NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 2, 2010) -  Capital Link Inc. will host its 2nd Annual Global Derivatives Forum on Commodities, Energy & Freight. The Forum is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Forum Description

Capital Link's 2nd Annual Global Derivatives Forum focuses on a specific area -- Freight, Energy and Commodity Derivatives. These areas are inter-related and followed by the same investor group. Commodities, Energy and Transportation are sectors influenced by trends in the global economy, and in addition, commodity and energy products are mainly transported by ships.

The Forum will bring together key officials in the derivatives industry to discuss recent developments, risk management, utilization and the overall outlook of derivatives. Participants will include executives from publicly listed shipping companies, derivatives traders, consultants, brokers and lawyers.

Former Chairman of the U.S. SEC to Deliver Keynote Address

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, an advisor to some of the world's most significant hedge funds and derivatives traders, will discuss the new Dodd-Frank Act and its likely impact on businesses and investors. Now that Dodd-Frank is law, it will have significant effects on derivatives trading and hedge funds. Mr. Pitt will discuss how investors can best accommodate to the new regulatory regime in advance of new rules being adopted by the various regulatory agencies, and give his take on what we can expect to see from the SEC in the months ahead.

Forum Structure

The Forum will feature presentations on specific topics as well as panel discussions on dry bulk and tanker derivatives (FFAs).


There will be presentations on the following industry topics:

  • Energy Derivatives: Crude Oil / Oil Products & LNG / LPG by Mr. Abraham Glass, Manager, Poten Energy Service, LLC

  • Commodity Derivatives: Iron Ore & Steel by Mr. Paul Shellman, Consultant, CME Group (NASDAQ: CME)

  • Derivatives Clearing by Mr. Tom Holleran, Director, Energy Products & Services, CME Group (NASDAQ: CME)

  • Optionality in Freight by Mr. Demetris Nenes, President and Chief Operating Officer, OceanFreight Inc.

  • Legal and Regulatory Issues by Mr. Brian Perrott, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Panel Discussions on Dry Bulk and Tanker Freight Derivatives

There will be two panel discussions covering dry bulk and tanker derivatives. Mr. Peter Sorkin, Knight Capital Research Analyst covering the Transportation Sector (Airlines & Shipping), will introduce both panels.

The dry bulk freight derivatives panel will be moderated by Mr. Georgi Slavov, Head of Dry Freight Research, ICAP Shipping and will include the following panelists: Dr. Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer, Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), Mr. Michael McClure, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., and Mr. Eddie Poe, General Manager Ocean Freight, Pasternak, Baum & Co., Inc.

The tanker derivatives panel will be moderated by Mr. James Ronan, Freight Derivatives Desk Head, GFI - McQuilling and include the following panelists: Mr. Jeffrey D. Pribor, Chief Financial Officer, General Maritime Corporation, Mr. Michael Reardon, VP Research & Marketing, Imarex and Mr. Jonathan Thielemann, FFA Broker, Poten Energy Services, LLC.

Sponsors & Media Partners

Knight Capital Group (NYSE: KCG) is the Global Gold Sponsor of the forum, while CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and OceanFreight Inc. are Corporate Sponsors.

International Media Partners include Barron's Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, Iron Ore and Steel Derivatives Association, Lloyd's List, Maritime Executive, Sarhan Capital, Seeking Alpha, TradeWinds, Upstream and Worldoils.

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About Capital Link, Inc.

Capital Link is a New York based Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm with a strategic focus on shipping, US Closed-End Funds and ETFs and on assisting international companies to access the US and European capital markets and investor communities.

Contact Information:

Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc.
230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536
New York, N.Y. 10169
Tel. (212) 661-7566
Fax (212) 661-7526