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 9, 2020
Forum Comment Letter on Use of Derivatives
On April 9, 2020, the Forum submitted a comment letter in response to the SEC’s rule proposal use of derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business
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.
March 5, 2020
Press Release: Forum Announces Wyderko's Successor
The Mutual Fund Directors Forum has announced that Carolyn McPhillips, Senior Counsel of the Forum, will succeed Susan Wyderko as President upon Susan's retirement in June 2020.
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.
June 14, 2019
Practical Guidance on Fund Mergers and Adviser Combinations
Mutual Fund Directors Forum released two companion publications, titled Practical Guidance for Fund Directors on Mutual Fund Mergers and Practical Guidance for Fund Directors on Adviser Mergers & Acquisitions.