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Accounting Finance, Front Office, Operations

Location:
Englishtown, New Jersey, United States
Posted:
June 17, 2019

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CHRISTOPHER NEWMAN

New York, NY 646-***-**** ac9mq2@r.postjobfree.com

Innovative executive team member with experience developing and executing business strategies, leadership and communication to ensure the strategic vision translates into profitable operations. Collaborated with key stakeholders and senior leadership to define and implement short and long-term strategic initiatives, compliant with all relevant regulations for a large investment bank, as well as smaller scale organizations. Hired, engaged and retained high performing individuals and teams to identify opportunities for growth and achieve operational objectives.

Key Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning Investment Operations Management Product Control Transaction Management Structuring Due Diligence Corporate Governance Budget and Resource Development Accounting

Continuous Improvement Relationship Management Product Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SEVEN EIGHT CAPITAL, New York, NY 2018 – 2019

Director of Finance & Operations / Chief Compliance Officer

●Handle all accounting and tax matters, which include monthly and annual financial reporting.

●Participate in financial strategic planning, prepare budgets and forecasts, with continued accuracy and monitoring, handle owners private accounts, and other financial matters.

●Develop internal control systems and processes, recommend areas for financial and operational improvement, and establish new accounting policies and procedures.

●Use financial know-how to improve profits and operations, reduce costs, and develop strategies for the company.

●Oversight and review of Fund Administrators, including the review of NAVs, service levels and other projects.

●Directly coordinate with senior leadership in implementing policies to sustain compliance with regulatory requirements.

CREDIT SUISSE, New York, NY 2007 – 2018

Chief Operating Officer – Quantitative Investment Strategies, 2016 – 2018

Led the internal global coordination of all daily fund operations with portfolio managers, senior management, legal and compliance, internal constituencies and portfolio accounting. Served as the primary liaison between the Quantitative Investment Strategies business unit and all external service providers (outside counsel, fund administrators, auditors, prime brokers, custodians, Boards). Oversaw a team of 12 employees consisting of the Trade Execution, Product Control, Product Development, and Client Reporting teams.

●Directed product launches generating an annual increase of assets under management of $2.6 billion, resulting in annual fee revenue of $24 million.

●Increased expense efficiency initiatives resulting in a reduction of expense base of approximately $18 million, generating a $10 million increase to annual net income.

●Represented the Quantitative Investment Strategies business as Operational expert for current and potential investor due diligence meetings.

●Served on Board of Directors of several Credit Suisse entities

●Developed efficient trade workflow enhancements to reduce risks associated with a high volume of cancel and corrects trades and other business risks

●Developed and maintained controls for Oversight Model which defined the roles of COO, Operations, Front Office and Principal Manager across New York, Guernsey, and Zurich.

Head of Product Control and Deputy COO – Alternative Fund Solutions and Quantitative Investment Strategies, 2011 – 2016

Directed the Product Control function for 75 products with $8 billion in AUM across multiple domiciles including New York, Cayman, Delaware, and Luxembourg. Managed large scale change projects across the firm to increase operational efficiency, improve controls and reduce costs. Conducted current state of business process reviews and system evaluations, identified strengths and weaknesses, process overlaps and operational risks, developed and executed roadmaps for change.

●Facilitated organizational improvement recommendations to address issues found as part of a business process re-engineering evaluation. Identified functions to outsource while adding controls to ensure timeliness and quality.

●Alternative Fund Solutions and Quantitative Investment Strategies NY Operations Project Leader

●Implemented various efficiency initiatives designed to adapt the business model to changes in the Fund of Funds environment, resulted in a 55% reduction in the expense base over a three-year period.,

Head of Middle Office, 2007 – 2011

Oversaw fund accounting for hedge fund of funds and direct trading strategies middle office/accounting group consisting of 150 products and approximately $10 billion AUM, including assisting in the management of 14 accounting professionals.

●Performed complete financial reporting assessments to create more efficient and effective processes and written procedures for domestic and offshore funds, implemented throughout the accounting group and middle office.

●Reviewed and approved approximately 50 audited financial statements that are reported under U.S. GAAP or IFRS accounting standards. Worked with auditors on funds, including but not limited to, Delaware LP’s, Domestic LLC’s, Cayman Corporations and Guernsey SPV’s.

●Involved in the development of new products including fund structuring, fee negotiation, and engagement of administrator, auditor, and custodian. Assisted Legal department in preparation of necessary governing agreements.

●Collaborated with Portfolio Managers on trade execution, FX currency hedging, and cash management related issues.

BNY CONVERGEX EXECUTION SOLUTIONS LLC, New York, NY 2005 – 2007

Accounting Supervisor

Managed month-end closings including consolidation for ConvergEx Group. Managed and reviewed the work of several staff members.

●Compiled financial data and prepared interim and year-end financial statements, monthly FOCUS filings and sales and rent tax returns.

CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON, New York, NY 2003 – 2005

Senior Accountant

Directed and reviewed teams managing trade execution, daily, weekly and monthly valuation of underlying funds, weekly and monthly NAV reconciliation and consistent cash flow management.

●Collaborated with portfolio managers and acted as an interface between front office and administrator.

●Verified and approved financial statements and maintained relationships with the administrators and global custodians.

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

BISYS ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT SERVICES, New York, NY

Senior Associate

Performed daily reconciliation of general ledger accounts for multiple private equity funds.

EISNER LLP, ACCOUNTANTS & ADVISORS, New York, NY

Senior Auditor

Planned, coordinated, managed and executed audit engagements for various industries including hedge funds, broker-dealers, private equity funds, and manufacturing companies.

EDUCATION

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, New York, NY

Bachelor of Science – Accounting

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Vidrio, HedgeSphere MO, Paxus, Investment Café, Epace Engagement Accounting Package



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