Business Management Thought Leadership Group

Chair: Robert Akeson

We will focus on the non-portfolio management issues that typically confront the COO and other leaders within a money management firm, such as how to successfully launch and operate a business. These issues include, business planning, enterprise technology, compliance, market trends, human resources, selection of; fund administrators, accountants, lawyers and prime and executing brokers, etc. A key goal of BMIG’s will be to understand the business and other risks associated with running a money management, while serving as a bridge between the “buy” and “sell” sides.

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Robert E. Akeson is Chief Operating Officer of Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Mirae Asset Financial Group, Korea’s leading financial group.

Through its various subsidiaries, Mirae Asset Financial Group has invested, allocated and maintained significant quantities of assets. As of September 30, 2016, the group had assets under management of $100 billion, wealth management-related assets of $203 billion and insurance services operations of $29 billion. Mirae Asset Financial Groups broker-dealer affiliates had a combined $5.8 billion in capital. Over the years, Mirae Asset Financial Group has also made a significant commitment to the alternative investment space, including real estate, SOC, PEF and hedge funds. In addition to Korea, the group has offices in 15 markets, including the US, UK, China, India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc. will be engaging in various global businesses, including repo, equity finance, prime brokerage, correspondent clearing, agency execution and foreign research distribution. The firms target markets include sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and broker-dealers.

Mr. Akeson is well versed in the management, operations, IT, compliance, risk management, marketing, due diligence, balance sheet and liquidity management aspects of these businesses. His background includes leadership positions with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services, Neuberger Berman, Morgan Stanley, and ADP BISG.

Mr. Akeson is a frequent speaker on topics related to the hedge fund industry, prime brokerage, market liquidity and Basel III. He is Chairman of the Business Management Interest Group of the New York Society of Security Analysts, a member of the Management Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, and a member of the DTCC Systemic Risk Roundtable. In addition, Mr. Akeson is member of the adjunct faculty at Molloy College where he has taught Money, Banking and Financial Markets.

Mr. Akeson holds an MBA from NYU and a BA from Washington College. He resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y. with his wife, with whom he has two grown children.


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