Anita Durst, Chashama

Chashama

Anita Durst

Anita Durst has been a star, a muse, and a patron of the avant-garde performing arts and emerging arts scene in New York City, since she was 18. She founded Chashama in 1995 following the death of her mentor and artistic professor Reza Abdoh. While performing and working in his company, Dar A Luz, she learned the value of unbridled expression and how to value art objectively. In the wake of Reza’s absence she was driven to create a place for artists free of financial and subjective constraints. Anita has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to secure over one million square feet of space in New York City for artists.

She believes programs like Chashama are the vital building blocks to ensuring cultural capital in New York City. Anita was born in New York City and was the flower child to hippy parents living in New Foundland Canada, Ibiza Spain, and the suburbs of New York City. As a precocious teenager she resisted conventional schooling. Shortly after graduating high school she moved back to New York City to help care for her grandfather. Today, Anita sits on the boards of the Tai Chi Chuan Center and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

She is a proud mother who ensures her entire family eats healthy, practices mindful movement, and lives in the moment. True to her ability to be in the moment and greatest strength of objective thinking, she believes all art to be valuable.


Nic Easley, Multiverse Capital

Multiverse Capital

Nic Easley

Nic Easley  is the founder and CEO of 3C Consulting, LLC™, the leading global strategic cannabis consulting firm. Nic and his team have traveled to 30 countries and 30 U.S. States and Territories working with over 300 cannabis companies across all sectors of the industry.

He is known for his passionate commitment to introducing demonstrated best practices from other industries into the cannabis space. His industry-leading track record of building strong cannabis businesses and guiding others towards their own victories has established him as a trusted and proven resource for anyone considering investing in the cannabis industry. Nic founded Multiverse Capital™ with his fellow Managing Director Skip Sanzeri to provide investors with unique access to deal flow and deep cannabis operational experience.

Nic serves on numerous state regulatory boards ranging from agriculture, public health and human safety, pesticides, and compliant business practices. He is also a committee or board member for multiple cannabis industry organizations, including as a Board Member for Americans for Safe Access (ASA). Nic recently educated delegates on medical cannabis at the UN Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on International Challenges Posed by the Non-Medical use of Synthetic Opioids.

Nic received a High Times Trail Blazer award in 2015 and was named one of the rising stars in cannabis investment by Business Insider in 2018. Nic is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and fluent in numerous languages holding degrees in both Environmental Studies and Biology. Nic’s scientific background combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience provides Multiverse Capital™ portfolio companies with new possibilities of productivity, profitability, and professionalism.


Steven Einhorn, Omega Advisors

Omega Advisors

Steven Einhorn

Steven Einhorn

Steve is Vice Chairman of Omega Advisors, Inc., a New York based long/short equity hedge fund.  He joined Omega in 1999.

Steve became a limited partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. at the end of 1998.  Before that, he was Goldman Sachs’ partner-in-charge of the Global Investment Research Department and Co-Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee.  He became a partner in 1986 and a managing director in 1996.

Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1977, he was a manager of the Common Stock Department at Prudential Insurance Company.

He was a member of the editorial board of the Financial Analyst Journal and has published many articles in financial publications.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Security Analysts and was a Trustee of the Securities Industry Institute.  For 16 consecutive years ending in 1994, Steve was a member of the Institutional Investor “All-America Research Team”.

He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital as well as on the Investment Committee.  Steve is a member of the Investment Committee for the UJA-New York Federation.

Steve received an M.S. in finance from the University of Illinois in 1972 and a B.A. from Rutgers in 1970.

 


Matthew Eisenberg, Finn Dixon & Herling

Finn Dixon & Herling

Matthew Eisenberg

Matthew Eisenberg has more than 28 years of experience advising investment management industry participants including:

  • Investment managers
  • Investment funds (hedge funds, private equity funds, futures funds, funds of funds)
  • Family offices
  • Pension plans
  • Other institutional investors
  • Placement agents.

Eisenberg has significant expertise advising as to legal, regulatory and business matters, including: formation and structuring, registration and licensing; compliance policies and procedures; separately managed accounts; special purposes investment vehicles; seed investments; counterparty and service provider arrangements’ marketing and distribution practices; joint ventures and other strategic transactions; legal due diligence review of fund offering documents’ and regulatory examinations and investigations.

Significant Representations

  • Structuring and formation of investment managers, family offices and placement agents
  • Structuring and formation of private investment funds – including hedge funds, private equity funds, futures funds, funds of funds, special purpose investment vehicles – employing a broad range of investment strategies and structures.
  • Advising investment managers (including single and multi-family offices) and placement agents regarding investment adviser, broker-dealer, commodity pool operator, commodity trading adviser, state (“blue sky”) and other registration and compliance matters.
  • Advising family offices, funds of funds and other institutional investors regarding seed, founder and strategic investments and allocations – through investment fund investments, “funds of one” and separately managed accounts.
  • Legal, compliance and “market” review of hedge fund, private equity fund, venture capital fund and other investment fund offering and organizational documents and terms for family offices, funds of funds, pension plans and other investors.
  • Advising investment managers, family offices and placement agents regarding various operational matters including: hiring, retention, compensation and supervision of employees and other personnel; development and implementation of compliance policies and procedures; and service provider and counterparty arrangements.
  • Advising investment managers regarding strategic transactions and arrangements – including joint ventures, equity and asset sales, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies and succession matters.
  • Advising investment managers and placement agents regarding marketing and distribution practices and arrangements, and related operational, regulatory and compliance matters.

Eisenberg earned his law degree from NYU School of Law. After law school, he joined Rogers & Wells in 1990. In 1993, he joined the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson Putnam & Roberts. From 1996 to 2007, he was co-founder and partner at an investment management-focused law firm based in Fairfield County, CT. From 2007 to the present, he has been a partner at Finn Dixon & Herling, and a senior member of its investment management, investment funds and family office practice areas.


Elaine Chan

The Johnson Company

Elaine Chan is a Senior Investment Manager at The Johnson Company, a single family office based in New York City that invests across all asset classes and geographies.  Prior to joining The Johnson Company, Ms. Chan was at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she was part of the private equity team and contributed to overall portfolio and risk management functions.  Before joining The Foundation, she was in the Strategy & Planning group at Citi’s Investment Bank.

Ms. Chan received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.