ETF Think Tank

9 March 2017   New York   9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (EST)  

Join us for an opportunity to brainstorm and collaborate with ETF industry leaders on lessons learned from their experience in the ETF industry and insights on future developments, including non-transparent active ETFs. This program is sponsored by K&L Gates and is free to attend, but space will be limited to the first 100 people. Additional participants are invited to join via a live webinar.

Agenda topics will include:

  • A Crash Course in Launching An ETF: Choosing service providers, refining your strategy, and trends and innovations in product and index development.
  • Hot Legal Topics: How the “Fiduciary Rule” will affect (and potentially benefit) ETFs and the ETF-unique aspects of the SEC’s new liquidity and reporting rules.
  • Porting Performance: Put your past performance to work for your new ETF.
  • Hot Business Topics: The business case for and regulatory issues presented by non-transparent active ETFs, custom baskets and the like.
  • Compliance and Enforcement: Designing an ETF compliance program and lessons from recent SEC and FINRA enforcement actions.
  • Board Oversight of ETFs: Current ETF trustees and trustee counsel highlight ETF-specific board reports and considerations.
  • Distribution: Lessons learned by ETF distribution veterans (what they would -- and wouldn’t -- have done differently), as well as current ETF distribution and marketing trends.

The conference will be hosted by Stacy Fuller and Peter Shea of K&L Gates and feature panelists representing a broad array of ETF industry participants, including:

  • Mark Abssy, NYSE
  • Charles Biderman, TrimTabs Asset Management
  • Steve Byers, DBX ETF Trust
  • Tom Champion, NYSE
  • Steve Cook, BNY Mellon
  • John Flanagan, Independent Trustee of Absolute Shares Trust
  • Deborah Fuhr, ETFGI
  • Adam Grealish, Betterment
  • Jane Heinrichs, Investment Company Institute
  • Chris Hempstead, KCG 
  • Frank Koudelka, State Street
  • Erik Liik, ETF Consultant
  • Scott Livingston, T. Rowe Price
  • Kristi Maher, First Trust
  • Brian Murphy, Vanguard
  • Kyle Murray, BATS
  • Steve O’Grady, Virtus ETF Trusts
  • Will Rhind, GraniteShares
  • Donna Rogers, Foreside Compliance
  • Beth Savino, PricewaterhouseCoopers  
  • David Smith, Mutual Fund Directors Forum
  • Robert Tull, ETF Consultant
  • Dave Whitaker, Foreside


  • Registration: 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Program: 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Cocktail reception: 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please note that this event will be closed to SEC personnel and other industry regulators. We appreciate your attention to and understanding of this matter.

ETF Think Tank

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