How to Launch a Fund 101


How to Launch a Fund 101

Ever thought about launching your own hedge fund, private equity fund or venture capital fund?

Learn how to successfully form a fund and an investment advisory firm, from first-hand experiences of experts in the legal, fund administration, and audit/tax professionals. Join our expert panelists in an interactive discussion of real-life fund start-up situations and how they guided their clients through the various challenges facing emerging managers. The experts include: Timothy Spangler (Dechert LLP), Arthur Brown (Marcum LLP), and David Fisher (Phoenix American Financial Services).


Wednesday, March 1st, 6-9 p.m.


Executive Dining Room, Gold Hall, UCLA Anderson

Event Schedule:

  • Main presentation/panel discussion (60 minutes)
  • Q&A (30 minutes)
  • Networking to follow
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Art Brown

Assurance Partner,
Marcum's National Alternative Investment Group

Art Brown is an Assurance Partner in Marcum's National Alternative Investment Group. He provides audit and advisory services for private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, including fund of funds, offshore funds and real estate funds.
Mr. Brown has more than 19 years of public accounting and private industry experience in the alternative investment industry, working with investment advisors ranging from single-fund start-up entities to multi- billion dollar international firms. His private experience includes serving as chief financial officer for an SEC- registered hedge fund-of-fund group and as chief financial officer and chief compliance officer for a start-up SEC-registered investment advisor. His public accounting experience includes eight years with a “Big 4” asset management audit group and more than five years with the largest boutique firm serving hedge fund investment advisors. Most recently, he served as lead assurance partner in the western region for the financial services group of a global accounting firm.
Based in the Los Angeles office, Mr. Brown leads Marcum's California Alternative Investment Group practice.

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David C. Fisher

Phoenix American Financial Services

David Fisher is a Director at Phoenix American Financial Services, a provider of fund operations services for alternative investment funds and family offices. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and is licensed as a Real Estate Broker in the state of California.
Mr. Fisher advises alternative investment fund sponsors on the advantages of advanced outsourced fund operations services as a means of simplifying in-house management functions, maximizing efficiency, providing optimal investor relations and ensuring regulatory compliance. He has helped to expand the clientele of Phoenix American to include a range of alternative investment fund types including: private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, Regulation D offerings, non-traded REITs, BDCs, SBIC funds, commodity pool operators and equipment leasing funds. Phoenix American is also an industry leader in administration and accounting services for securitization funds with a specialty in the aircraft leasing industry.

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Timothy Spangler

Dechert, LLP

Timothy Spangler is a Partner in the Financial Services Group and the global specialist law firm, Dechert LLP. He focuses his practice on the formation, structuring and negotiation of investment vehicles across numerous jurisdictions both domestic and international. Mr. Spangler counsels advisers, investors, managers and promoters on a wide range of matters relating to the development and launch of new funds of funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds. He regularly advises fund sponsors and promoters with respect to their co-investment arrangements, internal partnerships and personal investments, and, on a selective basis, he advises potential investors in private investment funds. Mr. Spangler also has particular experience counseling clients on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms under the federal securities laws, including the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Mr. Spangler has been recognized in Chambers Global and The Legal 500 in the area of USA Investment Funds: Hedge Funds, Foreign Expert for UK. He is listed in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Investment Funds in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is also "Recommended" for his work with Investment Funds in The PLC Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbook and is mentioned in The International Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds.
Mr. Spangler is a frequent author and speaker on issues regarding alternative asset classes and private investment funds.

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