Keynote: Governor George E. Pataki
Chadbourne & Parke, LLP
Governor George Pataki’s practice focuses on energy, environmental and corporate matters. Prior to joining
Chadbourne & Parke LLP, he served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through
2006. First elected in 1994, he won re-election in 1998 and 2002.
Governor Pataki brings to Chadbourne broad experience in law and public service. He was a partner in the New
York law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe until 1987. He was elected mayor of Peekskill, New York in 1981, and
served in the New York State Legislature as an assemblyman and then a senator from 1985 to 1994, before
During his tenure as New York’s chief executive, Governor Pataki advanced award-winning, cutting-edge policies
in the renewable energy and environmental fields. His initiatives included the protection of over one million
acres of open space, the adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the implementation of the
nation’s first green building tax credit, landmark brownfield legislation and programs to enhance the
production and use of alternative energy like biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells and clean coal.
Regulatory Update & Moderator: Scott Naidech
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Scott is a Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. He represents domestic and international sponsors in the
structuring, establishment and operation of their private equity funds. He has formed private equity, buyout,
growth capital, real estate, energy, infrastructure, mezzanine and venture capital funds, among others,
ranging in size from $50 million to over $16 billion of committed capital. He also advises clients on
leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations and divestitures, and general corporate matters. In 2013,
he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 for his work in private funds law.
Prior to joining Chadbourne in the fall of 2007, Mr. Naidech practiced in the New York offices of Kirkland
& Ellis LLP and Linklaters LLP, where he worked extensively with a number of prominent fund sponsors.
Regulatory Update: Beth R. Kramer
Chadbourne & Parke, LLP
Beth Kramer focuses her practice on investment management and securities law. She regularly advises investment
advisers on the formation and ongoing management of funds and on the regulatory and compliance aspects of
their businesses. She counsels investment companies, private funds and separately managed accounts on
structuring, organization, distribution, and SEC regulatory and compliance issues, including responses to SEC
Ms. Kramer’s practice includes the creation of new advisory businesses, including registration and formation
with appropriate regulatory authorities, creation of disclosure documents for private funds, drafting of
investment management products, evaluating fund documents for institutional investors seeking alternative
investments, development of compliance policies and procedures, performing compliance reviews, representations
of advisers in connection with SEC examinations, counseling clients on compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, and
adviser acquisitions. She advises clients with respect to compliance with, and exemptions from the Investment
Advisers Act of 1940, as amended and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
Evan H. Katz
Crawford Ventures, Inc.
HFA Northeast Region Advisory Board
Evan Katz is Managing Director of Crawford Ventures, Inc., an alternative asset investment firm that forms, grows,
holds interests in, and raises very substantial investor capital for, compelling hedge funds and private equity
An honors graduate of The Wharton School of Business and Harvard Law School, Evan has worked on Wall Street for
more than a decade, and is highly regarded as an expert on alternative asset best practices and fundraising. He
has raised very substantial investor capital and commitments for compelling hedge funds, private equity funds, and
early stage technology and medical life sciences companies. Evan’s vast and longstanding relationships in the
global investor community include high-level relationships with more than 1,000 institutional and family office
investors worldwide, which collectively have more than $5 trillion of assets, allocate many billions of dollars to
hedge funds, and include very many prominent world-renowned endowments, single-family offices, foundations, funds
of funds, insurance companies, multi-family offices, pensions, and sovereign wealth funds.
Manager of Research
Meredith Jones is a director at Rothstein Kass responsible for generating research and content on the alternative
investment industry by and on behalf of the firm. She also provides business advisory services to the firm’s clients.
Meredith has more than 15 years of experience in the alternative investment industry, with extensive expertise in
research, writing, consulting, marketing, business development, due diligence, index construction and asset allocation.
Her research has been published in a number of books and journals and in the international press.
Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Meredith was a director in the Barclays Capital Inc. Strategic Consulting
Group, where she was responsible for producing thought leadership content on a variety of manager and investor
focused topics, as well as leading consulting projects for BarCap clients. She previously served as a managing
director at PerTrac Financial Solutions (PFS), a leading provider of investment analytics. At PFS, Meredith
was responsible for research, marketing, investment data, and was a fixture on the international hedge fund
Dr. Thomas R. Cardello
Thomas Cardello is the founding member of the Venice Group of companies. Venice Group and its affiliates
develop and operate projects in conventional energy production, electricity co-generation, solar power
generation, and energy storage. Venice also uses quantitative investment strategies to manage a portfolio of
commodity and financial assets. His active board affiliations include Chalkstream Capital Management, a New
York fund of funds, and the Kurt Forrest Foundation of Greenwich, Connecticut.
From 2004 until 2010, Dr. Cardello was a managing member of Sunrise Capital Management, a California
institutional fund. Prior to then he was Managing Director with Morgan Stanley responsible for Global
Electronic Equity Derivatives Market Making. There he was responsible for this business since its inception in
late 1999, and led its growth into a position of recognized national leadership. During this period he was
elected a member of the Board of Directors of the International Securities Exchange.
Dr. Cardello holds Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in physics from Yale University, and a B. Sci. in mathematics and
physics from The Cooper Union.
Hedge Fund Consulting Group,
Shannon Day is a Director in the Hedge Fund Consulting Group within Markets Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank. In
this role she provides customary advisory services to meet the operational needs for managing a hedge fund.
Shannon has expertise in operational due diligence, strategic business planning, organizational structure, key
service provider selection, talent introduction and real estate. She also manages and maintains a large network
of service provider relationships and vendor resources in all related functions.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Shannon was at Wand Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm.
Shannon holds a BA in Political Science from Villanova University.