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Friday, March 11, 2016

Prepare For ICI's MFIM 2016!

Reported by Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

About 1,200 fundsters are converging on central Florida this weekend for the Investment Company Institute's (ICI's) and Federal Bar Association's 2016 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference.

David Blass
General Counsel
This year the conference is being held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The confab will start Sunday night with a welcome reception, and ICI general counsel (and SEC veteran) David Blass's keynote speech will kick off the conference sessions on Monday morning. And on Tuesday afternoon there will be a special event, Women in Leadership: The Evolving Role of Women in the Fund Industry.

Other featured speakers at the ICI MFIM 2016 include: David Grim, director of the SEC's division of investment management; Timothy Massad, chairman of the CFTC; and Nancy Rapoport, law professor, acting executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Moderators and panelists scheduled to take the main stage include: David Abner, head of capital markets at WisdomTree [profile]; Diane Blizzard, associate director of rulemaking in the SEC's division of investment management; Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC's division of enforcement; Andrew Donohue, chief of staff at the SEC; Michael Downer, senior vice president at Capital Research and Management Company [profile]; Heidi Hardin, general counsel at Harris Associates [profile]; Karen Dunn Kelley, CEO of fixed income and senior managing director of investments at Invesco Worldwide Fixed Income [profile]; Stephen Kaplan, head of product strategy Americas at J.P. Morgan Funds [profile]; Joseph Lai, associate partner at McKinsey; John Loder, partner at Ropes & Gray; Susan McGee, president and general counsel at U.S. Global Investors [profile]; Karrie McMillan, managing director of Patomak Global Partners; Laura Merianos, principal at Vanguard [profile]; Thomas Mistele, chief operating officer, senior counsel and director at Dodge & Cox [profile]; Ghillaine Reid Melbourne, partner at Schoeman Updike & Kaufman; Paul Roye, director at Capital Research and Management Company; Tamara Salmon, associate general counsel for securities regulation at the ICI; Marc Wyatt, director of the SEC's office of compliance inspections and examinations; and Robert Zack, independent director for the ARK ETF Trust [profile].

Sponsors of this year's MFIM conference include: BBD, BBH, BFDS, Bloomberg for Enterprise, Command Financial, Deloitte, Gunn, Steers & Company, Northern Trust Global Fund Services, NRS, RR Donnelley, Stradley Ronon, and US Bancorp Fund Services.

The first MFIM conference was held in 1965. The ICI took over the conference in 1996. 

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