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Hot Topics: Private Equity Software and Solutions

By Kulvinder Gill,
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Earlier this week, Eze Castle Integration participated in the third annual Private Equity Software and Solutions PESS Showcaseevent at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London. The event was attended by 24 exhibiting vendors and 110 delegates from 59 companies, including Senior Executives, Investor Relations, COO/CFOs, FDs, Portfolio Analysts, IT Directors and other appointed representatives for a day of presentations, information sharing and networking. Let’s have a look at some of the hot topics that were discussed, and links to some useful resources:

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Cloud Computing 



Five Steps of Business Continuity Planning for Hedge Funds

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

On June 22, 2011, the SEC adopted final rules implementing amendments to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 ("Advisers Act") that require advisers to hedge funds and other private funds to register with the SEC. BCP hedge fundsThe SEC also announced that it has officially extended the compliance deadline for "private adviser" registration until March 30, 2012. 

Under the Advisers Act, registered advisers are required to have a Business Continuity Plan in place, so in this article we’ll look at the five steps of business continuity planning. But first, let's review the difference between business continuity planning and disaster recovery.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery 



Data Center Design Philosophy

By Demetrios Gianniris,
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As the cost of providing energy increasedata centerss, analysts predict that energy costs for IT today are but a fraction of what future costs will be at current growth rates. In fact, current trends indicate that server operating costs have the potential to equal their capital costs within three to five years. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), data center energy consumption doubled between the years 2000 and 2005 and showed continued growth throughout the recession and into 2010. Fortunately, there is a solution.

To improve overall data center operational efficiencies and reduce operational expenditures, data center design innovation is becoming increasingly important. In his book Data Center Design and Methodology, Rob Snevely writes that the foundation of data center design philosophy contains five core values:

  • Simplicity

  • Flexibility

  • Scalability

  • Modularity

  • Sanity

Categorized under: Infrastructure  Cloud Computing 



Hedge Fund Technology Requirements Under Dodd-Frank (Webinar Recap Part II)

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Last week, in Part I of our Dodd-Frank webinar recap, we reviewed the legal requirements for hedge funds and private equity firms under the new legislation. The other key ingredient to understand for compliance with Dodd-Frank is technology. Below is a short summary of the information presented by Brian Fahey of MyComplianceOffice and Mary Beth Hamilton of Eze Castle Integration, respectively.

Technology & Compliance for Investment Advisers

The first step in creating a comprehensive compliance program is to identify the various factors that prompt the need for compliance. Examples of these factors include legislation (Dodd-Frank), risk assessments, external advisory from legal or compliance consultants, expected practices, and a firm’s culture or products. These contributing factors will help define your firm’s compliance policies and procedures and may also help shed light on the technology required to meet these expectations.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Regulation  Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



UK Hedge Fund Regulations Update and Resources

By Kulvinder Gill,
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The financial crisis prompted a call to stricter regulations across the board. As a follow up FSA logofrom our UK Hedge Fund Seminar and Regulations blog post about one year ago, this article will look into further changes, updates and developments to the UK regulation of financial firms including mobile phone recording..

To help clarify the UK regulations, we have pulled together some resources, as well as our own Eze Castle Integration and Pershing Prime Services comprehensive report on Establishing a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, which are key components to achieve compliance with UK and US hedge fund regulations.

Let’s have a look at what the experts are saying.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Regulation 



Dodd-Frank Update: Legal & Technology Requirements for Hedge Funds, PE Firms

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Act is far-reaching, and it would take a significantly longer time than this blog allows to explain it all. We recently hosted a webinar, however, to take a look at Dodd-Frank specifically as it relates to investment adviser registration as well as technology requirements for hedge funds. To listen to a replay of this event, click here.Securities & Exchange Commission Logo

Below is a short summary of the legal requirements of Dodd-Frank presented during our webinar by Mimi Gross, Counsel at Bingham McCutchen.

Dodd-Frank Overview and History

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was set in motion in July 2010 as a fairly broad legislative action aimed to address a number of different risk and systemic issues within the financial markets. We’re heard rumors that the deadline for registration will be pushed back to Q1 2012, but we’ve yet to hear word on a specific date.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Regulation 



Hot Topics: What to Look for at SIFMA Part 2

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, June 9th, 2011

As next week’s SIFMA Financial Services Technology Expo approaches, we are gearing up for some great seminars featuring some of the industry’s leading experts. In preparation for the conference, we have been reviewing the conference agenda and sharing some of our top picks for the seminars to check out.SIFMA Logo

Earlier this week, we looked at such hot topics as Dodd-Frank compliance and cloud computing. For today’s post, we have compiled some interesting and informative SIFMA seminars on technology trends and the impact of social media that are sure to be a hit at SIFMA.
 

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Help Desk 



SIFMA Financial Services Tech Expo – 2011 Hot Topics Part 1

By Dina Ferriero,
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Next week, from JSIFMA Financial Services Technology Expoune 14-16th, Eze Castle will be participating in the 2011 SIFMA Financial Services Technology Expo at the Hilton in New York City. Several Eze representatives will be in attendance for the event, so be sure to stop by Booth #1861 if you are in the Exhibit Hall!

In preparation for this event, we have been reviewing the conference agenda. This year’s program will highlight several key issues including adapting to the industry’s new regulatory environment that exists as a result of the Dodd-Frank legislation, as well as other important technology-related hot topics.

To help you get a jump start on the event, we have compiled a list of the most pertinent and interesting discussion topics that will be covered at this year’s SIFMA conference.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Regulation 



Hedge Fund Business Continuity Planning Prompted by Tornado Outbreak

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

It’s a simple question: is your hedge fund business Tornado Outbreak Prompts Hedge Fund BCP Planningcontinuity plan in place to help you prepare for a disaster?

It has been a historic season for tornadoes. The recent twister that ripped through Joplin, Missouri killed more than 130 people, making it the deadliest storm in nearly 60 years1. And just last night, seven tornadoes touched down in western Massachusetts, creating panic and wreaking havoc in a state that rarely sees that type of weather.

This year’s tornado season proves that even when the circumstances seem unreal and impossible, the worst can still happen, therefore your business needs to be prepared.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Trends We're Seeing 



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