Family Office Winter Forum 2017

New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
March 1, 2017

10 days left

The Big Apple is host to Opal Group’s Family Office Winter Forum. Whether you take a bridge, tunnel, or cab to get through Time Square, the schlep will be well worth it. Held in one of the world’s largest financial capitals, this one day event perfectly aligns with the culture of the city that never sleeps. Families and financial managers will enjoy a fast pace day of interactive panel discussions and networking breaks. With over 500 delegates there is always an opportunity to meet potential clients. While in the session room, trending investment topics will be addressed by some of Wall Street’s most sought after managers and advisors. Themes of family governance, alternatives, and impact investing, will have even the most cynical of New Yorkers believing in their financial future. The Family Office Winter Forum will leave each delegate stimulated, enlightened and in that New York State of Mind.

CONFERENCE FORMAT
This conference will exclusively feature dialogue driven panel discussions led by consultants and family offices. Power Point presentations are prohibited during the sessions but may be made available on our mobile app. Please send in PDF or PowerPoint format if you would like to have presentation included on App. *Only Standalone Speakers will be allowed to use PowerPoints, but cannot pitch products or advertise anything with their firms.*

Agenda current as of February 16, 2017

7:00am

Exhibit Setup

7:30am - 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall / Session Rooms / Registration Open

7:15am - 8:30am

Networking Continental Breakfast

8:00am

CO-CHAIR OPENING REMARKS

Wendy Craft, Chief Operating Office, Favara (SFO)

Howard Cooper, CEO, Cooper Family Office (SFO)

8:20am

HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR FAMILY OFFICE: EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN DAY AND FUTURE FAMILY OFFICE

 

Moderator

Kirby Rosplock, Founder, Tamarind Partners Inc.

Panelist

Thomas Handler, Partner & Chairman of Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group, Handler Thayer, LLP

Panelist

Carol Pepper, CEO & Founder, Pepper International LLC (MFO)

Panelist

Fredda Herz Brown, Principal, Relative Solutions LLC

Panelist

Joseph Ehrlich, Executive Vice President and Principal, Owens Group Insurance

INVESTING IN NON-CORRELATED ALTERNATIVE ASSETS: A NEW LOOK FOR A NEW TOMORROW

Moderator

Aviva Pinto, Director, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild (MFO)

Panelist

Gary Brown, CEO, CMG Life Services Inc.

Panelist

John Hartzell, Managing Partner, Milton Point Capital, LLC

Panelist

William Corry, Senior Managing Partner, Corry Capital Advisors

Panelist

Chris Warren, CEO, Clean Energy Advisors

9:20am

OPPORTUNITIES IN PRIVATE CREDIT

Moderator

Brandon Laughren, Chief Investment Officer, The Laughren Group (SFO)

Panelist

Joseph DePaulo, CEO & Co-Founder, College Ave Student Loans

Panelist

Matt Gilbert, Director, PCG Select Series 1 Fund

Panelist

Dom Savino, Founding Partner, Co-CIO, Ferry Farm Capital Management

Panelist

Mark Hauser, Senior Managing Director, OFS Capital Management

INSURANCE DEDICATED FUNDS: HOW FAMILIES INVEST IN HEDGE FUNDS AND OTHER ASSET CLASSES TAX EFFICIENTLY…

  • What is an Insurance Dedicated Fund (IDF)?
  • State of the Market? Global and Strategic Developments in the Space
  • Estate Planning Implications of these structures and other practical applications
  • PPLI/PPVA Frequently Asked Questions
  • What investment strategies make sense in an IDF?
  • How do I get started?
Moderator

David Wertentheil, Partner, Worth Venture Partners, LLC

Panelist

Rick Plate, Regional Vice President, Private Placement Life Insurance, Prudential Financial

Panelist

Laurie Katz, Partner, Goldentree Asset Management

Panelist

Thomas J Carstens, Senior Managing Director, Pelion Group

Panelist

Robert Beauchamp, Senior Sales Vice President, Zurich American Life Insurance Company

10:20am

Networking Refreshment Break

10:40am

TRADITIONAL REAL ESTATE INVESTING

  • What type of assets are you considering to invest into right now?
  • What are your target returns?
  • How do you view the market going into this year compared to last year?
  • What markets are you looking to invest into?
  • Do you see any “waves” on the horizon and if so how do you plan on handling that?
  • What type of capital are you looking for right now? Repe / family offices / institutions/ all the above?
  • What are some of the challenges that you have faced over the last year and how have you handled that?
Moderator

DJ Van Keuren, Director – Family Office Capital, Arsenault Family Office

Panelist

Stephen Braun, Senior Vice President, J.I. Kislak Inc. (SFO)

Panelist

Scott G. Onufrey, Managing Partner, Executive Vice President, Alto Real Estate Funds

Panelist

Martin Kollmorgen, CEO and CIO, Serenity Alternative Investment Management

Panelist

Cory Johnson, Co-Founder/ Managing Director, Pender Capital

THE HEDGE FUND INDUSTRY AND THE FUTURE OF ASSET MANAGEMENT

  • Should investors reduce their hedge fund allocations?
  • Are the capital markets headed for a major correction and will hedge funds help or hurt?
  • Reinsurance:  the perfect hedge fund strategy to enhance a portfolio’s Sharpe ratio?
  • Which hedge fund strategies will thrive in the current market environment?
  • Is bigger better?
  • Analyzing and measuring performance of hedge funds
Moderator

Dominic Napolitano, Managing Director, Talson Partners (MFO)

Panelist

David S. Upson III, Director of Hedge Fund Research, CTC | myCFO (MFO)

Panelist

Eddie Lund, VP Business Development, Gemini Fund Services, LLC

Panelist

Milton Berlinski, Managing Partner, Reverence Capital Partners

Panelist

Scott Schweighauser, Managing Partner, Borealis Strategic Capital Partners

11:40am

REAL ESTATE IN PRIVATE EQUITY

  • Underwriting the Sponsor: The “Who” is just as Important as the “What”
  • Where is the smart money heading?
  • Cusp of another bubble? Are we getting overheated in multiple asset classes?
  • Individual Projects or Diversified Fund Investments? What is best for your family?
  • Asset Management: How can Private Equity Funds extract better returns with better management?
  • Deal Flow: How can your family office secure access to the best opportunities?
Moderator

Ricky Novak, General Counsel; Real Estate & Tax Advisor, The Strategic Group of Companies

Panelist

Tamara Laville, CEO, Alchemy Global Advisors

Panelist

William Rohrer, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Panelist

Jeff Tegethoff, Principal, Pearl Real Estate Companies

INVESTING IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

  • Private vs. Public?
  • Ancillary non-regulated businesses vs. Regulated “touching the plant” business investments?
  • Importance for cannabis to be part of your investment portfolio
  • What are additional diligence items and risks important for investing in this business category?
  • Should i invest in a fund or into specific companies as a direct investment?
  • What are the ranges of opportunities both domestically and internationally?
Moderator

Cheryl Bartlett, CEO, Alosa Health

Panelist

Gretchen Gailey, VP Communications & Govt Affairs, New Frontier Data

Panelist

Jeffrey Howard, Managing Partner, Salveo Capital

Panelist

Chris Ganan, Chief Strategy Officer, MedMen

12:25pm

INVESTING IN GLOBAL FINANCIALS IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

Speaker

Steve Eisman, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

Interviewed by

David Kupperman, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

12:45pm

A Keynote Discussion with Marc Lasry

Keynote Speaker

Marc Lasry, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Avenue Capital Group

Interviewed by

Howard Cooper, CEO, Cooper Family Office (SFO)

1:15pm

Networking Luncheon

2:30pm

HOW TO RAISE CAPITAL FROM FAMILY OFFICES: FAMILY OFFICE CIO ROUNDTABLE

Participate in the first Raising Capital from Family Offices Masterclass! You will hear from leading Single and Multi-Family Office LPs. They will discuss how to source, pitch, and close family office allocations across alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, hedge funds and many more. A discussion of co-investments, direct investments and other opportunities that family offices are looking to invest in the next 12 months.

Moderator

Wendy Craft, Chief Operating Office, Favara (SFO)

Panelist

Rhona Vogel, CEO & Founder, Vogel Consulting (MFO)

Panelist

Jack Bojman, Chief Investment Officer, Cammebys International (SFO)

Panelist

Joseph A. Meyer Jr., President/Chief Investment Officer, Statim Holdings, Inc. (SFO)

3:15pm

INVESTING IN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY:  INVESTMENTS THAT CHANGE THE FUTURE

  • Disruption — Technical and Medical advancements how to find them –
  • Attracting Investments from the Family Office Community – How to find and build this relationship
  • How much interaction do you expect from your investor — Describe some positive and negative experiences?
  • Connecting Family Office and Institutional investors to unprecedented access to early stage Technology and Medical investment opportunities – Pluses and Minuses for the family office
  • Returns—How does the Family Office best capitalize on these investments—Exit vs. IPO
Moderator

Nathan McDonald, Managing Partner and CEO, Keiretsu Capital

Panelist

Kevin Bidner, CEO, HCN, The Hotel Communication Network

Panelist

Mary Waiss , CEO, Precision Image Analysis

Panelist

Alex Fedosseev, CEO, 1World Online

INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE: NEW IMPACT INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

Moderator

Tami Kesselman, Founder & CEO, TBL Alpha Advisory

Panelist

David Shantz, Director, Advisor Relations, Calvert Social Investment Foundation

Panelist

Julia Shin, Vice President of Innovation, Enterprise Community Partners

Panelist

Amrit Chaudhuri, CEO and cofounder, Mass Innovation Labs

4:15pm

PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL

Moderator

Brad Gates, President/COO, Veritas Family Partners (SFO)

Panelist

Jonathan Smiga, Managing Director, Keen Growth Ventures

Panelist

Marie DeFlaco Partner & Vice Chair, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Panelist

James Earl Brown III, Founder & General Partner, Arena Growth Partners

PHILANTHROPY AND ITS ROLE IN THE FAMILY OFFICE

  • Many family offices have great expertise in the investment side; do you find a different set of challenges dealing with philanthropy matters than with investment matters?
  • How do you address competing philanthropy priorities within families? If there is still a founder, does the founder have more “votes” than other family members?
  • What are some successful models of how you have addressed these competing values? Is there is difference in families with only 1or 2 generations and those with 3 or more?
  • Are you asked to develop philanthropy acculturation for younger family members into the family philanthropy? At what ages?
  • When do you bring in or refer out to a “philanthropy expert”? Does someone on your team have training in the giving part of philanthropy?
  • What are the major changes you are seeing among your clients in their philanthropy styles and approaches?
Moderator

Richard Marker, Co-Principal/Founder, Wise Philanthropy and NYU Academy for Grantmaking & Funder Education

Panelist

Ellen Israelson, VP of Philanthropic Services & CMO, Jewish Communal Fund

Panelist

Jennifer Kenning, Managing Director – Impact Investing, Impact Align

Panelist

Mark Bernstein, Partner, Katz, Sapper & Miller

5:00pm

GOVERNANCE AND TRUSTS: PLANNING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

  • Why governance is important
  • Structures that are utilized to improve governance
  • Best Practices & Recommendations
  • Importance of collaboration by the family’s multi-disciplinary advisory team
  • Common pitfalls
  • War stories and success stories (especially anecdotes focused on helping a dysfunctional family move forward)
  • Key takeaway – Soft issues will determine success or failure!!!
Moderator

Betty Andrikopoulos, Partner, Willow Street Group (MFO)

Panelist

Susan Schoenfeld, CEO and Founder, Wealth Legacy Advisors LLC

Panelist

David Herritt, Senior Family Wealth Advisor, Family Governance Director, GenSpring Family Offices, LLC (MFO)

Panelist

Rebecca Meyer, Managing Director, Pitcairn (MFO)

WEALTHTECH

Moderator

Michael M. Pompian, Founder and CIO, Sunpointe Investments (MFO)

Panelist

Jennie Wang, Director of Business Development, Investcloud

Panelist

Bob Miller, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board, Private Client Resources, LLC

Panelist

Adam Kaufman, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ArborCrowd

5:45pm

DIRECT INVESTING / CO-INVESTING: THE FAMILY OFFICE PERSPECTIVE

  • What is your strategy and what makes it unique opposed to other investments i.e stocks, bonds.
  • What are your investment criteria when looking at an investment?
  • How do you find deals?
  • What is your DD process like?
  • Are you passive or controlling investors?
  • Are there any key trends that investors should be wary off?
  • Families are doing more direct investments. Do you guys allow direct investments?
  • What is the process? Are there advantages vs. disadvantages compared investing in funds?
  • What are some of the deals that went wrong and what did you learn?
Moderator

Chuck Stetson, CEO, Stetson Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

David Verill, Founder/Managing Director, Hub Angels Investment Group, LLC

Panelist

Skip Coomber, President, Coomber Family Estates (SFO) / Dragon Trust Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

Ira Perlmuter, Managing Director, T5 Equity Partners LLC (SFO)

Panelist

Michael D. Schwamm, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

CYBER FRAUD & SECURITY

With cyber security dominating the headlines, how must families and advisors prepare for the unanticipated and often unimaginable? Using “ripped from the headlines” stories, we will examine

  • The evolving nature of cyber threats – how stolen data is used (and resold), trends in new “scams” and why the old ones still work too well
  • What Security Protocols need to be in place to mitigate risk
  • How to prepare for all contingencies – inadvertent breaches, external attacks, terrorism and the increasing risk from “within” your trusted circle of advisors.
  • The Role Cyber security should play in an RFP process and how to identify the weak links
  • What to do when you are (inevitably) the victim of a data breach? (It will happen, just a question of when!)
  • How to develop disaster recovery plans, from basic data hacks to EMPs and hybrid warfare
Moderator

Holly Isdale, Managing Director, Wealthaven, LLC (SFO)

Panelist

John Hibbs, Managing Director and the Chief Information Security Officer. J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Panelist

Jen Bawden, CEO, Bawden Family Office (SFO)

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by

Neuberger Berman

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*Prices exclude taxes. Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.75%) plus $3.50 Occupancy tax per room per night in effect at the time of check-out.
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  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.

Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
Asset Managers $2,495
Service Providers $2,495
End-Investors*** Complimentary*

*** Institutional End-Investors include: family offices, pensions, endowments and foundations; organizations that are solely investing on their own behalf in alternatives and do not sell any alternative investment products or services to clients including; sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, private clients and treasury.

*Subject to Opal Group's approval. Eligibility will be verified.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898 info@opalgroup.net

Presented by

Marc Lasry, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Avenue Capital Group

      • New Challenges in Structuring your Family Office in 2017 and Beyond
      • Tax Efficient Portfolio Construction
      • New Investment Styles for Family Offices
      • Best Practices in Impact Investing
      • Global Economic Outlook
      • Asset Protection Strategies
      • Challenges of the trustee/beneficiary relationship
      • How to Raise Capital From Family Offices
      • Direct Investing / Co-Investing
      • …and many more!
  • Family Offices
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Financial Planners
  • Accountants
  • Tax Planners
  • Estate Planners
  • Philanthropy Specialists
  • Family Business Experts
  • Succession and Generational Wealth Planners
  • Asset Protection Specialists
  • Trust Companies
  • Tax Efficient Portfolio Managers
  • Long-Term Care Specialists
  • Hedge Funds
  • Fund of Funds
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Equity Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Academics Specializing in Family Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Insurance Companies

Managers/Service Providers vs. Investors

    Institutional & Private Wealth Investors