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RFG's 2020 Annual Meeting

Cohosted by The University of Chicago Office of Investments and

The Regulatory Fundamentals Group LLC

Investing in Asian Markets

March 18-19, 2020  |  Chicago, IL

In your RSVP, please indicate whether you will attend the private tour of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hotel rooms at our rate must be booked by February 24.

Cancellations must be made 4 days in advance.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM

3:30 PM       Private Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago

Join us for a special tour of Chicago’s most exciting art museum, led by Art Historian Jeff Nigro. Built around the “Masterpiece” board game, the tour will teach participants how to “diligence” a painting to detect “real value” and avoid forgeries. 


6:30 PM       Dinner Courtesy of Northern Trust Front Office Solutions

Location TBD


Welcome Remarks

Carl R. Tannenbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, Northern Trust


Keynote Address

Nicholas R. Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics


Nicholas R. Lardy, an expert on the Chinese economy and prolific author, will 

share his insights on China’s economic growth and future prospects in the shadow of resurgent state dominance.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The University of Chicago Office of Investments, 401 N. Michigan Ave., 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611



8:30 AM       Breakfast and Registration


9:00 AM       Welcome Remarks

Deborah Prutzman, Chief Executive Officer, RFG


9:05 AM       The People's Republic of China: Economic Reform, the Chinese Firm and Public Markets, and

Foreign Participation in China's Domestic Capital Markets

Nicholas Calcina Howson, Pao Li Tsiang Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and former partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP


A wide-ranging conversation with Professor Nicholas Howson, a specialist in Chinese law and legal institutions who has resided in Beijing and Shanghai for many years as a practicing lawyer and scholar. Counsel to the lead underwriter on China's first SEC-registered IPO on the NYSE, and later to the Soros Funds on the first foreign investment in a PRC joint stock company and that firm's subsequent A and B share IPOs, he has recently served as the only non-Chinese specialist on the ADB's expert group advising the PRC legislature on wholesale reworking of the PRC Securities Law. He will cover: China's economic reform of the past 40 years and the development of both firms and capital markets on the Chinese mainland; access for foreign funds and investors to the PRC domestic ("A share") (public) capital markets; regulatory and political legal developments after the stock market crashes of 2015-16 (including the import of the PRC Securities Law 2020); and how foreign exchange controls on both the capital and current accounts affect foreign public investment and direct private investment and investment value realization. 


10:30 AM     Coffee Break


10:45 AM     India: its Politics, Economics and Investments 

Vikramaditya Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School


Professor Vikramaditya Khanna will provide: cultural and historical insights into India; thoughts on recent developments (changes in Kashmir, protests, secularism debates); a discussion of investment routes and other investment issues; and information on how repatriation issues differ from China. 


12:15 PM     Lunch Break


1:30 PM       Why Investors Should Consider an Off-Shore Vehicle

Robert L. Bodansky, Partner and Chair of the Institutional Investor Practice, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


With foreign advisers facing difficulties navigating SEC registration requirements, is it time for investors to establish offshore vehicles? Robert Bodansky of Seyfarth Shaw will discuss when to think about an offshore vehicle, the jurisdictions to consider and the incentives being offered.                 


2:15 PM       Operational Due Diligence for Hong Kong, Singapore and India

Matt Okolita, Managing Partner, Greyline Partners LLC

Sean Wilke, Partner, Greyline Partners LLC

Vincent Molino, Head of Operational Risk Management Solutions, Northern Trust Front Office Solutions


Matt Okolita, Sean Wilke, and Vincent Molino will cover regulatory structure, cultural impediments, key man issues, background checks, data privacy, cyber security, language as an issue, and more. 


3:15 PM       Closing Remarks

Deborah Prutzman, Chief Executive Officer, RFG

Please feel free to email any questions to Taylor Norton (

or Deborah Prutzman (

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