April 13, 2022

Align Featured in 2022 US Hedge Fund Start-Up Guide by Hedgeweek

by: Align

Hedgeweek released their 2022 US Hedge Fund Start-Up Guide, featuring Align's John Araneo, General Counsel & Managing Director, Cybersecurity, and Vinod Paul, Chief Operating Officer.

Align touches on IT and Cybersecurity Infrastructure, but the guide also covers outsourced trading and how to give start-ups a competitive edge, as well as the growing complexity for emerging hedge funds amid rising volatility, and more. 

IT and Cybersecurity Infrastructure

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John Araneo

Cybersecurity infrastructure has become a vital organ of any fund launch and instrumental to whether it fails or succeeds. Taking a consultative approach can ensure a firm's IT framework is fit for purpose and can effectively support a fund's growth objectives. 

"Both investors and managers have become a lot more involved and informed in relation to IT and cybersecurity, which, in turn, allows them to be more engaged with their providers and the solutions they implement," explains John Araneo. 

Vinod Paul

In particular, the last two years have demonstrated a growing realization of how important an IT platform is in the ultimate success of a firm. According to Vinod Paul, "The operational due diligence, but more importantly, the regulatory landscape has changed so much that plays are now taking an active, participatory lead in wanting to understand their personal threat landscape and minimize the risk."

So how can firms do this?

All fund managers, especially start-ups, need to make sure they have a trusted adviser in this space and embrace the fact that cyber requires a percentage of the budget. The right partners will not only help guide start-up managers through any regulatory changes, but also their data footprint, reports on their risk profiles, and more. It should be a true partnership that reflects the central nervous system of a fund launch.

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“Align is our trusted provider for all our Managed Services and cybersecurity needs. They provide us best-in-class IT services that not only help drive productivity and growth, but ensure we meet both current and evolving compliance and security requirements with ease. As consultants to financial advisors, trust and reliability are indispensable to our operations, which is why we never hesitate to refer Align to our very own client base. Align isn’t just our partner, they are an extension of our team. We look forward to entrusting them with our IT infrastructure for years to come.”

Ed Fasano - Experienced Advisory Consultants LLC