Keynote Speaker: Senator Kay R. Hagan
For more than 14 years, Senator Kay R. Hagan has been a champion for North Carolina families, our military and
veterans, quality education and sound fiscal policy. She and her husband, Chip, have lived in
Greensboro for more
than 30 years, where they raised their three children. After serving ten years in the North Carolina state
Senate, Senator Hagan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 by North Carolinians seeking an active, effective
leader who would bring commonsense North Carolina ideas and values to Congress.
Since taking office in January 2009, Senator Hagan has worked tirelessly for
North Carolinians. She serves on
four Senate Committees that are integral to the needs of the state: Armed Services; Banking, Housing &
Urban Affairs; Small Business & Entrepreneurship; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
Moderator: Cary J. Meer
K&L Gates LLP
Washington, D.C. Office
Ms. Meer is a partner in K&L Gates’ Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Investment Management
practice group. She focuses her practice on private investment companies, including hedge and private equity
funds, negotiated mergers and acquisitions of investment advisers and broker-dealers, derivatives and related
Ms. Meer structures private funds as limited liability companies, limited partnerships, offshore corporations,
common trust funds and business trusts, and prepares disclosure documents and organizational documents for such
entities. She also advises investment advisers, private fund managers and investment companies on compliance
issues, including under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and whether their commodity interest-related trading
or advice would require them to register as commodity pool operators or commodity trading advisors.
Andrés Gil focuses his practice on financial services policy, with an emphasis on banking, derivatives,
and securities regulation pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He also
routinely advises on international financial services policy and tax legislation matters. His clients include
Fortune 500 companies and various coalitions of financial and nonfinancial companies.
Mr. Gil helps clients implement responses to key legislative and regulatory developments that impact their
businesses. He works closely on issues involving the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking
Committee, as well as the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve Board, the Securities
and Exchange Commission, and several other government agencies.
Amy is Director for Risk and Regulatory Advisory Services at New York based C&A Consulting LLC. Her
practice focuses on enterprise risk management and risk culture, assessments for risk technology solutions,
performance reporting analytics for hedge funds, and governance and implementation of risk management
Amy served a term assignment at the US Department of Treasury, Office of the Special Inspector General- TARP,
(SIGTARP) in Washington, DC and was responsible for the development and oversight of US Treasury's Public
Private Investment Program (PPIP). She was also the central subject matter expert for financial markets and
domestic policy at SIGTARP, leading critical audits on TARP recipients and inter-agency investigations.
Prior to SIGTARP, Ms. Poster was Executive Director in Product Control for Credit Products in the Fixed Income
and Alternative Capital divisions at Credit Suisse.
Founder and CEO,
Kim Wales is the Founder & CEO of Wales Capital a management consulting firm and CrowdBureau, a crowdfund
investment market research and ratings firm. Kim is ranked as 1 of Top 10 Experts in Securities Based
Crowdfunding and is recognized as one of the country’s thought leaders on the JOBS Act. Kim was an invited
speaker at the SEC Small Business Forum 2013 and White House and is a frequently published author on the JOBS
Act and crowdfund investments. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Bloomberg-TV,
BBC-TV, Tabb Research, CNN Money and SmartCEO.
Kim is a founding member and Executive Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA),
the industry’s lobbying and advocacy trade organization for the JOBS Act that works alongside the Securities
and Exchange Commission and FINRA and an Executive Board Member of CF50, the global think tank for the
Michael J. Levas
Sr. Managing Principal & Director of Trading
Olympian Group of Investment Management Co's
Michael J. Levas has been in the investment management business for over twenty years and is the founder, senior
managing principal & director of trading at the Olympian Group of Investment Management Co's. Prior to Olympian,
he was a VP and Portfolio Manager in the Private Client Group at Lehman Brothers Inc. Prior to that, he was a VP
with SG Cowen, UBS PaineWebber, and Bear Stearns where he managed in excess of $250 million in both institutional
and retail portfolios.
Richard S. Heller
Partner, Thompson Hine
Chairman, HFA Regulatory & Government Advisory Board
Richard is at Thompson Hine, LLP’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group. He focuses his
practice on securities matters. He is also a Director of the Hedge Fund Association, where he serves as the
Chairman of the Regulatory and Government Advisory Board. His experience includes the formation of private
offerings including hedge fund offering documents and exhibits, and related securities filings; forming and
registering broker-dealers with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as ongoing
compliance advice for broker-dealers.