Edward Baer, Counsel, Ropes & Gray
Edward Baer is a Counsel in Ropes & Gray’s registered funds practice. His practice focuses on advising ETFs, open- and closed-end investment companies and their independent directors/trustees. Additionally, he regularly advises an ETF industry trade association on a variety of ETF regulatory and policy matters. Baer has deep experience in operational, governance, compliance, regulatory and business issues related to ETFs and other investment companies and asset managers. Baer also has experience advising clients on investments in cryptocurrencies and related trading, custody and valuation issues. Prior to joining Ropes, Ed was managing director and senior counsel for the world’s largest asset manager, and also served as Chief Legal Officer for the world’s largest ETF complex. In that role, he oversaw the full range of legal and compliance matters for over 300 ETFs, including ETF product development, ETF exemptive relief and exchange listing and trading relief, ETF capital markets, trading and creation and redemption activities, and ETF distribution, marketing and index licensing.
Giang Bui, Director Listings, Cboe Global Markets
Ms. Bui is responsible for supporting the company’s listings business, developing strategy, working with issuers to list their products and overseeing market quality incentive programs.
Prior to joining Bats, Ms. Bui was an Associate on the Global Index and Exchange Traded Products team, where she played a key role in the development and marketing of new and innovative indexes.
Ari Burstein, President, Capital Markets Strategies
Ari Burstein is President of Capital Markets Strategies. In his role, Mr. Burstein represents financial services firms, including investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, securities exchanges and trade associations before regulators and policymakers, in the U.S. and globally. Prior to starting Capital Markets Strategies, Mr. Burstein was Head of US Regulatory Affairs for Kreab, a leading global consulting firm. In that role, Mr. Burstein was responsible for advising financial services clients on global regulatory and policy developments impacting their businesses. Representative clients included asset managers, broker-dealers and financial services trade associations.
Tim Coyne, Head of SPDR ETF Institutional Sales & Global Capital Markets, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets Tim is Global Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets. Tim has global responsibility for sales and client relationships with SPDR ETF primary and secondary market participants. Prior to joining SSGA in 2006, Tim was Managing Director of ETF sales at the NYSE. Tim is a graduate of Merrimack College.
Jillian DelSignore, Head of US ETF Distribution, JP Morgan Asset Management
Jillian DelSignore is head of ETF Distribution at J.P. Morgan’s Asset Management business and is responsible for leading the sales efforts and strategy in the intermediary and institutional markets. She has also been recently appointed co-president of Women in ETFs.
Dan Draper, Managing Director of Global ETFs, PowerShares by Invesco
Dan Draper is a Managing Director and Global Head of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) at Invesco. Prior to joining Invesco, Mr. Draper held asset management, wealth management and investment banking leadership positions in New York, London, Hong Kong and Jakarta with Credit Suisse Asset Management, Lyxor Asset Management, iShares/Barclays Global Investors, Goldman Sachs, UBS Wealth Management and Salomon Brothers.
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, Founder, ETFGI
Deborah Fuhr is the managing partner and founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm launched in 2012 in London. The firm offers paid for subscription research, consulting and events. Previously, she served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. Fuhr also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates.
Jane G. Heinrichs, Associate General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Jane Heinrichs is an associate general counsel for the Investment Company Institute, primarily responsible for legal and regulatory issues relating to ETFs, money market funds and municipal securities. She has a B.A. in philosophy from Binghamton University and a JD from the American University, Washington College of Law.
Jacob Krawitz, Branch Chief, Division of Investment Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Ryan Louvar, General Counsel, WisdomTree Asset Management
Mr. Ryan Matthew Louvar, Esq., J.D., has been the General Counsel of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. Mr. Louvar previously, served as Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel at State Street Global Advisors, Inc. from 2005 to 2013. He has vast legal experience with a specific focus on ETFs. He also served as Counsel of Bisys Fund Services Ltd where he provided legal services to over 250 mutual funds and hedge funds, as well as investment advisers. He served as Vice
Kevin D. Mahn, President and Chief Investment Officer, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management
Kevin D. Mahn joined Parsippany, NJ based Hennion & Walsh as a Managing Director in 2004. Currently serving as the President and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Hennion & Walsh Asset Management, Mr. Mahn is responsible for all of the Wealth and Asset Management products and services offered at the Firm including fee-based money management and the various portfolio strategies within the SmartTrust® series of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). Mr. Mahn was also the former portfolio manager of the SmartGrowth® Mutual Funds.
Daniel J. McCabe, Chief Executive, Precidian
Daniel McCabe. Prior to joining Precidian Investments, Dan served as CEO of Bear Hunter Structured Products LLC, an NYSE and AMEX specialist firm. Dan joined Bear Hunter in 1997 as vice president of Structured and Derivative Products, where he ultimately ran portfolio trading and managed the firm’s overall exposure in ETFs. He has a background in institutional sales, options trading and index arbitrage with Walsh Greenwood, Merrill Lynch and WG Trading.
Steve Oh, Head of ETF Listings and Business Development, Nasdaq
Steve Oh joined Nasdaq in 2017 as the Head of ETF Listings. His primary role is to oversee the Nasdaq ETF Listings Exchange that currently has nearly 400 listed ETFs. He also leads ETF business development working with other Nasdaq departments to support ETF related opportunities globally. Steve came to Nasdaq with a broad and deep understanding of the ETF industry and product having managed business units for 20 years in Asset Management and Trading across the US, Europe and Asia.
Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn in on January 11, 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Peirce served as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group (now Program on Financial Regulation) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Commissioner Peirce co-edited two books, authored publications, testified before Congress, and served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee.
Barry Pershkow, Partner, Chapman and Cutler
Barry Pershkow is a partner in Chapmans Corporate and Securities Department and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. He is nationally recognized for his work in the field of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Barry has extensive experience working on matters involving the establishment, representation, and counseling of ETFs, alternatively structured exchange-traded investment products (ETPs), commodity pools, their advisers, and listing markets. He advised on the formation and operation of a variety of investment product investment products (ETPs), commodity pools, their advisers, and listing market including the industrys first leveraged and inverse ETFs, the first leveraged and inverse commodity and currency exchange-traded products, and the first long/short ETF.
Christine Podolak, Senior Director, Exchange Traded Products Surveillance & Investigations, FINRA
Eric M. Pollackov, Global Head of ETF Capital Markets, Invesco
Eric Pollackov is the Global Head of ETF Capital Markets for Invesco ETFs. In this role, Mr.Pollackov proactively develops relationships with sell-side trading desks, implements capitalmarkets strategies for Invesco’s ETFs, and develops and measures the success of clientbusiness plans.Before joining Invesco in 2016, Mr. Pollackov was head of ETF capital markets for CharlesSchwab. Previously, he served as managing director of exchange-traded products at NYSEEuronext. He began his career in 1999 as a derivatives trader for Susquehanna InternationalGroup, specializing in ETFs.Mr. Pollackov earned a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo andholds the Series 7 and 24 registrations.
Jim Rowley, Head of Active Passive Portfolio Research, Vanguard Investment Strategy Group
Jim Rowley, CFA, is the head of active/passive portfolio research in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, where he leads the team that conducts research and provides thought leadership on issues related to indexing and ETFs, active management, and factors.
Andrew Upward, ETF Strategy, Jane Street Group
As an ETF Strategist for Jane Street, Andrew Upward conveys the firm’s thoughts about market structure and ETF trading developments to clients. In addition to his regular written work, he conducts specialized research for individual clients and represents the firm as a speaker and panelist at conferences. He supports Jane Street’s sales and trading teams in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Damon Walvoord, Co-Head, ETF Group, Susquehanna International Group
Damon Walvoord is co-Head of the ETF Group at Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and a 12 year veteran of the Firm. As such, Mr. Walvoord is jointly responsible for several ETF-related activities including oversight of the Firm’s ETF lead market making and exchange-related business, ETF issuer relationships, ETF client trading (through SIG affiliate Susquehanna Financial Group, or SFG), global equity portfolio trading (also SFG), and other strategic ETF initiatives. Prior to his current role forming and running the ETF Group, Mr. Walvoord helped build out the SFG sell-side brokerage business, after beginning his capital markets career as an ETF and index options trader in the SIG training program.
Douglas M. Yones, Head of Exchange Traded Products, New York Stock Exchange
Douglas Yones is currently the Head of Exchange Traded Products at the New York Stock Exchange, where he oversees the team responsible for the delivery of customized, full service end-to-end capabilities for ETP and Closed End Fund Issuers. From the moment an asset manager begins developing their product, the team at NYSE can help to drive product and index development, regulatory guidance and legal support, an unparalleled listing day experience, and long term enhancement of product growth and distribution alongside superior market quality and liquidity.