THURSDAY, October 11, 2018 | 8:00 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M.

Cybersecurity and Operational Due Diligence Seminar

Hosted by Align and eSentire

New York Hilton Midtown | Nassau Suite | 1335 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY 10019

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What to expect:

During this breakfast briefing, Navigating ODD Headwinds: Cybersecurity and Operational Due Diligence, leading subject matter experts will convene to address the disruptive forces of innovation and cyber threats that have upended traditional hedge funds operations. As tumultuous data breaches and CEO fraud incidents increasingly sully headlines, the concern of how investment firms will propel growth, while concurrently safeguarding their infrastructure and satisfying investors has never been more prevalent.

Our panel of industry veterans from Shadmoor Advisors, eSentire and Align will detail the present and future hedge fund landscape, concerning regulations, threats, emerging trends and critical development to protect your firms from both internal and external cyber-related incidents. Register for the seminar here


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John Araneo, Managing Director, Align Cybersecurity, and General Counsel of Align. 

John Araneo possesses a broad corporate legal background, encompassing investment management law, data privacy and cybersecurity law, corporate governance and employment law. Having published numerous articles on data privacy and data asset protection and other legal issues since 1996, John is an established author, cybersecurity expert and a well-known thought-leader on the legal, regulatory, governance and employment law issues related to cybersecurity. Previously, John practiced law in the investment management space, representing investment advisers and fund managers, most recently as a partner of Cole-Frieman & Mallon, LLP, a firm that represents over 600 asset management clients and launches approximately 70 private investment funds annually. 

John serves on the Committee of Hearts for Help For Children/Hedge Funds Care, a global nonprofit dedicated to supporting efforts to prevent and treat child abuse. John received his Bachelors at John & Wales University and his law degree from Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University.

Eldon Sprickerhoff, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer OF eSentire

Eldon Sprickerhoff is the original pioneer and inventor of what is now referred to as Managed Detection and Response (MDR). In founding eSentire, he responded to the incipient yet rapidly growing demand for a more proactive approach to preventing and investigating information security breaches. Now with over twenty years of tactical experience, Eldon is acknowledged as a subject matter expert in information security analysis. Eldon holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Michael V. Merrigan, Managing Member & Founder of Shadmoor Advisors.

Prior to his four years at Gottex, Mr. Merrigan implemented the first in-house operational due diligence program at General Motors Asset Management, one of the world's largest pension plans, with assets under management exceeding $100 billion. Prior to founding Shadmoor Advisors in March 2014, Mr. Merrigan was a Managing Director at Gottex Fund Management, a fund of hedge funds with assets under management exceeding $5 billion, and a member of Gottex's Investment Committee. As Global Head of Operational Due Diligence at Gottex, Mr. Merrigan led a team of four individuals based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia that conducted the operational due diligence on over 150 hedge funds with varying investment strategies.

Mr. Merrigan has focused his career on alternative investments, working as a hedge fund analyst at HRJ Capital, a boutique firm, and at Credit Suisse. Mr. Merrigan began his career working in the operations group of GAMCO Investors.

Mr. Merrigan is a 1997 graduate of Boston College.

Vinod Paul, Chief Operating OfficeR of Align

Vinod Paul brings over 20 years of in-depth financial services and technology experience to his role as Align’s Chief Operating Officer. Widely known as a luminary in the financial services sector, Vinod led and innovated a leading Global Managed IT Service provider in its customer-facing engagements, including service delivery and business development on a global basis. Over his 13 years as Managing Director, Vinod helped establish this firm as a premier Managed Service provider in the financial services space.

Previously, Vinod has been a director of technical services for Martin Progressive where he supervised an engineering staff supporting 6,000 customers, as well as a management and engineering consultant to IBM Global Services, Lucent Technologies, Tyco Submarine Systems, and Penguin Putnam Publishing.

Vinod serves on the global board of directors for Help for Children/Hedge Funds Care, a worldwide non-profit dedicated to supporting efforts to prevent and treat child abuse. He attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.

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*This is an invite-only event and requires registration to attend. There will be very limited space for Service Providers.

Venue Location

New York Hilton Midtown

Nassau Suite

1335 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10019



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Ed Fasano - Experienced Advisory Consultants LLC