Robert E. Akeson is Chief Operating Officer of Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Mirae Asset Financial Group, Korea’s leading financial group.
Through its various subsidiaries, Mirae Asset Financial Group has invested, allocated and maintained significant quantities of assets. As of September 30, 2016, the group had assets under management of $100 billion, wealth management-related assets of $203 billion and insurance services operations of $29 billion. Mirae Asset Financial Groups broker-dealer affiliates had a combined $5.8 billion in capital. Over the years, Mirae Asset Financial Group has also made a significant commitment to the alternative investment space, including real estate, SOC, PEF and hedge funds. In addition to Korea, the group has offices in 15 markets, including the US, UK, China, India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.
Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc. will be engaging in various global businesses, including repo, equity finance, prime brokerage, correspondent clearing, agency execution and foreign research distribution. The firms target markets include sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and broker-dealers.
Mr. Akeson is well versed in the management, operations, IT, compliance, risk management, marketing, due diligence, balance sheet and liquidity management aspects of these businesses. His background includes leadership positions with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services, Neuberger Berman, Morgan Stanley, and ADP BISG.
Mr. Akeson is a frequent speaker on topics related to the hedge fund industry, prime brokerage, market liquidity and Basel III. He is Chairman of the Business Management Interest Group of the New York Society of Security Analysts, a member of the Management Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, and a member of the DTCC Systemic Risk Roundtable. In addition, Mr. Akeson is member of the adjunct faculty at Molloy College where he has taught Money, Banking and Financial Markets.
Mr. Akeson holds an MBA from NYU and a BA from Washington College. He resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y. with his wife, with whom he has two grown children.
Sidney Hardee, CFA,with over fifteen years in the financial
industry, Sidney Hardee is the Managing Partner of Hardee Brothers, LLC . He has a broad base of experience in the areas of
fixed income sales and trading, derivatives research, quantitative analysis, and portfolio management.
Mr. Hardee is a former Trading Manager at the Bank of NT Butterfield in Bermuda where he led their fixed Income and derivatives
trading initiatives. He began his career as a Market Analyst at Salomon Brothers focused on European Bond Markets. Later he
joined Lehman Brothers in both New York and London as a Bond Trader. He was also a Vice President in both the Credit Markets
Trading and Global Rates Strategy groups at JPMorgan.
Mr. Hardee holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University and holds a M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia
University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), member of the Alternative Investments committee of the New York Society
of Securities Analysts (NYSSA) and a member of the United States Investment Performance Committee (USIPC) for the Global
Investment Performance Standards (GIPS). He is also a member of the Board of Advisory for the Master of Science Program in
Financial Risk Management at the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Rodney Laveau is a Vice President of Business Development at AlphaDesk which is a technology solutions provider for hedge funds and asset managers. Prior to joining the company in 2016 to establish their U.S. office, he gained years of experience on Wall Street working in retail investment management. Starting his career right after graduating Eckerd College in 2007, he worked his way through the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 at a boutique investment firm as a hard-working trainee who became one of the top producers of his office.
Michael Lee is a co-founder of Sky Lake Partners, LLC a vertically integrated real estate investment management firm, and also a registered representative of WealthForge Securities, LLC. Sky Lake invests partner and client capital in mixed use and multifamily, rent stabilized real estate in New York City. Based on a private equity model, the firm uses leverage to target attractive risk adjusted IRR’s. Michael is responsible for client investments through the WealthForge platform and is spearheading the firm's effort to automate Reg D offerings within the FinTech space resulting in an efficient, compliant and centralized investor experience. He has 17 years banking experience at Morgan Stanley, where he held several positions in both capital markets sales and trading and as a financial advisor on the private wealth platform. Michael graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a bachelor’s degree in math and economics.
Alison Inafuku Edge is the founder and principal of Hollenbeck Advisors, which provides consulting services to start-up and emerging investment managers with regard to management company and fund launches; establishment of operational infrastructure; service provider selection; industry best practices; and business development and capital formation.
Alison is a multi-faceted investment professional and attorney with 25+ years of operating, legal and marketing/investor relations experience. She began her career at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) and practiced law in New York before joining Alliance Capital (now AllianceBernstein), where she was a vice president in the corporate legal department and the hedge fund product development and marketing group. Prior to founding Hollenbeck Advisors, she was a partner at several New York-based hedge funds that she helped launch.
Alison is a graduate of the University of Chicago (A.B. with honors) and University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D.) and a member of the New York Bar and the New York Society of Security Analysts. She is an active volunteer with the University of Chicago and a former member of its Alumni Board of Governors, as well as her son’s school and Cub Scout pack.