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“Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Investment Profession” – Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (Choose One Venue Only)

Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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In person at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 31st Floor, 601 Lexington Avenue, NYC Ended Free  
In person at Yale in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 211 Ended Free  
Webinar (Streaming Video and Audio - instructions will be emailed before the event) Ended Free  

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“Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Investment Profession” – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This event is the twelfth in a series covering different professions of interest to Yale students and alumni. The concept has been to present, for each profession, a diverse panel of people who are at different stages of their career and/or in different areas of the profession who will provide the audience with candid views and dispel misperceptions. This event will cover the investment profession (hedge funds, private equity and wealth and asset management). 

The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously inNew York Cityand at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator inNew York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person. 

Time: April 8, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.) 

Locations and Webinar:

 New York Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 31st Floor, 601 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Yale Location: Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 211

Webinar: Streaming video and optional audio conference call



Please register for just one venue (New York, Yale or the Webinar) 


  • Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
  • How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
  • What are the myths versus the realities?
  • What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
  • What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
  • If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Gregory Ho, President and Chief Operating Officer of Spring Mountain Capital, LP (Yale BA in Administrative Science and Columbia Law School JD) 

Reuben Jeffery III, Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller & Co., (Yale B.A. in Political Science and Stanford J.D./M.B.A.) 

David F. Thomas, Managing Partner, Court Square, Advisory Council of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (University of Akron) 

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners (Yale B.A.) 


Gregory Ho 

Gregory Ho is President and Chief Operating Officer of Spring Mountain Capital, LP, a private investment management firm which he co-founded in June 2001. SMC manages assets of over $2 billion in three areas: hedge funds, private equity, and municipal bonds. Previously, he was a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of McKinsey & Company, Inc. During his 16 years with McKinsey, he managed financial and tax planning for the firm and its worldwide partner group, as well as the identification, evaluation, and selection of traditional and alternative asset managers for its qualified employee plans and in-house investment office. Mr. Ho was also a Trustee of McKinsey's Profit-Sharing Retirement Plan and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. After leaving McKinsey in 1998 and prior to joining SMC, he was a private investor and consultant. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was an associate at the law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. 

Mr. Ho is an owner of three very trendy cocktail bars in Paris; a minority-stake producer of what he hopes will be next year's hit musical, Allegiance (which is about the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII); and a 12-time marathoner still seeking to produce a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. Mr. Ho received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S., with honors, in Administrative Science from Yale College. He is a member of the New York and California Bars. 

Reuben Jeffery III 

Reuben Jeffery III is Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller & Co., a wealth advisory and asset management firm. Previously he served as Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs. He is also a former Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Special Assistant to the President on the National Security Council staff. Mr. Jeffery spent eighteen years working for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, London and Paris. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Barclays PLC and is an advisory board member of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited and TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. He is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C., a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Mr. Jeffery received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale and a J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford. 

David F. Thomas 

David F. Thomas, Managing Partner of Court Square, has been with Court Square since 1980. Court Square is a leading independent private equity firm established by the former members of Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners. He joined the Leveraged Finance Group of Citibank in 1976. Mr. Thomas is a director of Cadence Aerospace, Fibertech Networks, Harvard Drug Group, Mspark and Wyle. Previous boards include Auto Europe Group, Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Newmarket International, Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains. Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Peter Young (Moderator) 

Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings. Under his leadership, Young & Partners has established and maintained its position as a highly regarded firm. 

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers for ten years. Peter has been an investment banker serving the chemical and pharma industries for twenty seven years, assisting a wide variety of chemical and life science companies on a global basis with regard to mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising. 

Early in his career, while with Bain & Co., Peter provided strategic advice to major chemical and life science companies. He was also a senior member of J.H. Whitney & Co. the venture capital firm. 

Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Previous Panels 

Previous panels prior to this academic year have covered film and drama, legal, investment banking, entrepreneurism, consulting, and medical. The series for 2013-14 will cover a few new professions, including investing (private equity, hedge funds and asset and wealth management), education, non-profit organizations and a repeat of the medical profession. 

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including Yale Undergraduate Career Services, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).


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When & Where

Meeting Room Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 211 (at Yale) and Freshfields (in New York)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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