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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
State of the Alternatives Market
featuring expert perspective from Bain Capital, Cambridge Associates, NEPC, & New Hampshire Employees Retirement System

Industry leaders in the alternatives space will discuss and debate topics that are timely/controversial/important for investors in today's competitive, and in many ways uncharted, territory.

Opening Remarks:
Brandon Colón, Managing Principal, Co-Director of Public Markets Research

Brandon Colón

Brandon is the Managing Principal and Co-Director of Public Markets Research, where he oversees the sourcing and evaluation of equity, fixed income and hedge fund managers. He is a member of the firm's Marketable Securities Investment Committee and works with select clients designing alternative investment policies and implementing hedge fund allocations.

Prior to joining the firm, Brandon was employed by Balter Capital Management, a hedge fund of funds based in Boston, MA. There he conducted due diligence on prospective hedge fund investments and assisted with the construction of hedge fund portfolios. He began his investment career as a research associate for Cambridge Associates.

Brandon received his MBA from the Yale School of Management and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College.

Jeff Hawkins
COO, Bain Capital

Mr. Hawkins joined Bain Capital Credit in 2001. He is Deputy Managing Partner and a Managing Director based in Bain Capital Credit's Boston office. He is a Credit Committee member a Risk & Oversight Committee member and serves as the Chairman of Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc., a registered business development company. Previously, Mr. Hawkins was at Ropes & Gray, LLP working on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and collateralized debt funds.

Mr. Hawkins received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College.

Noel O'Neill
President and Head of Global Investing, Cambridge Associates

Noel is President and Head of Global Investing, overseeing the collective efforts of the firm's core investment practice areas and global research team to help drive outperformance for our clients based on their unique investment objectives.

Noel joined Cambridge Associates in 1995 and has more than 25 years of investment experience. Prior to his current role, Noel was Head of Global Investment Research where he oversaw our global research platform and was responsible for the alignment between investment ideas and capital market and asset allocation views. Noel has also worked with a number of endowments, private clients, and pension funds based in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Noel was a Manager at Bain & Company, Inc. where he led strategy projects for multinational corporations globally. Prior to attending graduate school, Noel was a Mechanical Engineer with General Electric Power Systems division. Noel worked on gas turbine and combined cycle power plant construction and commissioning projects in the Middle East, North Africa, Venezuela, Indonesia, and Norway. Noel received an MBA from Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College - graduating with Distinction as an Edward Tuck Scholar - and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin.

Sean Gill, CFA, CAIA
Partner & Director of Alternative Research, NEPC

Sean joined NEPC in March 2000, with his investment experience beginning in 1998. Sean oversees our alternative assets group and works with all aspects relating to the alternative asset investment class. He works with all types of clients in designing alternative asset class investment policy guidelines, portfolio structuring, plan implementation, manager selection, and performance measurement and monitoring. Sean is a member of the firm's Alternative Asset Investment, Partners Research and Partners Executive Committees.

Prior to joining NEPC, Sean worked as an associate at M.B.G. Associates, a human resources consulting firm, where he researched and analyzed employment law issues. While in law school, Sean worked for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, where he helped prepare felony prosecutions. Additionally, while pursuing his legal studies, he served as a floor clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade for Refco. Earlier, Sean worked for Smith Barney Shearson where he prepared quarterly portfolio reviews for dozens of high net worth and pension fund clients.

Sean received his J.D. in Corporate Law from Loyola University of Chicago, his M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from the University of Notre Dame and his B.S.F.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University. He has been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. He also became an inaugural Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designee in 2003, and is a CFA charter holder.

Larry Johansen
CIO, New Hampshire Retirement System

Larry Johansen is director of investments at the New Hampshire Retirement System. Previously, he was managing director of external asset management at the New York State Teachers' Retirement System. Larry was recently recognized as one of the top 30 pension chief investment officers in the country by Trusted Insight, an investment trade publication. In his position as Director of Investments, Johansen is responsible for providing expert investment counsel to the NHRS Board of Trustees and Independent Investment Committee. He serves as the primary staff liaison on investment matters and directs all aspects of the retirement system's investments.

Compared to the members in the InvestorForce Public Defined Benefit Net Universe, which represents 283 public plans totaling more than $599 billion in assets, NHRS performed better than 90% of its peers over the three- and five-year periods and better than 80% of its peers over the one-, 10-, 20-, and 25-year periods.

Johansen holds numerous actuarial credentials and a degree in mathematics and economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been a member of the Pension Task Force of the Governmental Accounting and Standards Board, served in multiple leadership roles, including president, for the American Academy of Actuaries, and served on the board of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. Johansen holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Buffalo.

Member Registration
Early Bird until Dec. 31 | $35
Regular Reg. Jan 1 - Jan 22 | $40
Late Registration starts Jan 23 | $50
Non-Member Registration
Early Bird until Dec. 31 | $65
Regular Reg. Jan 1 - Jan 22 | $70
Late Registration starts Jan 23| $80

Registration includes lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions at checkout.

Registration is closed. This event is currently at capacity. Please note building security requires names in advance so walk-ins may not be accomodated.

1 Beacon Street
32nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Member Registration
Early Bird until Dec. 31 | $35
Regular Reg. Jan 1 - Jan 22 | $40
Late Registration starts Jan 23 | $50
Non-Member Registration
Early Bird until Dec. 31 | $65
Regular Reg. Jan 1 - Jan 22 | $70
Late Registration starts Jan 23| $80

Registration includes lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions at checkout.