“Black Swan” Taleb joins AR Symposium

By Josh Friedlander

Thu Sep 1, 2011

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The risk expert will offer keynote, along with Man’s Roman and Canyon’s Julis

Nassim Taleb
The “Black Swan” author Nassim Taleb, who predicted the financial crisis of 2008, will deliver a keynote address at the eighth annual AR Symposium, being held in New York on November 2 and 3 at the New York Athletic Club.

Taleb is the Distinguished Scientific Advisor for Universa Investments, a firm that offers tail risk protection—and is considered the premier expert on unforseeable rare events, so-called black swans. Taleb has advised heads of states, top financial institutions and various central banks on tail risks. “Black Swan” has been called one of the most important books published since World War II. Taleb’s books, which also include “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical & Practical Aphorisms,” have been translated into over 32 languages.

Taleb has held senior trading and managing director positions at investment banks and is a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University Polytechnic Institute.

Taleb joins a distinguished lineup of speakers who will address the pressing issues faced by investors today as economic uncertainty continues.

Emmanuel “Manny” Roman, chief operating officer of Man Group, the London alternatives firm that manages $71 billion in assets, and Mitch Julis, co-founder of the $17.5 billion Los Angeles multistrategy fund Canyon Capital, will also keynote the event.

Roman was co-CEO of GLG Partners, which was acquired by Man in 2010. In May, he joined the board of directors of the company, where his primary responsibility is integrating the GLG acquisition.

Julis is co-founder, co-chairman and co-CEO of Canyon Capital Advisors, which he launched in 1990 with former Drexel Burnham Lambert colleague Josh Friedman. The two have built Canyon into the 13th-largest hedge fund firm in the U.S., focused on distressed assets.

The two-day AR Symposium will feature dozens of hedge fund managers, opening with a “view from the top” panel composed of hedge fund founders, who will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Strategy sessions will explore the future of macro investing, emerging markets, credit and managed futures.

On the second day of the event, six managers will take 15 minutes each to present their best ideas in equities, credit and other strategies, articulating their trades in great detail. This increasingly popular format will also allow the audience to question managers directly about the thinking that underpins their trades.

As in previous years, there will be networking opportunities during lunch breaks, lunch and cocktails.

For more, please visit www.absolutereturnsymposium.com.

Confirmed speakers include:

Darcy Bradbury

D.E. Shaw

Ken Brody

Taconic Capital Advisors

Mark Dow

Pharo Management

Josh Fink

Enso Capital Management

Alex Garrard

BTG Pactual

Mary Goodman

James Caird Asset Management

Renée Haugerud


Mustafa Jama

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Josh Kaplan

Ascension Health

Ross Margolies

Stelliam Investment Management

Roy Niederhoffer

R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management

Bruce Richards

Marathon Asset Management

Alex Roepers

Atlantic Investment Management

Karthik Sankaran

Covepoint Capital Advisors

Stephen Siderow

Blue Moutain Capital Management

Tom Shandell

GoldenTree Asset Management

Geoffrey Sherry

Lucidus Capital Partners

Wes Swank

Hayman Capital Management

Brian Taylor

Pine River Capital Management

Michael Turner

FRM Investment Management

Sushil Wadhwani

Caxton Associates

Deirdre Ypma

APG Asset Management

Jamie Zimmerman

Litespeed Management

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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