HFA Symposium Washington, DC
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • 4:15pm-4:45pm Registration
  • 4:45pm-6:00pm Panel
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm Keynote Speaker
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm Cocktails

K&L Gates LLP
1601 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

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For hedge fund managers, decisions made in Washington, D.C. have a direct impact on their ability to do business. In the past several years, the alternative investment industry has adapted to several new regulatory, reporting and recordkeeping requirements - and more changes are expected to be rolled out this year. To gain the latest insights on what to expect, and how to adapt, please join us on Thursday, June 13th for the HFA Symposium: Hedge Funds & the Regulatory Road Ahead.

Keynote Speaker: Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government- Sponsored Enterprises, House Financial Services Committee, will speak about financial services reform and recent legislative and regulatory developments that may affect the hedge fund industry. In addition, an accomplished panel of experts will offer attendees guidance on:

Dodd–Frank Act and the Volcker Rule
Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)
CFTC and NFA compliance update for hedge fund managers
Private fund systemic risk reporting (Form PF, Form CPO-PQR and NFA reporting)
Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD)
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

Attendees will enjoy a keynote and an informative and interactive discussion followed by cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking. This HFA Symposium is complimentary for HFA members investors, managers and service providers. A limited number of service providers will be accepted.

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Congressman Scott Garrett
Keynote Speaker: Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
Chairman of the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee

On January 3, 2013, Congressman Scott Garrett was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District. Since his election to Congress in 2002, Scott has burnished himself with a reputation as a leading advocate of tax relief and pro-growth economic policies, earning him awards and accolades from a number of national taxpayer and small business groups.

Committee and Subcommittee Assignments

House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises (Chair)
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance

Cary J. Meer
Cary J. Meer
K&L Gates LLP
Washington, D.C. Office

Ms. Meer is a partner in K&L Gates’ Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Investment Management practice group. She focuses her practice on private investment companies, including hedge and private equity funds, negotiated mergers and acquisitions of investment advisers and broker-dealers, derivatives and related areas.

Ms. Meer structures private funds as limited liability companies, limited partnerships, offshore corporations, common trust funds and business trusts, and prepares disclosure documents and organizational documents for such entities. She also advises investment advisers, private fund managers and investment companies on compliance issues, including under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and whether their commodity interest-related trading or advice would require them to register as commodity pool operators or commodity trading advisors.

Richard S. Heller
Richard S. Heller
Partner, Thompson Hine
Chairman, HFA Regulatory & Government Advisory Board

Richard is at Thompson Hine, LLP’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group. He focuses his practice on securities matters. He is also a Director of the Hedge Fund Association, where he serves as the Chairman of the Regulatory and Government Advisory Board. His experience includes the formation of private offerings including hedge fund offering documents and exhibits, and related securities filings; forming and registering broker-dealers with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as ongoing compliance advice for broker-dealers.

Brett Heimov
Brett Heimov
WSW Government Affairs

Mr. Heimov joined the private sector after 12 years on Capitol Hill, working his way from Staff Assistant to Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director and finally Washington Chief of Staff for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Heimov was responsible for handling transportation, financial services, education, environment, foreign affairs and energy issues for the Congressman. As the Washington Chief of Staff he directed the Member’s political and legislative agenda in Washington. Prior to joining WSW in 2007, Mr. Heimov worked for three years at Dutko Worldwide (now Dutko-Grayling), a Washington Government Relations and Public Strategies firm where he worked with corporations, trade associations and non-profits to further their legislative and regulatory goals.

Mary Burke Baker
Mary Burke Baker
Government Affairs Advisor,
K&L Gates LLP

Mary Burke Baker is a government affairs advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on federal tax matters affecting businesses and individuals, including tax policy, tax administration, and technical tax issues. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Baker served on the Senate Committee on Finance for 6 years as a Georgetown Government Affairs Fellow/IRS Detailee. In that position, she worked on major tax bills; managed committee hearings; oversaw IRS policies, programs, and initiatives; and worked on tax reform measures. She also served in the Internal Revenue Service for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions.

Mitch Ackles
Moderator: Mitch Ackles
CEO, Hedge Fund PR
President, Hedge Fund Association

Mitch Ackles is the CEO of Hedge Fund PR and the president and spokesman of the Hedge Fund Association, an international non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and development of the hedge fund industry. With over 20 years of experience, Mitch has executed campaigns for hedge funds, political and economic leaders, service providers, luminaries, conference organizers, charitable organizations and local, national and global hedge fund groups.

The Hedge Fund Association is not responsible for attendee travel costs in the case of an event cancellation.

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