Dates: April 14 - 16, 2024
Location: Miami, Florida
The Forum’s Steering Committee welcomes a select group of up to 48 elite-level private practice lawyers and in-house counsel with significant experience in private fund formation, operations and governance from across the United States and Canada. The goal is to foster a community of the leading experts who are willing to collaboratively examine and resolve the complex challenges they face today.
Using candid, peer-driven discussion, this Forum explores key topics that will help develop successful GP-LP relationships in closed-end private funds.
This advisory group of leading practitioners drafted the Agenda and personally nominated all invitees to the Forum.
Emily Holden is Director of Private Funds at Harvard Management Company, Inc. Prior to joining HMC in 2015, Emily was General Counsel of Pomona Capital and an associate in the Private Investment Funds Group at Proskauer. She received a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Seth Thomson is Deputy General Counsel for Commonfund and its subsidiaries. Seth has been a practicing attorney since 2008 and was previously an associate at Proskauer Rose in the Private Investment Funds Group in Boston. Prior to his legal career, Seth was an actuarial assistant at a leading U.S. based surplus lines insurer in Boston. Seth holds a B.A. in Philosophy of Politics & Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton and J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Emma is Senior Forum Director and Financial Services Lead at Cambridge Executive Connections (CEC), a subsidiary of Cambridge Forums, Inc. Naturally curious and a lifelong learner, Emma has developed and managed a variety of meetings in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Before joining Cambridge, Emma was Assistant Vice President, Global Marketing at State Street in Canada, where she spent close to two decades of her career, offering her a great depth of knowledge and understanding of the financial and investment sectors. In Emma’s current role, she leads CEC’s Financial Services portfolio, including programs for institutional investors, banking, private funds, risk, and governance professionals.
The Forum offers a private and neutral environment, bringing both LP and GP side legal practitioners to examine critical roadblocks, identify efficiencies and think of innovative ways to address emerging/evolving issues in private fund investments.
"The Forum is more than a conference - it is collaboration between top lawyers across the market coming together to move the market."Tara Rosenblatt Chief Legal Officer Georgian Toronto, ON
"I have always heard about the Forum and how different it is than a normal conference but it was hard to believe until I experienced it. Participants were excited and engaged and everyone brought different views to the table - all of which were respected, even when challenged. I walked away feeling enlightened by the different viewpoints that I have heard as well as excited to have an expanded network that I can reach out to going forward!"Amy C. Johnson-Spina Partner Torys LLP New York, NY
"This is a not-to-be-missed experience. The exchange of ideas and different perspectives provided insights that I would not otherwise have had. And the personal connections are invaluable!"Vanessa Grant Partner Norton Rose Fulbright