Alternative Asset Summit 2014

Sadis & Goldberg LLP is a leading New York based law firm focused on delivering sophisticated and creative legal solutions in a highly professional manner. The Global Firm is internationally recognized for its formidable financial services practice that consists of representing several hundred investment advisers and related investment entities (including hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds). Similarly, the Firm provides regulatory and compliance advice and representation in connection with SEC enforcement proceedings. Notwithstanding the emphasis on the financial services industry, the Firm also provides a full range of tax, litigation, regulatory, real estate, public finance, intellectually property and corporate services to its clients.

Since 1996, Quaker Funds has delivered innovative strategies in mutual fund investing.  Quaker offers tactical allocation mutual funds as well as traditional mutual funds in go-anywhere and style pure products.

The Quaker Event Arbitrage Fund opened in 2003 as the first of its kind: a multi-strategy event-driven mutual fund.  Managed by Thomas Kirchner, the Fund has been able to provide investors with the risk-return profile of many event-driven hedge funds while providing daily liquidity, full transparency, and a 10-year track record.

McGladrey LLP, a licensed CPA firm, is the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. With more than 6,700 professionals in 75 U.S. cities and access to more than 32,000 people in 100 countries through our membership in RSM International, we can meet your needs wherever in the world you do business.

McGladrey has more than 50 years of experience serving the financial services community in key financial hubs. Our professionals help organizations navigate complex reporting, governance and regulatory issues to achieve their business objectives. Based on the knowledge that comes from serving alternative investment companies, investment advisers, investment partnerships/hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, broker-dealers and futures commission merchants, we understand the complex operational, financial reporting and compliance issues facing the industry. We also offer registration and independent testing services to meet FINRA/SEC and CFTC obligations, while providing GIPS verification, product and technology due diligence and risk assessments.

 McGladrey provides industry insight, advice and solutions to financial services organizations across the country and around the world. That’s what you can expect from McGladrey. Experience the Power of Being Understood.SM 

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EisnerAmper LLP is a premier full-service accounting, audit, tax, and administration firm with global capabilities. EisnerAmper has led the way in establishing and building a highly trained and dedicated asset management team. Our professionals have experience and expertise in the intricacies of the regulatory and tax environment, the valuation of complex financial instruments and the challenges of maintaining strong accounting and investment controls. The professionals of EisnerAmper have a decades-long service record to the financial services industry, giving us an understanding of the problems you face on a daily basis, as well as the ability to provide practical solutions.


BDO’s distinctive reputation for client proximity is built upon our commitment to all our stakeholders that what matters to them matters to us. Our clients recognize us as their preferred adviser, appreciating our seamless service world wide.

BDO is the world’s fifth largest accounting network. We have an excellent partner to staff ratio, with almost 48,800 people working with our clients and offering challenging, ethical and practical advice from 1,118 offices in 135 countries.

Our commitment to knowledge and best practice sharing means that expertise is easily shared across the network. Our common methodologies and IT platform ensure effective and efficient service delivery to all our clients. To maintain standards we have a robust accreditation process and quality assurance review procedure.

We remain focused on helping our clients navigate ever-changing economic and market conditions by providing high quality advice and service to all our clients on a consistent basis. This will enable us to achieve our ambition to significantly increase our market share and ensure that we are recognized in the market as a unified global network.


Advent Software, Inc., a global firm, has provided trusted solutions to the world’s financial professionals since 1983.  Firms in more than 60 countries count on Advent technology to run their mission-critical operations.  Advent’s software, data, services and tools help financial professionals improve client service and communication, allowing them to grow their business while controlling operational risks and costs.


The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals (TAAAPs) is a nonprofit organization that provides an educational and networking platform for the alternative asset industry.  Launched in 2009, TAAAPs was co-founded by Paul Marino, Matt Kosara, and Dennis Schall.  Membership in the association includes investors, hedge fund, private equity and venture capital funds, investment bankers, family offices, and service providers including accountants, attorneys, marketers, administrators, custodians, auditors, risk managers, technologists and third party marketers.

The association aims to keep members alert to industry developments, from regulation, administration, and operations to the changing economy and advances in investment strategies.  Members are supported with industry educational events, published articles, newsletters and access to industry professionals.


Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the United States. Ranked #15 nationally, Marcum LLP offers the resources of 1,300 professionals, including over 160 partners, in 23 offices throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China. Headquartered in New York City, the Firm's presence runs deep, with full-service offices strategically located in major business markets. Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting.

The Marcum Group companies include Marcum LLP;Marcum Technology LLCMarcum Search LLCMarcum Financial Services LLCMarcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP;MarcumBuchanan Associates LLC

Dillon Eustace is a leading financial services law firm with offices in Ireland and the Cayman Islands, and representative offices in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Dillon Eustace originally developed its reputation as the market leader for Asset Management and Investment Funds in Ireland where it represents the largest number of Irish domiciled funds (Monterey 2012). In 2012, following significant client demand, Dillon Eustace opened an office in the Cayman Islands, where it has continued to successfully expand since inception. 

Ashland Partners is a specialty CPA firm, focused on the investment management industry. Founded in 1992, Ashland Partners is the largest and oldest verification firm, with over 800 clients. In addition to GIPS consulting and verification, Ashland Partners provides strategy and model examinations, SSAE no. 16 examinations, surprise custody examinations, financial statement audits, tax services, QPAM exemption audits, and consulting.  Our professionals have achieved a wide variety of credentials, including CPA, CFA Charters, and the CIPM Certificate. For more information, please visit our website:

Constellation Advisers, LLC  provides consultation and support services to emerging and established investment managers.  On behalf of its clients, Constellation assists with regulatory and compliance programs, acts as an outsourced CFO including both accounting and tax, and conducts in-depth due diligence. Constellation prides itself in its agility, its dedication to providing customized solutions, and the high level of involvement of its senior-level managers. Constellation’s personnel strive every day to leverage individually tailored services to help their clients mitigate risk, and turn effective and efficient practices into competitive advantages.

Adherence Consulting Group, LLC focuses on regulatory compliance for asset managers and broker-dealers.  We are seasoned senior lawyers and compliance professionals with experience in the operational, legal, supervisory and reporting requirements of the federal, state, or industry authorities under the Investment Company Act, the Registered Investment Advisor rules, the Fed rules and FINRA/SEC regulations.  Our work includes SEC, NFA and FINRA registrations as well as acting as the outsourced compliance department for our clients.  In addition, our affiliate law firm acts as the outsourced general counsel for asset managers and broker-dealers.  We are also able to help clients with operational issues.

Celadon Financial Group LLC is a full service brokerage firm which focuses on prime brokerage and execution services, wealth management, and investment banking.  Founded in 1986, the firm has its corporate headquarters located in Chatham, New Jersey with its sales office located in New York City in Union Square. 

Through its prime brokerage division, Celadon serves the needs of hedge funds, trading groups, money managers, and financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad.  The firm provides a variety of trading platforms, portfolio and daily reporting, online account access, research, capital introduction program, as well as a agency trading desk to assist our client base. 

Specializing in the complex capital needs of small growth companies with undervalued or undiscovered market potential, Celadon’s Investment Banking Division brings a broad range of expertise focused on the particular needs of our clients. Celadon assists emerging growth companies by providing the personalized guidance, in-depth analysis, and innovative structuring necessary to successfully raise capital in today’s challenging financial markets.

The success of Celadon’s Private Client Services Group derives from the analytical discipline we incorporate in counseling our clients on their portfolios. We’re focused on gaining a thorough understanding of each client’s short- and long-term objectives, taking the time to learn about individual needs, responsibilities and tolerance for risk. We apply that knowledge in developing strategic alternatives suited to your needs and objectives.  Celadon Financial Group  LLC is a member of FINRA, SIPC, and MSRB.

MaciasPR is a full-service public relations agency, led by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS. We take an insider approach when it comes to getting our clients publicity. Our passionate team leverages relationships and identifies the strongest narrative to insert our clients into the news as thought leaders and industry experts. Financial PR client base includes private equity, hedge funds and asset management groups. Service sector PR client base includes technology, legal and trade organizations.

Prophecy specializes in multi-manager trading platforms. Our investors include pension, corporate, fund of fund, foundation and family office clients. Investors are granted transparency for risk control and manager selection. Prophecy allocates to emerging and established trading groups through separately-managed accounts. Structured arrangements are done on a case-by-case basis. Jeffrey Spotts, Principal, is the co-author of "Master Traders: Strategies for Superior Returns from Today's Top Traders" Wiley 2006, is the Portfolio Manager for all funds. His team at Prophecy Asset Management, with a strong fundamental and trading background, has generated uncorrelated, absolute returns for their clients since 2001. The Principals are active investors alongside the client base. Specialties: Market analysis and trading - Demark indicators - Lecturer for financial institutions and universities on the topic of market analysis - frequent guest of Bloomberg and Fox Television covering global stock, commodity and interest rate markets.


LoPresti Law Group, PC (LLG) is a leading corporate and securities law firm founded by industry veteran Marc X. LoPresti, Esq., a recognized authority on the alternative space with over 15 years of service to the hedge fund community. LLG provides comprehensive legal solutions to clients around the globe and has as distinguished itself by integrating legal expertise, practical business experience and a unique understanding of the financial markets into its approach to the practice of law. LLG’s attorneys have formed numerous alternative fund management companies, investment advisors, fund vehicles, and complex fund structures, in addition to their many years of experience handing transactional, regulatory and crisis-related matters for clients in the financial industry. LLG understands and anticipates problematic issues and help clients to plan for those contingencies. Specialization in focused practice areas and industry sectors ensures that LLG can offer not only sound legal advice but also practical business solutions appropriate to each client’s specific needs.

ALPS offers an award-winning, full-service partnership to investment managers seeking truly customized services for alternative products. Our services are designed to meet your needs and our consultative approach provides an integrated, client-oriented alliance. We are well positioned to serve our clients out of our Seattle, Denver, and Boston offices.  ALPS offers a comprehensive package of alternative investment services and our experts will assist you in every aspect of hedge fund administration including fund structure, fund accounting, shareholder servicing, and tax services.

Stradley Ronon has a sophisticated private investment funds practice, representing both fund sponsors and institutional investors. We pride ourselves on delivering practical, high-quality services tailored to the specific needs of our clients at cost-efficient rates. Our interdisciplinary approach couples the resources of our nationally recognized investment management practice group with Stradley attorneys who focus on in securities, commodities, derivatives, corporate, real estate, structured finance, tax and ERISA matters. We advise on a wide range of private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, master-feeder funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, distressed debt funds, SBIC funds, commodity funds and hybrid hedge/private equity funds. Our clients range from some of the largest institutional money managers to small, fast-growing investment advisers. For more information about Stradley’s private investment fund practice, please visit our website at



Interactive Brokers is an automated global electronic broker that specializes in catering to financial professionals by offering state-of-the-art trading technology, superior execution capabilities, worldwide electronic access, and sophisticated risk management tools at exceptionally low costs. The brokerage trading platform executes and processes trades in securities, futures and foreign exchange instruments on more than 100 electronic exchanges and trading venues around the world. We provide professional traders and investors with electronic access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and mutual funds from a single IB Universal Account.


Archway Finance and Operations (AFO) is a services company that provides a full suite of administration options for the accounting and investment operations of Hedge Funds, Fund of Funds, Private Equity Funds, Investment Advisors and Private Banks. AFO has more than $16 billion in assets under administration (AUA) and was recently ranked #24 in AUA by AFO services are compliant with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16.

Owned by Reed Elsevier, National Regulatory Service (NRS) is part of Accuity, the global standard for payment efficiency and compliance solutions. NRS is the US leader in compliance and registration products and services for investment advisers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment companies and insurance institutions. NRS has the practical expertise, proven capability and unparalleled reach to deliver integrated and effective compliance solutions to a wide range of users within the financial services industry. NRS delivers these solutions through three interrelated offerings – comprehensive education, best-in-class technology and expert consulting services – enabling our clients to meet their regulatory requirement and minimize risk.

For 40 years, the core of our business model has relied on the passion and experience our professionals bring to the office every day. With extensive industry tenure and knowledge encompassing every type of alternative investment product and strategy — from hedge funds and fund of funds to private equity funds and — our professionals’ vision, combined with our sophisticated technology, gives our clients the guidance, resources, and insight into the market they need to be successful.

Piedmont Fund Services is an award-winning fund administrator with offices in Washington DC,
New York and Malaysia, dedicated exclusively to hedge funds, private equity, and fund of funds. With several years of combined experience in the alternative investment industry from Big 4 Accounting Firms to leading hedge fundinstitutions, our professional team can offer a full range of solutions to help you navigate through the increasingly challenging business environment.
Piedmont has received “Top Rated” (highest ranking) on client satisfaction survey conducted by Global Custodian for the past two consecutive years and is also named 2013 Hedge Fund Administrator of the Year – USA by AI Magazine.


About Fifth Street Management LLC

With over $5 billion in assets under management, Fifth Street Management LLC is a leading alternative asset manager with a core focus on credit strategies. The firm is the SEC-registered investment adviser of two publicly-traded business development companies, Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ:FSFR), and also manages a number of private funds, including Fifth Street Credit Opportunities Fund, L.P., a hedge fund that targets uncorrelated returns by primarily focusing on yield-oriented corporate credit assets and equities.

With a track record of more than 16 years and locations across the country, Fifth Street's nationally recognized platform provides custom-tailored financing solutions to small and mid-sized companies, primarily in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. Fifth Street Management received the 2014 ACG New York Champion’s Award for “Senior Lender Firm of the Year” and was awarded both 2013 “Lender Firm of the Year” by The M&A Advisor and “Lender of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions. To learn more, please visit

Magna is an active and unique Single Family Office based in New York. We make direct investments across all sectors through our three internal platforms: public equities, venture & private equity and entertainment.

Recognized for our open minded approach to investing, we're able to structure win-win investments that transcend traditional barriers such as sector, deal size or type. This gives us an unprecedented level of flexibility and independence, making us one of the most active and versatile investors in the marketplace.

Magna is always keen to meet other like-minded investors to share ideas and projects. Learn more about us at

Pryor Cashman LLP is an independent full-service law firm with over 130 attorneys in its main office at 7 Times Square in New York City and an office in Los Angeles. With broad and sophisticated transactional, intellectual property, and litigation practices, Pryor Cashman provides a wide range of services to meet the varying legal needs of institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals. The firm has well-established relationships with law firms throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world to serve its national and international clients. 

Apollo Jets, headquartered in New York with offices in Boston, Boca Raton, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles is the fastest growing Private Jet Charter company in North America.  By offering complete, end-to-end service Apollo Jets provides the most comprehensive and luxurious level of customer service possible.

We specialize in on demand charter and hourly card programs.  Our dedicated staff is available 24/7/365 to handle all of your travel needs.  Whether you need a helicopter, light - jumbo jet or a private chef on board, your Apollo specialist will handle all your needs and find the best aircraft suited for your flight.

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Apollo Jets' number one goal and personal guarantee is to ensure you the highest level of safety, comfort, convenience and value on every mission.

CACEIS is one of the world’s market leaders in asset servicing for institutional and corporate clients.Through an extensive network of offices spanning Europe, North America and Asia, CACEIS offers abroad range of services covering depositary ($960 billion) and custody (over $3.2 trillion), fund administration (over $1.6 trillion), middle office outsourcing, derivatives clearing,FOREX, securities lending, fund distribution support and issuer services.  With strong yet steady expansion in terms of assets, clients and geographical coverage, and the solid support of our principal shareholder Crédit Agricole, CACEIS has proven itself a reliable and capable asset servicing partner. The CACEIS group is focused on providing innovative servicing solutions that enable clients to achieve their growth and expansion objectives.The group has the business agility to give clients a first-starter advantage in today’s changing regulatory environment, and by handling clients’ non-core functions in an effective and efficient manner, CACEIS helps them focus on generating value for investors 

County Cork LLC is a CTA asset management firm offering both systematic and discretionary programs in managed account and fund formats.  Each of County Cork’s programs are characterized by: Niche strategy and market exposures, Cash efficiency with low margin to equity ratios, Pure alpha - uncorrelated to equities, bonds, alternatives or other CTAs and, A platform of organizational stability and integrity.

County Cork was founded by Robert J. O’Brien, Jr., former President of R.J. O’Brien & Associates, the oldest and largest independent futures clearing firm in the United States.  Mr. O’Brien brings that rich history of stewarding customer assets and relationships with the utmost integrity to County Cork’s mission of providing proven investment programs to its client partners.

This mission is supported and implemented by a team of financial professionals with extensive backgrounds in trading, operations, compliance, computer engineering, mathematics, and client servicing. For more information please visit us at or contact: Jeff Roy, Chief Investment Officer at 874-324-7392 x229 or

HedgeCoVest is an investment tool that allows investors to mirror hedge fund investments in their own brokerage accounts.  Using HedgeCoVest, clients can research the hedge funds on our platform, review their risk and return profiles, management teams and can allocate to their selected hedge fund with the click of a button. HedgeCoVest monitors the fund’s portfolio and duplicates it into the client’s account in real-time.  Anytime the client’s chosen hedge fund makes a trade, HedgeCoVest will make a corresponding trade for the client within milliseconds.  HedgeCoVest is open to all investors with as little as $30,000, provides real-time performance reporting, and gives clients the ability to allocate and liquidate at any time with its "Invest Now" technology.  All assets are held in the client’s name in a SIPC-insured brokerage account.  With increased security, access, liquidity, and transparency, HedgeCoVest opens the door to hedge funds for a whole new audience with low investment thresholds and simple flat fees.



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HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.) is the global leader in the alternative investment industry, specializing in the indexation and analysis of hedge funds. Established in 1992, HFR produces the HFRX and HFRI Indices, the industry’s most widely used benchmarks of global hedge fund performance. HFR calculates over 100 indices of hedge fund performance ranging from industry-aggregate levels down to specific, niche areas of sub-strategy and regional investment focus.  HFR Database, a comprehensive resource available for hedge fund investors, includes fund-level detail on historical performance and assets, as well as firm characteristics on both the broadest and most influential hedge fund managers. HFR has developed a detailed fund classification system, enabling granular and specific queries for relative performance measurement, peer group analysis and benchmarking. The HFR suite of analysis products leverages HFR Database to provide detailed, current, comprehensive and relevant aggregate reference points on all facets of the hedge fund industry. HFR also offers consulting services for clients seeking customized top-level or more sophisticated analysis. For the hedge fund industry’s leading investors and hedge fund managers, Hedge Fund Research is The Institutional Standard.

FINalternatives is the premier, independent source for news on the alternative investment industry. The seasoned reporters at FINalternatives bring readers the latest news and information from the hedge fund, private equity and CTA communities—bringing clarity to this opaque corner of the investment universe.

Connext Consulting Inc. is an accomplished consultancy with over 15 years of experience. We employ an integrated and customized approach to successfully elevate our clients’ businesses to the next level through strategic introductions, business development, marketing and public/investor relations. 

Our key clients and target markets include hedge funds, financial institutions, professional services firms, minority-owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations. To learn more about how our comprehensive growth strategies can help your business, please contact us at

California Hedge Fund Association is a non-profit, member based organization founded to foster the growth and development of the hedge fund community in California through advocacy of sound business practices, events, resources and educational programs. 

BattleFin is a diversified alternative investment holding company engaged in the utilization of a proprietary global tournament platform to identify undiscovered investment management talent around the world, and to monetize these discoveries through several offerings including asset management, fund incubation and seeding.


The productivity of an organization can be directly attributed to the caliber of professionals that employ, and since 1991 Ramax Search, Inc. has been leading the way in offering cost effective solutions; enabling clients the opportunity to maximize their resources while strategically managing their hiring needs efficiently.  

Our clients remain committed to the value proposition they gain by maintaining relationships with successful staffing partners like Ramax Search, Inc., and this has never been more evident than during this continually evolving market.  For over twenty years we have been an industry leader in the placement of high caliber financial, operational, and regulatory professionals exclusively to the financial services community, and are proud to be the adviser of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on staffing needs on all levels.

LatAm Alternatives is a 3rd Party Marketer that provides specialized marketing, asset raising and consulting services to alternative asset managers who are looking to expand their presence into the Latin American Region. Through our unique educational seminars in Spanish we are helping investors, investment professionals, regulators and students to upgrade their skills into the important alternative investment industry. We speak the language. We know the People. We live the culture. We are LatAm.

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publicationsand bespoke data requests. Preqin is an independent business with over80 staff based in London, New York and Singapore serving over 4,700customers in 72 countries. 

Preqinhas built a reputation in the alternative assets industry for providing the most comprehensive and extensive information possible (Private Equity, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Hedge Funds). Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

Every week, Hedge Fund Alert tells subscribers what they're not supposed to know to help them identify money-making openings in the fund-management arena. The newsletter is recognized for routinely spotlighting key industry developments that haven't been reported anywhere else.

Hedge Connection has been helping managers and investors through web-based research, events   and advisory work since 2005. Hedge Connection is the first and only internet-based platform that offers hedge funds direct access to a membership of "opt-in" qualified active hedge fund allocators. Investor members join for free and gain access to detailed information on hedge fund members. All members receive invitations to member's only events and partner discounts.


Hedgeweek is the hedge fund industry’s leading portal on news and topical features = including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews.  Hedgeweek produces a free weekly and a daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the Hedge Fund industry.

Private Equity Wire is the private equity industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles.  Private Equity Wire produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the private equity industry and a series of special reports.  


Institutionalassetmanager is a news and information and fund data service for institutional  investors and institutional asset managers focusing on the traditional asset management sector worldwide. Institutionalassetmanager offers a daily newsletter service and a full web site. 


Wealthadviser offers investment fund  news and information, research and fund data for wealth advisers and private banks working in the advisory industry around the world.  Wealthadviser offers a daily newsletter service and a full web site with fund data designed to help wealth advisers.




Albourne Village is a free and unique internet-based knowledge economy for the Alternative Investment and Private Equity community. The site has been designed as an ideal environment for evolving hedge-fund news, intellectual property, content and debates on current issues, as well as a valuable source of commercial contacts. Albourne Village is a place for the hedge fund community to be seen and heard, to act and interact, teach and learn, amuse and recreate, yearn and earn.


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The Hedge Fund Group sponsors the Certified Hedge Fund Professional Designation Program and maintains a networking association of more than 50,000 hedge fund industry professionals who actively network, partner, and refer resources to each other. The Hedge Fund Group is the fastest-growing hedge fund organization with members from more than 60 countries and working in every major hedge fund city. Our organization manages several hedge fund seminar networking groups and members of our team often lecture at industry conferences in several hedge fund hub cities around the world.
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