Contrary to the spate of terrible news regarding the financial markets, the hedge fund industry, specifically, the hedge fund service provider industry is poised and ready for continued growth. The following press release showcases a prime brokerage firm which is actually expanding its operations.
Merlin Securities Expands Client Services Team to Keep Pace with Business Growth
Industry Veteran Michael Tumulty to Lead Client Services in New York David Newman and Walter Paleski Join as Account Executives
SAN FRANSCISCO, Oct 14, 2008 – Merlin Securities, a leading prime brokerage services and technology provider for hedge funds, funds of funds and long-only managers, today announced that it has hired Michael Tumulty, an industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, to head its New York client services team. The firm also hired David Newman and Walter Paleski as account executives in the New York office.
“Merlin is benefitting from the monumental shift taking place in the prime brokerage industry, specifically the movement toward multiple prime brokers and a focus on custodial risk,” said Aaron Vermut, senior partner and chief operating officer of Merlin Securities. “Having experienced account executives in place is critical to maintaining our commitment to outstanding client service. I am delighted to welcome Mike, Walter and Dave to the team.”
Michael Tumulty has more than 25 years of financial services experience, most of which has focused on prime brokerage. Most recently he was a director of financial client management at Merrill Lynch’s prime brokerage, where he worked closely with the firm’s top-tier hedge fund clients. Prior to that, he was with Bear Stearns for 17 years as a director of hedge fund client services. Tumulty holds an M.S. in investment management and a B.S. in business administration.
David Newman is returning to the prime brokerage industry after successfully co-founding and serving as president of Holedigger Studios, an independent film company. Previously, he served as vice president of operations for GH Associates and managed relationships with hedge fund clients at the prime brokerages of Banc of America Securities and ING Furman Selz.
Walter Paleski brings more than 20 years of industry experience and was most recently at CastleRock Asset Management as financial controller, operations manager, and trader. Previously he was a senior account executive for prime brokerage hedge fund clients at ING Furman Selz and, prior to that, Morgan Stanley. Paleski began his career with Shearson Lehman.