“Chasing Bernie Madoff”

Monday, September 19th, 2011

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 Featured Speaker:

 Harry Markopolos


Chairs: James Altenbach, CFA, Erik Einertson, CFA and Rama Malladi, CFA


An Alternative Investments Community of Interest Group and an Applied Behavioral Finance Group Event


 The CFA Society of Los Angeles is delighted to host an intriguing luncheon presentation by Harry Markopolos, the well known fraud investigator of the Bernie Madoff case. 

Lunch will begin at noon on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.


Members of CFA LA, CFA Society of Orange County, and the local chapter of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association are invited to register and attend.  As we anticipate strong attendance, please register early.  Also note that this event will not be recorded nor transmitted via video conference to other locations.


You may wish to view the trailer for the movie “Chasing Madoff” that will be premiering in the Los Angeles area on our about Friday, August 26th.  Click on the title below for a hyperlink to the website containing the movie clip:


Chasing Madoff


You may also wish to read Harry’s book (Amazon hyperlink attached below):


No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller (2010)


Biography for Harry Markopolos


Mr. Markopolos attended high school at Cathedral Prep in his hometown of Erie, PA.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland and then went on to Boston College for his Master of Science in Finance degree.


He received a reserve commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry, in the US Army and is a graduate of several Army post-graduate schools including the Infantry Officers’ Basic and Advanced Courses, the Civil Affairs Officers’ Advanced Course and US Army Command & General Staff College.  Mr. Markopolos has commanded troops at every rank from 2nd Lieutenant to Major during 17 years of part-time service in the Maryland Army National Guard and Army Reserve. 


He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996 and his Certified Fraud Examiner’s designation in 2008.  From 2002-2003 he served as President and CEO of the 4,000-member Boston Security Analysts Society.  He has also held board seats on the Boston Chapters of both the Global Association of Risk Professionals and QWAFAFEW, a quantitative finance lecture group.


He was assistant controller, assistant manager, store manager and district manager for his family’s chain of 12 Arthur Treacher’s Seafood Restaurants before joining Makefield Securities in 1987.  In 1988 he joined Darien Capital Management as an assistant portfolio manager in Greenwich, CT; leaving to become an equity derivatives portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company in Boston, MA.  In 2002 he was promoted to Chief Investment Officer but he decided to leave the industry in 2004 to pursue fraud investigations fulltime against Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and healthcare industries.  He brings fraud cases to the US Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service and various State Attorney Generals under existing whistleblower programs. 


The Madoff investigation was his first financial fraud case, which he started in early 2000.  He’s been hooked ever since.   Mr. Markopolos is co-author of the best selling book “No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller” published in English by Wiley & Sons Inc., and translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Romanian and Greek.  The film documentary about his Madoff investigative team, “Chasing Madoff” will premiere in theaters in late August 2011. 


Registration Link:
CFALA Members Only (Non-Member Guests are unable to register or "walk-in" for this CFALA only event): $20.00 (link)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Lunch

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
                  506 South Grand Avenue
                  Los Angeles, CA 90071-2607

Parking: Hotel Valet Parking: $20.00
               Self-Parking at AT&T Center (611 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 -
               Driveway just South of Hilton's Checkers Hotel): $9.35

Dress Code: Business Casual

 Payment Information:


Methods of payment accepted: Visa/Mastercard, American Express and Discover. If you prefer to pay by check please register online and select "purchase order" as your payment option and enter your last name as the purchase order number. Mail check to: CFA Society of Los Angeles, 520 S. Grand Ave, Suite 370, Los Angeles CA 90071.


*Credit card payments will only be accepted through the secure online registration, and not by phone or email.

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