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URW 2009 Speakers

  James Rickards
  Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence, Omnis

Mr. James G. Rickards is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc., an applied research organization. He is also Co-Head of the firm's practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Rickards is a Senior Counselor, investment banker, and risk manager with extensive experience in capital markets including portfolio and risk management, product structure, financing, and operations.

Prior to Omnis, Inc., Mr. Rickards held senior executive positions at "sell side" firms (Citibank and RBS Greenwich Capital Markets) and "buy side" firms (Long-Term Capital Management and Caxton Associates). Mr. Rickards has been a direct participant in many significant financial events including the 1981 release of U.S. hostages in Iran, the 1987 Stock Market Crash, the 1990 collapse of Drexel, and the LTCM financial crisis of 1998 in which he was the principal negotiator of the government-sponsored rescue. He has been involved in the formation and successful launch of several hedge funds and fund-of-funds. His advisory clients have included private investment funds, investment banks, and government directorates. Since 2001, Mr. Rickards has applied his financial expertise to a variety of tasks for the benefit of the national security community.

Mr. Rickards is a counselor-at-law in various state and federal courts and has held all major financial industry licenses. He has been a frequent panelist and moderator at professional conferences in the fields of securities, derivatives, and hedge funds and is active in the International Bar Association. He has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and "Squawk Box" on CNBC and has published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post.

Mr. Rickards is a graduate school Visiting Lecturer in Finance at Northwestern University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Shariah Capital, a firm specializing in Islamic finance. Mr. Rickards is also a member of the International Business Practices Advisory Panel to the CFIUS Support Group of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Rickards holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in International Economics from the JHU/SAIS, and a bachelor's degree with honors from The Johns Hopkins University.