FINforums Annual Hedge Fund Summit 2013
FINforums, the events arm of news provider FINalternatives, is holding its Third Annual Hedge Fund Summit on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Convene conference center in New York City.
Industry experts will gather to speak candidly about the biggest issues affecting fund managers and investors today. Don’t miss out on this chance to meet and mingle with the top decision makers and investors in the alternative asset management industry.
Subjects covered this year include the global macro outlook, the changing regulatory environment, tips on capital raising, an investment consultants roundtable and more.
There will be plenty of time to network during lunch, coffee breaks and a drinks reception. This annual event is a must attend for anyone involved in the hedge fund industry, including fund managers, high-net-worth investors, institutional investors, lawyers, accountants, technology providers, private bankers, advisors and consultants.
- Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, BlackRock (Keynote)
- Samuel E. “Q” Belk IV, Cambridge Associates
- Nick Colas, ConvergEx Group
- Michael G. Curry, InfoHedge Technologies
- Bruce Frumerman, Frumerman & Nemeth Inc.
- Ron Geffner, Sadis & Goldberg
- Alan D. Glatt, Protocol Capital Management
- Barry Goodman, Grassi & Co.
- Marne Gorman, Cliffwater
- Louis R. Kahl, Hewitt EnnisKnupp
- Eric Lazear, FQS Capital Partners
- Christian Menegatti, Roubini Global Economics
- Dr. Vinay Nair, Ada Investments
- Cathleen Rittereiser, Author, Speaker, Educator
- Neil N. Sheth, NEPC
- Arvin Soh, GAM
- Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners
- Samuel Sussman, Alternative Investment Group
- Jillian Timmermans, Cordium
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Chief Market Strategist
|12:15 – 1:30||Lunch & Keynote
|1:30 – 2:15||The Global Macro Outlook --
Economists and global macro hedge fund managers discuss the state of world markets, the biggest geopolitical risks, and their predictions for the future.
|2:20 – 3:05||The Business Of Running A Hedge Fund --
Having a successful hedge fund isn’t all about making good investments, it is about building a solid business. Compliance officers and operations experts discuss the best practices for building and running an institutional quality hedge fund business.
|3:05 – 3:30||Coffee Break|
|3:30 – 4:15||Capital Raising: How To Gain An Edge In A Competitive Environment --
Asset allocators and marketing professionals share their expert advice on the dos and don’ts of raising money and growing your hedge fund.
|4:20 – 5:00||Investment Consultants Roundtable --
Leading investment management consultants discuss how they make their investment decisions, as well as touch on when and how fund managers should approach them, and what managers should and should not do once then have landed a meeting.
|5:00 – 7:00||Networking Cocktail Reception|
Vice Chairman, BlackRock
Barbara Novick is a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive and Global Operating Committees and Chairs the Government Relations Steering Committee.
From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms. Novick heads the firm’s efforts globally on Government Relations and Public Policy.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. Ms. Novick joined First Boston in 1985 where she became head of the Portfolio Products Team. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.
Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. Ms. Novick is a member of CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council and Reuters’ Editorial Advisory Board. She currently serves as a Trustee of Cornell University, UJA-Federation, and the HCM Foundation, and coaches in the Westchester Youth Soccer League. Ms. Novick previously served on the boards of Robert Toigo Foundation (2007–2010), City Harvest (2010-2012) and Westchester Day School (2000-2005), and served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994-2012).
Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University in 1981.
Samuel E. “Q” Belk IV
Director of Diversifying Investments
“Q” Belk serves as Director of Diversifying Investments at investment consultant Cambridge Associates. Before joining Cambridge in 2011, Belk was a Managing Director at the Dartmouth College Investment Office, where he was responsible for hedge fund and distressed portfolios and private equity. Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2008, he was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers Japan, where he served on the Asia risk management committee and headed a pan-Asia group focused on hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds and Asian fixed income, foreign exchange and futures products.
At Cambridge Associates, Belk evaluates investment opportunities and oversees a team of research consultants and analysts covering investment managers in diversifying asset classes and strategies. They include high-yield credit, bank debt, GTAA, active currency, lower-beta hedge funds, global macro and tail risk hedging.
Before Belk started at Lehman Brothers Japan in 2000, he was Managing Director, Absolute Return, at Stanford Management Company, which manages Stanford University’s endowment. He had previously been at Credit Suisse First Boston in San Francisco, New Zealand, Sydney and Tokyo. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Nicholas J. Colas
Chief Market Strategist, ConvergEx Group
Nicholas J. Colas is a managing director and chief market strategist for ConvergEx Group. In this role, Mr. Colas is responsible for analyzing trends in the economy and financial markets. A seasoned Wall Street analyst and portfolio manager, he is charged with providing ConvergEx clients with the latest, in-depth market analysis and commentary through our daily Morning Market’s Briefing and is available to speak and provide market commentary to the media in both print and interactive mediums.
Mr. Colas previously worked at Rochdale Securities, LLC, a provider of brokerage and independent research services, where he built the equity research team and oversaw development of a proprietary valuation model. Prior to his tenure at Rochdale, Mr. Colas served as a portfolio manager at SAC Capital and Silver Capital Management. Earlier in his career, he was a senior equity analyst in the auto and auto parts sector of Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Colas holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology from Haverford College.
Michael G. Curry
Managing Director, InfoHedge Technologies
Michael Curry joined InfoHedge Technologies as a principal and a managing director of client services. Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of client services including business development, client relations, and business strategy.
Prior to joining InfoHedge, Michael spent ten years enveloped in all aspects of hedge fund technology and support services in the alternative investment community. As part of his ten year tenure as a CTO and director of operations at another integrator, he was personally responsible for the launch of over 200 hedge funds. Michael has extensive experience in selection and implementation of, infrastructure, security, trading systems, compliance protocols, as well as BCP and disaster recovery solutions. Michael holds a BA from St. John’s University.
CEO, Frumerman & Nemeth Inc.
Bruce Frumerman is CEO of Frumerman & Nemeth Inc., a communications and sales marketing consultancy that helps financial services firms create brand identities for their organizations and develop and implement effective marketing strategies and programs. His firm’s work has helped money management clients attract over $7 billion in new assets, yet they are not third-party marketers.
Mr. Frumerman has over thirty years of experience in helping money management firm clients to educate and persuade people to understand and buy into how they invest. His clients include hedge funds, institutional money management firms, family offices, funds of funds, mutual funds, SMA money managers, private equity investment firms and financial planning firms serving the high net worth market. Mr. Frumerman is a frequent speaker at various events and also has been published addressing the subject for FINAlternatives, HedgeWorld, Canadian Hedgewatch, Emerging Manager Focus, Emerging Manager Monthly, Investor Relations Newsletter and Hedge Connection. Additionally, he wrote the chapter on marketing for the Thomson Reuters IFR Market Intelligence special report, “Which Way Next For Hedge Funds? A Guide For Managers, Banks and Investors”.
Partner, Sadis & Goldberg
Ron S. Geffner is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and also oversees the Financial Services Group. He regularly structures, organizes and counsels private investment vehicles, investment advisory organizations, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators and other investment fiduciaries. Geffner also routinely counsels clients in connection with regulatory investigations and actions. His broad background with federal and state securities laws and the rules, regulations and customary practices of the SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and various other regulatory bodies enables him to provide strategic guidance to a diverse clientele. He provides legal services to hundreds of hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds organized in the United States and offshore.
Geffner began his legal career with the SEC, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the federal securities laws with an emphasis on enforcement in connection with violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He also assisted federal and state criminal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, in their investigations of possible criminal violations of federal and state securities laws.
Geffner is often interviewed as a legal expert in the securities industry. He has been interviewed on Fox News, CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Squawk Box, Power Lunch and Closing Bell on CNBC, British Broadcasting Channel and Bloomberg Radio. He is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Barron’s, Barron’s Online, Reuters, Dow Jones, Financial Times, New York Newsday, London Daily News, TheStreet.com, Private Equity Week and other national and international publications.
Alan D. Glatt
Managing Partner, Protocol Capital Management
Prior to establishing Protocol Capital Management, an outsourced capital placement and global consulting firm, Alan Glatt was a partner with Alpha Equity Management (“AEM”), an alternative investment firm specializing in quantitative statistical arbitrage and 130/30 strategies. In 2007, Trusco Capital Management, the $75 billion dollar asset management division of SunTrust Bank (“STI”) purchased a significant minority interest in AEM. Subsequently, Glatt sold his remaining interest in the firm.
Glatt has over 20 years experience in financial services, began his career with Smith Barney Harris, Upham, in the institutional sales area. He subsequently worked as a vice president in the Institutional and Individual Service Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”). In 1991 he joined Morgan Stanley in the Private Client Group and left as a principal of the firm in 2002. In late 2002, he joined Mariner Investment Group, as thepresident of Mariner Wealth Management.
Glatt is on the Board of Trustees of the Southampton Hospital Foundation and Honorary member of Trustees for New York’s Henry Street Settlement. In addition, he is a long time member of the Steering Committee for the Henry Street Settlement’s Armory Art show.
Audit Principal, Grassi & Co.
Barry Goodman is an audit principal and the practice leader of Grassi & Co.’s financial services practice. He specializes in providing accounting solutions for broker dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds and closed-end mutual funds. Goodman is responsible for managing several client engagement teams. He and his staff work closely with clients providing recommendations and implementing solutions that help structure and manage their middle and back offices.
Goodman spearheads the firm’s initiatives to educate and inform professionals in the alternative fund industry with current trends and relevant issues. He recruits speakers, organizes meetings and facilitates seminars. Additionally, Goodman is responsible for staff training and developing course materials on timely topics.
Goodman has more than 20 years of accounting experience. He has worked for both national and regional accounting firms in addition to being a controller for a global alternative investments platform focusing on leveraged loan investments. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), where he is the chair of the investment companies committee. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in Taxation from Baruch College.
Managing Director, Cliffwater
Marne Gorman is a Managing Director of Cliffwater LLC in our New York office and a member of the firm’s hedge fund research team. Prior to joining Cliffwater in 2009, Gorman was a Principal in the Investment Group at Khronos LLC where she was responsible for all aspects of the hedge fund research process. Previous experience includes working in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.
Gorman earned a BA in Business Administration with high distinction from the University of Michigan.
Louis R. Kahl
Associate Partner, Hewitt EnnisKnupp
As a senior researcher with Hewitt EnnisKnupp’s Liquid Alternative group, Kahl is responsible for leadership efforts involving hedge fund and hedge fund-of-fund manager research. Kahl’s role includes working in coordination with Hewitt EnnisKnupp’s non-U.S. practices in sourcing, evaluating, conducting due diligence, and monitoring hedge funds on a global basis. Additional responsibilities include working with clients on education involving hedge funds, as well as advising clients on structure, selection, and implementation of hedge funds into their portfolios.
Prior to Hewitt EnnisKnupp, Kahl was a Director with Cliffwater LLC where he was responsible for hedge fund manager research across strategies. As part of his manager research responsibilities, he worked with the consulting staff on behalf of institutional investors, including public and corporate pension plans, and endowments and foundations on hedge fund allocations. Before Cliffwater LLC, Kahl was with Pfizer Inc.’s pension group, where he was responsible for multiple asset classes, including global equities and alternative investments for the U.S., select international pension plans, and the corporate foundation, which represented more than $20 billion in assets.
Kahl earned his BA in Economics from Villanova University and his MBA in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Kahl joined Hewitt in July of 2009 and is based in New York.
Head of Operational Due Diligence, FQS Capital Partners
Eric S. Lazear is Head of Operational Due Diligence for FQS Capital Partners, which is a global fund of funds founded by former Renaissance Technologies managing director Dr. Robert J Frey. FQS takes a scientific approach to hedge fund investing, combining quantitative and qualitative investment techniques.
Prior to joining FQS, Lazear launched the operational risk due diligence practice as a director for Duff and Phelps, an independent provider of financial advisory and investment banking services. Lazear was responsible for managing a team that provided independent third party assessments of hedge fund manager’s operating policies and procedures to an array of investors allocating to alternatives.
Prior to Duff and Phelps, Lazear was head of operational due diligence for FIM, responsible for assessing the operational and business risk of hedge fund managers globally. Prior to FIM, he was head of operational risk with IAM (International Asset Management) in a similar role. Lazear joined IAM from JPMorgan Chase where he was AVP within the J.P. Morgan Performance Measurement, Analytics & Consulting Group between 1998 and 2005, specialising in performance analytics and manager searches.
Lazear is a member of the board of directors for the Hedge Fund Business Operations Association. He holds a BBA from Hofstra University (1992), and an MBA from Baruch College (2001).
Vice President and Head of Global Economic Research,
Roubini Global Economics
Christian Menegatti is a vice president and the head of global economic research at Roubini Global Economics. Christian’s areas of expertise are global macroeconomics, the U.S. economy, the U.S. housing sector, monetary policy and capital flows, and foreign-reserve accumulation and management. Previously, Christian spent three years as a research scholar at New York University’s department of economics.
Menegatti makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Forbes and Fox Business News, and is frequently quoted in the financial press. He has been an invited speaker at a variety of institutions including the Carnegie Council, Chatham House, Merrill Lynch and the Society for Quantitative Analysis. His research has been quoted by several scholars and institutions including the IMF and the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Venice, Italy, and a master’s degree in economics and finance from Venice International University.
Dr. Vinay Nair
Managing Partner and CEO, Ada Investments
Dr. Vinay Nair is the Managing Partner and CEO of Ada Investments, an investment management company focused on providing liquid solutions to institutional and private clients globally. Ada’s investment philosophy centers on the belief that fundamental research ideas used to select securities can be evaluated using empirical techniques and executed through a disciplined rules-based approach. The firm has offices in New York, NY and Mumbai, India. Before founding Ada, he was the Research Director and a Portfolio Manager at Old Lane (Citi Alternative Investments).
Prior to becoming an investment manager, Dr. Nair was an Assistant Professor of Finance at The Wharton School where he developed a course on private equity and acquisitions for MBA students. He continues his academic affiliation as a senior fellow at the Wharton School and a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business. Dr. Nair has been published in leading finance journals, and was quoted in several news media, in topics related to Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance and Investment Management. He has also delivered talks on these topics to several audiences including universities as well as practitioner and policy forums. He is also the author of ‘Investing for Change’ (Oxford University Press, 2008), a book on the use of social variables in investment management.
Dr. Nair completed his PhD in Financial Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University with an award for the best thesis. His undergraduate studies were at the Indian Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal.
Cathleen M. Rittereiser (Chair)
Author, Speaker, Educator
Cathleen Rittereiser is the co-author, with Lawrence E. Kochard, the CEO of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, of the books Top Hedge Fund Investors: Stories, Strategies, and Advice (Wiley, 2010) and Foundation and Endowment Investing (Wiley, 2008). In 2013, she founded Uncorrelated, LLC to focus on educating, mentoring and inspiring future institutional investment leaders, and to launch the Portfolio Whiteboard Project, an innovative initiative to bring together this new generation of investors to reimagine the endowment model.
Rittereiser is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of endowment and foundation investors and alternative investments, and is an accomplished moderator of investor panels at industry conferences. Foundation and Endowment Intelligence named Rittereiser a “Rising Star” in August 2011.
Rittereiser’s expertise in institutional investing has evolved from a 20+-year career in financial services sales, marketing and client service with leading asset management and financial information companies. Specializing in alternative investments, primarily hedge funds, since 2002, she was previously a Director of Investor Relations for Concordia Advisors, a $1 billion hedge fund complex. Her earlier hedge fund marketing experience includes stints with Symphony Asset Management, an alternative asset management firm owned by Nuveen Investments, and Alternative Asset Managers. She began her career in the Merrill Lynch Corporate Intern Program, where she was one of 12 undergraduates selected from 2000 applicants for a high profile management-training experience.
Rittereiser received an AB from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She lives in New York City.
Neil N. Sheth
Partner, Director of Hedge Fund Research, NEPC
Neil Sheth joined NEPC in 2009, and his investment experience dates back to 1993. Sheth is involved in NEPC’s hedge fund research and due diligence activities, in addition to providing consulting services for the non-traditional asset classes of various public, corporate, Taft-Hartley and endowment/foundation clients. In addition, he has experience evaluating and structuring private equity and real asset managers and portfolios. He is a member of the firm’s Alternative Asset Investment Committee.
Prior to joining NEPC, Sheth worked at Berkshire Partners, LLC in Boston where he was a founder and co-portfolio manager of a fundamentals-based, concentrated, global value hedge fund. Previously, he spent 11 years in the private equity industry. He was a partner at M/C Venture Partners and an associate at General Atlantic, LLC; firms that focus on the global technology, telecom and media industries. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co.
Sheth received his B.S. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Portfolio Manager, GAM
Arvin Soh is a portfolio manager and investment committee member in GAM’s multi-manager team, responsible for global macro and CTA investments along with the management of various customized accounts. Prior to joining GAM in February 2005, Arvin was a manager within the pension group at Pfizer, with primary responsibility for manager selection in international equity, global macro and currency funds. Before that, he was an assistant portfolio manager with a quantitatively based fundamental hedge fund and a vice president with Bankers Trust Asset Management focused on global markets.
Arvin holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is based in New York.
Chairman, Agecroft Partners
Don Steinbrugge is chairman of Agecroft Partners, a global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds. Agecroft currently has six hedge fund clients whose organizations average over $1.5 billion in assets under management.
Steinbrugge has served as the head of sales for one of the world’s largest hedge fund organizations and institutional investment management firms. He was a founding principal of Andor Capital Management, which was formed when he and a number of his associates spun out of Pequot Capital Management. At Andor, he was head of sales, marketing, and client service and was a member of the firm’s operating committee. When he left Andor, the firm ranked as the second largest hedge fund firm in the world.
Prior to Pequot, Steinbrugge was a managing director and head of institutional sales for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Before that, Steinbrugge was head of institutional sales for NationsBank (now Bank of America Capital Management). He began his career in 1984 with The Travelers.
Steinbrugge is currently a member of the investment committees for The City of Richmond Retirement System, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Endowment Fund, The Science Museum of Virginia Endowment Fund and The Richmond Sports Backers Scholarship Fund. He is also a member of the board of directors of The Richmond Ballet, and the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.
Head of Investment Strategy, Alternative Investment Group
Samuel Sussman is a managing director and head of investment strategy for Alternative Investment Group. He is responsible for directing the firm’s top-down research, identifying investment opportunities across strategies, industry sectors, and geographies and has primary responsibility for sourcing and monitoring the firm’s event-driven and credit managers. He joined the firm in January 2012.
Prior to joining Alternative Investment Group, Sussman was a partner at Cadogan Management, where he was the head of research and responsible for sourcing and monitoring credit and event-driven equity managers. Prior to Cadogan, Sussman was a senior managing director at Bear Stearns where he spent nearly 13 years in the firm’s securitized products area. Prior to this, he was an associate/consultant at Corporate Decisions, Inc., a strategy consulting firm.
Sussman holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is also a board member and treasurer for Gracie Gardens Cooperative Association and a board member of Agora Partnerships, a non-profit focused on global economic development.
Vice President & Partner, Cordium
Jillian is Co-Manager of Cordium US’s Compliance Consulting Team and a Partner at the firm. In addition, she supports clients by meeting their regulatory needs. Jillian has worked as an analyst in the Public Finance Department at Bear Stearns where she focused on fixed-income issuance for city and state housing agencies.
Jillian received a B.S., magna cum laude, in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a JD, magna cum laude, from New York Law School. Jillian is also certified as an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP) by National Regulatory Service’s Center for Compliance Professionals.
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