For Immediate Release:  Sep 2, 2009
2009, 09, 02

Hofstra Law to Host Conference on Investment Management During the Global Financial Crisis

Hofstra Law to Host Conference on Investment Management During the Global Financial Crisis

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — On October 9, 2009, the Journal of International Business and Law, a publication of Hofstra Law and Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business, will present “Investment Management Law,” a conference to address the fallout from the global financial crisis and emerging issues in investment management law.  Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will deliver the keynote address. 

Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, the event takes place in the Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308, Hofstra Law School.  To view the webcast, visit

Conference panelists will discuss investment management law topics in the context of the ailing economy, including the use of derivatives and leverage, enforcement and litigation trends, and the regulation of investment advisers and hedge funds.  

Serving as co-chairs of the conference are Jay G. Baris, partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP;Ronald J. Colombo, Hofstra associate professor of law; and Andrew J. Donohue, director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. 

Donohue will discuss current trends from the SEC’s perspective.  In addition, he will moderate a round-table discussion with former directors of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. Daniel F. Waters, director of retail policy and conduct risk of the UK Financial Services Authority, will discuss emerging trends from the United Kingdom’s perspective.

Other confirmed speakers include:  Diane Ambler, partner, K&L Gates LLP; Barry P. Barbash, partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; James G. Cavoli, partner, Milbank; Stuart H. Coleman, partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Meyer Eisenberg, professor, Willamette Law School; Susan Ervin, Division of Investment Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Ronald M. Feiman, partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Joel H. Goldberg, partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; James J. Hanks, partner, Venable; Jeffrey Hiller, chief compliance officer, Principal Global Investors; Martin E. Lybecker, partner, WilmerHale; Lori Martin, partner, WilmerHale; Karrie McMillan, general counsel, Investment Company Institute; Frank J. Nasta, managing director, head of JP Morgan Funds Management Legal; Paul N. Roth, partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Douglas J. Scheidt, chief counsel, Division of Investment Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Marianne Smythe, former division director, Division of Investment Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Jeffrey E. Tabak, partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

"These are challenging times for investment companies and investment advisers," said Jay Baris.  "We are thrilled that so many top lawyers and regulators will be joining us to address the growing legal and regulatory challenges facing investment managers.  Their insights and expertise will help attendees advise their clients on the difficult legal issues they face, and help further the national debate over regulatory reform."

"The financial services industry is currently undergoing unprecedented changes, due to both market and regulatory forces," said Professor Colombo.   "This conference will bring together policymakers and industry leaders to explore how these changes affect investment management, a critical component of the financial services industry."

Seven Professional Practice CLE Credits Available for Non-Transitional Attorneys.  The registration fee is $350 and scholarships are available.  For more information or to register,

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