Why You Should Attend!

The past decade or so has witnessed a rapid transformation in the underlying business of hedge funds. Having started out as boutiques servicing mainly the very rich, many of these firms have had to cope with a massive influx of capital, which is increasingly provided by large, institutional plan sponsors of every type. As the sector has ballooned to an excess of 8000 providers managing over $1 trillion in AUM, it has attracted increasing government interest and regulatory oversight. In addition to raising legitimate questions regarding their ability to sustain its characteristically high return profile, these developments are forcing hedge fund operators to mature as businesses. All of these developments are occurring against a very challenging investment background. Strong hedge fund returns have historically been positively correlated with high volatility and interest rate levels. Both of these have hovered at historic lows for quite some time now, which goes a long way to explain why many funds have found it difficult to impress with their performance. The combination of all the above factors serves to illuminate why managing the business of hedge funds has become increasingly challenging. While barriers to entry have remained low, the barriers to success appear to be ever rising.

The Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut, in partnership with Argyle Executive Forum, is organizing this one day event to help address this business theme. We have explicitly designed the conference to be a peer-to-peer gathering, fostering a lively debate around these issues. The forum, to take place in Greenwich, Connecticut, will bring together approximately 200 founders and senior managing partners of leading alternative investment management firms, senior operating executives from public and private operating companies, members of the endowment, foundation and pension fund community, as well as select advisory firms. The event is strictly by invitation only and a registration code is required. If you did not receive an invitation but would like to inquire about attendance, please contact Erin Sauter at: esauter@execforum.net

*This event is closed to the press/media

  • 8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast Reception & Opening Remarks
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    Breakfast Reception Presented by:Bombardier FlexjetOpening Remarks by Conference Chairmen:Tremont Capital ManagementWestwood Partners LLC

  • 8:30am – 9:10am "The Hedge Fund Industry Grows Up—And Faces Challenges"
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    Dean Barr Managing Director Citigroup Alternative Investments

  • 9:10am – 10:00am “How the class action mechanism can be utilized to restructure trouble companies.“
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    Panel Discussion Presented by:Schiffrin & Barroway, LLPPanelists:Andrew L. BarrowayManaging Partner Schiffrin & Barroway LLPDavid G. LatzkeChief Financial OfficerSoftBrandsRandal B. ToftelandChief Executive Officer SoftBrands

  • 10:00am – 10:45am Lee S. Ainslie III
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    Managing PartnerMaverick CapitalInterviewed by:Byron WienChief Investment StrategistPequot Capital

  • 10:45am – 11:00am Coffee Break
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    Presented by:Entwistle & Cappucci LLP

  • 11:00am – 11:50am
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    Sourcing Liquidity in a Changing Landscape”Panel Discussion Presented by:NYFIX, Inc.

  • 11:50am – 12:50pm Lunch Reception
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    Presented by:Fidelity Prime Services

  • 12:50pm – 1:30pm Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
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    Chairman & Chief Executive OfficerTiger Management, L.L.C.Interviewed by:Mark W. YuskoPresident & Chief Investment OfficerMorgan Creek Capital Management, LLC

  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm "Alternative Thinking About Investments"
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    Mark W. YuskoPresident & Chief Investment OfficerMorgan Creek Capital Management, LLC

  • 2:00pm – 2:40pm Coffee Break
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    Presented by:Chadbourne & Parke LLP

  • 2:40pm – 3:30pm “The Growth of Options in the Institutional Marketplace”
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    Panel Discussion Presented by:International Securities ExchangeModerator:Boris Ilyevsky Head of Business DevelopmentInternational Securities ExchangePanelists:Kim Bang Chief Executive OfficerBloomberg Tradebook L.L.C.Lawrence GibbsPortfolio ManagerMillennium PartnersJeffrey ShawVice President and Head of US TradingTimber Hill LLC, a division of Interactive Brokers LLCPeter SciallaManaging Director and head of US Volatility Trading Goldman Sachs

  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm "A Conversation with Lee Cooperman"
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    Leon CoopermanFounder and ChairmanOmega Advisors, Inc.

  • 4:00pm – 4:50 pm Panel Discussion Presented by:
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    Tremont Capital Management, Inc.Panelists:Paul DeRosaPrincipalMount Lucas ManagementGiampaolo GuarnieriPortfolio Manager FrontPoint Partners LLCRenee HaugerudCIO, Managing Principal and ShareholderGaltére International Fund LtdMarc LasryManaging PartnerAvenue Capital Group

  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm "The 'Opportunity' in Alternative Investments"
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    Seth A. KlarmanPresidentThe Baupost Group, L.L.C.

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Cocktail Party
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    Presented by:Ospraie Management

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you!

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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