Cal Private Equity Network Ramps Up


Recognizing that relationships are a big part of the private equity world, Tom Beerle, MBA 09, and Jens Dueing, MBA 08, decided a year ago that Cal needed a better way to tap into that network.

So Beerle, who works at Bertram Capital, and Dueing, now at Fidelity Equity Partners in London, created the Berkeley Private Equity Network, which aims to foster networking in the private equity industry among Cal students and graduates. The fledgling group brought members together at its second mixer at Gordon Biersch in San Francisco in March.

Co-chairs Beerle and Tim Heston, MBA 09, who also works at Bertram Capital, helped organize a private equity speaker series in the fall and a Sunday course on private equity taught by Swander Pace Capital Partner Mark Poff. In addition to publishing a quarterly newsletter, they are developing a membership list that currently has over 350 alumni working in private equity. To learn more about this Haas affiliated group, go to the newly upgraded Haas@Cal online community ( or visit their website at


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