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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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.
January 11, 2021
Webinar Archive: Asset Allocation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Chris Graham, CIO at Nationwide Mutual Funds, kicked off the Forum's Investment Series webinars with a discussion on asset allocation. The webinar originally aired on Friday, January 8, 2021.
December 17, 2020
Webinar Archive: What Mutual Fund Directors Need to Know About AI and Quantitative Investing
This webinar provides a framework for directors to understand how to oversee funds that use AI and quantitative methods to manage investments. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
December 14, 2020
Webinar Archive: Board Oversight of the Liquidity Risk Management Program
Join Erik Olsen of ACA Compliance Group as he highlights the results of ACA's 2020 liquidity risk management program rule survey. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
December 10, 2020
Webinar Archive: Investment Valuation and Governance: Industry Trends and Benchmarking
Join Paul Kraft, Tom Wines, and Katie Yorra as they discuss the latest findings from Deloitte's 18th edition Annual Fair Valuation Survey. The webinar originally aired on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
December 4, 2020
Webinar Archive: Considerations for Institutional Investors Seeking Exposure to Crypto Assets
Valerie Dahiya and Thomas Ahmadifar with Perkins Coie, LLP will discuss the latest developments in cryptocurrency and blockchain. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
November 18, 2020
Webinar Archive: Mutual Fund Litigation and Enforcement Update: Lessons from 2020 and a Preview of 2021
Dechert partners will highlight mutual fund industry litigation from 2020 and provide a preview of what to expect in regulatory enforcement in 2021. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
November 13, 2020
Webinar Archive: CCO Compensation - The MPI Annual Survey (2020)
This webinar summarized the findings from MPI's recent annual survey of mutual fund Chief Compliance Officer compensation. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
November 12, 2020
Webinar Archive: The New Normal in Governance
Dr. Deborah Rubin with RHR International discusses governance trends across boards and lessons learned during the pandemic. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
November 12, 2020
Webinar Archive: Post-Election Review: The Road Ahead
Karishma Page with K&L Gates provided post-election review with insights to what the new administration may focus on during their first year. The webinar originally aired on Monday, November 9, 2020.
October 28, 2020
Webinar Archive: Mutual Fund Director Risk Oversight Responsibilities and Trends
The webinar focused on the mutual fund director’s role and duties in risk oversight for the funds for which they are responsible, set forth common risk management program elements to help directors to understand how investment advisers and service providers manage risks related to the funds they oversee and discuss specific areas of existing and emerging risks that impact the investment management industry. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
October 21, 2020
Webinar Archive: All About Board Committees
Stacy Louizos, Co-Chair of the Investment Management group at Blank Rome, discusses the roles and responsibilities of Board Committees. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.