SOURCE: Capital Link, Inc.

Capital Link, Inc.

September 01, 2011 08:30 ET

Capital Link Hosts Its 3rd Annual Global Derivatives Forum on Commodities, Energy & Freight

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 - NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - Capital Link will host its 3rd Annual Global Derivatives Forum next Thursday, September, 8, 2011, in New York City. The program will feature a distinguished list of speakers -- from analysts to senior level executives and brokers -- who will provide a unique and insightful perspective on commodity, energy, and freight derivatives, as well as on the state of the global commodities and shipping markets.

Senior executives from General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR), Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE: EXM), and World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) will be among the panelists and presenters. The Forum will conclude with an analyst panel with analysts from Citi Investment Research, Jefferies & Company, Inc., Knight Capital Group, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo Securities discussing the state of the global commodities and shipping markets.

FORUM DESCRIPTION

As the global derivatives market undergoes further economic and regulatory changes, the ability to effectively manage risks is becoming paramount. The Forum focuses on derivatives in three related areas, energy, commodities, and freight and also discusses the underlying physical markets.

An afternoon event, an impressive roster of speakers and panelists from shipping companies, clearing houses, and finance firms will speak on the latest issues facing these markets. Presentations by leading industry experts will cover coal derivatives, energy derivatives, commodity derivatives, dry bulk freight derivatives, the role of participants, volumes, liquidity, and volatility in tanker derivatives, and FFAs against the backdrop of the ISDA round up and regulatory world.

The 3rd Annual Global Derivatives Forum will offer a networking platform for all those who attend.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS ON THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF DERIVATIVES TRADING IN THE U.S. MARKETPLACE AFTER DODD FRANK

Mr. Gregory Mocek, Partner and Head of Energy and Commodities Enforcement Defense team at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, will present the keynote address on Dodd Frank's rulemaking and the subsequent transformation of derivatives trading in the U.S. marketplace.

ENERGY, COMMODITY, AND COAL DERIVATIVES

Mr. Nicholas Dazzo, Client Relationships Management at Koch Supply & Trading, LP, and Ms. Ebony Smith, Director of Price Risk Programs at World Fuel Services Corporation will present on energy derivatives, specifically crude oil / oil products derivatives.

Ms. Isabella Kurek-Smith, Director and Head of Energy and Freight Markets at LCH.Clearnet, will present on Commodity Derivatives, focusing on Iron Ore, Steel and Fertilizers, and Mr. Bernie Muich, CME Group's Associate Director, Client Development & Sales, will present on Coal Derivatives.

ROUNDTABLE ON DRY BULK FREIGHT DERIVATIVES

Mr. Georgi Slavov, Head of Basic Resources & Dry Freight Research at ICAP Shipping, will moderate the Dry Bulk Freight Derivatives roundtable discussion. The panelists include Mr. Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer at Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), Mr. Pavlos Kanellopoulos, Chief Financial Officer at Excel Maritime Carriers (EXM), and Ms. Isabella Kurek-Smith from LCH.Clearnet.

TANKER DERIVATIVES PRESENTATION AND ROUNDTABLE

Ms. Hanne Bævre Johansson, NOS Clearing ASA's Vice President and Head of Freight and Clearing and Settlement, will make a presentation on "Tanker Derivatives: The Role of Participants, Volumes, Liquidity and Volatility" and will moderate the Tanker Derivatives roundtable discussion. The panelists are Mr. Jeff Pribor, General Maritime Corporation's (NYSE: GMR) Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. James Ronan, GFI-McQuilling's Freight Derivatives Desk Head.

FFAS AND CHALLENGES IN THE REGULATORY WORLD

Mr. Brian Perrott, partner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and an internationally recognized expert on the subject, will examine cleared and uncleared FFAs in the context of ISDA's round up and regulations.

TRANSFORMING MARKET STRUCTURES AS A RECOGNIZED MARKET OPERATOR (RMO) for OTC DERIVATIVES

Mr. Richard Baker, Chief Executive Officer at The Cleartrade Exchange Pte Ltd., will present on the transformation of market structures as a RMO for OTC derivatives.

A ROUNDTABLE OF ANALYSTS TO DISCUSS THE OUTLOOK ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND THE STATE OF THE COMMODITIES AND SHIPPING MARKETS

A roundtable of analysts will discuss the state of the global economy and the global commodities and shipping markets. Mr. Clay Maitland, Managing Partner at International Registries, Inc., will moderate the roundtable discussion. The panel consists of Mr. Douglas J. Mavrinac, Managing Director and Head of Maritime Equity Research Group at Jefferies & Company, Inc., Mr. Ben Nolan, Knight Capital Group's Director and Head of Shipping Research, Mr. Fotis Giannakoulis, Vice President, Shipping at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Michael Webber, Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, and Mr. Christian Weatherbee, Citi Investment Research's Senior Analyst.

SPONSORS & MEDIA PARTNERS

The Forum is organized in cooperation with CME Group.

The Cleartrade Exchange Pte Ltd., Holman Fenwick Willan LP, Koch Supply & Trading, LP, LCH.Clearnet, International Registries, Inc., NOS Clearing ASA, and World Fuel Services Corporation are our corporate sponsors this year.

Our media partners include Barron's, Investor's Business Daily, HedgeFundSmarts.com, Iron Ore & Steel Derivatives Association (IOSDA), Lloyd's List, The Maritime Executive, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), TradeWinds, and Worldoils.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT:
http://forums.capitallink.com/shipping/2011derivatives/index.html

ABOUT CAPITAL LINK, INC.

Capital Link is a New York-based Advisory, Investor Relations, and Financial Communications firm. Among other activities, Capital link has made a strategic commitment to the shipping industry, becoming the largest provider of Investor Relations and Financial Communications services to international shipping companies listed on the U.S. and European exchanges. Capital Link's headquarters are in New York with a presence in London and Athens. Capital Link is a member of the Baltic Exchange.

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