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Hedge Fund Panel for Cornell Club Members

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Cornell Club in Manhattan
Event Details
Tuesday | Mar 25th | 06:00pm

As of 2011, Forbes reported that 65% of surveyed Americans had no idea what hedge funds do, yet most would agree they are central to the global financial industry. Though they have an exotic aura, their meteoric growth over the past decade as an alt asset class amongst pension, charity, university, and retail investors, makes them increasingly crucial to everyone. And as of 2012, over two trillion dollars in assets were under hedge fund management. Given the enormous variety of tactics and complexity in hedge fund strategies (which allow for any combination of long and short positions, arbitrage, undervalued securities, options or bonds, and/or almost any opportunity in any market), understanding their basic mechanics is critical in today’s highly volatile markets.

This program focuses on Cornell hedge fund professionals providing accessible insight and accounts about the inner workings of the industry. Drawing from their own experiences, the program is partly an oral history of Cornellians shaping the fund market, and partly an introduction for the uninitiated into the industry.

Kaiser Wahab ’96, will lead the discussion. Kaiser is a partner at the law firm of Wahab & Medenica and has represented Fortune 500 to small business clients on the range of issues confronting businesses competing in tech, media, and venture capital driven environments.

George H. Wang ’73, JD ’78, a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice Groups in the New York office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and is chairman of the Asian American Federation. He has extensive experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, strategic alliances, financings, fund and venture capital transactions, licensing matters and general commercial advice.
H.E. Gligor A. Tashkovich BA ’87, MBA ’91, a Registered Representative of AlphaSource Capital Securities LLC, one of the only female-owned broker-dealers in the USA which focuses on Socially-Responsible Investments, and retired Minister for Foreign Investment of the Republic of Macedonia. He raises money for hedge funds and private companies.
Elise S. Rosenberg BS ’93, Director in Capital Solutions at Barclays , connects hedge fund investors and managers to assist in asset raising. Elise leads the Endowment & Foundation channel on the Institutional Investor team and is experienced in analyzing and translating complex concepts and market trends for hedge fund, fund of fund, pension fund, endowment and high net worth investors.
Leon M. Metzger is an adjunct professor at New York University, and visiting lecturer at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches graduate-level multi-disciplinary, general management-focused courses that provide an overview of the challenges of launching and operating hedge funds, and that explore the impact of global macro current events on alternative-investment managers, investors, and regulators. He was Associate Editor of Judaism and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2010). An expert witness and consultant, arbitrator, mediator, and authority on asset management and operational controls, he was a senior executive at a hedge-fund-management firm for 15 years. Metzger has testified before Congress about capital markets, hedge funds, and operational controls, and has appeared as an expert on valuations and hedge funds before various government agencies. The New York Times has profiled his hedge-funds course. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a BS in economics from Wharton. Metzger has taught at a number of other schools including, the engineering schools of Columbia and Cornell; the graduate business schools of the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale; Yale Law School; and Yeshiva University.

6:00-6:30pm cocktail reception, cash bar. 6:30pm panel discussion, gratis. Advance reservations required by Friday, March 21st.
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Cornell Club in Manhattan

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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