Panelists Set For NASAA Listens Forum on Hedge Funds

Hedge Fund Industry Experts, Regulators to Gather April 4 in New York

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2006)—The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc., (NASAA) is bringing together a diverse panel of experts for a public forum on hedge funds and their increasing role in the portfolios of pensions and individual investors. The NASAA Listens Forum on Hedge Funds will be held Tuesday, April 4 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Astor Room of the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel, 111 East 48th Street, in New York City.

North Dakota Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler will moderate the Forum, which will explore the “retailization” and growth of the hedge fund industry, the factors fueling the demand for alternative investments, recent national and international developments regarding alternative investment products and regulation, as well as suitability, transparency, and distribution issues. Panelists include:

  • William F. Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth;
  • Michael R. Butowsky, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw LLP;
  • Paul M. Weisenfeld, Director, Smith Barney Alternative Investments;
  • Bruce Graham, Managing Director, Shields Associates;
  • Susan M. Mangiero, Managing Member, BVA, LLC and Founder, Pension Governance, LLC, and
  • Ryan Tagal, Hedge Funds Product Manager, Morningstar, Inc.

The Forum is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Onsite registration begins at noon, followed by a luncheon. The program begins at 1 p.m. To reserve a seat, please contact Lonnie Martin, at 202-737-0900 orlm@nasaa.org, by March 31.

The Forum will be webcast live, audio-only, and archived on the NASAA website for later listening. Click here to register for, and listen to, a webcast of the Forum.

NASAA is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Its membership consists of the securities administrators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico.

For More Information:
Bob Webster
Director of Communications
202-737-0900

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