MFA Network, Managed Funds Association’s flagship business development event, is the leading networking conference for the alternative investment industry.
MFA Network 2024 will welcome financial industry leaders from around the globe, including leading allocators, hedge fund managers, and service providers, for:
MFA Network 2024 in Miami provides unparalleled thought-leadership on emerging investment issues and trends that are critical to allocators and hedge fund managers across all strategies in today’s economy.
This year’s program offers panel discussions and roundtables on the key issues facing investment managers, including hedge funds and their allocators. Speakers will provide insight on the trends they’re watching in the broader financial markets and guidance on how investors can stay on top of shifting dynamics.
At MFA Network 2024, you can expect:
All meetings will be facilitated through a new and improved digital platform, the MFA Conference App.
MFA Network 2024’s agenda offered panel discussions and roundtables on the key issues facing investment managers, including hedge funds, and their allocators. Speakers provided insight into the trends they’re watching in the broader financial markets and guidance on how investors can stay on top of shifting dynamics.
MFA Network, Managed Funds Association’s flagship business development and networking event, is the leading networking conference for the alternative investments industry.
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The Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Located in the heart of the Historic Art Deco District in South Beach, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is walking distance to world-famous Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive.
Josh Friedman is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Physics), Oxford University (M.A., honors, Politics and Economics, Marshall Scholar), Harvard Business School (M.B.A., Baker Scholar) and Harvard Law School (J.D., Sears Prize, magna cum laude). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Friedman was Director of Capital Markets for High Yield and Private Placements at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, Mr. Friedman worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs in New York.
In 2014, Mr. Friedman, along with Co-Founder Mitch Julis, received Institutional Investor’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Mr. Friedman is a member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Executive Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Friedman serves on the boards and/or investment committees of a number of endowments and foundations including Harvard Management Company, Harvard Committee on University Resources, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, California Institute of Technology, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Broad Foundation, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mr. Friedman previously served on the investment committee of the J. Paul Getty Trust and Board of the Dean’s Advisors for Harvard Business School, as well as the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the UCLA Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the California Science Center.
Mr. Friedman and his wife, Beth, live in Dallas, Texas and have three sons. Mr. and Mrs. Friedman co-endowed the Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research at Harvard University and are 2019 recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $175 billion in assets under management, more than 1,650 employees and 24 offices worldwide. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit and Bain Capital Special Situations.
Mr. Lavine founded Bain Capital Credit, formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, in 1998. Bain Capital Credit invests across the full spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans, equities and insurance solutions. He also created Bain Capital’s special situations investment strategy which provides bespoke capital solutions leveraging credit, equity, corporate and real estate expertise. Together, Bain Capital Credit and Bain Capital Special Situations have approximately $65 billion in assets under management, more than 420 employees and offices in Boston, Chicago, Dublin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney.
Mr. Lavine joined Bain Capital’s private equity group in 1993. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, formed and oversee the Crimson Lion Foundation which delivers financial resources to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations focused on leveling the playing field for individuals and families. The foundation works to address pressing social challenges in the areas of education, community and public service, health and welfare, discrimination and poverty. It supports the multi-disciplinary efforts of organizations that serve to strengthen society through research, innovation, public policy, direct service and advocacy. To that end, Mr. and Mrs. Lavine have supported a diverse array of organizations including City Year (where Mr. Lavine is Chairman Emeritus of the National Board of Trustees), uAspire (where they have dedicated the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability), WBUR/NPR (where they have dedicated the Lavine Broadcasting Center at CitySpace in Boston), LIFT, Cradles to Crayons, the Equal Justice Initiative and many others. In addition, they have provided major support to healthcare institutions including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital as well as other medical research organizations. They are longtime supporters of Columbia University, where Mr. Lavine serves as Chair of the Trustees of the University and is a former chair of the Columbia College Board of Visitors; and Harvard University, where they endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health and provided substantial support to fund scholarships for first-generation students at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Lavine is the 2017 recipient of Columbia University’s Alexander Hamilton Medal, the highest honor awarded to a member of the college community for distinguished service. He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Columbia’s David Truman Award for outstanding contribution to academic affairs, the Dean’s Leadership Award for the Class of 1988 25th Reunion, Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Seixas Award, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award and of the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. He is the first recipient of the London School of Economics Alternative Investments Conference’s “Distinguished Speaker Honour.” Mr. Lavine was appointed a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Obama and reappointed by President Biden. He is also a member of the investor group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an M.B.A with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Columbia University in 2023.
Mr. Magnusson is the Chief Investment Officer of Garda’s Fixed Income Relative Value Strategy. Mr. Magnusson provides strategic direction for the investment strategy of the firm.
Prior to co-founding Garda in 2016, Mr. Magnusson worked at Black River and its predecessor, Cargill Financial Markets. He began his career at Cargill in 1996 working within the Corporate Treasury Group. Mr. Magnusson then joined the Fixed Income Relative Value Portfolio Management Team in 2000. Following the formation of Black River in 2003, his Portfolio Management responsibilities continued to grow and in 2008, he became the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Fixed Income Relative Value Strategy, that continues to be the strategy managed at Garda today. He assumed CIO responsibilities for the strategy in 2022.
Mr. Magnusson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and German. He also holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a CFA® charterholder.
Bruce Richards is the Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of Marathon Asset Management who is responsible for general oversight of funds Marathon manages on behalf of its institutional investors. Mr. Richards leads Marathon’s Executive Committee, representing senior leadership at Marathon, where the firm’s strategic direction is established. Mr. Richards sits on Marathon’s Investment Committee, which convenes weekly to evaluate select investments and establishes guidelines for asset allocation. Prior to founding Marathon in 1998, Mr. Richards worked on Wall Street for 15 years, including 10 years as a Managing Director in the fixed income divisions of Smith Barney and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he was head of a trading desk responsible for principal investments and market making. Mr. Richards has demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy and was the recipient of Help for Children | Hedge Fund Cares’ Award for Caring and the CFA Society’s Humanitarian Award. He has also been honored by the UJA Federation of New York and HELP USA, and was the recipient of the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Most Valuable Player Award and the R Baby Foundation’s Philanthropic Leadership Award. Mr. Richards served on the Investment Committee of The University of Maryland for 10 years. Mr. Richards is married with two children and resides in Manhattan. He received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Tulane University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Justin W. Slatky joined Shenkman Capital in 2011. He has 23 years of investing experience in high yield and distressed securities. Prior to joining Shenkman Capital, Mr. Slatky was Co-Head and Managing Director of the Distressed Bond business in New York and London for Goldman Sachs. He was also a member of the Credit Investment Committee charged with reviewing proprietary investments within the Credit Department. Before joining the distressed bond business in 2002, Mr. Slatky was a telecom high yield analyst and a recipient of Institutional Investor’s Runner-Up award. He joined Goldman Sachs from Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, where he worked as a high yield analyst as part of an II ranked telecom team. Mr. Slatky graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Economics (1998) and an MBA (1999) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
*: Other speakers to be announced.