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.
September 28, 2020
Webinar Archive: Compliance Risks and Considerations During COVID-19Lawyers from Perkins Coie discussed OCIE’s considerations and reviewed specific actions and reviews within these categories that broker-dealers and investment advisers might consider conducting. The webinar was recorded on Friday, September 25, 2020.
September 25, 2020
Webinar Archive: Streamlining the Asset ManagerEY focused on how the asset management industry is evolving to address current and future opportunities and challenges. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
September 21, 2020
Webinar Archive: Fund Industry Claims Trends: An Insurer’s PerspectivePanelists from ICI Mutual offered their thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber risk, and other new and evolving risks may impact the claims environment in the years ahead. The webinar originally aired on September 16, 2020.
September 10, 2020
Webinar Archive: Marking Two Decades of Falling Fund Fees: Key Takeaways From Morningstar’s Annual Fund Fee StudyMorningstar’s Ben Johnson and Gabrielle DiBenedetto shared the key findings from Morningstar’s latest research on trends in fund fees. The webinar originally aired on September 9, 2020.
August 3, 2020
Webinar Archive: Fundamentals of Cyber Risk and InsuranceEmily Lowe, VP and New England regional leader of Willis Tower Watson's North America cyber team, discussed the fundamentals of cyber risk and the ability to transfer to insurance can equip mutual fund directors with the information to enhance their work on behalf of the shareholders. The webinar originally aired on July 29, 2020.
July 22, 2020
Webinar Archive: TALF 2020 - What Directors Need to KnowSeward and Kissel lawyers reviewed the TALF 2020 eligibility criteria for registered funds to participate in this program. This webinar originally aired on July 21, 2020.
July 20, 2020
Webinar Archive: Return to the Workplace of the FutureThis webinar focused on the risks and opportunities surrounding returning to the workplace. The webinar originally aired on July 20, 2020.
July 8, 2020
Webinar Archive: ESG - How Mutual Funds Can Address the Risks and Capture the OpportunitiesEY partners provided insights into managing ESG risks and capturing related opportunities. This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
July 7, 2020
Webinar Archive: Moving Towards the “Now” Normal Work EnvironmentMike Pappacena, Nicole Morton, and Erik Olsen of ACA Compliance Group will discuss the “then” and the potential “now” and how firms’ compliance monitoring, information security, and continuity planning may look as firms move toward returning employees to the office. The webinar will broadcast originally aired on June 30, 2020.
June 10, 2020
Webinar Archive: Changing Distribution ModelsPartners from E&Y provides insights to how investment managers across the industry are realigning operating models. The webinar originally aired on June 9, 2020.
June 3, 2020
Webinar Archive: Risk-based Governance and Reporting: SEC Looks for Boards to Focus on Pricing When it Matters MostDeloitte audit partner and managers highlighted the impact of the SEC's new valuation rule proposal for boards, advisers, and auditors. The webinar originally aired on June 2, 2020.
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.