Webinar: How fund managers can make money from lending money


Date: Monday, 21 September, 2015
Starting at: 2:00pm (BST), 3:00pm (CET), 9:00am (EDT)
Location: London
Contact: Frances Doherty




With banks withdrawing from sectors of the lending market, fund managers are now investing in the provision of credit to the real economy. This webinar explores the dimensions of this market, the instruments  used, the levels of liquidity it enjoys, and the competition managers face especially from crowd funding. The topics of discussion will include: 


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The webinar will be moderated by COOConnect founding partner Dominic Hobson, and will include the following panellists:


Opening and closing remarks by Dominic Hobson, Founder of COOConnect.



Charles Bathurst is a consultant to the board of SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services. Charles graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1974 serving as an Officer in the British Army before leaving to spend eight years in the engineering industry, initially with GKN on their military vehicle division. In 1988 Charles moved to the City of London where he worked in international financial and commodity markets for GNI and moved to Credit Agricole in 1995 to found their alternative investment management group. In 1998 he established Credit Agricole Asset Management in London becoming Managing Director. In 2004 Charles moved to Old Mutual Asset Managers becoming International Sales and Marketing Director and in 2008 joined J O Hambro Investment Management Limited as Director and Head of their internal Fund Management Group. During his career Charles has been responsible for initiating and managing to profitability new businesses, multiple product launches and building distribution channels in more than 40 countries globally. Today he is a consultant to the board of SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services to build their commercial growth globally ex Japan.



Chris Acito is chief executive officer and chief investment officer at Gapstow funds. Chris has responsibility for managing the overall business, as well as investing each of the Gapstow funds.  Prior to founding Gapstow in early 2009, Chris was the Global Chief Operating Officer for Investcorp’s Hedge Fund Group, which, at its peak, allocated nearly $8.5 billion in client and proprietary capital.  Prior to Investcorp, Chris enjoyed a ten-year career as a management consultant, beginning with Booz-Allen & Hamilton's Banking & Capital Markets practice.  In 1998 he joined John Casey, Kevin Quirk, and others to build a business strategy consulting firm which focused exclusively on the global investment management industry. The team was originally part of Barra, where Mr. Acito was a Managing Director, but later became independent as Casey, Quirk & Acito.  Chris began his career as an economist. He served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers in both the Bush and Clinton administrations, where his areas of expertise were financial markets and macroeconomic policy. He was also the Managing Director of the Center for Population Economics, a Chicago-based group dedicated to researching issues in health economics under the direction of Noble Prize winner Robert W. Fogel. Chris holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.


George Spentzos is a Board Member of CFA Institute. He was most recently a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Société Générale, based in London. Previously, he ran the Fixed Income Advisory Group at Credaris, a UK-based asset manager, where his team implemented investment strategies and client portfolio solutions. Prior to that, George was head of structured credit at Brevan Howard Asset Management after having worked for three years at another hedge fund, Cheyne Capital, where he managed a $1 billion long/short credit fund. He started his financial career at Nomura International where he traded credit derivatives and corporate bonds for the bank. Before completing his MBA, he spent 10 years at Amoco Petroleum in Canada and the United States in a variety of engineering and business development roles. He is Past Chairman and Fellow of the CFA Society of the UK. George earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA in finance (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the University of Denver. He is also an Executive Advisory Board member of Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.


Louis Gargour runs the investment management team at LNG Capital, leading idea generation across credit markets. As CIO, Louis oversees investment and directs the organization’s investment management decisions. He has over 30 years investment experience with expertise in government bonds, investment-grade, high-yield, distressed, and special situations.As a result of his strong performance Louis and his team have been nominated for numerous awards and honourable mentions from Eurohedge, Investhedge, HFR, Hedge, and others. Besides his duties as CIO, Louis is active in the financial policy and reform debate as a frequent contributor to Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Reuters, Bloomberg, He regularly speaks at major industry conferences, as well as CNBC and Bloomberg television.



Ryan Flanders is the Head of Private Debt Products at Preqin and leads all efforts within the alternative lending space. This currently includes, direct lending, mezzanine, distressed debt, venture debt and special situations. Preqin is the alternative assets industry’s leading source of data and intelligence. He has been with Preqin for over 4 years and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).”





Each panel discussion will be broadcast live online. Attendees will be able submit questions online that can be put to the panellists during the webinar.


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