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AltsOps 2023

Day 1 - Private Markets: Speakers

Wednesday October 18, 2023, 10.30am - 5.30pm | New York


Muhammad Akram: Founder, Akram Assurance, Advisory & Tax Firm

Muhammad Akram

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

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

Glen Carballo

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.



Ryan Cejnowski: SVP, Treasury Sales, Valley Bank

Ryan Cejnowski

Ryan is an experienced Treasury Management Professional with 20+ years of working in the financial services industry. He is skilled in Business Relationship Management, Commercial Banking, Working Capital Analysis, and Strategy. Ryan is also a strong consultant and thought provoker holding an M.B.A. with a focus in Business Management, from Centenary University. Ryan now leads a team of Treasury Solutions Sales professionals at Valley Bank located in New York City where he can reach more clients than before on the topics of Cash Flow and Fraud Mitigation tactics



Trilliam Jeong: CEO, Co-Founder, WealthBlock

Trilliam Jeong

Trilliam is the CEO and co-founder of WealthBlock Inc. Between 2012 and early 2018, Trilliam served as Lead Quant building the first quant team in the Market Regulation department of the National Futures Association to develop algorithms to detect suspicious trading behaviors in the Interest Rate Swap and Credit Default Swap markets. Before NFA, Trilliam obtained his master's degree in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago and another master's degree in applied mathematics from Queens College, CUNY.



Liron Mandelbaum: COO, Dasseti

Liron Mandelbaum

Liron Mandelbaum is the COO at Dasseti and has extensive of experience in financial services. He as worked at Bloomberg LP for 17 years in the market data, analytics, and the brokerage division, where he was the head of sales operations and marketing. At Dasseti Liron has helped build the client success function by working with over 100 of the worlds largest allocators to implement modern fund and 3rd party due diligence processes the leverage automation and analytics. Liron Mandelbaum has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia Business School, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick.



Anthony Mascia: Managing Partner, EFSI

Anthony Mascia

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.


Gregory Poapst: Managing Partner, Fundviews Capital

Gregory Poapst

As Managing Partner, Greg is responsible for all day-to-day operations of Fundviews Capital. Fundviews capital is a fund management platform, designed to help both emerging and established managers run the back and middle-office of their funds effectively and efficiently as an outsourced service. Prior to Fundviews Capital, Greg worked for Glide Capital. At Glide Capital, Greg held several positions and titles. Among them, Head of Operations and Head of Investments. Greg first built out the operations team at Glide, before formalizing the investment sourcing, due diligence, and decision-making processes. Under Greg’s tenure at Glide, the firm grew from ~$30 million under management to $550 million under management. Greg also hosts the Fundviews podcast. Beginning in 2020, Fundviews now has over 30 episodes to its name. The goal of the podcast is to bring the backgrounds of interesting fund managers and investment professionals to the masses. Greg is a Carleton University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics (with Honours) specializing in Financial Economics. Born in Canada, he moved to the United States in 2016.


Simon Riveles: Partner & Founder, Riveles Wahab

Simon Riveles

Simon represents alternative investment funds, including hedge, private equity and venture capital funds and their sponsors, managers and investors in a broad range of matters relating to their structuring, formation, corporate governance, operations and regulatory compliance. His clients include SEC and state registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, broker dealers, and managers based in foreign jurisdictions. Simon is also counsel to a wide range of companies, advisors, funds and issuers in the cryptocurrency space. Having launched in excess of 300 funds since 2011, he represents funds pursuing a diverse range of liquid and illiquid strategies including cryptocurrency/digital asset, global macro, real estate, micro-cap, forex, futures, statistical arbitrage, multi-strategy, emerging market, sector focused, volatility arbitrage, fixed income, cash advance, real estate tax lien, distressed company, as well as start-up company investments. Simon has broad experience representing issuers in private public offerings under Reg. D and Reg. A including initial coin offerings and other pre-sale token allocations. Simon also advises as to issues related to fund advertising and general solicitation, preparation of policies and procedures manuals, response to SEC and CFTC audits and general corporate and securities matters and routinely advises on legal issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Simon is the former Chairman of the Hedge Fund Association’s government lobbying committee. He is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and has practiced corporate and securities law since 1999.