HedgeWorld East 2014
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| Tel: +1-617-856-1871 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Abigail Laufer
| Richard Learner
| Tom Lenehan
| Michael Levantin
| Bruce Lipnick
| Peter Lupoff
Marc Lasry, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Avenue Capital Group
Marc Lasry is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager focused on distressed and undervalued debt and equity opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In 1995, Mr. Lasry formed Avenue with his sister Sonia Gardner with less than $10 million in capital from friends and family. Today, Avenue is one of the largest distressed debt investors globally, managing assets of approximately $13.0 billion, with headquarters in New York City, and offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich, and four offices throughout Asia.
Mr. Lasry is known as a pioneer in distressed investing which has been the focus of his professional career for over 30 years.
After law school, Mr. Lasry clerked for Edward Ryan, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. He spent the following year practicing law at Angel & Frankel, which focused on bankruptcies.
Mr. Lasry subsequently became the Director of the private debt department at R.D. Smith, the firm where he first became involved in “trade claims,” the market in purchasing and selling to investors the unsecured claims of vendors and other creditors against a debtor. In 1987, he moved to Cowen & Company where he was Co-Director of the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization department. It was at Cowen that he caught the attention of the Texas investor Robert Bass, who was a client of the firm. When he left Cowen, Mr. Lasry went to manage over $100 million for the Robert Bass Group, Inc., where he invested in bank debt, senior bonds, and trade claims. The Bass fund Mr. Lasry oversaw was called Amroc Investments, L.P., and, at the time, it stood as one of the largest distressed funds in the U.S. In 1990, he co-founded a boutique distressed brokerage firm, keeping the Amroc name and maintaining the affiliation with the Robert Bass Group.
Mr. Lasry serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and as a member of the Board of Directors of both The Clinton Global Initiative and the 92nd Street YMHA.
Mr. Lasry received a B.A. in History from Clark University (1981) and a J.D. from New York Law School (1984).
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Abigail Laufer, CEO, Ferguson Family Office
Abigail E. Laufer is the CIO of the Ferguson Family Office. Her other activity is through her firm Virid Capital Management, which is devoted to investments in public cleantech companies. She oversees the investment philosophy and management of the public equity portfolio of that firm. Ms. Laufer has over 30 years of investment experience
Ms. Laufer’s career has spanned a broad cross-section of the institutional investment industry. Following her early days as a securities analyst with the National Bank of Detroit she was appointed Director of Mutual Fund Research for Merrill Lynch in New York. She later worked for the Frank Russell Company as a consultant serving Russell’s Fortune 500 clients, providing strategy and conducting investment manager research for their pension funds and high net worth clients. In 1997, she co-founded Hanover Square Associates to represent managers and provide marketing consulting services on a contractual basis. Her successful fundraising venture led to her involvement as a partner at the New Energy Fund, a hedge fund devoted to public and private investments in the renewable energy sector. She formed Virid Capital Management in 2009 to focus exclusively on public market investments in the cleantech sector. She continues to invest in the sector as well as speak on the subject of renewable energy and alternative investments. She currently manages the assets of the Ferguson Family Office as well as the assets of individuals and private clients.
She has an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. She holds a current Series 7 and 63 brokerage registration.
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Richard Learner, Portfolio Manager, Tradelink Capital
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Tom Lenehan, Deputy CIO, Rockefeller University
Tom Lenehan was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. Tom graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992. Thereafter, Mr. Lenehan was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked for two years in the Investment Banking Division in both New York and London, and spent a third year in the Principal Investment Area in New York. Mr. Lenehan received his MBA from Stanford University in 1997, having spent a summer working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Thereafter, Mr. Lenehan joined Marsh & McLennan Capital, Inc. (aka, Stone Point Capital) in Greenwich, CT for three years, where he served as a member of the direct team charged with making investments in financial services companies globally. In 2000, Tom moved to San Francisco, CA and joined Vista Equity Partners, a private equity fund focused on investments in technology-enabled businesses across a wide variety of industries. In 2005, Tom joined Commonfund Capital, where he primarily focused on manager commitments on behalf of endowment and foundation clients in the Private Equity, Venture Capital and Natural Resources sectors globally. He also led Commonfund Capital’s secondary investment effort. Tom left Commonfund Capital in September 2011 to become the Deputy Chief Investment Officer at The Rockefeller University, helping to manage all aspects of the $1.8 billion endowment.
Previously, Mr. Lenehan served as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society and a non-profit entity. Tom is married, and he and his wife Julie reside in New York City and have a daughter named Alexandra, and a son named Braeden.
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Michael Levantin, Soft Commodities Trading Manager, Aventis Asset Management
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Bruce Lipnick, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Asset Alliance Corp.
Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (“Asset Alliance”). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various hedging techniques in portfolio management in the early 1970’s through the 1980’s. Among other affiliate manager-related activities, Mr. Lipnick serves on the Board of Directors of many of Asset Alliance's subsidiary and sponsored funds. Mr. Lipnick is CEO and Founder of Asset Alliance’s crowdfunding initiative, CrowdAlliance. Prior to founding Asset Alliance, Mr. Lipnick served as principal, general partner and senior executive officer for several investment management organizations including Wharton Management Group, Inc., which he founded in 1982 and also served as president. Mr. Lipnick was a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and of the Advisory Board of the Eco Power Conference in Brazil. He was also a member of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker’s Cabinet, and in 2002 he received Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Lipnick is a supporter of the New Combinations Fund for the New York City Ballet, a supporter of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center and a benefactor for the Washington Ballet. He is also a patron of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a past Dinner Chairman of Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund and a board member of Hedge Funds Care. In 2008, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care. In May 2011, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) for his career in the corporate finance world, spanning almost four decades. Mr. Lipnick is also a founding member of the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) CEO Conference. In 2012 Mr. Lipnick was named Executive of the Year in Investment and Financial Planning by Worldwide Who's Who. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipnick was President and Founder of the Elms Companies and was Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a merchant investment bank, in addition to founding and serving as President of Pierpont Management, Inc., a family office. Mr. Lipnick received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Long Island University in 1969. Mr. Lipnick has directly or indirectly owned or operated seats on several major U.S. Securities and Commodities Exchanges. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.
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Peter Lupoff, CIO, Gray & Co.
Bio to come..
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