The 2017 Hedge Fund Symposium

Thursday, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Intercontinental Hotel Century City
2151 Avenue of Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Speakers: Canyon Partners – The Evolution of Canyon Partners and Outlook on the Hedge Fund Industry Panel
Ingrid Kiefer - Partner & Co-Head of Business Development and Client Relations group, Canyon Partners, LLC.

Joshua Freidman - Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Partners, LLC.
Mitchell Julis - Co-Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Portfolio Manager, Canyon Partners, LLC.

Investment Landscape Update Panel Discussion
Steve Algert - Managing Director, The J. Paul Getty Trust

Justin Barton - Associate Investment Director, UCLA Investment Company
George Kushner - Director, BlackRock Alternative Advisors
C. Martin Meekins - Partner, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Empyrean Capital Partners
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Registration
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Panels
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Networking/Cocktails
Dress: Business Casual
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A CFALA & CAIA Sponsored Event

An Alternative Investments Group Event

Canyon Partners – The Evolution of Canyon Partners and Outlook on the Hedge Fund Industry:


Ingrid Kiefer | Ingrid Kiefer is a Partner and Co-Head of the Business Development and Client Relations group. Ms. Kiefer primarily focuses on Canyon’s US and European institutional and consultant relationships. Prior to joining Canyon in 2009, Ms. Kiefer was Director of Marketing at Satellite Asset Management, where she was focused on global business development for the firm’s pension and consultant clients. Prior to Satellite, she worked at Drake Management and BlackRock. She started her career at Fischer Francis Trees and Watts as a product specialist in fixed income. Ms. Kiefer graduated from Yale University (B.A., English). Back To Top ^^


Joshua Freidman | Joshua Freidman is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Physics), Oxford University (M.A., honors, Politics and Economics, Marshall Scholar), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., Baker Scholar). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Friedman was Director of Capital Markets for High Yield and Private Placements at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs in New York.

In 2014, Mr. Friedman, along with co-founder Mr. Julis, received Institutional Investor’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Mr. Friedman is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Management Company. He is also a member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources; the Harvard Law School Leadership Council; the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors; and Harvard University Task Force on Science and Engineering. Mr. Friedman also serves as a Trustee for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the UCLA Hospital Department of Neurosurgery; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mr. Friedman serves on the Investment Committee for the Broad Foundation and chairs the Caltech and LACMA Investment Committees.

Mr. Friedman and his wife, Beth, live in Los Angeles and have three sons. Back To Top ^^

Mitchell Julis | Mitchell Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). He received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University of New York in 2011. Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Julis directed a group of professionals responsible for a portfolio of distressed and special situation securities at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he was a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

In 2014, Mr. Julis, along with co-founder Mr. Friedman, received Institutional Investor’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and the Advisory Council for the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of the Governing Board for The Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Asia Society Board of Trustees, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Advisory Council, and is a founding supporter of the Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School.

Mr. Julis and his wife, Joleen, live in Los Angeles and have four children. Back To Top ^^

Investment Landscape Update Panel Discussion:


Steve Algert, CFA, CAIA | Steve Algert is Managing Director responsible for the hedge fund and credit-related programs for The J Paul Getty Trust, the $6 billion foundation that operates the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Previously, Steve was at The Regents of the University of California, where he made the first hedge fund investments and helped oversee public equities. Before that Steve was in the fund of hedge funds group at Citigroup Alternative Investments and in the fixed income risk management and consulting groups at BARRA RogersCasey.

Steve holds a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a CFA and CAIA charter holder. Back To Top ^^


Justin Barton | Justin Barton joined the UCLA Investment Company in May 2016 and helps oversee investments across the endowment. Mr. Barton has more than 10 years of experience sourcing and evaluating fundamental strategies in both the liquid and alternative space. After beginning his career within Brown University’s investment office, Mr. Barton helped found Old Square Capital, an emerging markets investment firm catering to university endowments, foundations, pension funds and family offices. In 2011, Mr. Barton joined Investec Asset Management where he oversaw emerging markets manager selection and served as a generalist equity analyst for an emerging markets product.

Mr. Barton has a BA degree from Princeton University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Cape Town. Mr. Barton holds an Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK. Back To Top ^^

George Kushner | George Kushner is a member of BlackRock Alternative Advisors (BAA), the firm's Hedge Fund Solutions team. He is responsible for product strategy, marketing and client service for BAA's multi-manager alternative investment portfolios.

Mr. Kushner's service with the firm began in 2015. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Kushner worked in alternative investments as a product specialist and in business development with Willis Investment Counsel, Man, Permal and Merrill Lynch's Hedge Fund Development & Management Group. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Kushner was in Institutional Fixed Income sales with NationsBanc Capital Markets (Bank of America), SunTrust Capital Markets, Greenwich Capital Markets and Merrill Lynch, where he advised clients on a range of fixed income investment management strategies.

Mr. Kushner earned a BA in history from Georgia State, and earned his MBA from Emory University. Back To Top ^^

C. Martin Meekins | Marty Meekins has 20 years of legal and business experience. Mr. Meekins joined Empyrean in 2011 from Perella Weinberg Partners, a global financial services firm that provides advisory and asset management services, where he was Assistant General Counsel from 2007-2011. Mr. Meekins served as General Counsel to Ace Ventures, a private investment firm from 2006-2007. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Meekins was a Corporate Associate at several top national law firms, including Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, and White and Case LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Meekins received his BA in 1993 from The University of Texas at Austin in Plan II, with honors, was a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1997, he contemporaneously received both his MBA from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and JD from The University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Meekins is member of the American Bar Association’s Hedge Funds Subcommittee, as well as a former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Private Investment Fund Committee. Back To Top ^^
Registration Fees
$20 (Members) | $30 (Non-Member Students) | $50 (Non-Members)
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Valet Parking: $18
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As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, the CFA Society of Los Angeles has determined that this program qualifies for 1.5 credit hours. If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary.
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