Capital Allocators Monthly - August 2021

September 1, 2021 by Ted Seides

“Risk is what’s left when you think you’ve thought of everything.”

– Carl Richards



Victoria Sienczewski joins Capital Allocators. Victoria joins us from Global Endowment Management as a Partner to help grow Capital Allocators and work on our investments. After a rockstar internship with Ted as an HBS student, we’re thrilled to have Victoria back!

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Hot Jobs to Share

We come across friends looking to hire talent from time to time. These three different opportunities from close relationships came across our desk this month.

CEO of an MFO. We heard from a friend who is quietly helping to find a CEO to lead a $10 billion multi-family office based in New York City. The ideal candidate has a strong operational and investment background, an entrepreneurial mindset, and experience growing a multi-family office.

Join Big League Advance. Past guest Michael Schwimer and Big League Advance are looking for a Player Relations Coordinator to join their team.

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Transcript: Inside the Sausage Factory of the Caesar’s Restructuring. Ted sat down with financial journalists Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap, co-authors of The Caesars Palace Coup, to dissect this private equity deal gone wrong. The stakeholders involved are a who’s who in private equity and distressed investing – Apollo, TPG, GSO, Elliot, Silver Point, Oaktree, and Appaloosa. We discuss the full chronicle and the applicable lessons for investors.

Read Episode Transcript Here.

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Ordered by reading time: tweets first, books last, and blog posts and articles in between.

1. The Allocator, Leanna Orr. Leanna is back with a souped-up version of her insider perspective on industry scoops, job searches, and manager gossip. New media company, same outstanding journalism. Her most recent piece included a “worst ideas” contest of CIOs over the next year with a special prize for the winner.
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2. Allocating to Emerging Managers. Emerging managers became a hot topic on FinTwit a few weeks ago (Ted’s thoughts on the subject here). John-Austin Saviano, former CIO of UC-Berkeley, provides a thoughtful perspective on the risk/reward of allocating to new GPs.
Read A Strategic Allocation to New GPs

3. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Updates. The CFA Institute released a draft of its DE&I Code, and past guest Shundrawn Thomas received a well-deserved DE&I Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read CFA Draft DE&I Code

4. First principles of valuation.Michael Mauboussin has a gift in curating research and articulating established investment truths. His latest, Everything is a DCF, offers a grounding at a time when frothy valuations pervade corners of the markets. Seth Klarman defined value investing as “the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator.” Michael discusses the calculator.

When reading Michael’s piece, we remembered reading a thoughtful piece from subscriber Sajith Pai entitled Exhaust Fumes that describes a very non-DCF approach taken by venture capitalists.

The two are not mutually exclusive, but eventually must coincide.
Read Everything is a DCF Here

5. Richer, Wiser, Happier. William Green’s book draws on many years of interviewing managers as a journalist and gets inside the investing approach and personal psychology of some of the greats.
Purchase Here

BONUS. New York State of Mind. Ted got the ‘goosies’ watching this compilation of performers singing the Billy Joel classic for NYCNEXT to encourage the city’s recovery from the pandemic and drive civic engagement.
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Past Capital Allocators Episodes

EP.206: Orlando Bravo – Private Equity Masters 7 – Thoma Bravo

EP.207: Chuck Davis – Private Equity Masters 8 – Stone Point Capital

EP.208: Wylie Fernyhough – Private Equity Stakes

EP.209: Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap – Inside the Sausage Factory of the Caesar’s Restructuring

EP.210: Matt Spielman – Executive Coaching in Asset Management

EP.211: Jenny Heller – Beginner’s Mind with Professional Wisdom at Brandywine

Past Manager Meetings Episodes

EP.5: Jonathan Lewinsohn, Diameter Capital Partners – Interviewed by Kristen VanGelder

EP.6: Greg Jensen, Bridgewater – Interviewed by Stephen Gilmore

EP.7: Bruce Martin, Still Lake Capital – Interviewed by Donna Snider

EP.8: Rick Rieder, Blackrock – Interviewed by Tim McCusker

Best of the Rest

Acquired: The Complete History & Strategy of a16z. Acquired is one of our new favorite listens, and this two-part series is an excellent pairing for those that have listened to our Private Equity Masters mini-series. Ben and David chronicle the deep, rich history of one of the most successful VC firms in our lifetime.