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.
All of the Forum's webinar archives are available for free only to Forum members. The archives contain links to the written materials and the audio recording of each webinar. Please log in to view links to archives.
May 29, 2020
Webinar Archive: MPI Annual Profitability Study including the Comparison to Q1 2020This webinar discussed the impacts of the political and worldwide events like COVID-19 pandemic influences on the profitability of large public asset management firms. The webinar originally aired May 28, 2020.
May 22, 2020
Webinar Archive: Fund Director Compensation: The MPI Annual Survey (2020)Jay Keeshan and Meyrick Payne of Management Practices Inc. highlighted the data analysis from their latest annual "Survey of Mutual Fund Director/Trustee Compensation and Organizational Practices." The webinar originally aired May 21, 2020.
May 18, 2020
Webinar Archive: Audit Committee Considerations in the Current Environment: Accounting and Reporting, Tax, and Remote Operations
Brent Oswald and John Russo from KPMG highlighted the accounting and reporting challenges as a result of the current business and market disruption and economic uncertainty. Additionally, they discussed what considerations are important to address internal control in a remote work environment. The webinar originally aired May 14, 2020.
May 7, 2020
Webinar Archive: Money Market Funds - Uncertainty, Intervention, and the Road Ahead
Clair Pagnano and Jon-Luc Dupuy, partners from K&L Gates highlighted the issues related to money market funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar originally aired May 7, 2020.
May 7, 2020
Webinar Archive: Current Board Priorities: Valuation Rule and COVID-19 Considerations
Ropes & Gray LLP partners Paulita Pike, Elizabeth Reza and Adam Schlichtmann discussed the details of SEC's new valuation rule proposal and the challenges faced by board in the COVID-19 environment. The webinar originally aired May 5, 2020.
May 1, 2020
Webinar Archive: Current Trends and Auditor Independence
Marcy Kempf and Aly Cottam, partners from Cohen & Company, presented relevant rules that govern auditor independence within the registered fund environment, as well as about recent rule changes, final and proposed, that the SEC has made regarding auditor independence. The webinar originally aired April 30, 2020.
April 22, 2020
Webinar Archive: Closed-End Funds: Offering Reform and COVID-19 Considerations
Nathan Briggs, a partner at Ropes & Gray, discussed several of the most important issues for directors to consider in connection with the Offering Reform as well certain issues arising that are unique to closed-end funds as a result of the COVID-19. The webinar originally aired April 21, 2020.
April 17, 2020
Webinar Archive: Advancing Diversity: Fund Board Composition Considerations for 2020 and Beyond
This webinar discussed diversity trends among fund boards, how those boards are thinking about diversity as a matter of governance, and methods boards are using to prioritize diversity as a factor in director recruitment efforts. The webinar originally aired on April 16, 2020.
April 10, 2020
Webinar Archive: Planning Effective Virtual Board Meetings
On April 9, 2020 Julie Wolf, Senior Partner, US Business Leader at RHR International LLP discussed how to effectively conduct virtual board meetings and the risks/challenges to anticipate for funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 8, 2020
Webinar Archive: The New Work from Home Environment
ACA Compliance's Mike Pappacena and Erik Olsen discussed the impact a total work from home environment has on investment advisers, funds, and their vendors. Mike and Erik will discuss the potential impact of this "new normal" on operation efficiency and cybersecurity.
March 27, 2020
Webinar Archive: Challenges for Fund Boards in Light of COVID-19
Dechert partners discussed the top issues facing fund directors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The topics included Liquidity, NAVs, SEC Filing Delays and In-Person Meeting Relief, and MMFs.
March 12, 2020
Webinar Archive: An Update on the SEC's Whistleblower Program
Goodwin lawyers Marco E. Adelfio and Andrew L. Zutz discussed the history and current landscape of the SEC's whistleblower program, considerations for mutual funds and their directors, and the potential direction of changes going forward.
February 14, 2020
Webinar Archive: The SEC’s Derivatives Rule: What Fund Directors Should Know
During this webinar, partners from Shearman & Sterling walked through the SEC proposal, with a view toward understanding how the rule will affect you.
February 7, 2020
Webinar Archive: Benchmark(s): A Necessity, a Standard, or an Absolute?
During this webinar, Paul Ellenbogen with Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., discussed various questions fund directors should keep in mind when it comes to benchmarks.
January 24, 2020
Webinar Archive: What's New in the ETF Landscape
In this session, KPMG thought leaders reviewed key factors that explain why 2020 will be the year of actively managed ETFs, important considerations for active managers who are developing Active and Nontransparent ETFs, and recent SEC rulings that are changing the ETF landscape.
January 9, 2020
Webinar Archive: The Value of Active Management: What Fund Directors Need to Know
Members of the Active Managers Council presented the need for a more balanced narrative on the value of active management, the role that active management plays in the markets and the importance of a long-term perspective in evaluating active management's value-added.
December 12, 2019
Webinar Archive: Transitioning away from LIBORLIBOR and other IBORS are being phased out worldwide. This webinar discussed the discontinuation of LIBOR, its possible alternatives, and the steps you need to take to manage future risk.
This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
November 21, 2019
Webinar Archive: AICPA Valuation and Accounting Guide Updates' Impact on Registered Investment CompaniesThis session will familiarize participants with the newly released AICPA Valuation and Accounting Guide, titled, Valuation of Portfolio Company Investments of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds and Other Investment Companies, which KPMG worked with the AICPA to produce. The session explained when the guide applies to fund investments and how it applies to certain fund investments.
This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, November, 20, 2019.
November 15, 2019
Webinar Archive: Mutual Fund CCO Compensation: The MPI Annual Survey (2019)Each summer MPI releases its "Survey of Mutual Fund Chief Compliance Officer Compensation and Organizational Practices", which provides aggregate compensation data received through confidential questionnaires from fund CCOs and other industry executives. This webinar provided highlights from the most recent survey.
This webinar originally aired on November 14, 2019.
October 18, 2019
Webinar Archive: The ETF Rule: One for (Almost) All and All for OneStacy Fuller and Alyssa Sherman with K&L Gates discussed the new ETF Rule, which will replace the current exemptive relief granted by the SEC to operate exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) for most, but not all, ETFs. The discussion will also focus on portions of the ETF Rule most relevant for Board members, including new policies and procedures required to engage in “custom basket” transactions.
This webinar originally aired on Thursday, October 17, 2019.