Sohn Idea Contest Presented by GLG Now Open for Innovative Market Picks

GLG & The Sohn Conference Foundation

March 26, 2019

Distinguished judges William Ackman, Eileen Aptman, David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt, Seth Klarman and Larry Robbins will select winner to present at 24thAnnual Sohn Investment Conference

New York, NY – March 26, 2019 – The Sohn Conference Foundation today launched its annual Sohn Idea Contest Presented by GLG ahead of the 24th Annual Sohn Investment Conference in partnership with CNBC. The winner will present their idea on the renowned Sohn stage to more than 3,000 attendees from across the globe on May 6, 2019 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Contest proceeds support the Foundation’s mission to treat and cure pediatric cancer.

The Sohn Idea Contest Presented by GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) is open to anyone with an investment idea for a marketable security (long or short) with a market capitalization above $1 billion. A committee of celebrated investors, chaired this year by William Ackman, and including Eileen Aptman, David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt, Seth Klarman and Larry Robbins, will identify the candidate with the most compelling and actionable investment idea with a one-year horizon. The submission deadline is noon EST on April 18, 2019.

“The contest provides a unique and exciting platform for students and professionals alike to share their most innovative investment ideas,” said Christine Hamner, co-chair of The Sohn Investment Conference. “The Sohn Idea Contest is a signature offering of the Conference, and the winner’s presentation is one of the most anticipated parts of the event. We look forward to welcoming the winner to the Sohn stage.”

Following several years as a Sohn Idea Contest judge and his longstanding support of The Sohn Conference Foundation’s mission, William Ackman, CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, will hold the position of lead judge.

“I have been incredibly impressed by the quality of ideas we see each year,” said William Ackman. “This is a great opportunity for an investor to get recognition for their best idea, and for the winner to present to several thousand investors in the audience supporting The Sohn Conference Foundation’s mission of fighting pediatric cancer.”

“GLG is built on using the power of insight to drive positive impact – for our customers and for society as a whole,” said GLG CEO Paul Todd. “We’re especially proud to put our platform to work on behalf of organizations tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, and as long-time supporters of Sohn, we’re honored once again to support this year’s finalists in preparing their presentations and to stand with The Sohn Conference Foundation in the fight against pediatric cancer.”

The 2018 Idea Contest winner, Andrew Walker, a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital, provided a compelling presentation proposing a long bet on La Quinta Holdings ahead of an upcoming spinoff of their owned hotel portfolio, CorePoint. Having all the hallmarks of a classically undervalued spin, Andrew identified this as an attractive long-term consolidation opportunity.

For more details or to enter the Sohn Idea Contest, please visit Follow the contest on Twitter at @SohnIdeaContest and @SohnConf.

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About The Sohn Conference Foundation

The Sohn Conference Foundation is dedicated to the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer. The Sohn Conference Foundation supports cutting-edge medical research, state-of-the-art research equipment, and innovative programs to ensure that children with cancer survive and thrive. The Sohn Conference Foundation raises its funds through premier investment conferences around the world, including the renowned annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York.

The Sohn Investment Conference honors the memory of Ira Sohn, a Wall Street professional who lost his battle with cancer at age 29. His friends and family founded The Sohn Investment Conference in New York in 1995. Since then, investment leaders from across the globe have been inspired to launch partner Sohn Conferences to bring the financial community together for charitable causes. Sohn Conferences include Sohn Australia, Sohn Brazil, Sohn Canada, Sohn Geneva, Sohn Hong Kong, Sohn India, Sohn London, Sohn Monaco, Sohn San Francisco, and Sohn Tel Aviv. To date, The Foundation has raised more than $85 million. For more information on The Sohn Investment Conference, visit

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group is the world’s leading platform connecting professionals with insight. GLG pairs businesses and nonprofits in every sector with the largest network of experts from around the globe to drive smarter, faster decisions. GLG clients rely on GLG’s 650,000+ member-experts and 2,000 employees to provide 24/7 insight and exceptional service within its rigorous compliance framework. GLG, the sole sponsor of the Idea Contest for many years, partners with The Sohn Conference Foundation to help finalists make the best presentations possible and to further the cause of funding pediatric cancer research and care. GLG brings the power of insight to every great professional decision. Visit

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