150 million and EBITDA between $3 to $12 million.  Since 1989, Pfingsten has completed 55 platform transactions and 109 add-on acquisitions. For more information on Pfingsten, please visit www.pfingsten.com.

Position Description:

Associates interact directly with all members of the firm and our portfolio companies and they will have a high degree of freedom to make a meaningful contribution to our firm’s future.  There is no set duration for Pfingsten’s Associate position. The strongest performers will have the opportunity to grow into additional responsibility with the firm. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in all functional areas of the transaction process (initial screening, due diligence, portfolio management, add-on acquisitions and divestitures)
  • Support the due diligence process on new investments (internal analysis and modeling plus direct interaction with third party professional service and financing providers)
  • Develop industry sector analysis to originate new, direct investments
  • Support portfolio companies (direct interaction with portfolio company executives and Pfingsten’s operations team)
  • Assist in business development and other marketing efforts
  • Other administrative support, as needed, including investor reporting activities

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of investment banking experience or 3+ years of transaction advisory or consulting experience
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organization skills
  • Advanced proficiency in all Microsoft products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and ability to work in a small team environment
  • Attention to detail
  • High integrity
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting

Start Date:

Immediate or Q1 2024


Phil Bronsteatter pbronsteatter@pfingsten.com

Sandbox Industries – Associate Position

Sandbox Industries invests in innovation to drive lasting change in human livelihood by fostering innovation across healthcare, insurance, and sustainability. We incorporate the best of traditional and corporate investing firms. Approximately 90% of the capital we manage is from strategic limited partners – large industry incumbents who are eager to embrace the innovations and technologies disrupting their businesses through a market-based approach. We partner with entrepreneurs who are seeking to make an impact on areas of high strategic value to corporate organizations, as well as with these organizations themselves. The primary medium for this work is venture capital.

In line with our mission, Sandbox Industries has served as the exclusive provider of investment management services to the Blue Venture Funds for over a decade. The Blue Venture Fund, a unique collaboration among Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Sandbox Industries, is owned, governed and capitalized by participating Blue Plans and affiliates. The Blue Venture Fund invests in venture and growth opportunities within healthcare technology, healthcare services and clinical sciences.

Associate Position

We are seeking passionate and self-motivated people to join our healthcare investment team to support all aspects of the investment process. Our team is open, thoughtful, and collaborative.


  • Perform financial modeling and analysis of growth and venture stage companies
  • Conduct investment due diligence on companies of all stages, seed through growth
  •  Record all deal information for reporting and trend analysis
  •  Research and report on industry trends and potential new business models
  •  Support Investment Committee presentations and manage relationships across the Blue plan ecosystem and broader healthcare industry
  • Assist in all aspects of portfolio company management
  • Source potential investment opportunities


  • 2-5 years’ experience
  • Financial modeling and analysis experience required
  • Healthcare finance, strategy or operating experience strongly preferred


  • Strong communication (oral and written) and presentation skills
  • Excellent financial modeling, valuation, and analytical skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to ask hard questions
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Track record of good judgment and ability to navigate ambiguity
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment


  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Investment team members are expected to work in Sandbox’s office on Monday, Tuesday and

Wednesday of each week

Please contact hctrecruiting@sandboxindustries.com if you are interested.

Sandbox is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other basis forbidden under federal, state, or local law.

Svoboda Capital Partners – Private Equity Associate

Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC (“SCP”) was founded in 1998 to invest in and help build business services and value-added distribution companies. SCP invests in leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth equity opportunities. SCP targets middle market growth companies which typically have between $10 million to $100 million in revenue and $3 million to $15 million in EBITDA.

Job Description:

Assist in identifying, evaluating, and executing potential acquisitions through due diligence, market research and financial modeling. Assist in the development and ongoing management of portfolio companies, including portfolio company and investor financial reporting. Assist in initiating and maintaining relationships with intermediaries and other investment sources.

The position requires direct interaction with the principals of SCP and top management of portfolio companies and offers a highly challenging and diverse experience. Position will be originally structured for a two-year term, but the opportunity for a third year may exist.


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