Zicklin School of Business Offers “The Economic Function of a Stock Exchange” Conference, Oct. 4

Financial Experts Offer Insight into the Dynamics of Today’s Rapidly Changing Marketplace

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NEW YORK, NY, September 16, 2011 -- Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business is hosting a one-day conference focusing on “The Economic Function of a Stock Exchange,” beginning at 8:45 a.m., on Tuesday, October 4.

In recent years, exchanges on both sides of the Atlantic have been extensively reengineered, and their organizational structures have changed from non-profit, membership organizations to for-profit, demutualized organizations. Concurrently, new alternative trading systems have emerged and the traditional functions of broker/dealer firms have evolved.

Robert Schwartz, Speiser Professor of Finance of the Zicklin School of Business is leading the one-day conference, which examines the evolving functions of a stock exchange. In addition to Schwartz, featured speakers include William Brodsky, Chairman & CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange; Reto Francioni , CEO, Deutsche Börse AG; and Larry Leibowitz, COO, NYSE Euronext.

The conference will feature four panel discussions featuring experts in the financial world.

Panel Session: “What Makes an Exchange a Unique Institution?” will be moderated by Andrew Brooks, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Expert panelists include Alfred Berkeley, Pipeline Trading Systems, LLC, Gary Katz, International Securities Exchange, Brett Redfearn, J.P. Morgan Securities, William O’Brien, Direct Edge, and Asani Sarkar, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Panel Session: “Competitive Challenges in the Exchange Space” will be moderated by Joe Cangemi, ConvergEx Group. Expert panelists include Bill Harts, Thomson Reuters, Alasdair Haynes, Chi-X Europe, Per Howe, Liquidnet, Peter Jenkins, AX Trading Network, Gary Stone, Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, and John Sullivan, Pulse Trading.

Panel Session: “Wherein Lie the Growth Opportunities?” will be moderated by Bruce Weber, Dean, Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware. Expert panelists include Ian Domowitz, ITG, Pinar Emirdag, London Stock Exchange, Frank Hatheway, NASDAQ OMX, Tim Mahoney, BIDS Trading, Joe Rosen, RKA Inc., and Larry Tabb, TABB Group.

Panel Session: “IPO Capital Raising in the Global Economy” will be moderated by David Weild, Grant Thornton, LLP. Expert panelist include Robert Colby, Davis, Polk & Wardell LLP, Huseyin Erkan, Istanbul Stock Exchange, Barry E. Silbert, SecondMarket Inc., Gregory L. Wright, ThinkEquity LLC, and Steve Wunsch, Wunsch Auction Associates.

Registration fee of $495 (US) per attendee must be received by September 24, 2011.  After this date, registration will be $595 (US).  Please print the registration form and fax to Gretchen Schnee at 646-312-3530.  Call 646-312-3512 with any questions.

WHAT: The Economic Function of a Stock Exchange

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

8:00 a.m., Welcome Reception

8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Programming

5:00 p.m., Wine Reception      

WHERE: Baruch College, William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus

55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street

14th Floor, Conference Center

New York City

For more information or to obtain press passes, please contact:

Gretchen Schnee, Gretchen.Schnee@baruch.cuny.edu, (646) 312-3512

Manny Romero, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu, (646) 660-6141