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Barney School of Business Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium

Posted 10/24/2017
Submitted by Kayla Heffernan
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Managing Capital and Risk in High Growth Companies

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Joseph F. Coughlin ’80, a University of Hartford regent, is chief executive officer and founder of Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC (CRS). He has more than 30 years of experience in the consulting, advisory, underwriting, and brokerage segments of the insurance industry. Coughlin has completed many complex engagements and provided ongoing stewardship for many of the largest and most intricate transactions within the private equity and distressed debt markets. Before forming CRS in 2002, Coughlin founded and served as president of JFC Consulting, the first truly innovative risk advisor to the sponsored alternative capital sector. From 1985–2000, he aggregated the largest centralized block of private equity insurance buying power in the industry before selling to a large insurance brokerage firm in 2000. Coughlin has been an active investor in a number of private equity and venture capital partnerships. He has also been an active individual investor in a host of start-up companies and has served on many for-profit and not-for profit boards. He currently sits on the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is himself an Eagle Scout. A three-sport athlete as an undergraduate at the University of Hartford, Coughlin has been a University regent since 2011. He has been a member of the board’s Athletics Committee since 2012 and its Athletic Development Committee since 2013.

Michael Frain is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2008, michael frainleads the firm's Shared Services program and focuses on the firm's real estate investments. Through the Shared Services efforts, Mr. Frain delivers support to the firm’s portfolio companies across four main areas: 1) a network of specialized professionals who provide assessments of spend, employee benefits and various risk exposures; 2) a suite of preferred vendors who offer competitive economic terms and best-in-class service; 3) consortium opportunities that can drive savings within certain indirect spend categories; and 4) real estate related support, including in start-up and transactional situations. He is also a member of the firm's environmental, social and governance committee. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Frain held various senior level finance positions at Racebrook Capital, Monday Properties and ATC Management. He holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from Baruch College.