LEVERAGING THE INTELLECT OF OUR COMMUNITY

May 2, 2018 AT 10 ON THE PARK, NEW YORK CITY

Presented by Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc.

In association with Hedge Connection Inc.

2018 TABLE TALKS // YOUR HOSTS

Understanding What Makes a Prime Broker an Effective Partner: Services, Balance Sheet and Access to Capital

Robert Akeson / Shelby Jeewon Suh
Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc. / Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.
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Robert E. Akeson is Chief Operating Officer of Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc., an affiliate of Mirae Asset Financial Group, Korea's leading non-bank financial group.

As of 31 December 2017, Mirae Asset Financial Group's asset management businesses had approximately $390BN of total assets under management. Its various broker-dealer subsidiaries and affiliates had approximately $7BN in equity capital. Over the years, Mirae Asset Financial Group has also made a significant commitment to the alternative investment space, including real estate, SOC, PEF and hedge funds. In addition to Korea, the group has offices in 15 markets, including the US, UK, China, India, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Colombia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, Canada and Brazil.

Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc. provides prime brokerage, equity finance, repo, correspondent clearing, agency execution, foreign research distribution and corporate access services to institutional investors. Mr. Akeson is well versed in the management, marketing, operations, enterprise technology, compliance, risk management, due diligence, balance sheet and liquidity management aspects of these businesses. His background includes leadership positions with Neuberger Berman, Morgan Stanley, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services and Broadridge Financial Solutions (formerly ADP BISG).

Mr. Akeson is a frequent speaker on topics related to the hedge fund industry, prime brokerage, market liquidity and Basel III. He is a member of the Management Committee of the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable, the DTCC Systemic Risk Roundtable, CFA Society New York and the Economic Club of New York. Mr. Akeson has also taught Money, Banking and Financial Markets at Molloy College.

Mr. Akeson holds an MBA from New York University and a BA from Washington College.

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Shelby Jeewon Suh is an alternative investment distribution agent in Mirae Asset's Alternative Investment Solution Team. The AI Solution Team is a product management team distributing overseas alternative investments (Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Private Debt, Infra funds, Real Assets, etc) to local institutions in Korea. The team raises approximately USD $1.5 billion every year.

Shelby's key role is to distribute Hedge Funds and Open-ended funds to local Korean institutional investors. She arranges roadshows, on-site due diligence, and other client meetings as well as act as the liaison between the GPs and clients to ensure successful deal closings. In addition, Shelby provides various types of services post investment to clients such as providing reports on performance, FX hedging, document translation, etc. Shelby is now managing over USD $300 million of capital allocated in different hedge funds.

Shelby has been with Mirae Asset for three years. She graduated from Queen's University Canada with a Bachelor of Applied Economics degree.

Jay Kim
Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc.
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Junyoung (Jay) is Head of Global Markets and Prime Brokerage Services of Mirae Asset Securities (USA). Jay has 26 years of management experience covering derivatives, prime brokerage and proprietary trading. In addition, Jay previously served as the Head of Prime Brokerage Services for Mirae Asset Securities in South Korea.

 

Best Practices for Capital Raising and SEC Compliance

Irwin Latner/Gregory Nowak
Pepper Hamilton
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Irwin M. Latner is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Latner has a broad based practice that focuses on representing hedge fund and private equity fund managers in the establishment of private investment funds and their ongoing operations. He represents both domestic and offshore managers who employ varied investment strategies and need assistance with fund set up and structuring, SEC registration and reporting, agreements with strategic investors, developing effective compliance programs, marketing and advertising practices, employment and compensation arrangements, portfolio investment transactions, derivatives, and compliance with the myriad of federal and state laws applicable to their business. Mr. Latner also represents U.S. and non-U.S. based broker dealers, placement agents, commodity trading advisers, seeding and incubation firms, and other types of financial service companies and alternative investment firms.

Mr. Latner actively advises and assists clients in achieving their legal and business goals, including making strategic introductions to potential funding sources, key employees, consultants and service providers.

He also represents various private equity firms in transactional matters as well as both investors and fund managers/operators in joint venture funding transactions. In addition, Mr. Latner counsels family offices in all aspects of their business structure and investment operations and works with emerging companies on early stage financing and capital raising transactions, governance structures, and employment agreements and related compensation structures.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Latner was a partner and chair of the Hedge Fund Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York. He also co-founded Herrick's Family Office Group.
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Gregory J. Nowak is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and a practice leader for hedge funds in the firm's Funds Services Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in securities law, particularly in representing investment management companies and other clients on matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the related Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Mr. Nowak also handles mergers and acquisitions, corporate and regulated investment company tax work and other corporate matters. He also represents broker-dealers and CTAs and CPOs with respect to matters under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act.

In addition, Mr. Nowak represents many hedge funds and other alternative investment funds in fund formation and investment and compliance matters, including compliance audits and preparation work. Mr. Nowak has represented a broad range of investment funds, from funds that use the traditional broad investment charters and invest globally in virtually any financial asset that can be readily traded to specialty niche funds with narrowly defined investment strategies that invest in distressed debt and other illiquid securities. He also represents fund managers with products spanning both the private equity and hedge fund markets.

Mr. Nowak also handles mergers and acquisitions, tax matters for corporations and registered investment companies and other corporate matters.

Mr. Nowak also has represented hospitals, health care systems and health care providers and other health care entities as outside general counsel and as special counsel in regulatory, corporate and transactional matters, business operations and many other issues.

Mr. Nowak writes and speaks frequently on issues involving investment management, health care and other matters. Mr. Nowak is the author of four books on hedge funds. Hedge Fund Disclosure Documents Line by Line - A User's Guide to Confidential Private Placement Memoranda for Funds Formed as Limited Liability Companies (the 2nd edition was published in January 2011; the 1st edition was published in 2004) and Hedge Fund Agreements Line by Line - A User's Guide to LLC Operating Contracts, (the 2nd edition was published in September 2009; and the 1st edition was published in 2004) All were published by Aspatore Publishing.

Mr. Nowak joined Pepper from Gartmore Global Investments, Inc., an asset management subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Nowak was Gartmore's executive vice president for mergers and acquisitions and was responsible for all aspects of acquisitions of investment advisory firms. He also was instrumental in developing and managing Gartmore's hedge fund business and in developing a compliance module that allows Gartmore to manage alternative assets, such as hedge funds, along with traditional investment products.

Before joining Gartmore, Mr. Nowak was in private practice as a partner in another large, Center City Philadelphia law firm.

Thomas Zucosky
Discovery Capital
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In addition to operating the firm's business, Mr. Zucosky oversees manager selection, portfolio management and monitoring for the Investment Adviser. Previously, as Senior Vice President in charge of alternative investments for InvestorForce (Philadelphia), he oversaw all institutional searches for hedge funds done through the firm's on-line RFP platform. As Head of Marketable Alternative Strategies for Strategic Investment Group (Washington, DC), he analyzed and managed portfolios for institutional investors. Tom also partnered with Olympia Capital Management (Paris), where he oversaw all US-based hedge fund due diligence. In 1985, he co-founded Aegis Capital, a hedge fund/registered investment adviser. Tom graduated with honors with an M.A. from Montclair State University and a BS (Business) from The College of New Jersey.

 

Overcoming Investor Objections: Applying an Effective Influencing Strategy

Denise DePaola
Mainstream Fund Services
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Coming Soon

Richard Travia
Wildcat Advisory Group
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Richard Travia founded Wildcat Advisory Group, a business consulting firm, in 2017. Prior to launching Wildcat, he co-founded Tradex Global Advisors in 2004 and Tradex Global Advisory Services in 2014. While at Tradex, Richard served as the COO and Compliance Officer of the firm, Director of Research for the fund of hedge funds business and Head of Risk Management for the single hedge fund business. Richard has nearly 15 years of experience in hedge fund due diligence and allocation, management of illiquid side pocket positions, risk management of hedge fund strategies, business development, and management of investment teams, operational teams and service provider relationships. Prior to founding Tradex Global Advisors, Richard served as the lead analyst for the Select Access Family of Funds, a fund of hedge funds business. Richard has invested in approximately 600 hedge funds and nearly every strategy throughout his career, the majority of which would be considered "emerging managers".

Richard graduated from Villanova University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. He has served as a Senator on the University Senate, a member of the University's Executive Committee and as a Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Treasurer of Stamford's East Side Partnership. He is currently a Member of the Villanova University MBA Mentor Program and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Peer & Family Support Program. Richard lives in Stamford, CT with his wife and three children.

 

Public Policy & the Exoneration of Wrongfully Convicted People

Rebecca Brown
Innocence Project
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Rebecca Brown joined the Innocence Project in 2005 and directs its federal and state policy agenda, which seeks to prevent & reveal wrongful convictions and assure compensation for the wrongfully convicted upon release from prison.

She has also served as a Policy Analyst for the Mayor's Office in New York City and a Senior Planner at Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), where she conducted research, evaluation, and planning work around its alternative to incarceration programs. Rebecca began her career at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, where she investigated allegations of police misconduct for the City of New York. She graduated from Barnard College and holds a Masters in Urban Planning, with a concentration in economic and community development from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where she was the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship.

Calvin Johnson
Exoneree
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Calvin Johnson was exonerated in 1999 after spending 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

He was charged, but not convicted, in a 1981 rape case, and became a primary suspect in a series of two rapes that took place two days apart in March 1983. Both female victims, from College Park, Georgia, were choked and sexually assaulted, and one of them identified Johnson as the rapist in a photo lineup. He was convicted for that incident of rape, aggravated sodomy, and burglary.

In 1996, after several failed attempts for a new trial, the Innocence Project took on Johnson's case, filing an extraordinary motion for a new trial, which would allow DNA testing from the rape kit to be conducted. DNA from the kit did not match Johnson's, and after a new trial in 1999, the District Attorney dropped all charges.

Since his exoneration, Johnson wrote the book Exit to Freedom, which was published by the University of Georgia Press. Co-authored by Dr. Greg Hampikian, the book chronicles Johnson's wrongful arrest, conviction, imprisonment, and the events that led to his exoneration.

Johnson is a member of the Innocence Project's Founder's Circle and is also actively engaged in, and continues to advise on, activities of the Georgia Innocence Project.

 

Investors Expectations and Concerns Related to Third Party Valuation

Thalius Hecksher
Trident Trust
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Thalius has over 18 years experience in the Global Financial Markets with an emphasis on the Asset Management, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Capital Raising, Emerging Managers and Technology Platforms. Throughout his career he has established strong relationships globally with all major Banks, Brokerages, and Legal firms. Thalius joined Apex in 2009 and has been part of the growth from AUM$6B to in excess of USD$25B. He relocated in 2012 to Florida to lead the development growth of the business in North and South America . He has been instrumental in promoting Florida as a state of choice to the world of Finance with the famous headline in the NY Post "Wall Street Flees NY for Tax Free Florida". Thalius has appeared on CNBC, FOX Business and been working closely with Gov Scott and the BDB board of Palm Beach. He was recently appointed as Director of the Hedge Funds Association of Florida.

Prior to joining Apex, Thalius was Head of European Sales at Linedata driving growth in Europe and into CEE. Thalius was also Sales director at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters). Thalius had responsibility for spearheading the significant growth in the institutional equities and wealth management for UK and Ireland. Managing USD$35 million turnover and annual growth of USD$7m.

Herman Laret
Titan Advisors
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Herman Laret joined Titan Advisors in 2014. Mr. Laret is head of Titan's Global Macro/CTA Strategies. Prior to joining Titan, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in global macro product sales, and held positions that included co-head of interest rate sales and treasury product manager. Previously, he was on the firm's Proprietary Fund Investment Committee responsible for investing the firm's capital in hedge funds. Mr. Laret spent almost 14 years at Credit Suisse, interrupted by a three year period when he was a partner and senior portfolio manager at MKP Capital, trading G10 rates products, before returning to Credit Suisse in 2005. Mr. Laret began his career in 1990 at Salomon Brothers in London working in M&A before transferring to Salomon's New York office to become a government bond trader. Mr. Laret has a degree in Medicine from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

 

Tax Reform, Cash Repatriation and its Potential Impact on M&A

Matt Arens
First Light Asset Management
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Matt Arens has been fortunate to combine two distinct passions in his career: investments and life sciences. Since entering the investments field in 1997, Arens has followed small-cap stocks, with a particular focus on identifying companies with high growth potential in the health care sector.

Prior to founding First Light Asset Management in September 2013, Arens was president and senior portfolio manager at Kopp Investment Advisors. While at Kopp, he served as the sole portfolio manager for the firm's health care-focused investment strategy.

Arens graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in financial planning. He has been a keynote speaker at the PricewaterhouseCoopers CFO Forum, and has been featured in publications, such as BusinessWeek, Barron's, Pensions & Investments, Investment News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Scott Ree
First Light Asset Management
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Scott Ree is director of marketing and a principal for First Light. In this role, he helps manage and direct the firm's marketing and client service efforts.

Ree comes to First Light after spending the past 18 years at Piper Jaffray as managing director of institutional equity sales. In this role, he focused on health care specialist accounts and was consistently ranked at or near the top of all salespeople within the firm. Prior to his work at Piper, Scott was managing director of institutional equity sales for Dain Rauscher Wessels (currently RBC Wealth Management). Ree holds a master of business administration (MBA) degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry from Colorado College.

 

Cyber Security - The Unique Complexities Related to Cryptocurrency Fund Investing

Michael Brice
BW Cyber Services
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Michael has more than 28 years providing technology, security, and related cybersecurity consulting solutions for multiple industries, including deep commercial and military experience in the financial services industry as well as classified government operations.

After graduating from college he served as an officer in the US Marine Corps (to include 7 months in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Iraq during the 1st Gulf War) where he received specialized training by the National Security Agency in Cryptology and Signals Intelligence.

Upon departure from the military, he has held executive positions leading IT strategy, cybersecurity, and related enterprise software services for blue chip consultancies and publicly traded corporations including: Principal at Booz-Allen, Partner at Unisys, Chief Information Officer at the Industrial Distribution Group, Inc.and Sr. Director at Infor.

As the co-founder of BW Cyber Services, Michael has provided cyber-consulting support to multiple small-to medium-size NFA & SEC Members as well as one of the world's largest hedge funds.

John Coursen
BW Cyber Services
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John has over 10 years providing advanced technology and cybersecurity consulting solutions to SEC and NFA registrants including Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Family Office organizations.



After graduating from college with an Information Systems degree John joined a large Multi-Strat Hedge Fund and was responsible for emerging security and technology initiatives focusing on Virtualization, Resiliency, and Network Security Strategy.



Subsequently John was a founding partner of a private cloud firm providing infrastructure and security services to FINRA & SEC registered institutions.


Most recently in his role BW Cyber Services, John provides cybersecurity assessment and related consulting support for both emerging and established Crypto Asset Funds.

 

Reaching More Investors, Enhancing Transparency: Hybrid Alternative Fund Opportunities

Ann Maurer
UMB Fund Services
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UMB Fund Services provides services for mutual funds and alternative investments, including fund accounting, administration, transfer agency, custody, and distribution. Ann oversees the overall customer experience for UMB Fund Services clients, acting as the primary client contact for service delivery from the various operating units. As part of her role, she leads the conversion or start-up process for new clients. In addition, she acts as the liaison and lead communicator with clients regarding strategic/business opportunities. Ann brings problem resolution skills and in-depth product and system knowledge to her role. She has worked with a variety of investment companies, including open-end funds, closed-end funds, registered funds of funds, hedge funds and REITs. Before joining UMB in 1996, she spent two years with a national broker-dealer clearing corporation. Ann has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. She also holds the Series 6 and 26 securities licenses.

Michael Peck
Vivaldi Capital Management
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Michael Peck is a partner at Vivaldi. He is currently President and Co-Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for all portfolio management as well as creating and implementing the strategic vision of the firm. Prior to Vivaldi, Michael was a Portfolio Manager at Coe Capital Management, a Chicago-based registered investment adviser and also a Financial Analyst and Risk Manager for Bond Companies. Michael graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also holds a Masters in Finance and a Master's in Business Administration in both Finance & Real Estate from DePaul University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

 

Current Trends in ODD

Michael Merrigan
Shadmoor Advisors
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Shadmoor Advisors was founded in 2014 by Michael V. Merrigan, Managing Member of the firm.

Prior to founding Shadmoor, Mr. Merrigan was a Managing Director at Gottex Fund Management, a fund of hedge funds with assets under management exceeding $5 billion, and a member of Gottex's Investment Committee. As Global Head of Operational Due Diligence at Gottex, Mr. Merrigan led a team of four individuals based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia that conducted operational due diligence of over 150 hedge funds per year across a variety of alternative investment strategies.

Prior to his four years at Gottex, Mr. Merrigan implemented the first in-house operational due diligence program at General Motors Asset Management, at the time, one of the world's largest pension plans, with assets under management exceeding $100 billion.

Mr. Merrigan has focused his career on alternative investments since 2002, working as an investment due diligence analyst at HRJ Capital and Credit Suisse's Hedge Fund Investments Group. Mr. Merrigan began his career working in the operations group of Gabelli Asset Management Company.

Mr. Merrigan is a 1997 graduate of Boston College.

Jennifer Keeney
Russell Investments
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Jennifer L. Keeney, Senior Risk Officer, Alternative Investments
M.I.A., International Finance & Business, Columbia University The School of International and Public Affairs B.A., International Relations & East Asian Studies, Boston University.

Jennifer Keeney has over 18 years of experience in the alternative investment industry working for various hedge fund allocators. Currently she holds the Senior Risk Officer, Alternatives position on the Global Manager Oversight & Due Diligence team at Russell Investments, a global asset manager with over $296 billion in assets under management. She is responsible for leading a risk-based, operational due diligence program on Alternative Investments across hedge fund, private equity and private real estate managers.

Prior to joining Russell Investments in 2010, Ms. Keeney was previously the Head of Operational Due Diligence at an emerging socially responsible hedge fund-of- funds. She was a Senior Consultant with the Enterprise Risk Management team at General Motors Asset Management, and a Managing Director at Fairfield Greenwich Group, where she was instrumental in launching an Asian fund-of- funds product with Lion Fairfield (Singapore). Ms. Keeney served as the Head of Due Diligence at Alpha Investment Management and held equity research positions at Bear, Stearns and Standard Chartered Securities.

Ms. Keeney serves on the Board of Directors for the Hedge Fund Association and is a member of 100 Women in Finance and the Alternative Investment Management Association's ("AIMA") Sound Practices Committee. She was a contributing writer to the Greenwich Roundtable's white paper, Best Practices in Due Diligence: Alternative Investments. She earned a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree in International Finance and Business at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. degree in International Relations at Boston University.

 

The Benefits of Using a Distribution Platform

Don Pawluk
The Gemini Companies
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Don Pawluk is SVP of Business Development for the Gemini Alternative Funds. Mr. Pawluk is responsible for developing relationships with registered investment advisors, pensions, family offices, and individual investors. He also assists in the growth and development of the Galaxy Plus and Hedge Platform to create opportunities for growth in our business models to broaden distribution for our clients.

Don offers a wealth of experience in financial services having worked in business development and distribution for firms such as OppenheimerFunds, UBS Global Asset Management and Dreyfus. Don holds the Series 3, 7 and 63 securities licenses.

Don has a Bachelor's of Science in Finance from Long Island University C. W. Post.

Co-Host TBA

 

Making the Case for Investing in Japan

James Richter
Telos Asset Management
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Prior to starting TAMCO, Jim was a partner and founding member of the team that launched Performance Trust Asset Management - a Chicago-based structured credit manager. Jim was directly responsible for over five hundred million dollars of assets managed at his former firm where he led their separately managed account program while helping them launch two highly successful hedge funds and two highly-ranked mutual funds. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst with a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Nick Schmitz
Telos Asset Management
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Before building the Japan strategy for Verdad and TAMCO, Nick worked at Goldman Sachs. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Nick served as a Captain in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and taught Political Science at the US Naval Academy. He minored in Japanese at the US Naval Academy and has lived in Japan, completing language immersion in Tokyo and working at the Japanese Defense Academy in Yokosuka. Nick has also published academic articles on US Constitutional Law and testified before the US Congress on his research.

 

3 Week Countdown to GDPR

David Ross
Baker Tilly
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David Ross, principal and cybersecurity growth leader for our risk, internal audit and cybersecurity (RIAC) practice, has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP since 2017. David joins us from Deloitte's cyber risk practice, where he provided strategic insight, service design, business development and engagement leadership. Previously, David was general manager of General Dynamics Commercial Cyber Services, where he was not only responsible for the design of the business, but also the launch and management of the new commercial organization.

As a recognized thought leader and published author, David frequently speaks on cybersecurity strategy, innovation, business strategy, building high performing sales strategies, social media and critical problem solving for corporations.

Co-Host TBA

 

Why Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation is Making a Big Come Back

Adam Kay
Kay Financial Solutions
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Graduate of the American College of Financial Services completing the RICP designation (Retirement Income Certified Professional), In addition to a bachelor's degree in Economics from Drew University. Has obtained several securities licenses including series 7, series 66 and series 24 as well as multiple insurance lines. 15 years working in the financial services industry beginning as an intern ratings analyst at Fitch Ratings in Manhattan, NY to nationally ranked positions at such firms as AXA Advisors and LPL, Allstate, Vice president of a private wealth management group at Ameriprise financial before founding Kay Financial Solutions an independent consulting firm. Currently also representing Prudential Advisors through Pruco Securities and National Financial Services. Notary Public, Member MDRT, NAIFA and awarded both Prudential's prestigious Chairman's Council and Master's Council multiple consecutive years.

Chet Kosarek
Kay Financial Solutions
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Mr. Kosarek received his LL.M. (In Taxation) from New York University School of Law, New York, New York and his J.D. Cum Laude from Seton
Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. He has been in private practice since 1980 with an emphasis on Taxation, Estate
Planning and Estate Administration.

A Law School Professor: Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey; teaching courses including; Individual Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, Advanced Corporate Tax.

Mr. Kosarek has been a lecturer at the Passaic County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, Morris County Society of Certified Public Accountants, North Jersey Association of Certified Financial Planners, New Jersey Institute for Legal Education.

 

Crypto Assets: Yes, They are Taxable

Christopher Williams
Citrin Cooperman
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Christopher Williams is a director in the firm's New Jersey office. He has 10 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in financial services. His clients include registered investment advisors, registered brokers and dealers, investment companies, hedge funds, private equity funds, general partnerships, and management companies.

Chris helps his clients prepare and plan for new regulatory matters and financial service business opportunities. He also consults with them on how to improve efficiency and how to identify tax savings opportunities. Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman in 2016, Chris served clients at a Big 4 accounting firm.

Chris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and a member of the NYSSCPA Investment Companies, Investment Management and Taxation Financial Instruments Committees. Chris is a member of Citrin Cooperman's Financial Services Committee.

Constantin Kogan
Bitbull Capital
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Coming Soon

 

Fund Raising in Europe

Martin Cornish
M.W. Cornish & Co.
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Coming Soon

Jeffrey Spotts
Prophecy Asset Management
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Jeffrey Spotts, CMT has 27 years of professional experience providing portfolio management services to institutions and high-net-worth clients. He launched the firm in 2001, with a single strategy, technical trading fund focused on equities. Mr. Spotts has managed a first-loss capital allocation since 2000.

Prior to Prophecy, Mr. Spotts worked at Merrill Lynch from 1989 to 2001. During his tenure, he worked in various areas of the firm, including origination, research and asset management. He lead a portfolio management team with $500 million of AUM. He also managed a discretionary hedged product from 1999-2001 at Merrill Lynch, and from 2001 to present at Prophecy.

Mr. Spotts is published on trading strategies. He graduated in 1989 from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

 

Uncovering the Opportunity in Overlooked Investments

Brian Sidman
Keystone National Properties
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Brian A. Sidman is the co-founder of Keystone National Properties ("KNPRE"), a real estate advisory firm headquartered in Miami, Florida.

KNPRE specializes in tax deferral and tax incentivized Real Estate transactions and acquiring income producing assets nationally. Sidman formerly served as Executive Vice President for a Sponsor of a REIT which had Office and Self-Storage assets where under SIdman's leadership he converted the REIT to the only pure play Parking Garage/Lot REIT in the US, at the time of his executive position. Previously Sidman served as Senior Vice President for a Sponsor of a REIT focused on acquiring grocery anchored Shopping Centers across the US. In this executive role Sidman assisted in accumulating approximately $250mm+ of properties in the REIT and over $100mm of Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) product acquiring Multi-family/Retail/Office assets.

Sidman is a founding Principal at Metis Innovative which is a Venture Capital firm focused on investments in early stage Neuroscience medical device and technology companies. Sidman is a board member of BundleFi Inc. a financial technology start-up, a former board member of a charitable foundation that pledged $20MM to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and board member of Lux Home, Inc. DBA Pella Windows and Doors NJ/NY.

Sidman is a Society member at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach.

Michael Packman
Keystone National Properties
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Michael Packman is a founder of Keystone National Properties. Packman began his career more than 20 years ago at a wealth management firm, where he quickly became the youngest Vice President in the firm's history. Additionally, he oversaw the Long Island region for the brokerage arm of a major international financial firm. In 2003, he formed his own diversified financial company. After the downturn, real estate became a major focus of the firm and has led it to becoming one of the most respected independent financial advisory firms in the 1031 space. Packman frequently speaks at a number of nationally recognized real estate conferences throughout the country. Packman is the 1031 expert contributor for the New York Real Estate Journal and has been featured in the Real Deal. His entrepreneurial endeavors now also include co-founding Bundlefi, a financial technology start-up where he serves as COO. Packman is a well-respected leader in his industry, serving on several advisory boards.