Putting Investors First

Friday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
Corinthian Room
2506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2607
Speaker: Paul Smith, CFA President and CEO CFA Institute
Time: Networking: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presentation: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dress: Business Casual

Recording (Members-Only)

The asset management industry exists to meet the goals of investors. Yet investors’ trust in the financial sector has dropped significantly and many are not investing their hard-earned money. The implications of this are significant. For investors, it can mean a retirement shortfall, longer working lives, lower quality of life, and intergenerational stress. For the investment industry and for practitioners it means less revenue, fewer jobs and less satisfying careers. We simply have to put investors back at the center of what the finance profession does.


Please join us as we hear from the new President of the CFA Institute. He will describe how we can create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best and economies grow. You will be among the “Future Leaders” that can change the trajectory of the financial services industry.

Paul Smith leads CFA Institute and its more than 127,000 members worldwide in promoting the highest standards of education, ethics, and professional excellence in the investment profession. Prior to his appointment in January 2015, he was managing director for Asia Pacific, where he oversaw the expansion of CFA Institute into China and India. He also headed its global Institutional Partnerships division, which is responsible for engagement with key firms, groups, and associations in the global investment industry.


Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the asset management industry, with over 18 years in Asia. Before joining CFA Institute in 2012, he was chairman and CEO of Asia Alternative Asset Partners, an Asia-based hedge fund manager. He started his career in asset management at Ermitage International in the UK — an alternative funds management company — where he stayed for 11 years, the last seven as the firm’s CEO.

He moved to Hong Kong in 1996, joining Bank of Bermuda as Asia head of securities services. After HSBC’s acquisition of the bank in 2004, he became global head of securities services and global head of alternative funds administration based in New York, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to 2,000 investment funds with over US$250 billion of assets.

Smith is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and an Executive Committee member of the Alternative Investment Management Association, Hong Kong. He holds a master’s degree in history from Oxford University, and is a CFA charterholder.


Registration Fees
$20 | $50 (Non-Member)
($10 Student Discount with required valid Student ID at the event)
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Sponsored By:

Dan Pomerantz, CFA
As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, the CFA Society of Los Angeles has determined that this program qualifies for 1 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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