AltsOps New York 2022
Where allocators and managers meet to discuss the latest in operational due diligence
Thursday, October 13, 2022 – New York | 1pm - 6.30pm EST
Operational due diligence’s importance in the manager selection process has been growing in recent years and continues to do so at pace. AltsOps 2022 will connect investment managers and institutional investors to discuss the latest in operational due diligence best practice from across the alternative investment industry
Muhammad Akram: Founder, Akram | Assurance, Advisory & Tax
Muhammad is a Founder of Akram | Assurance, Advisory & Tax Firm and leads the firm's Alternative Investment practice. Muhammad specializes in providing accounting, tax, and business advice to a wide array of financial services entities, investment partnerships (domestic and offshore), funds-of-funds, digital asset funds, real estate funds, private equity funds, and investment advisors. He has experience advising newly formed entities and assisting with start-up considerations, such as form of practice, structure of agreements, compensation arrangements, compliance, and regulatory matters.
Michael Brice: Founder, President, BW Cyber
Michael Brice is the Founder and President of BW Cyber, as well as the Lead for the firm’s Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) service offering. In this capacity, he is in constant demand for various CLevel and related strategic engagements that vary from in-person Private Equity Portfolio offsites speaking engagement focusing on critical CEO and CFO cybersecurity risks, to long-term vCISO outsourcing for highly regulated financial services organizations that do not possess in-house cyber competency. Michael also maintains strong professional relationships with multiple commercial, financial, and governmental organizations – the most notable of which is his personal relationship with senior special agents from the FBI’s financial cyber division in New York City. In this capacity, he has presented in-tandem with the FBI on multiple public and private executive panels and related speaking events. Relatedly, as the Lead for the firm’s Financial Digital Forensics and Incident Response services, he maintains an on-going relationship with the FBI in which he can immediately involve highly specialized government assistance for critical client cyber incident/breach activities that are time-sensitive or highly impactful from a financial perspective (e.g., wire fraud, critical data loss, or ransomware).
Glen Carballo: Vice President Business Development, National Deposits Group, Valley Bank
Mr. Carballo’s mandate is to develop business nationwide. Glen focuses primarily on the fund industry, banking Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Family Office. Glen Carballo can create memorable client experiences and build core deposit banking relationships With 20+ years of experience working with commercial & private clients, Mr. Carballo seeks to deliver an unmatched banking relationship with Valley's National Deposit Group by leveraging his firm, network and skill to ensure his clients have the banking resources to conduct business in an efficient manner.
Kamil Homsi: CEO, GRC Investment Group
GRC Investment Group is a single family office operating in the city of Dubai/UAE. Mr. Homsi leads the international investment committee for the SFO whose mandate is global expansion, growth and capital preservation through direct and co-investments with global investment institutions, wealth managers, sponsors and other family offices principals forming partnerships and alliances in various countries while maintaining the oversight, alignment and integrity of the existing portfolio. Mr. Homsi focuses on alternatives in general and particularly on commercial real estate, renewable energy, waste management technologies, FinTech, medical device technology and life science. A multi-lingual, seasoned executive, Kamil is a consummate global entrepreneur with 35+ years of valuable transaction-centric experience in cross-border deal structure, Public-Private Partnerships, alternative investments, and capital markets.
Kamil is a recognized speaker globally in conferences, and in the family office space with depth of focus on global deal structure, sustainability, ESG and impact investments. He has an extensive background in working with C-Suite executives, influential HNW families and financially accredited multi-national investors. He has established credibility within the Global HNW & Family Office space on dynamic macro-economic vision, governance, succession and transition planning. Kamil is a noted dispute resolution specialist and business problem solver. Kamil is fully versed in cross border capital placement regulations, tax incentives and in vetting foreign nationals seeking investments abroad (i.e., BEPS, GDPR, JETRO, CCPA, FIRPTA, CFIUS, AML, FIRRMA, KYC, GRI…. Etc.), further has an uncommon ability to form and maintain enduring business alliances, building inter-disciplinary teams of professionals and service providers to insure the success of his deals.
Global Realty Capital LLC is the on-shore arm of the global family office, based in New York City with national affiliation. Its focus is to identify investment opportunities of Debt/Equity and qualify partners that share alignment of interests, code of ethics and common objectives.
Steve Kahn: Head of Operations, Talpion
Steve Kahn joined Talpion Fund Management in April 2010 to build the platform for the eventual launch of their hedge fund in 2011. Talpion subsequently decided to close the fund, preferring to actively manage its own assets internally. Aside from its public liquid investments, the single-family office allocates to hedge funds and private equity. Steve’s current role includes managing operations, accounting, IT, HR, compliance and performing ODD. He is also responsible for managing all the vendor relationships of the firm.
His experience working with Hedge Funds started in 2000 at DLJ/Pershing, holding various positions until eventually being responsible for its Prime Brokerage operations. In 2003 he moved to Barclays Capital to manage the Equity Prime Brokerage operations group. He later joined Carlyle Blue-Wave in 2007, a multi-strategy start-up hedge fund in New York and later joined Raptor Capital Management, a hedge fund spin-out from under Tudor Management.
Steve graduated Emory University in 1989 with a BBA in Management and received his MBA in Finance from Emory’s Business School in 1993.
Anthony Mascia: Managing Partner, EFSI
Anthony Mascia is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Essential Fund Services International, LLC (“EFSI”), a leading fund administration and investor services provider. Anthony oversees EFSI’s business development and marketing strategy. He began his professional career in 1999 as a trader and member of the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT). While at NYBOT and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), he co-founded a NFA-regulated brokerage business that consisted of national and international clients and was responsible for developing a division specializing in food and fiber commodities on the NYBOT exchange until it went fully electronic in 2008, growing revenues for this division by more than 250% annualized in the first 3 years and more than 30% a year thereafter. Anthony developed a reputation for effective risk management strategies, the formulation of market positioning strategies, as well as communicating incisive market commentary to clients and providing consistent and valued advisory services. After leaving the floor in 2008, Anthony went on to build a guaranteed independent brokerage firm focused on investing in alternative strategies through an affiliation with MF Global until 2011. Since 2008, Anthony has raised more than $100 million in assets for managed futures trading programs. Anthony is currently a Principal & Partner of a New York-based commodity trading advisor, providing consulting services and assistance with discretionary investment and marketing strategies. He currently resides in Westchester County with his wife and children where he is an avid winemaker and musician; he is a graduate of Fordham University.
Michael Merrigan: Founder, Shadmoor Advisors
Prior to founding Shadmoor in March 2014, 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 the operational due diligence on over 150 hedge funds with varying 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, one of the world's largest pension plans, with assets under management exceeding $100 billion. Mr. Merrigan has focused his career on alternative investments, working as a hedge fund analyst at HRJ Capital, a boutique firm, and at Credit Suisse. Mr. Merrigan began his career working in the operations group of GAMCO Investors. Mr. Merrigan is a 1997 graduate of Boston College.
Brian Moss: Founder & CEO, Soaring Capital Management
Brian F. Moss, CFA, Founder and CEO of Soaring Capital Management, LLC has over 30 years of experience working in professional investing, risk management and in alternative investments. He has worked with some of the largest investment banks such as the predecessor to UBS and a group that spun-off from JP Morgan. Additionally, Mr. Moss has worked with prominent US families including an investment firm that is now owned by the Forbes family. Through the years, he has helped bring unique investment and hedging opportunities to his clients. Mr. Moss has a passion for investing and for helping investors plan, manage and grow their wealth and achieve their goals.
Mr. Moss started Soaring Capital in after having tremendous success managing his family wealth. Gaining invaluable experience from over thirty years of working on Wall Street, he believed that technologies, techniques, methods and offerings used in institutional money management could be applied to private wealth management for individuals, business owners and entities. After being an insider to nearly all facets of Wall Street including research, strategy, risk management, trading, fixed income, equity, credit, structured finance, derivatives, buy-side, sell-side, fundamental and quantitative investing, alternative investments, private equity, corporate boards, activist investing, and environmental governance and social investing, Mr. Moss developed a unique perspective, view and knowledge of the markets, investor behaviors and investor psychology. This exposure allowed him to make better and more informed decisions. Today, Soaring Capital applies this experience and knowledge to manage a wide range of investments and is in constant pursuit of ways to profit, generate income, hedge and help individuals plan their financial futures. While some investments are mainstream, the firm differentiates itself by allocating and using non-traditional investments. The firm looks for places where capital is scarce and where it can command a premium.
Mr. Moss holds an honors degree in economics from Union College where he was inducted into the Omnicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society. He later went on to complete a rigorous three-year course of study to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. He is an active member of the CFA Society of Stamford, CT. Mr. Moss is a proud and active volunteer of the non-profit charity Person-to-Person which was started after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to assist those impacted by poverty and injustice. Mr. Moss currently lives in Darien, Connecticut just outside of New York City with his wife, two children and their Australian labradoodle puppy. When he is not following the markets and looking for investment opportunities, he loves to support his children at their sports events (ice hockey and swimming), travel, hike, play ice hockey and read. He has lived in Europe and traveled extensively across the world including over 50 countries and 5 continents.
Simon Riveles: Founder & Partner, Riveles Wahab LLP
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