Industry Experts Discuss Building Investor Confidence and Positioning Investment Funds Industry for Recovery

Walkers Hosts Seminar With Regulators, Investment Managers, Financial Executives, and Other Market Leaders

Nov 23, 2009, 09:35 ET from Walkers

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As investor confidence tentatively returns and the hedge fund sector gears up for recovery, leading international law firm Walkers is hosting a special educational seminar in New York on December 2 to explore key issues currently facing the investment funds industry.

"Opening the Gate - A Discussion on Building Investor Confidence and Positioning for Recovery" is the latest in the series of 'Walkers Fundamentals' events. The agenda includes the anticipated regulatory changes for funds and their advisors, the liquidity of markets and expected investment inflows in 2010, as well as fiduciary responsibilities and increasing the effectiveness of due diligence.

"Our first seminar in New York last year was a resounding success, and we are delighted to be returning with the industry in much better shape, yet still facing a number of crucial issues for 2010," said Mark Lewis, senior investment funds partner with Walkers in the Cayman Islands. "Our clients want to lay the foundation for stable, long-term growth. To do that they must have confidence in their fund documents and prepare their business models for increased regulation and heightened levels of due diligence and fiduciary responsibility. This year's seminar will provide our clients with insights that will help them achieve their goals."

Walkers has assembled an extremely high calibre group of guest speakers for the event who will share their expertise. Scheduled speakers include the following:

  • Todd Groome, Non-Executive Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) who will outline the state of the industry and the emerging regulatory framework, in particular the likely impact of the European Union's Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) Directive;
  • Joel Press, Managing Director, Prime Brokerage Division, Morgan Stanley who will examine the market developments anticipated for 2010; and
  • Gregory Zuckerman, author and Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal, who will study the hedge fund industry's love-hate relationship with bubbles in the market.

Partners from Walkers and Walkers Fund Services will also pull from their own experiences working with global clients to address key aspects including the responsibilities and accountability of service providers, the lender's perspective on financing for funds, as well as the current issues regarding restructuring.

"This seminar comes at an opportune time," said Ingrid Pierce, partner with Walkers and head of the firm's Cayman Islands hedge funds practice. "Last year's seminar took place in the immediate aftermath of Lehman's collapse; this year it comes at a moment when managers are eager to get their houses in order before the next upswing. Many of our clients have completed their restructuring work and are now seeing the tail end of the liquidity issues which came to the forefront last year. Some of our clients are launching new funds with different terms and they are meeting investor requests for increased transparency and additional disclosure. It is important that these tasks are undertaken with an understanding of the broader market."

The invitation-only seminar is being held at the Westin Times Square on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. Registration opens at 3:30 pm. A limited number of spaces remain and anyone interested in attending should contact Walkers' Marketing Team at communications@walkersglobal.com.

About The Walkers Group

From offices in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jersey, London, and Singapore, the Walkers group provides legal and management services to leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers, and growth-and middle-market companies. The Walkers group is comprised of leading offshore law firm, Walkers; fund services provider, Walkers Fund Services Limited; and SPV and corporate services providers, Walkers SPV Limited, Walkers Corporate Services Limited and Walkers (BVI) Limited.

Walkers was recently named "Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009" by PLC Which Lawyer? and "Top Offshore Law Firm 2008" by Alpha Magazine. Walkers was also named "Offshore Law Firm of the Year" at the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2006, Walkers was named as The Lawyer's Offshore Law Firm of the Year, the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook Leading Cayman Islands Law Firm and was one of two firms honoured as "Offshore Legal Team of the Year" by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Walkers was named the Who's Who Legal Law Firm of the Year: Cayman Islands for 2006 and 2007.

For more information on the Walkers group, visit us on the web at www.walkersglobal.com or contact us by e-mail at info@walkersglobal.com. To contact Walkers by phone, call our Cayman Islands office at +345-949-0100.

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