Cooperman, Karsch join AR Symposium

By Anastasia Donde

Tue Oct 5, 2010

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Among the new panelists are managers from Carlson Capital, Lansdowne Partners and Visium Asset Management. A 15% discount is still available for subscribers.


Omega Advisors' Leon Cooperman and Lansdowne Partners' David Craigen will discuss this year's challenging equity market alongside Karsch Capital's Michael Karsch and Carlson Capital's Hal Schroeder at the seventh annual AR Symposium, to be held on Nov. 2-3 in New York City at the New York Athletic Club.

Cooperman manages the $4.8 billion Omega Advisors, Karsch manages his eponymous $3.1 billion firm, Craigen is an equity portfolio manager at $10 billion London firm Lansdowne Partners, and Schroeder heads up relative value arbitrage for the $5.2 billion Carlson Capital.

Other new additions to the lineup include Jason Huemer, president of Visium Asset Management, who will speak on the best practices panel. Noah Greenhill, general council at Highbridge Capital Management, will join the regulatory panel alongside executives from York Capital Management and Millennium Partners.

The four new additions will join many more luminaries from the hedge fund industry who are already confirmed to speak at the symposium. Kyle Bass, the founder of Hayman Advisors, Peter Briger, principal and co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, and Michael Hintze, founder of CQS, will appear as keynote speakers.

The Symposium will kick off with a state of the industry panel exploring the big picture outlook for hedge funds, including relations with investors. Panelists include Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital Management; Andrew Rabinowitz, the chief executive officer of Marathon Asset Management; Steve Shapiro, founder of Intrepid Capital Management, and Michael Lewitt of Harch Capital Management.

Strategy sessions will focus on such topics as energy, distressed and event-driven. 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. Joining the event-driven panel will be Chris Delong of Taconic Capital Advisors; Michael Weinberger of York Capital Management, 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 Alexander Col of Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild; Brian Gavin, the chief operating officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, and Jim Berens of the Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co.

As in previous years, there will be ample time allocated for networking during coffee breaks, lunch and cocktails between or after the various sessions. A 15% discount will be offered to subscribers of AR Magazine. More details, including a booking form, schedule of events and further information on speakers, are being updated online at: AbsoluteReturnSymposium.com.