Editor's Note

Networking Opportunities For Hedge Fund Professionals

Jun 17 2011 | 10:25am ET by Deirdre Brennan

Earlier this week, a hedge fund manager asked me what I thought some of the best networking opportunities were for industry professionals. I jotted down list of a few not-for-profit industry organizations as well as some events that I often attend and find useful. Below are five of my recommendations.

New York Hedge Fund Roundtable
Membership to The NYHFR is a measly $100 per year. The not-for-profit group hosts at least one education/networking event per month, and past events have included such notable industry leaders as Morgan Creek’s Mark Yusko, SkyBridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci, Elliott Management’s Paul Singer and Omega Advisors’ Leon Cooperman.

The Hedge Fund Association
Membership starts at $100 per year for end-investors, $250 a year for hedge fund managers, and $1,000 for service providers. The not-for-profit group hosts various events throughout the year ranging from educational panels such as how to deal with hedge fund regulation to social events such as a summer cocktail cruise on the Hudson River (in NYC).

Third Thursday Hedge Fund Socials
Long-time industry insider Victor Park organizes the monthly social event in various cities around the globe. The informal events take place at a bar or lounge and are a chance meet fellow managers, investors and service providers.

Hedge Funds Care
This organization is hands down one of my favorite charities, rallying the hedge fund industry to raise money to help prevent and treat child abuse. Hedge Funds Care holds numerous events throughout the year and around the globe. They range from big charity galas to smaller cocktail parties and golf outings. These events are a great place to meet fellow hedge fund industry professionals while at the same time supporting a worthy cause.

FINforums is the events arm of FINalternatives, and because of this, our conferences are editorially-driven and have the highest caliber of speakers. Our next event, the FINforums Annual Hedge Fund Summit, takes place on September 14th in New York. It boasts an amazing lineup of speakers, including top fund managers, seeders and investors. The intimate event—240 people max.—provides ample time for networking and is chaired by former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler. Hope to see you there!

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