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130 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 4UR, United Kingdom



Cordium is a market-leading provider of governance, risk and compliance services to the asset management and securities industry. Cordium has offices in London, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Malta and Hong Kong. The firm employs more than 200 experienced professionals who support over 1,500 clients in the financial services industry.

Our clients range from start-ups to large firms with well-established track records and utilise a broad array of investment strategies and styles such as: long only, long/short equities, global macro, credit, distressed, bank debt, fixed income, private equity, venture capital, real estate-related and fund of fund strategies.

Our asset management and securities sector focus means we always bring direct, relevant experience to advising our clients, helping them to meet their compliance and regulatory challenges and turning regulatory compliance into a must-have business advantage.

With Cordium, the process of meeting regulatory demands can make a positive contribution in the drive towards business excellence, not merely fulfilling an obligation. This turns compliance from a ‘have-to-have’ into a ‘must-have business advantage’.

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Stephen Burke

Managing Director (EMEA)

Stephen has nearly twenty-five years’ professional services experience, firstly as an auditor and then as a regulatory consultant primarily at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was director of their UK Investment Management Practice until 2006. Stephen has considerable regulatory experience covering authorisation, ad-hoc advice, enforcement and error remediation. He has a BSc in Economics and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

After leaving PwC Stephen joined IMS (now Cordium) as Director of Consulting, initially to lead the development of our regulatory consultancy business which he continued until the end of 2009. Stephen’s focus is currently on business development and he actively promotes our services to clients and other stakeholders. He still takes an active interest in our regulatory consultancy business supporting many of our larger clients and relationships. Stephen is currently a member of the Prudential Advisory Group of the Investment Management Association

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Bill Mulligan

CEO, Cordium US

Bill Mulligan is the Managing Partner and CEO of Cordium in the US. Prior to founding HedgeOp in 2001, Bill was an associate in the Investment Management Group of Seward & Kissel LLP for almost six years.

Bill received a JD degree from Cornell Law School in 1995 and a BA from Boston University in 1991 and is certified as an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCPsm) by National Regulatory Service’s Center for Compliance Professionals. Bill is a frequent speaker at industry events and panels and has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Alternative Investment Compliance Association.

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Derek McGibney

Director of Cordium Asia

Derek joined Cordium in 2011, following Cordium’s acquisition of Regulatory Solutions Limited (“RSL”) where he had worked as a senior consultant since 2005. He has over 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry, the majority of which Senior Compliance Consultant for the group. His previous roles included compliance and risk roles at Gartmore Investment Management and F&C Asset Management in the UK, having started his career in compliance with Davy Stockbrokers in Dublin.

Derek has been heavily involved facilitating the development of our global offering, having spent almost a year with our colleagues in the US working on technical integration and global sales. He has run our Regulatory Transaction Team, developed our combined FCA, SEC and CFTC product offerings, and led the build out of our technical infrastructure of our FCA software offering.

Throughout his career, Derek has gained experience in a broad range of compliance, operational risk and audit areas, covering issues from multiple jurisdictions (UK, EU, US, UAE, Japan), business types (Stock broking, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Property Asset Management, Boutique Investment Banking), product types (AIF, UCITS, UCIS investing in Equity, Property, Credit, Loans, OTC’s, SWAP’s, CDS) and other non-standard investment types (litigation funding, specialist private equity). He has also been involved with developing industry standards and working with regulators on changes to regulations as well as working on consultations as an adviser to the industry.


Adam de Domenico

Chief Executive Officer

Adam is the founder and CEO of Cordium’s Malta office. Adam acts a Director, Investment Committee member, MLRO, Risk Officer and Compliance Officer on a number of Funds and Fund Managers regulated in Malta. Previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers (1988-2002) as an auditor and consultant, in Malta, New York and San Francisco, Adam obtained experience advising small to Fortune 50 companies in multiple industries, across the U.S.A. and Europe and acquired a solid background in finance, management and operations.

From 2004 to 2007 as CFO and COO of a commodity trading advisor and in 2006 co-founding a property fund as licensed by the MFSA in 2008, Adam gained hands on experience in fund management. Adam obtained membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996, Masters in Finance Services in 2009 and Diploma in Corporate Finance, Treasury & Portfolio Management in 2010


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