From the Editor...

March 25, 2024

By Hillary Jackson

From the Editor...


Making the trek out to Palm Desert, Calif., for the ICI's Investment Management Conference is always worth it (despite the long day of flying, connections, etc.), and this year didn't disappoint. There was record attendance, and it was great to re-connect with old friends, make new friends, and get a first-hand read on what is on folks' minds right now.


One session that had the crowd buzzing was a Monday morning panel featuring former SEC IM Division Director Dalia Blass, now a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell; the SEC's Sarah ten Siethoff, Capital R&M's Naseem Nixon, and Fidelity's Margaret Carey. The conversation was lively—especially between Blass and Siethoff—and there was even a clue about what might be next for the hard close, swing pricing, and liquidity risk management rule proposal; if you weren't there (or you want a refresher), you can read all about it in FBV.


Another highlight was Eric Pan's keynote remarks on Tuesday morning. He did not hold back in discussing the SEC's rulemaking activities over the past couple of years, which he called "over-regulation" and about which he warned of consequences and costs. The two and a half days also explored ESG investing, AI, diversity and inclusion, fund board matters, trends in asset management—and more—and closed with an informative and interesting session featuring individuals from the SEC's Enforcement and Examinations divisions, as well as WilmerHale Partner Amy Doberman. We're already looking forward to San Diego next year!


In the meantime, we've been bringing readers news and insight they can't get elsewhere, including the latest on the TCW-MetWest fund boards consolidation, changes in the PIMCO closed-end funds boardroom, IM Division Director William Birdthistle's departure, and a list of 10 female directors who are going above and beyond, both inside and outside the mutual fund boardroom. It's an impressive group of women!


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For now, 


Hillary Jackson, founding editor



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