The Hedge Fund Association

May 6, 2010 


Hedge Fund Association West Coast Chapter


Please join us for two informative panel discussions of investors and emerging hedge fund managers, and gain insights on the direction of markets and hedge fund performance, hear opinions on regulatory reforms, and network with fellow alternative investment professionals in Southern California.

This Hedge Fund Association West Coast Chapter event includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Registration is complimentary for HFA member managers, and hedge fund investors. This event is not open to service providers. Please visit to join.


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Danielle Jansen

Partner, Alaris Trading

Co-Director, HFA West Coast Chapter

Danielle Jansen is a partner at Alaris Trading Partners, LLC. She has been in the business for over 10 years, providing trading software and prime brokerage to hedge funds and institutions. She was recently appointed as Co-Director of HFA's West Coast Chapter. 



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 U.S. Investments, Inc. tracks, evaluates and combines hedge funds into funds of hedge funds to meet specific risk/return criteria for high net worth individuals and institutional clients.

Christopher Smith

Founder, Ivy Street Capital Management

Co-Director, HFA West Coast Chapter

Christopher Smith is the founder and managing director of Ivy Street Capital Management, a hedge fund based in Newport Beach, CA which specializes in distressed situations. The fund seeks to obtain long and short capital appreciation through investment in illiquid and distressed assets. He was also recently appointed as Co-Director of HFA's West Coast Chapter.

Frank Stanley

Principal, Global Wealth Analytics

Frank Stanley has extensive experience in conducting commodity market research and system development for over 13 years. Mr. Stanley is a listed principal of Global Wealth Analytics, Inc. which has been registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) since March 2007.

Chris Brown

Founder, Aristides Capital

Chris Brown is the founder of Aristides Capital. The firm’s approach to investing relies upon systematic methods, such as the small cap quantitative strategy, and opportunistic methods, such as various forms of arbitrage when premia are favorable. Aristides’ risk management is influenced by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot.




Markus Faliano

Vice President, iVelocity Fund

Managing Partner, Tien Capital Holdings


Markus Faliano is Vice President of Business Development for the iVelocity Fund and Managing Partner for Tien Capital Holdings. The iVelocity Fund is a small cap growth hedge fund headquartered in Irvine, CA. The portfolio manager who has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation has consistently outperformed his benchmark since 2003.



Kurt S. Hovan

Managing Partner & CIO, Hovan Capital Management


Kurt S. Hovan is a co-founder of Hovan Capital Management, LLC, chief strategist for its alternative investment products, and risk manager of the HCM Market Neutral Fund, LP and its multi-strat sub-manager strategy. His career has garnered him experience in quantitative risk management, hedge fund portfolio construction, and marketing.

Joseph E. Baratta

Founder, TBIG Financial Services

Joseph E. Baratta is an entrepreneur who began his career as a researcher and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. He founded TBIG Financial Services, a high wealth portfolio management company, in 1994. He is a registered Investment Advisor with the SEC.

Ronald J. Lee
Chief Investment Officer, Lee Capital

Ron Lee began his career as an international banker for the Bank of America. After he received his MBA, he joined Sutro & Co. as a licensed stockbroker in 1975. Ron later founded Lee Capital Management in 1989. He is a member of the Certified Financial Analysts Society of Los Angeles and the Association for Investment Management & Research (AIMR).

Chester “Chet” White

Managing Partner, Founder, Griffin Fund

Chester “Chet” White is the Managing Partner & Founder of the Griffin Fund, LP. His career has focused on investing in and advising small capitalization technology companies. He has identified and directed institutional capital towards many emerging technology leaders.


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

4-4:30pm: registration, refreshments
4:30-6pm: panel discussions
6-7:15pm: beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres



Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660






Rothstein Kass 

Butterfield Fulcrum 






Lara Block
Executive Director


West Coast Chapter Co-Directors

Danielle Jansen
Alaris Trading Partners

Chris Smith
Ivy Street Capital Management

Assistant Director

Ryan Mitchell
HedgeCo Networks






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Founded in 1995, the Hedge Fund Association (HFA) is 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. With the maturity and institutionalization of the global hedge fund industry, the HFA advocates for the industry by giving voice to the issues affecting the industry through the education of investors, the media, regulators and legislators.


Membership in the HFA includes hedge fund firms, global financial institutions with hedge fund offerings including retail and private banks, asset management firms and broker dealers, investors including funds of hedge funds, family offices, public and private pension funds, endowments and foundations, high net worth individuals, allocators, and the industry’s service providers including prime brokers, administrators, custodians, auditors, lawyers, risk managers, technologists and third party marketers.


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