The Hedge Fund Association

April 20, 2010 


Impact of U.S. Financial Reform - New York

Hedge Fund Association Northeast Chapter Symposium


Join us for insights from an expert panel, including HFA Capitol Hill lobbyists and institutional hedge fund investors, and find out how your firm can work to balance requirements for transparency and reporting with your pursuit of assets and opportunity.

Changes underway in Washington will impact the next 100 years on Wall Street - and hedge funds remain in the crosshairs. The Hedge Fund Association continues to "Speak-Up" for hedge fund firms managing under $250 million. Costly new regulation aimed at smaller funds is unwarranted and will impede job creation, industry growth and investor access to talented managers that were not responsible for the financial crisis, represent no real systemic risk, and received no taxpayer bailout.

Hosted by Jefferies & Company, this HFA event includes a panel discussion, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Registration is complimentary for HFA members, hedge fund managers and investors. This event is not open to service providers who are not members of the Hedge Fund Association. Visit to Join today. Please cancel ahead of time if your plans change, as space is limited.


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Howard Altman
Co-Managing Principal, Rothstein Kass

Founding Member, HFA Thought Leader Council


Howard Altman is a Co-Managing Principal and the Principal-in-Charge of the Financial Services Group at Rothstein Kass, a premier public accounting firm that has served privately held and publicly traded companies, individuals, and families for over 50 years. Howard has extensive experience in the financial services arena, with particular emphasis on investment partnerships, offshore funds and broker-dealers. He is a recognized expert on issues, trends and regulatory concerns affecting the financial services community.




Phillip Goldstein

Co-Founder, Bulldog Investors


Mr. Goldstein is co-founder of Bulldog Investors, a value oriented group of hedge funds that invest primarily in closed-end funds and small cap operating companies. Bulldog has conducted more than 30 proxy contests, launched several “hostile” tender offers and has been involved in litigation related to corporate governance, shareholder democracy, fiduciary duty and investment fraud. Mr. Goldstein has served as a director of a number of closed-end funds and is currently a director of the Mexico Equity & Income Fund, ASA Ltd., Special Opportunities Fund (f/k/a Insured Municipal Income Fund), and Brantley Capital Corporation. Mr. Goldstein is a widely-quoted expert on hedge funds, closed-end funds, value investing, investor activism, governance and regulation. In 2006, Mr. Goldstein and Bulldog Investors succeeded in a legal challenge to invalidate the SEC’s controversial rule to register hedge funds.


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. He is also 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 involved in the hedge fund industry since 1994.


Ron S. Geffner

Partner, Sadis & Goldberg LLP
Vice President, Hedge Fund Association

Ron S. Geffner is a Partner of Sadis & Goldberg LLP and oversees the Financial Services Group. He regularly structures, organizes and counsels private investment vehicles, investment advisory organizations, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators and other investment fiduciaries. Mr. Geffner also routinely counsels clients in connection with regulatory investigations and actions. Mr. Geffner's 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 several hundred hedge funds and private equity funds organized in the United States and offshore.


Alexander Kouperman
President, InfoHedge Technologies
Co-Director, HFA Northeast Chapter


Alexander Kouperman is one of the founding partners of InfoHedge. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial technology industry, including extensive expertise in architecting, building, and implementing financial applications ranging from the Real Time Trading & Risk Management Systems to robust reference data products such as Security Master Databases. Prior to founding InfoHedge, he served as Chief Information Officer of Alexandra Investment Management, a multi-strategy, multi-billion dollar hedge fund as well as worked with over 150 various alternative investment firms. Mr. Kouperman is a frequent speaker at industry events and leadership forums.


Jim Gabriele
Managing Director, Butterfield Fulcrum

Director, HFA Midwest Chapter


Jim joined Butterfield Fulcrum in 2009 as Managing Director. Jim is a member of the Business Development Team as well as the Client Management Team. Prior to joining Butterfield Fulcrum Jim was a Managing Director at Caledonian Fund Services. Prior to joining Caledonian, Jim spent several years developing a boutique consulting firm providing administration, accounting, and tax services to hedge funds and proprietary trading companies. Prior to that, Jim served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of ING Barings Futures and Options Clearing Services, part of ING Group, a large diversified financial services company. Jim has a BBS from Loyola University of Chicago, a CPA, and NASD series 7 and 27 registrations. Jim is a member of the Illinois CPA Society.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4:30-5pm: registration, refreshments
5-6:15pm: panel discussion
6:15-7:30pm: cocktails, hors d'oeuvres



Jefferies & Company
520 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022







Jefferies & Company 

Rothstein Kass 

Butterfield Fulcrum 

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Lara Block
Executive Director


Northeast Chapter Co-Directors


Robert Banker

Highwood Capital


Alexander Kouperman

InfoHedge Technologies


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