Keynote Speaker: Barbara Novick
Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, is a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee and Chairs the
Government Relations Steering Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed
the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across
equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and
individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role as a Senior Advisor to the
Office of Chairman, Ms. Novick provides advice on strategic projects, including organizational structure
and M&A transactions, and she heads the firm's efforts globally on Government Relations and Public
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The
First Boston Corporation. Ms. Novick joined First Boston in 1985 where she was initially responsible for
developing and marketing new products to savings institutions. Subsequently, she became head of the
Portfolio Products Team, which structured, marketed and issued over $14 billion of structured securities,
including the first senior/subordinated pass-through. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.
CIO and Lead Portfolio Manager
Hunting Hill Global Capital
Adam Guren co-founded Hunting Hill Global Capital in 2010. From 2005 to present, Adam has managed a Global
Event-Driven Arbitrage portfolio at First New York Securities, investing in cross-border arbitrage, merger
arbitrage, corporate actions, and other special situations. In 2007, Adam became a partner at First New
York Securities at the age of 26, the youngest partner in the firm's history. In 2008, based on his track
record, Adam was named to Trader Monthly magazine's “Top 30 Traders Under 30” list. From September 2009 to
May 2011, Adam continued to manage his portfolio while a full-time student at the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania, where he received an M.B.A. with a focus in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior
to joining First New York Securities, Adam played professional soccer for the Cleveland Force. Adam
received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.
Partner, Thomson Hine, LLP
Director & Chairman of Regulatory
and Govenment Advisory Board, Hedge Fund Association
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.
Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA
Agecroft Partners LLC
Don is Chairman of Agecroft Partners, a global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds.
Agecroft Partners has won 8 hedge fund industry awards as the top third party marketing firm. Don is a
frequent guest on business television including Bloomberg Television, Fox Business News and Reuters
Insider. In addition, he has been quoted in hundreds of articles relative to the hedge fund industry.
Prior to founding Agecroft, Don was a founding principal of Andor Capital Management, which at the time
ranked as the 2nd largest hedge fund firm in the world. Don is also a former Head of Institutional Sales
for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (now part of BlackRock) and Head of Institutional Sales for Bank of
America Capital Management.
Moderator: Nela Richardson
Senior Economic Analyst
Nela Richardson is a senior economic analyst for Bloomberg Government. In that position she conducts
research on financial regulation, housing and derivatives. Nela is a former research economist at the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where she was a member of the CFTC's Dodd-Frank financial reform
rulemaking team. Prior to her work at the CFTC, Nela was a researcher at Harvard University's Joint Center
for Housing Studies, where she co-authored a piece on nonprime mortgage lending. Nela was also a senior
economist at Freddie Mac and a graduate intern at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Nela has taught
economics and finance courses at both the University of Maryland and the John Hopkins Carey School of
Business. She received a PhD from the University of Maryland and has degrees from the University of
Pennsylvania and Indiana University.