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Where C-Level Alternative Investing Operations, Due Diligence and Compliance Experts Meet

20 - 21 June 2020

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Flavia joined ACA Compliance (Europe) Limited in September 2011 as an Analyst and subsequently became a Principal Consultant in January 2016. Working within ACA Europe in the London office, Flavia primarily provides ongoing compliance support to FCA-authorized clients, including hedge funds, funds of funds, and private equity firms, as well as providing technical advice on a wide range of issues, including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD") and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive ("MiFID II"). She also maintains ACA Europe’s compliance framework materials, ensuring they reflect European regulatory developments.

 

Prior to joining ACA, Flavia studied at the University of Exeter, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with Finance. In addition, she holds a Level 4 Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri is the Chief Research Officer at Sigma Analysis & Management Ltd.
Dr. Bhaduri’s role includes serving on a joint investment committee of a large institutional
investor’s liquid alpha portfolio. Dr. Bhaduri conducts origination, due diligence, and
hedge fund research. In addition, Dr. Bhaduri is part of the executive management team
at Sigma Analysis.

Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri was previously the Chief Research Officer at AlphaMetrix Alternative
Investment Advisors. At AlphaMetrix, Dr. Bhaduri designed, implemented, and led an
institutional due diligence and research program. Dr. Bhaduri worked closely with
institutional clients on portfolio matters.

Prior to joining AlphaMetrix, he was a Vice President and on an Investment Committee
at Morgan Stanley where he conducted due diligence and helped design customized
portfolios of Alternatives. Earlier, he was at a Canadian Fund of Funds, and at a multibillion dollar capital management firm where he was involved in all aspects of its fund of hedge funds and structured finance business. He has also worked with two major
Canadian investment banks in the Financial Strategy Consulting Group and in Global
Risk Management & Control, respectively.

Dr. Bhaduri has held advisory roles at the East-West Center, a leading think tank on the
Asia-Pacific region, and at ClassMouse, an early stage software company. He has
taught finance and mathematics at several universities and lectured on Derivatives for
the Montreal Exchange. Dr. Bhaduri has done free-lance consulting, where his clients
included hedge funds and institutional investors. Dr. Bhaduri has published papers on,
and been invited to speak worldwide regarding hedge fund issues, and advanced
portfolio and risk management techniques. Dr. Bhaduri was invited by the CME to be
part of a special delegation that met with regulators in Beijing and Taipei to discuss
hedge fund issues.

Dr. Bhaduri holds both the CFA and CAIA charters. He is a member of the American
Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Toronto CFA
Society, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Dr. Bhaduri
previously served as a member of the All About Alpha Editorial Board, and has
previously served on the CAIA Chicago Chapter Executive. Dr. Bhaduri currently serves
on various committees of AIMA Canada.
2016

Stephen B. Bodwell, CPA, Senior Controller of Maverick Stable Funds – Mr. Bodwell joined Maverick Stable in 2011. He joined the firm in 2008, serving as a member of the Hedge Fund Accounting group.

Prior to these experiences, Mr. Bodwell was a Corporate Controller at Builders Blinds of Texas, Inc. and a Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Bodwell received a B.B.A. in Accounting and an M.S. in Finance from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.

A veteran of the financial industry. Areas of expertise are operations and risk management.  holds an MBA from ESSEC and Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University. Joined Paribas in 1979 where I spent 26 years. In the early years of my career, after an extensive training in Banking and Credit, I became responsible for the financial management of international operations and acting as Secretary to the Board and holding directorships of several subsidiaries. In 1992 I moved to London to set up BNP’s counterparty and market risk systems, followed by a secondment to Banque de France to represent the French Banking Commission in the Basel Committee working group. Between 1996 and 2000, I was deputy head of BNP Paribas Securities Services Bank. I launched BNP’s global prime brokerage business in 2000. I left in 2004 to re-engineer Credit Agricole’s US prime brokerage activities. In 2006, I helped found Reech Alternative Investment Management Group in London and Luxembourg where I was partner, COO, CRO and CFO and served as a director on the fund and management company boards.  This was followed by a similar role for a Paris based boutique hedge fund. I left in 2012 to focus on independent directorships.

Lynne is a Managing Director at ACA. Having joined the firm in 2005, Lynne provides a wide variety of regulatory and compliance consulting services to clients – either on a seconded basis or a more traditional consulting basis. Lynne’s focus is on private funds and discretionary asset managers. She advises both registered and unregistered clients, with respect to the design, drafting and implementation of customized compliance programs. In addition, she performs mock SEC examinations, procedural reviews, forensic testing audits, and other customized services aimed at evaluating and improving compliance with the federal securities laws. Lynne also specializes in assisting advisers with international regulatory issues following her re-location to London.

Lynne began her regulatory career in 2000 as a Securities Compliance Examiner with the Boston District Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. During her tenure at the SEC, she led or participated in examinations of investment companies, investment advisers, hedge funds, fund administrators, transfer agents and variable insurance product providers. She also participated in several market timing examinations and led a US nationwide SEC focus examination.

Lynne graduated from Trinity College in Washington DC in 1996 where she double majored in Political Science and International Relations. Lynne also attended Vermont Law School where she interned with the Office of Enforcement of the Vermont State Securities Division. Lynne obtained her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2000.

Special Agent David A. Chaves is a senior FBI Official assigned to the New York Division. He serves as the securities fraud program manager for the most visible securities cases prosecuted over the last decade. He is widely recognized as the chief strategist in coordinating these complex white collar investigations and for infiltrating corrupt participants in the hedge fund industry through the use of sophisticated techniques, undercover operations, and wire taps. He is a securities fraud subject matter expert and lectures to audiences in both the public and private sector on securities fraud, FCPA, and cyber threats to the financial industry.  Prior to joining the FBI he was a civil litigation attorney in Boston, MA.

 

Peter is the CEO of Omni Partners, an investment manager with offices in Irvine, California, and London.  Omni currently manages approximately $850m across an Event Driven, Macro, and Direct Lending strategies, and employs 36 people.  Peter spent 12-years as an allocator to hedge funds, investing via managed accounts and comingled funds, before joining the team at Omni in 2014.

Simon joined Duet in 2014 as the group’s Chief Operating Officer. Simon was previously Partner and Chief Information Officer of Marshall Wace, where he was responsible for the development of the global proprietary technology platform and operational infrastructure. Simon joined Marshall Wace as a graduate in 1998 where from a start- up stage, he helped scale out its operational infrastructure to enable the firm to manage $15Bn in AUM. Simon went on to become the firm's Global Head of Operations, responsible for the development of the global operations and equity finance platform, helping establish the firm in the US, Europe and Asia. Simon holds a BA (Hons) in Business from Oxford Brooks University.

Simon has worked in global equity markets for over 36 years, covering all aspects of stockbroking to institutions, hedge funds and alternative investment institutions. Simon began his career at Kleinwort Benson in 1976 and then moved to Morgan Grenfell in New York.   Following positions at BZW, Robert Fleming and Alex Brown, he was approached to set up Collins Stewart in New York, helping grow the team from 7 to over 100 people.  Simon led the Global Sales Trading desk at JP Morgan Cazenove from 2008 until 2014, when he left to take up a limited number of non-executive directorships in positions where his deep understanding of equity hedge fund trading strategies is highly valued. He is registered with NASDAQ in the Series 63, 55 and 7, and is a Registered Principal (Series 24 - Compliance and Regulatory oriented). He holds the Canadian Registered Representative license.

Noel Ford MBA, IMCMC, CIFD– Biography

Mr Ford has a long and established career in the international financial services industry. He is a certified investment funds director and a certified management consultant. He works with several local and international clients as an independent board director and chairman. He is also a director with Governance Ireland Ltd, a consultancy specialising in the assessment of governance, compliance and risk systems. He is also a regular contributor and presenter at local and international funds industry conferences.

Mr. Ford was previously the Chief Executive Officer for Skandia Global Funds plc.  He was also the Global Head of Operations for the Skandia Investment Group. Mr Ford has served as Chairman of Skandia Life Ireland Limited and President of Skandia America Securities Inc. Prior to joining Skandia in 2002, Mr Ford was Vice President of Operations  for Hemisphere Investment Managers Limited and Managing Director at  Globevest Trust Limited both specialists in hedge fund administration. Mr. Ford is a Certified Investment Funds Director and a graduate of the Irish Banking Institute/ University College Dublin. He holds an MBA in International Business Management from Griffith College Dublin & Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He is also a contributor to the Certified Investment Fund Directors programme with the Irish Banking Institute.

David Geffen is President of Geffen Advisors, a consultancy that provides strategic advice and solutions to established hedge funds in areas including prime brokerage, financing, counterparty and liquidity risk management, and trading documentation negotiation.  Geffen Advisors also provides new hedge fund managers advice on foundational aspects of their launches typically including their selection and contract negotiations with prime brokers, administrators and audit firms.  Additionally, the firm offers training on hedge fund topics to hedge fund financing and operations professionals.  Geffen Advisors is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. David was previously Managing Director at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors where he established and managed the hedge fund treasury function.  David is an alumnus of Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Amaranth, and he has been working with hedge funds from the sell-side and buy-side in various capacities for more than 20 years.  David earned a BA degree from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University.   

Simon joined Duet in 2014 as the group’s Chief Operating Officer. Simon was previously Partner and Chief Information Officer of Marshall Wace, where he was responsible for the development of the global proprietary technology platform and operational infrastructure. Simon joined Marshall Wace as a graduate in 1998 where from a start- up stage, he helped scale out its operational infrastructure to enable the firm to manage $15Bn in AUM. Simon went on to become the firm's Global Head of Operations, responsible for the development of the global operations and equity finance platform, helping establish the firm in the US, Europe and Asia. Simon holds a BA (Hons) in Business from Oxford Brooks University.

Prior to joining CapeView Capital as COO in 2011, Richard held COO / CFO positions at Montrica (2006 to 2011), OCH Johnson Capital (2005 to 2006), ABN AMRO (1999 to 2005) and Kemper / Zurich / Scudder (1995 to 1999). Richard trained with Deloitte Haskins & Sells before joining James Capel in 1987, where he was Head of Compliance / Company Secretary. He joined Solomon Brothers Asset Management in 1993 where he was Compliance Officer and Business Unit Manager. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc (2.1) in Management and Chemical Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He is Deputy Chairman of the Smaller Business Practitioner Panel at the FCA.

 

Will Jenkins is global co-Head of Operational Due Diligence for Amundi Alternative Investments. He joined Amundi AI in 2007 as a Senior Analyst to set-up the Operational Due Diligence function and then run it for Europe & Asia based hedge fund managers. Prior to joining Amundi, he was an Operational Due Diligence Analyst at UBS Global Asset Management.  From 2003 to March 2007, he was an Head of Operational Due Diligence at FIM, where he was in charge of developing and running the operational due diligence process.  He has previously held positions at Morley Fund as Head of Alternative Investment Operations (2000 to 2003); as Finance Manager at Fidelity International, Ltd. (1998 to 2000) and began his career as a financial sector auditor at KPMG.

Will graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a UK SIP Level 3 member. In his spare time Will is learning to ball room dance and play golf

Andrew joined Cerberus Capital Management in early 2007 as the Chief Compliance Officer and Co-General Counsel, overseeing the compliance and legal functions of the firm’s private equity, lending, real estate and trading activities. 

Prior to joining Cerberus, Andrew spent over 8 years at Merrill Lynch as First Vice President in charge of state regulation and government relations.

Before that Andrew was the Chief of the Investor Protection & Securities Bureau at the New York State Attorney General's Office.  He also served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General helping supervise the Environmental, Antitrust, Charities, Civil Rights, Consumer Fraud and Real Estate Finance Bureaus.

Andrew also spent time in the Enforcement Division of the New York Stock Exchange.  He began his legal career in 1986 as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan where he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal matters ranging from Arson and Robbery to Grand Larceny and Murder. 

Anne has extensive experience in recruitment with The Panel. Anne joined The Panel in 1997 and set up their international division, placing financial services staff and accountants in the UK, Luxembourg, Jersey, Guernsey, Bermuda, USA, Cayman Islands and further afield. In 2000, Anne was promoted to Director with the objective of growing The Panel’s market share in the financial services sector in Ireland. Since 2000, Anne has successfully built up The Panel’s financial services division where they are seen as a key supplier to a large number of international funds companies, blue chip international and domestic banks and the insurance industry. Anne has been instrumental in developing The Panel’s product offering into Legal and Technology leveraging on our existing client base and developed relationships. She is currently responsible for executive recruitment within Financial Services in the Irish and overseas market and works with leading government bodies to attract new start-ups in Ireland.  Anne has extensive experience managing high profile, confidential searches in a highly discrete and professional manner.

James L. Koutoulas, Esq. is the CEO of Typhon Capital Management which he founded in 2008 to provide investors with the ability to access emerging managers who are surrounded by institutional infrastructure. He sits on Typhon’s Risk and Investment Committees and is the firm’s general counsel.

Typhon operates several trading strategies under a common operational and risk framework, including: the Metis Momentum Macro Program, Plutus Grain Strategy, Tauros Livestock Strategy, Trevinci Liquid Ag Strategy and the Proteus Dynamic Volatility Program. Typhon also operates bespoke hedging strategies in the energy and volatility spaces.

Mr. Koutoulas is also the President and Co-Founder of the Commodity Customer Coalition, a non-profit customer advocacy organization formed in response to the MF Global bankruptcy. Mr. Koutoulas is the lead attorney for the CCC and represented over 10,000 MF Global customers pro bono in the bankruptcy and helped force the full return of $6.7B in customer assets. He then served on the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association for three years.

Mr. Koutoulas has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, as well as being featured in major national print publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, and Reuters, and has written advocacy pieces for ZeroHedge, (a list of publications and articles can be provided on request).

Mr. Koutoulas has 19 years of experience in accounting, computer programming, operations and trading. He earned a J.D. from The Northwestern University School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He serves as a consulting expert to the Northwestern Investor Protection Clinic and is a member of its Advisory Board. Mr. Koutoulas also has a degree in Finance from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar, AP National Scholar, and Angelo Langadas Classics Scholar.

 

Gareth joined Templar in 2012 after two decades working in the financial services industry in London having previously held positions as both a Private Client Stockbroker for Killik & Co and Private Banker at Merrill Lynch. Most recently as Head of Discretionary Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), he oversaw business development across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Gareth’s knowledge of the financial services industry, his experience of working with the professions combined with his extensive sales and client relationship skills, position him to work effectively across a broad spectrum of clients. His work spans Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Private Banking, Asset Management as well as the Legal, Insurance and Accountancy sectors.

Matthew Lonergan CFA, CPA – Partner and Fund Manager – is a founding partner of Dejima and has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets in both the US and Europe where he has held senior asset management positions in derivatives and structured products in both the equity and fixed income arena. Matthew is joint manager of the Japan Synthetic Warrant Fund using Stratton Street Capital’s unique synthetic warrant approach that invests exclusively in the Japanese convertible bond market. Matthew joined SSC in 2002 to work on a number of projects including the launch of a global macro hedge fund but moved full time to investment management of the synthetic warrant strategy in 2003.

Prior to that he was a Director of Structured Products at IBJ Asset Management, where he worked in both London and NY from 1994 until 2002, where he covered equity and fixed income based derivative and alternative products, including both convertible and credit arbitrage and all derivative products. Before that Matthew worked at Bank Leu where he managed a convertible arbitrage fund. Before moving to London in 1991, Matthew worked for a number of financial services companies in the US. Matthew began his career with Arthur Andersen, a name now consigned to history. Matthew has an established track record in managing in both absolute return and relative environments. Matthew is experienced in structuring, setting up and managing investment vehicles including hedge funds. He trained as an accountant with Arthur Anderson after receiving a BS in Business Administration from Western New England University in the USA.

Nicola has over 25 years’ experience in the alternative investment sector. In 1990 she founded TASS which became one of the market’s leading research and advisory companies specialising in hedge funds. In 2001 she joined Blackstone and established their hedge fund solutions business in London. From 2008-2012 Nicola was CEO of Alpha Strategic Plc which provides independent, owner managed investment managers with access to passive minority equity capital. She co-founded Dumas Capital in Ireland in 2004; the company provides strategic research & development services. Nicola is a member of the IPAF Group. Nicola has a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. An Irish resident since 2003, Nicola is a board member of both Irish and Cayman domiciled companies.

Before joining March AM as Head of Sales in January 2015 he was responsible for Allfunds Bank’s investment services operations in Latin America since 2012. With more than 13 years industry experience Parages began his career in the Equity Distribution Desk of Banco Urquijo (Madrid, Spain), a leading Private Bank, before moving to AXA Investments as Financial Advisors. He then worked in the UK at firms such as BlueCrest Capital Management in its Sales team, and BSN Capital Partners.

Lorenzo has an MBA from the IE Business School. He graduated from IEB in Law together with a Masters in Financial Markets

Chris is a Partner at Albourne based in the Toronto office where he leads a team of analysts who are responsible for operational due diligence coverage of private market strategies; including private equity, real assets and real estate.  He joined the firm in 2007, prior to that he was at Fidelity Investments (Canada) and Ernst & Young (Canada). Chris holds a BSc Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a CAIA charterholder.

Robert Vennegoor is Managing Partner at IMP Professionals, a recognized middle and back office specialist for investment managers and pension plan managers. Robert has a vast experience with in- and outsourcing and an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements and their operational impact. Prior to founding IMP Professionals in 2013, Robert was MD of TMF - Custom House Fund Services, the biggest and multi class investment fund services provider and depositary in The Netherlands, Strategist at Fortis’ cross border Shared Operations Centre (3,500 ftes) and COO of MeesPierson/Fortis Fund Services, the world's 2nd biggest off-shore hedge fund services provider.