The Alternative Investment Management Association has announced the appointment of Thomas Bullman, previously with the Société Générale group, as an assistant to its regulatory department to aid the association's work in the fields of regulation and tax.

The new role has been created to strengthen the regulatory resources available Aima as it increases its engagement with policymakers, regulators, investors and other stakeholders on behalf of its members.

Bullman, who is currently undertaking a PhD in hedge fund regulation, joins Aima from Barep Asset Management, the alternatives division of Société Générale, where he was compliance supervisor. He was previously legal and compliance executive with Pioneer Alternative Investment Management, the alternative investment division of Unicredito Italiano.

Andrew Baker, who joined Aima as deputy chief executive in August, says: 'Aima's engagement with the UK Financial Services Authority, and other stakeholders in regulation, is a fundamental component of the work. The strength of Tom's background in alternative investment regulation and compliance enables us to better engage on a wide range of issues.'

Aima has more than 1,250 corporate members in 47 countries including managers of hedge funds and funds of hedge funds, prime brokers, legal and accounting service providers and fund administrators.

The association is committed to developing industry skills and educational standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, the industry's specialist educational standard for alternative investment specialists.


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