This week we’ve seen a deluge of hedge fund press releases which indicate that the industry which supports hedge funds remains strong a growing. The press release below provides details on a hedge fund due diligence firm which is expanding its operations. In the coming months and years hedge fund due diligence is poised to become a central part of the hedge fund investing process.
October 14, 2008
Gillian Scott, CA CFA, Joins Castle Hall Alternatives as Managing Director; Castle Hall Opens Office in Halifax, Nova Scotia
MONTREAL – Castle Hall Alternatives, a leading provider of hedge fund operational due diligence, announced today that Gillian Scott, CA CFA, has joined the firm as Managing Director. She will lead the firm’s new presence in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Castle Hall joins several leading administrators and other service providers to help establish a growing pool of hedge fund expertise in Canada.
Gillian previously held the position of Group Financial Controller of The Atlantic Philanthropies, a leading international philanthropy with an investment portfolio in excess of $4 billion. Gillian was a key contributor to the design and development of the group’s operational due diligence process, completing due diligence reviews for a significant portion of Atlantic’s portfolio. She was also responsible for Atlantic’s group audit and internal control environment. Prior to joining Atlantic in 2001, Gillian was an audit manager with the Bermuda office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was responsible for a wide range of hedge fund and investment related audits.
Gillian is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is also a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charterholder.
Commenting on her new role, Gillian said “in the current markets, hedge fund investors face multiple challenges that, more than ever, involve operational risk. Investors must understand many new issues, including counterparty risks, the impact of FAS 157 and how to deal with funds which impose gates, suspend redemptions or restructure. Castle Hall helps investors enhance their due diligence program and better respond to these new challenges.”
Chris Addy, Castle Hall’s President and CEO, said “we are delighted to welcome Gillian to our firm and expand our presence to Nova Scotia. Castle Hall’s unique due diligence model enables us to provide the objective and fully independent advice that investors need to navigate today’s markets. We are particularly proud to have assembled what is now the industry’s largest and most experienced team dedicated solely to operational due diligence on behalf of the investor community.”