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Mitch Ackles, president, HFA

Hedge Fund Association appoints US regional chapter leaders

The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) has appointed Thalius Hecksher as regional director for the HFA’s Southeast Chapter, and Robert G Sawyer in the newly created role of regional director for the HFA’s Boston Chapter.

The industry professionals have been chosen to direct the HFA’s local event programmes, and contribute to the organisation’s mission of advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments.
Hecksher is global managing director of business development for Apex Fund Services. Apex Fund Services, a provider of total fund solutions to the asset management community with 33 offices worldwide is one of the fastest growing independently owned administrators. Hecksher has over 18 years of experience working within the international financial markets and has significant expertise in the fund management and asset management sectors. Prior to joining Apex, Thalius was head of sales for EMEA at Linedata Services and before that was a sales director at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters).
Sawyer’s practice at Foley Hoag is focused on investment advisers and private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds. As co-chair of the firm’s investment management practice, he assists advisers with the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore investment funds, as well as a range of regulatory compliance matters, including formulation of policies and procedures tailored to their business, advice and assistance with respect to current regulatory developments and compliance with registration and reporting requirements.
“As the markets continue to react positively and we see continued growth within the hedge funds arena, I’m delighted to join a panel of well-regarded industry experts at the HFA who actively guide the shape of industry as we know it today through collaboration and sharing of insights in an ever changing landscape,” says Hecksher. “Florida and the Southeast is becoming a great jurisdiction of choice for new and well established managers and I’m pleased to taking on this leadership role at an important time and location.”
“I'm excited to be taking on this leadership role in an organisation that represents such a dynamic segment of the financial industry,” says Sawyer. "The continued growth of alternative investments relies not only on our ability to promote broader understanding of the value of these investments, but also to promote discussion and understanding amongst our own professionals as to current issues and regulatory developments facing the industry. I'm looking forward to being part of that growth through the HFA.”
“All HFA leaders, elected and appointed, volunteer to help foster the growth of the alternative investment industry,” says HFA president Mitch Ackles (pictured). “These new US regional leaders, each highly accomplished senior professionals, will add to the wealth of talent and networking opportunities available to HFA members everywhere.”

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