New Standards in Fund Valuation

Voltaire Advisors 3rd Annual Workshop on Fund Valuation for Mutual Funds, Advisors and Service Providers

The New York Athletic Club | Wednesday 6th June 2018

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Sessions included ...

  • Prospects for new SEC Fund Valuation Guidance
  • PCAOB Stance on Pricing Services and Broker Quotes
  • New Financial Instrument Valuation Standards
  • Mutual Fund Liquidity Risk Management
  • Syndicated & Middle Market Loans

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A more detailed Valuation Risk Review will be produced covering the event in the coming weeks.


Keynote Speakers

Susan Ferris Wyderko | President & CEO, Mutual Fund Directors Forum

Susan Ferris Wyderko is the President and CEO of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. Prior to joining the Forum as Executive Director in 2006, she held various senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission including the Director of the Office of Investor Education and Assistance, as well as the Acting Director of the Division of Investment Management.

Susan is a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was formed to advise the Commission in its mission to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. She is also a member of the National Adjudicatory Council, a FINRA committee that reviews initial decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings.

Susan earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School , where she was an Editor of the Cornell Law Review. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.


Norm Champ, P.C. | Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Norm Champ is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Norm is a member of the Investment Funds Group. Previously, Norm was the director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

While at the SEC, Norm played a key role in the SEC’s completion of landmark reforms in 2014 to strengthen the $3 trillion money market fund industry, and led important structural and policy changes in the Division of Investment Management. He was the leader of interactions with the Financial Stability Oversight Council as the Council turned its attention to whether asset management firms are “systemically important.” He also worked on crisis management efforts at securities firms to protect customers of those firms. Norm also headed the creation of Guidance Updates and Senior Level Engagement initiatives, both of which were established to provide transparency to the industry about the priorities and goals of the SEC and to create a dialogue between policymakers and the senior management of asset management firms.

Prior to becoming the Director of the Division of Investment Management, he was the Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Associate Regional Director for Examinations in the SEC’s New York Regional Office. In these capacities he supervised SEC examinations of investment advisors, investment companies, broker-dealers, national securities exchanges, credit rating agencies, clearing firms and other market participants.


Andrew J. (Buddy) Donohue | Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling

Buddy has over 40 years of experience in both senior government and private sector roles, having most recently served as SEC Chief of Staff to Chair Mary Jo White (2015-2017). He is best known for his service as Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (2006-2010) (where he was effectively the most senior regulator for the U.S. funds industry), Global General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2003-2006), Executive Vice President and General Counsel at OppenheimerFunds Inc. (1991 – 2001) and Investment Company General Counsel at Goldman Sachs (2012-2015).

Buddy has been an officer, director and counsel for numerous investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, transfer agents and insurance companies, and has served on the boards of business development companies, registered open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, Cayman funds and Dublin- and Luxembourg-based UCITS. He has also served as Chairman of the ABA Investment Companies and Investment Advisers Subcommittee, and as an Editor of the ABA Guide for Fund Directors.

Buddy is an acknowledged and highly respected thought leader within the industry, having published, lectured and delivered talks on a variety of investment fund topics. He currently is also an Adjunct Professor teaching investment management law at Brooklyn Law School.


David W. Grim | Partner, Stradley Ronon

David Grim provides counsel on all aspects of investment management law. Dave assists clients with a unique perspective developed during his over 20 years of public service in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, including his time as one of only a small number of people who has served as the top regulator of the asset management industry.

Dave joined the Division of Investment Management in 1995 directly from law school and rose to become its leader. He developed regulatory policy and legal guidance for investment advisers and investment companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, variable insurance products, unit investment trusts and business development companies. Prior to his appointment as Director, Dave served in a number of capacities throughout the Division, including Deputy Director and Assistant Chief Counsel.

Before entering his career in public service, Grim graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Duke University and received his law degree from George Washington University, where he was managing editor of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics.


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