Ashland Partners is a PCAOB-registered, specialty CPA firm providing due diligence solutions to the financial services industry. Ashland Partners’ hallmarks are innovation and service dedicated to supporting clients as they provide transparency and assurance to their current and prospective clients. Ashland Partners has continued to broaden its roster of services to leverage the firm’s unique understanding of the financial services industry to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.
Cascade Investment Compliance & Verification specializes in independent GIPS verifications and performance examinations. We provide a quality, peer-reviewed examination process delivered with an overwhelming positive energy that can inspire any back-office to stay the course, whether first achieving GIPS compliance or maintaining and continually improving on robust performance policies and procedures that are as efficient as they are effective. With decades of investment industry and audit experience, we know what it takes to be GIPS compliant. We also know how different that looks from one firm to another, and we’d love the opportunity to help your firm create a best-fit & verified GIPS compliance program.
Kim Cash, CFA, CPA, CAIA, CIPM
Through Compass Integrated Counsel, PLLC, Rick Sherley represents investment managers and funds on their formation, operation and regulation. Examples of recent engagements include:
Financial Investment News is the #1 provider of manager searches, news and information for the business development, marketing and client service professionals at institutional asset management firms. Financial Investment News offers fin|searches, the most powerful manager search database and directory available for the institutional asset management space; fin|daily, a daily e-mail product that covers the US defined benefit space; Nonprofit News, a weekly e-mail covering the foundation and endowment space; and Emerging Manager Monthly, a monthly e-newsletter that provides news and analysis for small, boutique and women- and minority-owned asset management firms.
Guardian Performance Solutions (“GPS”) provides compliance consultation services to investment management firms located throughout the country. Our expertise and focus is on reviewing performance advertisements for adherence with regulatory requirements, drafting necessary advertising disclosures, and working with firms to achieve and maintain compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).
We partner with clients and actively work as a direct extension of the in-house team to document GIPS policies and procedures, determine criteria for composite construction, calculate performance, create the firm’s list of composites, maintain GIPS-compliant disclosure presentations, and we also liaise with the firm’s verifier to oversee an efficient and timely verification project.
Houlihan Capital is a leading, solutions-driven valuation, financial advisory and boutique investment banking firm committed to delivering superior client value and thought leadership in an ever-changing landscape. Houlihan Capital has extensive experience providing hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment managers with objective, independent, and defensible opinions of value that meet accounting, regulatory, and corporate governance requirements.
Longs Peak Advisory Services, LLC (“Longs Peak”) was established to provide the investment management community with guidance, education, and support relating to GIPS compliance and investment performance measurement, analysis, and reporting. Founder Sean Gilligan, while a Partner at a large GIPS verification firm, recognized that many of his clients lacked the resources necessary to become GIPS compliant and to get through their GIPS verification in a timely manner. With his entrepreneurial spirit and determination to help these firms, Sean started Longs Peak. Sean and his team have extensive experience helping firms navigate the GIPS standards and calculate investment performance. Having worked with hundreds of firms of varying sizes across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Longs Peak’s consultants understand the unique needs and challenges firms face and are available to share this knowledge and experience with your firm.