SBIA Deal Summit

The 2021 SBIA Deal Summit will take place on Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the The Four Seasons, in Chicago, Illinois. The Deal Summit offers insight into lower middle market data, trends and best practices, as well as a Washington policy update. It features senior-level, high quality networking and a highlight is the exclusive DeaLinx, SBIA’s unique deal sourcing opportunity for fund managers and investment bankers. 


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SBIA members get significant discounts on participation in our events – join SBIA today


Expand Your Network

The Deal Summit offers…

  • substantive, thoughtful content on the latest data, trends and best practices
  • timely updates from Washington outlining the threats and opportunities that lie ahead on the legislative and regulatory horizons
  • senior-level, high quality networking amongst lower middle market peers
  • exclusive DeaLinx event for fund managers and investment bankers

Click here to view the firms that are attending the 2021 SBIA Deal Summit.



Please note that all times are Central Standard.
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Tuesday, June 1
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Harborside International Golf Center
Deal Summit Golf Tournament – SBIA to Port and Starboard!
Time to hit the links as part of SBIA’s Deal Summit. Join us for a friendly, yet competitive, golf outing.
(Separate registration required, please.)
7:30 p.m. – on
Dinner on your own
Explore the many restaurants that downtown Chicago has to offer.
Wednesday, June 2
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Conference Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Building Buildings and Building Networks
Architecture River Boat Tour of Chicago
From the 100-year-old Art Deco, Neo-Classical, and Gothic Towers, to some
of the tallest modern-day skyscrapers, Chicago architecture presents an
amazing adventure. Join us for a fun boat cruise while networking with peers
and enjoying the beauty of Chicago’s skyline.
(Separate registration required, please.)
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Sponsor Exhibit Hall and Networking Lunch
Freestyle networking - meet with industry leaders and learn more about their
services or just enjoy a beverage and a few minutes to connect with your
fellow colleagues.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         SBIA’s Women Investors Networking Luncheon
An exclusive networking event for senior-level women fund managers, limited
partners, and investment bankers. (By invitation only, please.)
General Session
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Welcome and Sponsor Thank You
A warm welcome to the first in-person event since … well, we all know how
long it’s been. Welcome, so glad that you’re here!
Stacy Harmsen, Spell Capital, SBIA Midwest Regional President

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ESG Due Diligence: Considerations for Funds and
Prospective Investments

As Limited Partner appetite grows to invest in PE funds that are prioritizing
their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments, how are
SBICs and traditional private equity funds formalizing their policies,
monitoring, and reporting systems? Are outsourced services the answer for
smaller funds? What are the financial impacts of not adopting formal ESG
policies? Is more weight put towards Governance as opposed to
Environmental or Social? Is there a “best way” to balance these? As new
leadership at the SEC considers actions for both regulated and unregulated
investors, what should fund managers prepare for in terms of understanding
how to measure ESG impacts with each investment?
Tyson Smith, Tecum Capital, Session Moderator
Tim Bubnack, HCAP Partners
Elenore "Nelli" Garton, Ph.D., Tablecloth, Inc.
Additional panelist to be announced.
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Today's Cyber Threat Landscape for Private Equity Funds
Since COVID-19, the FBI reported a 300% increase in cybercrimes and
experts agree that data breaches exposed well over 36 billion records in the
first half of 2020 alone. Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report
noted that 86% of all breaches are financially motivated and that 43% of
cyberattacks were on small businesses. This vital session will provide an
overview of cybersecurity risk assessments, along with security policies for
intrusion prevention, detection, and response. Our speakers will share their
decades of experience to cover the issues facing today’s fund managers
including wire fraud, ransomware extortion, and data extortion.
Rodger Davis, Managing Director, Northcreek Mezzanine, Moderator
Michael Brice, President and Founder, BW Cyber Services
Eric Shiffman, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assistant Special
Agent-in-Charge, Chicago Field Office, Counterintelligence and Cyber Programs
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Networking Break
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Keynote: So, How Are We Doing? An Update on the National Economy
Most economists agree that the 2020 pandemic-driven recession will be
relatively short-lived, mostly in terms of months and not years. So now that
2021 sees new economic, monetary, and trade policies by the Biden
Administration, what is the outlook for the national economy? Our keynote
speaker is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News,
and his articles on the economy and public policy appear frequently in
national and regional publications. Don’t miss this timely update on
economic trends and policies.
Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth Third Bank
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Networking Reception: Best of the Midwest
Recap the day with colleagues during our signature Networking Reception.
Thursday, June 3
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Rise and Shine Networking Breakfast
Join us for a delightful breakfast before starting your busy day.
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. DEALINX - A Unique Deal Sourcing Event
The highlight of Deal Summit, DeaLinx is our industry’s premier deal sourcing
event that facilitates pre-arranged, one-one-one meetings between
investment bankers and fund managers. Using SBIA’s successful pre-
screening model, both sell-side and buy-side investment bankers are
welcome to participate. This is the most efficient opportunity to find and build
your next deal.
General Session
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Business Development in Our COVID World: Best Practices for
Marketing Your Firm, Finding Deals, and Creating Value

Speakers to be announced.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Adventures in New Tax Law
It is anticipated that legislation to increase taxes will be passed and signed
into law this year. Legislation has already been introduced that would tax
carried interest as ordinary income and impact the 1202 treatment of
qualified small business income. This is aligned with President Biden’s
proposal earlier this year to tax long-term capital gains at ordinary income
rates, increase personal income rates for those making over $400,000, and
the most recent infrastructure proposal funded with an increase in corporate
tax rates from 21% to 28%. This session will provide core information about
these critical issues facing PE fund managers … and much more.
Jonathan Collett, CPA, Partner, CohnReznick
Additional speakers to be announced.
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Networking Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Washington Update: A New Congress and Administration. A New
Landscape for Private Equity? Here’s What You Need to Know

Congressional committees are now organized, priorities are written, the
forces of the new Congress and Administration are well underway. Just what
does this mean for Private Equity? SBIA’s very own insider will provide an
up-to-the-minute review of issues that will affect your fund, your
investments, your bottom line.
Brett Palmer, President, Small Business Investor Alliance
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Networking Lunch and End of Summit Raffle
As the first in-person event comes to an end, enjoy lunch with colleagues
until the next SBIA event.
1:00 p.m.     Conference Concludes


The SBIA Deal Summit will be held on Wednesday, June 2 – Thursday, June 3, 2021 and offers attendees the opportunity to meet and network with lower middle market fund managers, limited partners, investment bankers, and select professional service providers.


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Registration for the 2021 Deal Summit includes all of the content sessions throughout the event for all attendee categories, and specific networking opportunities and pricing for the following registrant categories:

Registration Category

 2021 Pricing

SBIA Member $995
Non-Member* $1395

*Non Member Investment Banks may be eligible for a discounted registration rate. Please contact to see if you qualify.

Please Note: We limit attendance from Professional Service Providers (accountants, consultants, lawyers, due diligence and executive search firms, and software providers) to only those firms who are sponsors of the event or members of SBIA. For questions, contact us at 202.628.5055.

For questions, contact the Event Registrar via email or at 202.628.5055.

Golf Tournament

Deal Summit Golf Tournament – Harborside International

Harborside International Golf Center, home to both the Port & Starboard Courses, has been Chicago’s home for golf since 1995. Located only minutes from Chicago’s Loop, Harborside offers the premier golf experience in the Chicagoland area. As the only facility with two of Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois” and the home to the most expansive driving range and practice facility.


Architectural River Tour of Chicago

New! Deal Summit opportunity to network and see the sights!

From the 100-year-old Art Deco, Neo-Classical, and Gothic Towers, to some of the tallest modern-day skyscrapers, Chicago architecture presents an amazing adventure. Join us for a fun afternoon while networking with peers, and enjoying the beauty of Chicago’s skyline from the water.

The Golf Tournament and Architectural River Tour of Chicago are open to conference registrants and require a separate fee due at the time of registration. If you have any questions contact us via email or at (202) 628-5055.


Thank You to Our 2021 Distinguished Speakers

The SBIA Deal Summit speaker lineup feature experienced industry professionals who are experts in their field. 2021 Conference speakers include:

Jeff Korzenik
Chief Investment Strategist
Fifth Third Bank
Keynote Presentation: “So, How Are We Doing? An Update on the National Economy”


Brett Palmer

Small Business Investor Alliance
Session: “Washington Update: A New Congress and Administration. A New Landscape for Private Equity. Here’s What You Need to Know”


Stacy Harmsen
Spell Capital 
SBIA Midwest Regional President
Session: “Welcome and Sponsor Thank You”


Tyson Smith
Tecum Capital 
Session Moderator: “ESG Due Diligence: Considerations for Funds and Prospective Investments”



Elenore “Nellie” Garton, Ph.D.
Tablecloth, Inc. 
Session: “ESG Due Diligence: Considerations for Funds and Prospective Investments”



Michael Brice
President and Founder, BW Cyber Services 
Session: “Today’s Cyber Threat Landscape for Private Equity Funds”


As a courtesy for the registrants of the 2021 Deal Summit, we are offering a discounted room rate of $309 a night plus applicable taxes and fees at:

The Four Seasons Chicago  
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Tel: 312.280.8800

Unless sold out sooner, the SBIA room block will be available until May 17, 2021.


Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors




RSMStandishMcGuireWoodsZookDinonRobinson+ColeEversheds Sutherland



Interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Deal Summit? Contact us at (202) 628-5055 or via email.



A Unique Deal Sourcing Event
One of the highlights of the Deal Summit, DeaLinx is a deal sourcing event that facilitates pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings between investment bankers and fund managers.  Using SBIA’s highly successful pre-screening model, both sell-side and buy-side-focused investment banks are welcome to participate in this efficient opportunity to meet with the funds best suited to review the deals currently available.

DeaLinx gives all eligible conference attendees the opportunity to fill out an online profile with firm information for other attendees to view, enabling both fund managers and investment bankers to pre-screen one another without relying in independent research.  In advance of the Deal Summit, DeaLinx participants will then be able to send messages and request meetings at mutually available time slots during the DeaLinx event.  Participants will be provided with an assigned table location for their meetings.

Investment bankers interested in participating may be eligible for special registration rates and additional benefits while at the Deal Summit.  Please contact for more information!

Some of the Investment Banks that participated in DeaLinx 2020:

Bowstring Advisors

Capstone Headwaters

CIBC Cleary Gull

Cross Keys Capital

D.A. Davidson

Falls River Group, LLC

Fidus Partners

Founders Advisors, LLC

Greenberg Variations Capital

Griffin Financial Group

Hennepin Partners

Houlihan Capital

Kidd & Company, LLC

LCG Advisors

MHT Partners

Prairie Capital Advisors

SC&H Capital


Tenney Group

Texas Corporate Capital Advisors

Tully & Holland, Inc.

June 2 and 3 2021

The Four Seasons Hotel
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

For questions, contact the Event Registrar via email or at 202.628.5055.