Paul Roye, director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will address delegates at MFA Network, the Managed Funds Association’s (MFA) annual conference. More than 500 hedge fund professionals are expected to attend the February 6-9 conference, which will take place at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Roye will make the keynote address for a newly added "post-conference" programme on Wednesday, which will focus on "Guidance on the SEC’s New Regulatory Framework for Hedge Fund Advisors".
John Gaine, MFA president, promises a wide range of speakers have been enlisted to "engage delegates on a variety of industry best practice". "MFA’s conferences typify our mission of education, both among our constituency and the industry’s external audiences such as government officials and investors," he says.
Other highlights include a State of the Industry Regulatory Update, led by Gaine, and a "Live Fire" crisis management presentation. Two panel discussions will also focus on: "Is Jurisdiction Selection the Key to Success? Legal, Tax and Marketing Issues to Consider", and another on "Latest Developments in Structuring Hedge Funds and Funds of Funds".
Additional keynote speakers scheduled so far include: Richard Clarida, chief economic strategist of the Clinton Group; John Henry, chairman of John W Henry & Company; Art Laffer, founder and chairman of Laffer Associates; and Dr James Newsome, president of the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex). Newsome is also former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.