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.
Chief Executive Officer,
Los Angeles Investment Company
Les Allan has had a broad career in asset management, stockbroking and investment banking. Mr. Allan
began his career in his home town of Edinburgh, Scotland with the leading independent investment manager
and subsequently enjoyed success as a London- and Los Angeles- based US equity salesman for Jefferies
& Co. and Goldman Sachs. Following this, he created the event driven and special situation sales
businesses for Jefferies and Lehman Brothers where he led the relationship with many of the world's
leading hedge funds, investors and institutions. Latterly, Mr. Allan was hired as CEO of Cargill Investor
Services, successfully leading a turnaround and ultimate sale of the company for a significant return to
the parent. Following a permanent move to Los Angeles in 2007, Mr. Allan has recently worked in industry,
leading as CEO the successful launch of a UK company in California as well as several consulting roles
for startup and restructuring companies.
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.