AR Symposium workshops to feature Utah pension exec. among other experts

By Neil Wilson

Wed Oct 13, 2010

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This year’s symposium will include panels discussing regulatory issues, best practices, technology and strategies in Latin America.


The full schedule for workshop sessions at the forthcoming AR Symposium, to be held at the New York Athletic Club on 2-3 November, has now been finalized-adding a range of important topics and speakers from many more major firms to the program.

After the coffee break in the first afternoon of the event, delegates will be given a choice of two streams-with one featuring workshops on Regulatory Issues followed by Best Practices, and the other featuring a workshop on Technology and Fund Administration followed by Strategies in Latin America. On the second afternoon of the event, another workshop has been added on the evolving topic of Fund Alignment Rights. ( See the full event program here.)

The session on regulatory issues, which will debate how funds will operate under new rules both in the U.S. and globally, will feature speakers from three of the industry's top firms: Noah Greenhill from Highbridge Capital Management, Simon Lorne from Millennium Management and Mark Schein from York Capital Management.

The Best Practices session which follows will then discuss how firms are responding to the new environment in terms of infrastructure and operations-featuring such speakers as Ben Appen from Magnitude Capital, Jason Huemer from Visium Asset Management and Adam Geiger from New Legacy Capital.

The workshop focusing on fund administration for today's business model, which will feature discussion on the detailed technology and mid-office issues involved, will include Simon Fludgate from consulting firm Aksia and Kurt Locher from One William Street Capital as well as John Buckley from the administrator Omnium.

And the session on LatAm strategies will feature four speakers including Luis Damato from Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo, the biggest hedge fund group in the region, as well as Rodrigo Bresser from Bresser Asset Management and Cypriano Freijo from DEX Capital.

The workshop on Day Two will tackle the thorny issue, highlighted so dramatically by the financial crisis of 2008, of how to better align the interests of managers and investors-and look, in particular, at the concept of Fund Alignment Rights, pioneered by Optcapital. That session will feature Jonathan Koerner from Utah Retirement Systems, which has taken a lead among end investors on this central topic for the industry, and Jim Earle from K. & L. Gates, who has written papers for academic journals on the subject.

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

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H