Tag Archives: hedge fund


A 9 Step Guide On How To Be Creative

  An objective approach to creativity, an oxymoron… perhaps. And I don’t deny that some people are more creative than other people. That said, when you run a marketing firm you are perpetually encountering moments where you need to be “creative.”  Unfortunately, you don’t bolt up from a dead sleep with the inklings of an idea like Nike’s “Just Do […]

Social Engineering: The Human Factor to Hedge Fund Hacks

The following article was written by Mark Coriaty, Chief Strategy Officer for Eze Castle Integration, and originally published as part of Opalesque’s ‘Other Voices’.  As financial firms become increasingly interconnected and globalized, their dependence on cyberspace has skyrocketed. While this amplified reliance on the infobahn has accelerated productivity and growth, it has also exposed firms to larger risks, such as […]

Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts Your Employees Must Follow

October is cybersecurity awareness month so it is important to ensure that your firm and employees are prepared by using best practices, and security policies and procedures. Risk mitigation is needed to protect both the firm and its employees from savvy hackers and cyber attacks. Data breaches continue to wreak havoc on businesses, and the cost is continuously rising. According to the Ponemon Institute, […]

DITMo: Why Risk Parity Hedge Funds are Return Parity Vehicles

  As hedge funds increasingly employ new approaches to asset allocation there has been a rise in the use of Risk Parity funds.  The vulnerability of Risk Parity funds is that they allocate by risk rather than by value. That is actually a bet on whether equities will outperform the return of additional risk adjusted asset class allocations utilizing leverage. […]

Five Points from SEC’s 2016 Business Continuity Guidance Update

        In June 2016, the SEC delivered a guidance update for registered advisers regarding how funds (and their service providers) plan for potential business disruptions. Following are key takeaways from Eze Castle Integration’s Certified BCP Planners on how hedge funds and private equity firms can meet the SEC’s expectations around business continuity practices. Capture All Essential Components of […]

SEC Cybersecurity Hit List: 6 Items a Hedge Fund Better Have Covered

Earlier this week we presented at a Wells Fargo Prime Services breakfast briefing on cybersecurity. During the discussion, one panelist reminded attendees that the SEC has clearly defined (and communicated) its cybersecurity expectations. He recapped the following six areas advisers must have covered to demonstrate preparedness to regulators. 1. Risk Assessments 2. Governance 3. Training 4. Access Control 5. Vendor […]

Supreme Court Denies Request to Hear Newman Case

October 5, 2015 Dear Friends, Today, the U.S. Supreme Court officially refused to hear the United States v. Newman insider trading decision. By way of background: In December 2012, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson were convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to prison after their trades in certain stocks, allegedly based on a chain of material non-public information, resulted in […]

SEC Charges HF With Taking Unearned Management Fees

September 8, 2015 Dear Friends, A Seattle based hedge fund agreed to pay disgorgement of over $800,000, after being charged by the SEC with fraudulently inflating the value of its investments, in order to attain unearned management fees. The SEC also charged the fund’s outside auditors with performing a deficient audit, enabling the firm to send misleading financial statements to […]

Hedge Funds Agree to $180 Million SEC Settlement

August 18, 2015 Dear Friends, The SEC announced that two asset managers agreed to pay $180 million to settle charges that they defrauded investors and failed to implement policies and procedures to prevent employees from making contradictory and false representations. According to the SEC, the hedge funds in question were highly leveraged, yet employees made misleading representations- assuring investors that […]

Matt Okolita to Participate at HFA Event on June 3, 2015

May 20, 2015 Dear Friends, CounselWorks is pleased to announce that Matt Okolita, Managing Director, will participate in the HFA’s New York Symposium’s panel discussion on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Topics include: Avoiding common mistakes that lead to hedge fund failures; Understanding what and when in a fund’s lifecycle to in-source and out-source; Aligning management, internal teams and external third-party […]