Mediant Attending 2017 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference

This year’s ICI Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, the fund industry’s premier legal conference, will be attended by several members of the Mediant team. The conference addresses a wide range of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the fund industry, with an accompanying Women in Leadership event sponsored by our partner Donnelley Financial Solutions.

Event Overview

ICI Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference
March 12–15, 2017
Palm Desert, CA

The Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, sponsored by ICI and the Federal Bar Association, is the fund industry’s premier legal conference. Spanning three days, the conference offers panel discussions and keynote speakers addressing a wide range of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the fund industry. The conference also is designed to offer numerous opportunities for networking, through conference receptions and outside firm-sponsored events. (from the ICI conference site)

Agenda

Monday, March 13

8:15–8:20 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks – Charles A. Etherington, American Century Investment Management Inc.

8:20–8:40 a.m. – General Counsel’s Address – David W. Blass, Investment Company Institute

8:40–9:00 a.m.
Keynote Remarks – A Discussion with David W. Grim, US Securities and Exchange Commission

9:00–10:15 a.m.
General Session
The Changing Legislative and Regulatory Landscape—What to Expect
Heidi Stam, Moderator – Vanguard

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Panels

Session 1-A: Inside the Boardroom: A Roundtable Discussion
Amy B. R. Lancellotta, Moderator – Independent Directors Council

Session 1-B: A Changing Global Environment: The New Political Landscape and the International Outlook
Susan M. Olson, Moderator – ICI Global

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Panels

Session 2-A: The Evolution of Investing: Opportunities and Challenges in the ETF Marketplace
Jane G. Heinrichs, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 2-B: Mutual Fund Civil Litigation: Year in Review
Julia S. Ulstrup, Moderator  – ICI Mutual Insurance Company, RRG

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Panels

Session 3-A: Classified Assets: Translating the New Liquidity Rules into Firm Policies
Dorothy M. Donohue, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 3-B: Retirement Redux: Where Does Regulation Go from Here?
Elena Barone Chism, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 3-C: Variable Insurance Products at a Crossroads: Opportunities and Challenges
Sarah A. Bessin, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Women in Leadership Presentation and Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 14

8:30–9:45 a.m.

General Session
A Conversation with OCIE and Enforcement
Christopher Michailoff, Moderator – Deutsche Bank, LP

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Concurrent Panels

Session 4-A: Derivatives Market Reform: Where Are We Going Now That We Are Almost There?
Jennifer S. Choi, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 4-B: Tax Reform: What Does It Mean for the Fund Industry and Fund Investors?
Karen Lau Gibian, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 4-C: Surviving the Aftershocks: Fund Distribution After the DOL’s Seismic Fiduciary Rulemaking
Linda M. French, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Panels

Session 5-A: Crashing the (Third) Parties: Mitigating Risk Through Service Provider Oversight
Matthew Thornton, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 5-B: Mind the GAAP: Accounting and Auditing Update
Gregory M. Smith, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Session 5-C: Are You Ready for Some Fun(d Reporting)? Implementing the SEC’s New Reporting Modernization Rules
Kenneth C. Fang, Moderator – Investment Company Institute

Wednesday, March 15

8:30–9:30 a.m.
General Session

Building Successful and Ethical Teams
Nancy B. Rapoport – Special Counsel to the President of UNLV – Professor of Law, Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics

9:30–10:45 a.m.
General Session

Alert Level Red, Yellow, or Green: Where to Focus in the Current Environment
Tamara K. Salmon, Moderator – Investment Company Institute