The Forum's webinars feature an hour long presentation on a discrete topic of interest to fund directors. The webinars cover a broad range of technical topics, regulatory issues, and governance-related items. Some webinars are aimed squarely at board oversight issues, and some take a broader view of industry trends. Every webinar features speakers who have particular knowledge about the subject-matter at issue.
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May 25, 2021
Webinar Archive: Board Oversight of a Fund’s Derivatives Risk Management and Fund Compliance With Rule 18f-4
Lance King, counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP, Victor Frye, CCO at ProShares Advisors LLC, discussed the board's role in overseeing a fund's derivatives risk management program and compliance with the new Rule 18-f-4. This webinar originally aired on Monday, May 24, 2021.
May 21, 2021
Webinar Archive: Fund Director Compensation -The MPI Annual Survey (2021)
This webinar will summarize the findings from MPI's recent annual "Survey of Mutual Fund Director/Trustee Compensation and Organizational Practices." This webinar originally aired on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
May 10, 2021
Webinar Archive: Introduction to GIPS and New Pooled Fund Considerations
This session will provide an overview on Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) and the revised 2020 Edition of GIPS. This webinar originally aired on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
May 4, 2021
In Focus Archive: Board Oversight of Securities Lending
This session focused on board oversight of securities lending with Marney McCabe, Co-head of Global Securities Lending at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), and Garrett Berkery, Head of Risk Management for Global Securities Lending at BBH. The presentation and discussion originally took place via Zoom on May 4, 2021.
April 15, 2021
Webinar Archive: Gamification of Securities Trading: Fad or the Future?
Jack O'Brien and Amy Natterson Kroll, partners with Morgan Lewis, will discuss implications of the GameStop trading. This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
April 14, 2021
Webinar Archive: Registered Fund Tax: There’s Nothing to Be Afraid Of
During this webinar, Cohen & Company's team provided a board-level discussion on tax topics that are most impactful to registered funds. This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
April 6, 2021
Web Event Archive: Emerging Markets Equities
As part of the Forum's Investment Series webinars, Jan Hopkins, independent director of Franklin Templeton Investments, interviewed Stephen Dover, chief market strategist at Franklin Templeton Investments, on emerging markets vs. other investments and how to to evaluation the portfolio management, risks, and investment process of the funds. This event originally aired on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
April 1, 2021
Webinar Archive: Asset Management M&A for Fund Directors – Recent Trends and Governance Issues
Christopher Healey and Lucie Enns from Simpson Thacher will provide an overview of recent trends in asset management M&A transactions and discuss related board governance considerations. This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
March 31, 2021
Web Event Archive: Modernizing Board Oversight of Mutual Funds and Emerging Challenges from Other Pooled Investment Vehicles and Robo-Advisers
This presentation discussed the challenges of modernizing board oversight of mutual funds within the evolving landscapes in the fund industry. This event originally aired on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
March 29, 2021
Web Event Archive: Excelling in the Age of Data
MFDF partnered with EY center for Board Matters to present Excelling in the Age of Data program. The EY team discussed some of the innovative technologies that are disrupting the asset management industry. This event originally aired on Thursday, March 11, 2021.
March 25, 2021
Webinar Archive: Municipal and Taxable Fixed Income - A Multi-Speed Recovery
As part of the Forum's Investment Series webinars, Morningstar Funds' Chairwoman Theresa Hamacher discusses with Paul Reisz, executive vice president and head of the multi-sector fixed income team at PIMCO, on general economic views and the municipal market. This webinar originally aired on Friday, March 12, 2021.
March 10, 2021
Webinar Archive: Gender Bias in Investment Professional Evaluations
Professor Scott Stewart from Cornell University's SC Johnson College of Business will discuss gender biases in the investment industry that hinders firms from expanding diversity in their investment teams. This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
March 4, 2021
Webinar Archive: Board Oversight of ETFs
Stephanie Capistron, Adam Teufel and Kaitlin McGrath from Dechert LLP will provide an overview of board oversight responsibilities for ETFs with a particular focus on semi-transparent ETFs. This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
February 26, 2021
Webinar Archive: ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going
George Michael Gerstein and Sara Crovitz with Stradley Ronon will provide an update on the state of current DOL and SEC regulation around ESG and proxy voting/engagement and what may be coming from the regulators under new leadership. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
February 4, 2021
Webinar Archive: A New Fair Valuation Framework for Fund Directors
Join Thoreau Bartmann, Senior Special Counsel, Rulemaking in SEC’s Division of Investment Management; Paul Kraft, a partner at Deloitte; and Paulita Pike, a partner at Ropes and Gray for an overview of the SEC’s recently adopted rule on Good Faith Determinations of Fair Value. This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
January 29, 2021
Webinar Archive: Post-Election Insights on Regulations & Issues that Affects Mutual Funds
Jamila Abston and Marc Saidenberg from EY discussed the key drivers of impact for the mutual fund industry in the new administration. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
January 22, 2021
Webinar Archive: What if Closed-End Fund Defenses Fail? Preparing for an Activist Board Member
Jennifer Gonzalez of K&L Gates LLP discussed the pros and cons of potential actions boards could consider now to prepare for the possibility that an activist candidate is nominated and elected. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
January 21, 2021
Webinar Archive: Insights for Evolving with the New Distribution Trends
This webinar discussed the trends driving changes in the fund distribution and the implications for asset manager leadership and director oversight. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
January 15, 2021
Webinar Archive: Board's Responsibility of Derivatives
Ken Holston and Fatima Sulaiman, partners in the K&L Gates LLP's Asset Management and Investment Funds Practice, discussed the board's responsibilities under the new derivatives rule. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
January 13, 2021
Webinar Archive: Impact of New US Sanctions on Publicly Traded Securities of Communist Chinese Military Companies
Darshak Dholakia, a partner in Dechert’s International Trade and Government Regulation group, gave an overview of the new US sanctions that impose restrictions on publicly traded securities of so-called Communist Chinese military companies and securities that are derivative of, or designed to provide investment exposure to, such publicly traded securities. The webinar originally aired on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.