Opus Connect’s mission is to enable our members to create, expand, and maintain long-term relationships within the finance industry. Membership to Opus Connect is by invitation only and all prospects are individually vetted and approved by the Opus Connect Selection Committee. Once admitted to our network, members gain unparalleled access to top-tier professionals through structured activities to form meaningful and long-lasting connections throughout the U.S. Our monthly chapter events feature a diverse group of esteemed speakers who deliver the latest affairs in the M&A and Real Estate domains.

Opus Connect members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Regular introductions to senior executives in fields such as financial services, M&A, real estate, law, international trade, accounting and more
  • Exchange of referrals for new business and deal flow
  • Exceptional presentations by industry leaders on a variety of topics of particular interest to senior level professionals
  • Monthly chapter events that accommodate hectic schedules (i.e. lunch or evening panels)

Chicago Private Equity Chapter Board Members

Steve Sahara

Director at Stout

Steve Sahara is a Director in the Valuation Advisory group responsible for assisting the Stout management team with the acceleration of their U.S. and international growth strategy by sourcing new relationships with law firms, accounting firms, family offices, private equity, hedge funds, financial institutions, and public/private companies from middle market to Fortune 500. Steve aligns business opportunities with Stout resources to respond to a clients’ valuation, financial opinion, investment banking, or litigation support needs. Steve has extensive experience working with client management and directors, transaction attorneys, financial sponsors, institutional investors, asset managers and administrators, regulators and accounting professionals across a broad client spectrum including industrial corporations, banks, funds, and insurance companies.
Steve focuses on valuation and dispute consulting for M&A (pre-acquisition diligence, purchase price allocation, post-acquisition disputes, fairness and solvency opinions), financial reporting, corporate and estate / gift tax valuation, business reorganizations, and expert testimony / litigation support for analyses of economic damages across the spectrum of commercial litigation and shareholder disputes.
Steve began his career in business valuation at Price Waterhouse (Chicago), was CFO/board member of a UK telecom messaging software company, and ran financial structuring/execution groups focused on debt/equity capital, funding and liability management solutions at Investment Banks: Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, ABN AMRO and Credit Agricole CIB in New York and London.

Phil Kain

Managing Partner at Rush Street Capital

Phil Kain has over 20 years of professional experience in corporate banking and leveraged lending. Phil has closed well over 200 middle market transactions during his career. Phil has proven expertise in sourcing and structuring debt for lower middle market companies and private equity firms. Phil is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan, residing in Chicago with his wife and 3 children.

Eric Prezant

Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Eric Prezant is a partner in the restructuring and insolvency group who handles troubled loan matters throughout the country. He served for six years as a member of the firm’s global executive committee, and is the primary relationship attorney for several of the firm’s banking and financial institutions clients. He has broad experience representing lenders in negotiating and restructuring troubled loans, and in the enforcement of lenders’ and creditors’ rights and remedies, including Article 9 sales, commercial real estate foreclosures, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. His experience also includes representing debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and workouts, and representing strategic and financial buyers in the purchase of distressed companies.
Mr. Prezant’s commercial lending experience includes representing financial institutions in structuring, negotiating, and documenting commercial loan transactions, including asset-based loans, senior and mezzanine debt, acquisition financing, and bankruptcy exit financing.
Mr. Prezant has been distinguished as a recognized practitioner in restructuring by Chambers & Partners; by The Deal magazine as one of the nation’s Top Bankruptcy Attorneys, and as an Illinois Super Lawyer for multiple years.
Mr. Prezant is frequently invited to speak to groups of business professionals on the topics of commercial loan restructuring, alternative debt and finance, asset acquisition and disposition, and real estate workouts.
Mr. Prezant also serves on the advisory board for the All Stars Project of Chicago which is a not-for-profit organization that brings hope and opportunity to thousands of inner-city youth working to move beyond the barriers of poverty.

Nathan Harnetiaux

Senior Vice President at PineBridge Investments

Mr. Harnetiaux joined PineBridge in 2017 as a Senior Vice President in Americas Business Development with a focus on providing strategic investment solutions to a broad range of insurance companies. He was previously a Director, Business Development at Brightwood Capital Advisors. Prior to that he served as a Portfolio Manager at Kemper Corporation and ran their alternative investments program. Mr. Harnetiaux holds a BS in Finance from The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA charterholder.

What Our Chicago Private Equity Chapter Members Are Saying

“Being a sponsor has definitely gotten the NFP brand out within the private equity community. With such a high caliber group of members, we are very pleased with the strong business connections that we’ve made.”

Michael Schneider, NFPChicago Chapter

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