Houlihan Smith & Company Senior Managing Director Karl D'Cunha to Speak at the 8th annual World Alternative Investment Summit Canada

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Karl D'Cunha of Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc. (the Houlihan firm) will speak at the 8th annual World Alternative Investment Summit Canada (WAISC).

Karl D'Cunha of Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc. (the Houlihan firm) will speak at the 8th annual World Alternative Investment Summit Canada (WAISC). Mr. D'Cunha will speak on the panel titled ''The New Regulatory Landscape: Canada and the US'' and will also lead the discussion titled ''Valuing your Firm.'' The conference will take place on September 14th at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada.

As Canada's premier alternative investment conference, WAISC attracts thought leaders from around the world to provide attendees a forum to discuss the latest issues and regulatory changes that are confronting hedge funds, alternative investors, and alternative investment service providers. The WAISC conference will last for three days and will be held in one of Canada's finest resorts.

As a Senior Managing Director at the Houlihan firm, his primary responsibilities as part of the firm's financial advisory practice include providing financial opinions including valuations, fairness opinions, and structured finance advisory. He is the head of the firm's Hedge Fund Advisory services group and a team leader of the firm's Technical Standards Committee.

Mr. D'Cunha has over 12 years experience in the alternative investments industry, including working with some the largest hedge funds globally on valuation, accounting and compliance issues. Additionally, he has been actively involved in investment company related services since 1997 and has prepared, supervised, or consulted upon assignments covering most facets of valuation and accounting relating to US and International private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, investment advisors, mutual funds and other entities.

He is a member of the following organizations: New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, Hedge Fund Association, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, CFA Society of Chicago, CFA Institute, Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States, Appraisal Issues Task Force, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Arts and Business Council and American MENSA, Ltd.

About Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc.
Founded in 1996, The Houlihan Firm is an investment banking firm that provides financial advisory and financing services to business as well as asset managers and is recognized as a leading provider of financial opinions, financing, merger and acquisitions advisory and other corporate advisory services. In addition, the firm is the forefront service provider to the hedge fund industry and works with 20 of Alpha Magazine's Top 100 Hedge Funds. The firm's tailored services to asset managers include Portfolio Valuation (FAS 157 compliant); Distressed Asset Placement; Restructuring; and M&A Advisory to both alternative and traditional asset managers. The firm's experienced professionals work across the globe from offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Please contact Karl D'Cunha Senior Managing Director at 212-355-5151.

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About Fallsview Casino Resort
A world-class resort, specifically chosen for the World Alternative Investment Summit Canada 2008, charged with energy, this is the place where luxury and excitement meet. This $1 billion entertainment complex, located on a stunningly landscaped, eight-hectare property, overlooks one of the natural wonders and most famous views in the world - the Niagara Horseshoe and American Falls. The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is the single largest provincial investment ever made in the Niagara region and is currently the largest commercial development in Canada.

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