New York — As European governments piece together a second bailout package for Greece in an effort to avoid default on March 20, Bloomberg LINK will gather policy makers, economists, fund managers, executives from rating companies, and institutional investors for the Sovereign Debt Conference in Frankfurt, just two days after that bond redemption deadline.

Speakers at the Conference, which will take place at Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt, Germany on Thursday, March 22, 2012, will discuss the sovereign debt crisis’ impact on global markets, and new investment opportunities in both developed and emerging economies. Among other topics, speakers will debate which markets are most exposed to Europe and are at risk for contagion, the outlook for Greece and whether or not the country should exit the European Union, and investing around black and grey swan events in 2012.

“While the second Greek bailout may have removed near-term uncertainty for some investors, the sovereign debt crisis still looms large across Europe,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “This Conference will gather experts on the situation, along with top decision-makers in policy and at ratings companies, one of Europe’s largest financial center to provide insight on where the European Union is heading, and how investors can best play both sides of the crisis.”

Participants will also discuss the United Kingdom’s role in the situation, the countries that are most likely to face a ratings downgrade this year and whether or not the Euro currency has contributed to the crisis.

Additional key speakers include:

-Elga Bartsch, Managing Director – Chief European Economist, Morgan Stanley

-Andrew Bosomworth, Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management in Germany, PIMCO

-Lorenzo Codogno, Director General, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy

-Daniel J. Fuss, Vice Chairman, Loomis Sayles and Company, LP

-Hans Humes, President and CIO, Greylock Capital Management, LLC

-Thomas Mayer, Chief Economist and Head of Deutsche Bank Research, Deutsche Bank AG

-Simon E. Nocera, CIO and Managing Director, Lumen Advisors LLC

-Andrew Rabinowitz, Partner and the Chief Operating Officer, Marathon Asset Management, LP

-Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel Minister of Finance, Member of Knesset

-Maarten Verwey, Deputy Director General, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

-David M. Walker, Founder, President and CEO, Comeback America Initiative (CAI); Former Comptroller General of the United States

-William White, Chairman, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The conference is being sponsored by The State of Israel Ministry of Finance. Media partners for this conference are German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), International Capital Market Association (ICMA), BOHNEN KALLMORGEN & PARTNER (BKP) and The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA Association).

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