About Us

The Booth Private Equity Group is one of the largest and most active professional groups at Booth.

The Private Equity Group works in conjunction with the school and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship to provide students with the opportunity to test classroom ideas, gain practical knowledge about the PE industry, and experience investing firsthand. Private Equity programming at Booth includes the Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge, Booth PE Conference, The Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge, and PEVC Lab.

The PE Group at Chicago Booth is very active within the student community, providing career development, networking opportunities, conferences on current topics in the industry, group activities, industry-leading speakers, industry-focused trips, and many other resources for our members.

Fade Oluokun

Co-Chair  |  Communications

Fade is a PEG co-chair with the primary responsibility for communications. Prior to Booth, Fade was with BW Forsyth Partners, a middle-market permanent capital private equity firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to BW Forsyth, Fade was a corporate advisory analyst providing valuation and transaction advisory services to private equity firms and other corporate clients. Fade received a BSBA in finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Fade interned at Thompson Street Capital Partners as part of the Booth Private Equity lab and completed a summer internship with Thompson Street as well.

Chris Swarbrick

Co-Chair  | Private Equity Conference

Chris is one of two PEG co-chairs primarily responsible for the Private Equity Conference. Prior to Booth, Chris was an Investment Associate with lower middle market private equity firm Blackstreet Capital and a Restructuring Consultant with FTI and Berkeley Research Group. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Chris has interned with Blue Marlin Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm in the Washington D.C. metro area, since February 2021.

Yesenia Arteta

Co-Chair  |  Private Equity Conference

Yesenia is a PEG co-chair with primary responsibility for the Private Equity Conference. Before Booth, Yesenia worked as an investment professional for Victoria Capital Partners, a South American private equity firm, serving as manager of business development in one of their portfolio companies. Prior to Victoria Capital, Yesenia worked at KPMG as part of the Deal Advisory practice, structuring transactions in the Colombian transport and social infrastructure space. Yesenia holds an industrial engineering bachelor's and master's degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. As part of Booth's Private Equity Lab, Yesenia interned with Lumos Capital Group. During her summer, Yesenia interned at Glenfarne LLC in New York, working on renewable energy investments in Latin America.

Ian Boyd

Co-Chair  |  Programming & Career Services

Ian is one of two PEG co-chairs with primary responsibility for the Programming and Career Services. Prior to Booth, Ian was an associate at Stella Point Capital, a middle-market private equity firm in New York. Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company as a generalist and at Guggenheim Partners in the healthcare group. Ian graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business. Over the summer, Ian interned at Benford Capital Partners, where he also completed his internship for the Booth Private Equity Lab.

Conrad Tindall

Co-Chair | Programming & Career Services

Conrad is one of two PEG co-chairs with primary responsibility for the Programming and Career Services. Prior to Booth, Conrad was a consultant at FTI Consulting, where he specialized in Corporate Finance & Restructuring. Following his time at FTI, Conrad worked at Align Capital, LLC and Wind Point Partners as a student intern. Conrad graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Finance and Computer Science.

Parth Gandhi

Co-Chair  |  SF Trek

Parth is a PEG co-chair with the primary responsibility for leading the SF Trek. Prior to Booth, Parth was an associate at Flexpoint Ford, a middle-market private equity firm that specializes in investing in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Prior to Flexpoint, Parth was an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions group at Wells Fargo Securities. Parth graduated from Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration. Parth interned with CIVC Partners as part of the Booth Private Equity Lab, and spent the summer with Apollo Global Management.

Ariana Bhatia

Co-Chair  |  NYC Trek

Ariana is a PEG co-chair with primary responsibility for leading the NYC Trek. Prior to Booth, Ariana spent four years at Goldman Sachs in New York. Ariana spent the first two years in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection group. Afterwards, she spent two years as an investment team member of Goldman’s Special Situations Group, doing principal investing with a focus on asset-backed transactions. Ariana graduated from Stanford University where she studied Management Science and Engineering. As part of Booth's Private Equity Lab, Ariana interned with Jackson Private Capital. During her summer Ariana interned at Tailwind Capital in New York City.

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