Hedge Fund Association Northeast Chapter
When & Where
Thursday, June 14, 2012
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm - Registration
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm - Keynote
  • 5:30pm-6:45pm - Panel Discussion
  • 6:45pm-7:45pm - Cocktails
500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830


HFA Contacts

Hedge Fund Association

Global Executive Director
Lara Block

Global President
Mitch Ackles
Hedge Fund PR

Northeast Chapter Director
John Peterson
Cogency Software


Direct Access Partners

Apex Fund Services



Reuters HedgeWorld


Hedge Fund PR

Hedge Connection




Global HFA

HFA Thought Leaders
Rothstein Kass

Upcoming Events
Golf League Outings:

June 28 - HFA NE Chapter Golf League
July 26 - HFA NE Chapter Golf League
at the Doral Arrowwood Resort Center
975 Anderson Hill Road
Rye Brook, NY

Championship Outing:

Aug 25 - Inaugural HFA Golf
Championship Outing (18 Hole)

at the Centennial Golf Club
185 John Simpson Road
Carmel, NY 10512

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hedge Funds Care

Hedge Funds Care

HFA Northeast Chapter Symposium
As equity markets have rallied over the past two quarters, investor sentiment appears to have improved. However, with hedge funds underperforming soaring equity markets over the past several months, will hedge funds be able to attract capital? The recently signed JOBS Act has made it possible for hedge funds to advertise. Will that result in big funds getting even bigger, or will smaller and mid-size funds also benefit from the change in legislation? If you are interested in finding out the answers to these issues, and what you can do to improve your marketing efforts, then this event should not be missed. Join us at L'Escale in Greenwich, CT on June 14th for the HFA symposium on Capital Raising, Post JOBS Act and listen to a panel of experts discussing these topics.

This Symposium is complimentary for HFA member investors and HFA member managers only. Investors and managers who are not HFA members can register for $50/per person. A limited number of HFA member service providers may register for $100/per person. Event is closed to Non member service providers. Space is limited, please select a link below and RSVP now:

HFA Members

HFA Member Service Providers

Non Member Investors and Managers

Request Media Pass


Harvey Pitt

Keynote Speaker: Harvey Pitt
Chief Executive Officer
Kalorama Partners

Harvey L. Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC, and its law firm affiliate, Kalorama Legal Services, LLC. Prior to founding the two Kalorama firms, Mr. Pitt served as the twenty-sixth Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In that role, from 2001 until 2003, Mr. Pitt was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the SEC’s response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, for creating the SEC’s “real time enforcement” program, and for leading the Commission’s adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated by the excesses of the 1990s.

For nearly a quarter of a century before becoming the SEC’s Chairman, Mr. Pitt was a senior corporate partner in the international law firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He was a founding trustee and the first President of the SEC Historical Society, and participates in a wide variety of bar and continuing legal education activities to further public consideration of significant corporate and securities law issues. Mr. Pitt served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (1975-84), George Washington University Law School (1974-82), the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1983-84), and The Yale Law School (2007).

Ron S. Geffner

Ron S. Geffner
Partner, Sadis and Goldberg LLP
Vice President, Hedge Fund Association

Overseeing the Financial Services Group, Ron S. 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 SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, 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, private equity funds and venture capital 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, TheStreet.com, Private Equity Week and other national and international publications.

Marita K. Wein

Marita K. Wein
Partner, Alternative Investment Group

Marita K. Wein is a Partner at Alternative Investment Group and is responsible for risk management at all levels of the investment process. She joined the firm in February 2003. Prior to joining Alternative Investment Group, Marita was the Senior VP of Operations, Technology and Risk Management at Commonfund, a multi-billion investment management organization serving endowments, foundations, and other non-profit institutions. Before Commonfund in 1987, Marita was a Senior Financial Analyst with Van Eck Associates for two years, providing financial analysis and portfolio recommendations for a global equity fund for U.S. and international institutional investors.


Andrew Saunders
Director, Capital Introduction,
Direct Access Partners, LLC

Andrew Saunders is the Head of Capital Introduction and a member of the Capital Alternatives Group at Direct Access Partners, LLC (Direct Access) . 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.

George Yepes

George Yepes
Managing Director, Head of North American Business Development, FRM Americas LLC

George Yepes heads FRM’s North American Business Development efforts and team, focusing on relationships with consultants, institutional clients, and high net worth investors in the US and Canada. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of US Distribution and Client Relationship Management for Man Investments, and prior to that was Head of North American Sales for Gottex Fund Management. Earlier in his career he held senior sales and sales management positions at financial firms including Nasdaq Liffe Markets, Instinet, Bridge Information Systems and Reuters. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University at Albany, New York. He joined FRM in 2010 and is based in New York.

Ronen Schwartzman

Ronen Schwartzman
Founder and CEO Ten Capital Advisors

Ronen Schwartzman, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ten Capital Advisors, has over 12 years of investment and capital markets experience. Prior to founding Ten Capital Advisors, he served as Chief Investment Officer of Yellow Brick Capital, a multi-family office focused on alternative investments, which he led to a profitable year in 2008 - the worst year in the history of hedge fund industry. Prior to that Ronen worked for 4 years at Bear Stearns in New York where he managed equity and fixed income portfolios for individuals and corporations. He also advised institutional investors on capital markets investments. Ronen started his career as an equity analyst with Oppenheimer in Tel Aviv where he was frequently quoted in the local media. A former Special Operations Intelligence Officer in the Israeli Air Force, Ronen is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew and holds an MBA from The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania.

Mitch Ackles

Moderator: Mitch Ackles
CEO Hedge Fund PR
President, Hedge Fund Association

Mitch Ackles is the CEO of Hedge Fund PR and the president and spokesman of the Hedge Fund Association, an international non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and development of the hedge fund industry. With over 20 years of experience, Mitch has executed campaigns for hedge funds, political and economic leaders, service providers, luminaries, conference organizers, charitable organizations and local, national and global hedge fund groups. Previously, Mitch was marketing director for vFinance, VP of hedge fund capital introduction for Global Partners Group and worldwide marketing manager for Dow Jones TradeStation. Mitch holds a B.A. in PR and communications, is fluent in English and Spanish, and manages reputations for some of the brightest minds and brands in the hedge fund industry. Mitch is also devoted to service, demonstrated by pro-bono support of non-profit organizations. As Hedge Fund Association president and spokesman, Mitch is an advocate for the entire hedge fund community. For HFA, he directs media relations, member events and lobbying on Capitol Hill. Mitch also serves as the media contact for Hedge Funds Care, a global charitable organization which raises funds for programs that work to prevent and treat child abuse.

The Hedge Fund Association is not responsible for attendee travel costs in the case of an event cancellation.

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