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A Morning Fireside Chat About the State of Markets and Hedge Funds With Omega Advisors’ Lee Cooperman

09/11/2019 @ 07:30 - 10:00

The New York Alternative Investment Roundtable’s September event will feature a fireside chat with Leon (Lee) Cooperman, founder of hedge fund firm Omega Advisors. Among the topics Cooperman will discuss are how he started his business; some of the setbacks and challenges he has faced over the years and what he learned from them; advice he would give a new manager; his views on active versus passive investing; how the playing field has changed; how technology will impact hedge funds; and the differences in his investment approach since he converted his business to a family office, among other things.

The event will be moderated by Anna Raytcheva, the founder and CIO of global macro hedge fund Sonya Capital Management.

Leon Cooperman is the founder of $5 billion plus hedge fund firm Omega Advisors, which he converted to a family office at the end of 2018 after 27 years of running the firm. Prior to starting Omega Advisors, Cooperman spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a general partner at the firm and chairman and CEO of its asset management division and CIO of its equity product line, including management of its Goldman Sachs Capital Growth Fund, when he left to start his own venture in 1991. He was named the #1 Portfolio Strategist in Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team survey for 9 years straight and has been included in Bloomberg Markets Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” list; Forbes magazine’s list of the “40 Highest-Earning Hedge Fund Managers” and Forbes’ “Top 10 Overall Hedge Fund Managers” list. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an undergraduate degree from Hunter College and honorary doctorates from Roger Williams University and Hunter College. He has also been inducted into Hunter College’s hall of fame, among multiple other honors. As an active philanthropist, he has been honored by multiple organizations for his dedication to philanthropy and is chairman emeritus of the Saint Barnabas Development Foundation; a member of the board of overseers of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; a member of the board of directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation; a member of the investment committee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and board chairman of Green Spaces, a committee organized to rebuild 13 parks in Newark, NJ.

Anna Raytcheva is the Founder and CIO of Sonya Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund. Prior to that, Anna spent 22 years at Citigroup, where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar balance sheet and large teams of traders as the head of the firm’s strategic trading desk, co-head of risk treasury and head of the Agency MBS trading desk. She traded through seven Fed tightening and easing cycles and a few financial crises, such as the Asian financial crisis, the Dot-com bubble and the Global Financial crisis. When she left Citigroup, the Wall Street Journal featured her as “Citigroup’s last proprietary trader.” She holds a degree in mathematics from Princeton University.

*This is a morning event from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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