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Former Bain Capital chief compliance officer joins Optima Partners

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Regulatory compliance firm Optima Partners has appointed former Bain Capital chief compliance office Alan K Halfenger as a Partner at the firm.

In his role at Optima, Halfenger (pictured) will focus on the regulatory and compliance needs of private equity managers, hedge funds, broker-dealers and global financial services firms. 

Optima CEO Jonathan Saxton says: “Our reputation as a trusted adviser and go-to resource for CCOs and CFOs is essential to our approach and growth. Alan’s deep knowledge and broad regulatory expertise will be significant contributors to our mission and to our clients. He joins a team of highly talented regulatory compliance specialists advising over 500 clients globally.”

Halfenger adds: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Optima team and I look forward to working closely with the firm’s clients to address their specific needs and risks. In my role, it is critical to help CCOs balance the ever-expanding requirements of regulators, boards and investors, with the need to manage costs and compliance headcount.

He went on to say that, “Optima applies a unique approach that is focused on three critical areas: helping clients in a cost-controlled manner, staying current on regulatory changes and providing responsive, practical and proactive advice to our clients. All of which are critical to helping clients to stay ahead of the curve.”

Halfenger has worked with several high-profile firms during his career in the financial industry. They include Bain Capital in Boston, where he served as the firm’s first CCO and supported the firm’s private equity, venture capital, credit, fund of fund and hedge fund businesses. During his decade-long tenure at Bain, Halfenger developed the firm’s global compliance, control and risk programs.

Prior to joining Optima, he served as a partner at another New York-based regulatory consulting firm. He led the firm’s outsourcing and compliance support program, as well as serving as the practice leader for their diversified financial services division, which focused on the needs of the largest global institutions. Halfenger also worked as a CCO and lawyer in several global business at JP Morgan Securities, Citibank Private Bank

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