Michael Hintze, founder, chief executive and senior investment officer of CQS, the $7.5 billion London-based credit, convertibles, equity and multistrategy investment fund group, hasjoined the lineup to offer the international keynote address on November 2.
Before he established CQS in 1999, Hintze was managing director in the leveraged funds group at Credit Suisse First Boston, having spent 12 years previously at Goldman Sachs. In addition to guiding CQS successfully through the recent financial crisis, Hintze has also been a vocal supporter of the UK's Conservative Party.
Kyle Bass, the founder of Hayman Advisors, will offer a keynote address on November 3. Bass has been ahead of the curve in global macroeconomic thinking in recent years, arguing that the world's largest economies face significant pain.
The symposium will kick off with a state-of-the-industry panel featuring Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital Management; Andrew Rabinowitz, chief operating officer of Marathon Asset Management; Steve Shapiro, founder of Intrepid Capital Management, and Michael Lewitt, co-founder of Harch Capital Management.
Strategy sessions will focus on energy, distressed and event-driven strategies. Looking at the energy markets post-BP will be Renee Haugerud of Galtere, Bryan Martin of D. E. Shaw, Josh Fink of Enso Capital and Tim Flannery of Copia Capital. The event-driven panel will feature Chris Delong of Taconic Capital Advisors, Michael Weinberger of York Capital and Scott Ostfeld of JANA Partners. The distressed panel will feature Jody Lanasa of Serengeti Asset Management, Jason Mudrick of Mudrick Capital Management, Christopher Pucillo of Solus Alternative Asset Management and David Sherr of One William Street Capital Management.
A separate investor panel will answer the question: Have managers regained investors' trust? Panelists will include Alexandre Col, head of the investment fund department of Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild; Brian Gavin, chief operating officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, and Jim Berens, managing director of the Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co.
This year two panels will explore global macro issues. One will feature a debate on China, while the other will address the future of Europe. Jerry Wang of Visions Asset Management is on the China panel, while Paolo Pellegrini of PSQR Management and William Browder of Hermitage Capital Management will be among those discussing Europe.
Workshops addressing such issues as regulation, emerging markets and capital-raising are in the planning stages. More details, including a booking form, schedule of events and more speakers, are being updated online at www.AbsoluteReturnSymposium.com.
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