updated 6/8/2011 4:46:45 PM ET 2011-06-08T20:46:45

MIAMI, June 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA) recently participated in a Latin American focused panel discussion hosted by Markets Media ( www.marketsmediaonline.com ) in New York City. Rainford Knight, Ph.D., a FLAIA Board Member, spoke as part of a distinguished panel whose focus was the integration of exchanges and capital markets across the Latin American region.

Dr. Knight articulated the role that Florida continues to play as an important hub for increased Latin American capital flows and market liquidity. He discussed the natural cultural affinity that exists between Florida and Latin American investment managers and traders as well as the geographic advantages that Miami in particular offers market participants. In addition to discussing Florida's current role in the region, Dr. Knight outlined the potential for the development of a pan-Latin American exchange in Miami to further facilitate increased U.S. and European investments in Latin American securities, debt offerings, and non-traditional investment opportunities.

FLAIA is committed to reinforcing Florida's strategic and geographic advantages as the gateway to Latin American Finance by partnering with key industry content providers like Markets Media & the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association. FLAIA is in advanced discussions to bring the second annual "Latin American Trading and Investing Summit" to Florida in March 2012. Mohan Virdee, CEO of Markets Media stated "we very much enjoyed working with FLAIA on the inaugural Latin American Trading and Investing Summit to make the event an enormous success. Economic growth, exchange fragmentation and advancements in trading technology have given rise to a plethora of business opportunities and innovation. Florida is perfectly positioned to bring together companies from across the globe as they clamor for knowledge and access. We look forward to working with the FLAIA as they help establish South Florida as a liquidity hub."

Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA)

The Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA) is a not-for-profit (501c6) organization created to establish Florida as an internationally leading center for Alternative Investment management. Our mission spans a broad-range of areas including Community Building, Education, Branding, Capital and Business Attraction, and Policy Optimization. Our ultimate goal is to articulate the State of Florida's impressive strengths as a center for Alternative Investment management and systematically strengthen the state's Alternative Investment "eco-system" over time.

Markets Media

Markets Media was launched in December 2007 to provide sophisticated, in-depth content spanning all sectors of the securities industry, delivered across a synergistic platform of print, online and events. Its editorial mission is to cover the complex interrelationships among key decision makers at hedge funds, exchanges, money managers, pension funds, broker-dealers, alternative trading platforms, service providers and regulators in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Connecticut Hedge Fund Association (CTHFA)

The Connecticut Hedge Fund Association (CTHFA) is a leading not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the industry's growth locally and globally. Based in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the "hedge fund capital of the world," the CTHFA represents some of the largest hedge funds in the world and attracts hundreds of industry professionals to its highly rated conferences and events.

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