"The Credit Market Crash of 2008: Dawn of a New World Order" is the topic of fall symposium hosted by Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business and The Connecticut Hedge Fund Association


Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business and The Connecticut Hedge Fund Association come together to present a fall symposium dissecting the historic credit market crisis on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Bloomberg's corporate headquarters in New York City.

Entitled "The Credit Market Crash of 2008: Dawn of a New World Order," this post-election symposium will bring together prominent banking leaders, top fund managers, and influential financial leaders in a setting organizers hope will foster constructive dialogue and foresight on the direction the financial industry is headed since it was rocked by great upheaval. Discussion will center on the global financial crisis, the new financial world order and investment opportunities in a post crisis world.

The architectural masterpiece that is the corporate headquarters of Bloomberg, the financial information company, is located at 731 Lexington Avenue, at 58th Street in New York City. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The symposium starts at 6 p.m. and will feature a question and answer session with the panelists. A reception will immediately follow at about 7:30 p.m. The event is free for Connecticut Hedge Fund Association members, non-member hedge funds and institutional investors.

Norm Solomon, Ph. D., dean of the Dolan School, said that he expects a vibrant exchange of opinions. "I expect a gripping dialogue concerning the impact of major bank and investment house failures on the global financial system. But, this event will also be about providing constructive commentary on how confidence in the stock market - and portfolios - can be rebuilt."

Duncan Niederauer, chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext, will deliver the keynote address and offer an overview of the topics to be discussed. Weighing in on the pressing matters impacting the economy will be J. Tomilson Hill, president and chief executive officer of Fund of Hedge Funds Group, vice chairman of Blackstone; Andrew White, CFA, portfolio manager, Southridge Capital; Steven Zamsky, managing director, Pequot Capital; Blythe Masters, managing director and chief financial officer of J.P. Morgan Chase Investment Bank; and Brian Ruane, head of Financial Institutions, The Bank of New York Mellon.

The Dolan School has collaborated on other events with the Fairfield-based Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, an educational and networking forum for stakeholders in the Connecticut hedge fund industry, including a seminar held at the New York Stock Exchange in 2006. As with other Dolan School-Connecticut Hedge Fund conferences, it proved to be a prophetic discussion. Interestingly, the panel discussed the tremendous growth of the Credit Derivative Market, as well as systemic risks and whether financial systems were equipped to handle crises.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 5, 2008

Vol. 41, No. 119