The Finadium 2011 Conference was held on September 20th in New York City and drew a large audience; seats were sold out by the prior week. The event was held at Bayard’s with lunch at Harry’s, the restaurant downstairs. Highlights of the event included
a friendly though forceful debate on ETF settlement risk and potential related risks in the mortgage-backed securities markets; a panel on the history and direction of collateral management in the world of CCPs; and a discussion on the importance of financing for hedge funds, their investors and service providers.
This year’s event drew an unusually large number of senior industry professionals. Finadium head Josh Galper noted that the experienced audience meant that he needed to be much more interesting than usual to keep the audience engaged.
The panels flew by fairly quickly, with some left partway through important discussions where time did not allow a full conversation.
Comments at lunch suggested that attendees were very satisfied with both the content and networking at the event, with some attendees noting that they have come for multiple years and looked to come back again.
The Finadium 2011 Conference was sponsored by SunGard, eSecLending and Sapient Global Markets. Media sponsors were Securities Lending Times, Eurekahedge and Hedge Connection.