Absolute Return Symposium 2010

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

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.

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.

Fortress's Briger to keynote AR Symposium

Peter Briger, principal and co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, will offer a keynote address at the seventh-annual AR Symposium, which is being held November 2-3 in New York City at the New York Athletic Club.

Briger, who is responsible for Fortress's credit hedge funds, joined the firm in 2002 and has been a member of the board of directors since November 2006. He was elected co-chairman in August 2009. After the crash of 2008, changes made at Fortress's hedge funds helped the firm show the best gain in AR's annual Hedge Fund Report Card, moving from its near-bottom rank of 30th to tenth this year.

Prior to joining Fortress in March 2002, Briger spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner in 1996. Over the course of his career there, he held the positions of co-head of the whole loan sales and trading business, co-head of the fixed income principal investments group, co-head of the Asian distressed debt business, co-head of the Goldman Sachs Special Opportunities (Asia) Fund and co-head of the Asian real Estate private equity business.

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, will 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.

s 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.

Wed 03 Nov 2010

The New York Athletic Club, New York