The Hedge Fund Association

June 15, 2011


HFA Northeast Chapter


For hedge fund firms, raising capital is more challenging than ever before, especially as firms adapt to expanded investor requirements and new competitors enter the crowded marketplace. To attract and retain investors, managers need to establish compelling marketing and capital raising programs and clearly demonstrate the edge of the investment team. The Northeast Chapter of HFA invites you to join us on June 15, 2011 for actionable insights from leading hedge fund investors and industry luminaries.


This HFA Northeast Chapter Symposium is complimentary for HFA members. Investors and managers who are not HFA members can register for $25/per person. A limited number of service providers may register for $100/per person.


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Robert Picard 

Robert Picard

Managing Director, Lyxor Asset Management

Prior to joining Lyxor in 2010, Mr. Picard was Senior Advisor to Navigant Consulting’s Financial Institutions Restructuring Solutions Team (FIRST) and active in advising emerging hedge fund managers. Earlier, he was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research at Optima Fund Management overseeing 6.5 Billion of hedge fund investments. Prior to joining Optima, Mr. Picard was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group where he built and managed the process and portfolio of an innovative hedge fund business that provided a platform for institutions investing in alternative investments. Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Picard was Managing Director at RBC Capital Risk Advisors, European Manager for Structured Equity Products for RBC Dominion Securities Inc., European Product Manager for Global Equity Derivatives for Kidder, Peabody in Europe and earlier worked for Bank Nomura (Suisse) S.A. Mr. Picard graduated from College de Geneve and attended the University of Geneva School of Law. Mr. Picard speaks English, French and German.


Ron S. Geffner

Ron S. Geffner

Partner, Sadis and Goldberg LLP

Vice President, Hedge Fund Association


Overseeing the Financial Services Group, Ron Geffner regularly structures, organizes and counsels private investment vehicles, investment advisory organizations, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators and other investment fiduciaries. His broad background with federal and state securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority of Security Dealers, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and various other regulatory bodies enables him to provide strategic guidance to a diverse clientele. He provides legal services to hundreds of hedge funds and private equity funds organized in the U.S. and offshore. Mr. Geffner began his legal career with the SEC, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the federal securities laws.  Mr. Geffner is often interviewed as a legal expert in the securities industry and has been interviewed on Fox News, CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Squawk Box and Power Lunch on CNBC, British Broadcasting Channel and Bloomberg Radio. He is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Barron's, Barron's Online, Reuters, Dow Jones, Financial Times, New York Newsday, London Daily News,, Private Equity Week and other national and international publications.


Andrew Saunders

Andrew Saunders
Head of Capital Introduction, Direct Access Partners


Andrew Saunders is the Head of Capital Introduction and a member of the Capital Alternatives Group at Direct Access Partners. Prior to Direct Access Partners, Mr. Saunders held a similar role at EFX Prime Services, the prime brokerage business of First New York Securities. Before EFX Prime Services, Mr. Saunders was a Managing Director at Hedge Connection. His leadership responsibilities included business development, client relations, investor liaison, media relations and strategic partnerships. Mr. Saunders began his career on Wall Street was with Taylor Rafferty, a boutique cross-border investor relations firm. During his 7-year tenure, he assisted senior management implement all aspects of their investor relations programs including: corporate strategy development, IPO/Secondary road shows, media relations, and led 12 ADR listings & IPOs on the NYSE and NASDAQ. Mr. Saunders holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) and is an officer of the CAIA NY Chapter. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Mr. Saunders spent four years in Malaysia and Indonesia as a teacher and entrepreneur.


David Friedland

David Friedland
President, Magnum U.S. Investments
President, Hedge Fund Association


David R. Friedland is President of Magnum U.S. Investments, Inc., which serves as a consultant to a number of funds of funds and hedge funds, as well as a number of banks and institutions. Magnum tracks, evaluates and combines hedge funds into a variety of funds of hedge funds to meet specific risk/return criteria for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. Magnum has also sponsored several single manager hedge funds covering a range of different strategies. David is the president of the general partner of the Magnum funds of hedge funds, and Magnum-sponsored single manager hedge funds available to U.S. taxable investors. Magnum has been managing funds of hedge funds since 1994. David, who heads up new business development and the legal department at Magnum, is a frequent speaker at financial and hedge fund conferences around the world. He has authored several articles on hedge funds, and has made several appearances on CNBC. David is also the President of the Hedge Fund Association, a not-for-profit international group of industry professionals with a mission to provide a forum for thought leaders, innovators, practitioners and investors who are shaping the way business is conducted in the global hedge fund industry. David received a BBA in Finance cum laude and a JD (law degree) magna cum laude from the University of Miami, and is a member of the Florida Bar. He also holds his Series 7 brokerage license.


Sal (Kislay) Shah

Sal (Kislay) Shah

Partner, Financial Services Group, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP


Sal (Kislay) Shah is a Partner in the New York office of McGladrey & Pullen, LLP and the co-leader of the office’s Financial Services Practice. He brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to his engagements. Prior to joining McGladrey, he served for 14 years with a Big Four accounting firm, working on major alternative investment services engagements. Sal has provided advisory and assurance services to investment management companies, including hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital funds, fund of funds, mutual funds, collateral debt obligation funds and mortgage-backed assets trading and securitization companies. His advises companies that manage up to $6 billion in assets, and representative clients include Bam Capital Management, Rosegrove Capital Partners, American Securities Capital Partners, Psilos, Euclid SR, Kinderhook, HIG Brightpoint, Cornerstone, Jacobson Partners and Dolphin Private Equity Partners. Sal is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as FAS 157, Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), and asset-backed lending and is also a resource to many trade and industry publications. Sal is also editor-in-chief of McGladrey’s Alternative Investment Watch, a quarterly newsletter of developments in finance for alternative investment providers.




Lara Block

Lara Block
Principal, Magnum U.S. Investments
Executive Director, Hedge Fund Association

Lara Block is a Principal at Magnum U.S. Investments, which serves as a consultant to a number of funds of funds, hedge funds, banks and institutions, and she is also the Executive Director of the Hedge Fund Association.


HFA is not responsible for any travel costs in the case of an event cancellation.  



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

4:30-5:15pm Registration
5:15-6:30pm Panel Discussion
6:30-7:30pm cocktails, hors d’oevres




500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

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Direct Access Partners

EzeCastle Integration

Rothstein Kass







Lara Block
Executive Director


Northeast Chapter Director
John Peterson
Cogency Software








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