Rothstein Kass Expands Consulting Practice

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HC Associates team joins growing Rothstein Kass Business Advisory Services Group

Rothstein Kass (http://www.rkco.com), a leading professional services provider to the financial services industry, has announced the addition of the HC Associates LLC (“HC”) team to its Business Advisory Services Group. HC Founder and CEO Edward R. Tedeschi and President and Chief Operating Officer Carl J. Versella have joined Rothstein Kass as Principals and will continue to provide customized consulting services to clients including hedge funds, fund of funds, institutional investors, family offices, asset managers, banks and broker dealers. The addition of the HC team continues the nationwide expansion of Rothstein Kass’ advisory practice and services.

“We are very excited to welcome the HC team to the Rothstein Kass family. We have enjoyed a strong professional relationship with Ed, Carl and the HC team for more than a decade and, during that time, have developed a deep appreciation for their industry knowledge, practical approach to problem solving and commitment to exceptional client service,” said Steve Kass, Co-CEO and Co-Managing Principal of Rothstein Kass. “Rothstein Kass recently crossed the 1,000 employee threshold. As we look to keep pace with growing demand for our services, we are keenly focused on preserving the cooperative culture that has been the foundation for exceptional client service, while at the same time enhancing the scope and quality of the offerings we provide.”

As members of the Rothstein Kass Business Advisory Services Group, the HC team will continue to focus on strategic business planning for sophisticated clients, including due diligence services, treasury management, counterparty credit / risk management, service provider analysis, compliance services and interim role responsibilities. Consulting services across disciplines include finance, operations, compliance, credit and risk, and technology support, complementing existing capabilities.

Mr. Tedeschi founded HC in San Francisco in 2002 and brings over 30 years of diverse operating experience to his new position at Rothstein Kass. Prior to establishing HC, Mr. Tedeschi was Chief Operating Officer for Genesis Merchant Group and before relocating to San Francisco in 1993, he held several senior positions at Morgan Stanley. His career commenced in 1979 with Goldman Sachs. He is a recognized leader and spokesman for the alternative sector.    

Mr. Versella joined HC in 2005 and expanded the firm’s regional presence by opening an office in New Jersey. He has 30 years of related experience encompassing senior positions at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Tiger Management. Mr. Versella began his career at Goldman Sachs.

“Rothstein Kass is consistently one of the top-ranked financial services firms and has long served as a trusted service provider to the alternative investment industry,” said Mr. Tedeschi. “When evaluating this decision, we noted that the core beliefs of the Rothstein Kass team mirror our own: client service, senior-level attention and a commitment to education and mentoring. Rothstein Kass has continually demonstrated a keen understanding of these principles, providing the foundation for a remarkable client service and thought-leadership platform. We are proud to join such a respected and dynamic organization.”

“In the current economic environment, many companies face unprecedented enterprise risk and operational challenges that can distract from the focus on core management functions. From start-ups to mature businesses, Rothstein Kass is recognized for our ability to help our clients concentrate on critical initiatives by facilitating operations, compliance and reporting,” added Todd Goldman, Principal-in-Charge of Western Region Offices at Rothstein Kass. “Throughout their careers, Ed, Carl and the entire HC team have exhibited the drive, expertise and understanding that this level of service demands. Furthermore, the integration of the HC team gives Rothstein Kass a much greater West Coast advisory presence and enables us to expand our advisory services on a national scale.”

About Rothstein Kass:
Rothstein Kass is a premier professional services firm that has served privately held and publicly traded companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals and families, for more than 50 years. As trusted advisors to our clients, Rothstein Kass provides accounting, auditing and tax services, as well as a full array of integrated services, to clients across industry spectrums and in all stages of organizational development. At the core of Rothstein Kass’ remarkable success lies our commitment to hiring, developing and retaining employees that represent an entrepreneurial spirit mirroring that of the sophisticated business and financial services communities that we serve.

Rothstein Kass Business Advisory Services professionals provide value-added and result-oriented consulting services to clients across industries in the areas of strategy, operations, technology, risk, compliance, dispute resolution and investigations. Rothstein Kass Business Advisory Services, LLC is an affiliate of Rothstein, Kass, a premier professional services firm serving clients for more than 50 years.

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