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CFL Roundtable
Cambridge, MA
Friday, November 22, 2019
10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Join independent chairs and independent lead directors at the next Conference of Fund Leaders Roundtable event on November 22, 2019 10:30– 2:30 pm, in Boston on the campus of Harvard Law School.

The CFL provides an unique opportunity for the independent chair and lead independent directors of mutual funds to come to gether with their peers to discuss governance issues that board leaders and their funds face and proactively present their views on policy matters important to fund investors and the independent director community. 
At this session, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with industry professionals the role of board oversight in fund mergers and adviser mergers, and to hear about recent research tracking industry trends in this area. Topics will include:
  • How do advisers approach product rationalization?
  • How do boards oversee fund mergers?
  • What happens when asset managers merge and what is the extent of the board’s role in those transactions?
  • What are the trends in asset management industry mergers & acquisitions?
The session will also cover the revenue sharing landscape and will seek to address the following key questions:
  • How does the industry define revenue sharing?
  • What are the acceptable purposes of payments made between funds and advisors to intermediaries?
  • How are revenue sharing payments allocated by intermediaries to offset operations?
  • What are the guiding principles and leading practices in place to safeguard against potential investor/shareholder conflicts?
As with every CFL event, there will be ample time for networking and conversation among fund leaders. There is no charge to attend the roundtable.
This program is open only to fund independent chairs and independent lead directors. To register, please click on the red "Register Now" button above (you will need to be logged in to the Forum's website and be a chair/lead independent director for this button to appear). If you have issues with registering online, please call the Forum at 202.507.4488.
 Kevin Connaughton
Adjunct Professor of Finance
Bentley University
Kevin Connaughton is currently an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Bentley University.  Prior to this he was the President of the Columbia Funds and Managing Director at Columbia Management Investment Advisors. 

He currently serves in a variety of non-profit and for-profit governance roles; Special Consultant to the Board of the Columbia Atlantic Funds, Director for The Autism Project and member of the Saint Michael’s College Investment Committee.  He has previously served on the Boards of the New Century Portfolios, Saint Michael’s College, BACAP Funds (Ireland), Wanger Investment Trust (Ireland), Liberty Funds (Cayman) and Columbia Shareholder Services Company.  

Kevin earned a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Finance from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
Jeb Doggett
Managing Director
Casey Quirk by Deloitte
Jeb joined Deloitte with the acquisition of Casey Quirk, the leading strategy consulting firm to asset managers, where he was a founding partner. Jeb has more than 20 years of experience in the investment and wealth management industry advising senior management of traditional, alternative and insurance asset management firms on business strategy. Jeb’s experience includes including leading projects ranging from vision and business strategy, to distribution strategy and operating model design.
Jeb leads Casey Quirk’s mutual fund board practice and advises mutual fund boards on best practices and investment quality. He developed the firm’s proprietary frameworks for assessing investment process quality, and continues to lead many engagements focused on investment quality and product development. Jeb also has experience advising firms in M&A strategy, due diligence, and post merger integration. He is based in Darien CT.
Prior to founding Casey Quirk, Jeb was a Managing Director of the Barra Strategic Consulting Group, where he was responsible for advising asset management firms on investment process quality and business strategy. Before joining BSCG in 1995, Jeb was an equity analyst for State Street Research & Management, now part of BlackRock. He also spent five years as an equity analyst covering insurance companies for Alex Brown & Sons.
Jeb graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer and English from Trinity College. He holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Cornell University. Jeb is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Lesley Keefe
Managing Director, Wealth & Asset Management
Lesley is a managing director in EY’s Wealth and Asset Management practice with more than 25 years of experience in asset and wealth management. Lesley has worked with the leading global asset managers assisting firms with target operating model strategies across the enterprise, spanning business, application, data and organizational blueprints, and implementation roadmaps. 
David Parks
Managing Director, Wealth & Asset Management
David is a managing director in EY’s Wealth and Asset Management practice with more than 31 years of experience in asset and wealth management. Dave’s area of focus includes SEC and FINRA regulatory compliance, internal controls, risk management, and fund governance. Dave’s primary industry focus is asset management distribution and related middle and back office processes where he has worked with a significant number of leading asset management and service provider firms during his career.
Bruce Rosenblum
Bruce A. Rosenblum is a Shareholder at Vedder Price, Co-Chair of the Investment Services group and serves as Administrative Shareholder in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Rosenblum focuses his practice on the representation of mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) independent directors, investment companies and investment advisors.
Mr. Rosenblum’s experience includes service as a senior in-house lawyer at Deutsche Asset Management/Scudder (now DWS) Investments and spending eight years at the SEC, including service as counsel to two SEC Commissioners, one of whom was former SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro, and as a senior lawyer in the Division of Enforcement. During his tenure in-house, he managed a legal team providing services to eight fund boards overseeing mutual funds, closed-end funds and specialty funds. He was also the chief in-house lawyer supervising the development, organization and launch of new funds, and he counseled fund directors and fund officers on compliance, valuation, fund accounting and third-party service provider matters. In addition, he has represented insurance companies and mutual fund boards on various matters related to the development, organization and distribution of variable annuity and variable life insurance products.

Mr. Rosenblum was selected by his peers since 2013 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Mutual Funds Law and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. He was also recommended by the Legal 500 United States in the Investment Fund Formation and Management: Mutual/Registered Funds category.
Jeffrey Stakel
Casey Quirk by Deloitte
Jeff has 15 years of experience in the asset management industry. Jeff has led numerous engagements focused on broad business planning and strategic positioning, distribution strategy and product development and assessment for asset managers globally. In addition, he has a subject matter expertise in all stages of the merger and acquisition lifecycle from commercial due diligence through post merger integration. Jeff contributes to the firm’s thought leadership, and leads Casey Quirk’s professional development and talent acquisition programs. He is based in Darien.
Prior to joining Casey Quirk, Jeff was an assistant vice president at AB, formerly AllianceBernstein , where he worked in the blend strategies group, managing U.S. and global equity portfolios for institutional clients. He also worked for Sanford C. Bernstein’s private client wealth management team, focused on high net worth individuals. 
Jeff earned his master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in decision sciences, from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and operations management from the University of Massachusetts.

Harvard Law School (Milstein West B Conference Room in Wasserstein Hall)
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02138
Click Here for Campus Map and Directions​

For those of you driving to the event, please purchase a one-day parking pass at Each car must be registered with the HLS parking lot. The one-day pass cost is $18. Please select "Harvard Law School" for the Department field and "1006"as the Department Code field when registering to purchase the parking pass. Once logged in to the system, select the "10 Everett St. Garage Weekdays" when prompted to select a garage. 

This program is open ONLY to Chairs and Lead Independent directors of U.S. mutual funds. 
This event is closed to the media.