Michael has more than 28 years providing technology and related cyber security consulting solutions for multiple industries, including deep experience in financial services. He has held executive positions leading IT strategy and related enterprise software service offerings for blue chip consultancies and publicly traded corporations including: Principal at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Partner for Unisys, Sr. Director at Infor, and Chief Information Officer at the Industrial Distribution Group, Inc.
Michael has also provided cyber-consulting support to multiple small- to medium-size NFA Members as well as one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Michael served in the US Marine Corps with a specialty in Signals Intelligence.
Trushield Security Solutions
As co-founder and chief security architect for TruShield Security Solutions, Paul is responsible for developing corporate strategy and leading the technical product and service development efforts of the company. He holds CISSP, CISA, and CEH certifications, and has many years of experience solving complex cyber security challenges within the federal government.
He is responsible for architecting security operations centers around the globe, as well as helping domestic and international clients develop practical threat detection and mitigation strategies. In addition to his position at TruShield, he currently serves as cyber security advisor to the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development.
Andrew Calamari, former head of the SEC’s New York office for the past five years, will be joining Finn Dixon & Herling as a partner on January 15. He will be a member of the firm’s practice groups in government and internal investigations, litigation, and investment advisors/broker-dealers. He will represent clients in securities litigation, enforcement and internal investigations and accounting-related matters. He will also be available to advise regulated entities and persons on compliance and examination issues.
He began his tenure at the SEC in 2000 as an enforcement attorney and rose through the ranks to ultimately lead the SEC’s New York Office. As the Regional director, he led a staff of about 400 enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators and compliance examiners involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the New York region.
Before joining the SEC, Calamari served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Cannella, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and then spent nearly 15 years in private law practicing including as a litigation partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.
He graduated Fordham Law School (JD 1985, cum laude) and the Fordham University College of Business Administration (BS 1982). He is admitted to practice law in New York and the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Jim Carolan heads the US real estate practice for Withers Bergman LLP (www.withersworldwide.com), a firm with offices throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the US. His practice focuses on property investment, as well as financing, leasing, disposition, and development for clients including private clients, family offices, equity investors, business owners, universities, charities, art galleries, fashion brands and museums. Examples of the work he does for families include acquisition of equity stakes in retail, office and hospitality investments; direct acquisition of properties; sorting out complicated co-ownership problems; advising on the creation of real estate investment companies; construction and design issues; structuring the deployment of money to charitable organizations for construction of facilities; his team also advises on luxury residential, in and outside the US.
Before joining Withers, Jim spent 14 years in Yale University’s Office of General Counsel, advising the university’s endowment and central offices on real estate investment and development and on a wide range of business issues.
He is active with various bar and charitable activities, and is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to his practice. Among other boards he serves, Jim is President of the Friends of FAI-The Foundation for the Italian Environment, Inc., which supports the restoration and public enjoyment of Italy’s abundant cultural and natural assets. Educated at Cornell (AB), Stanford (ABD) and UCONN (JD), Jim has taught on real estate topics in the graduate and/or law programs at Yale, Cornell and Columbia Universities, and actively participates in bar and other associations including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, New York City Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers group.
Credit Capital Investments
Varkki Chacko is the Chief Investment Officer and the Managing Principal of Credit Capital Investments (CCI). CCI seeks investment opportunities across the capital structure with a focus on the publicly traded markets in the US and India.
He has extensive experience in the global credit markets. Prior to moving to the buy-side in 2003, he spent approximately 16 years, initially at Salomon Brothers and then at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs, Varkki was a Managing Director serving in various roles including Co-Head of Global High Yield Research, Head of European and Asian Credit Research and Head of Global Credit Strategy. Varkki was a top-ranked analyst in the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research Team from 1994 to 1998 and again in 2000. The 2000 and 2002 Euro money Credit Research Polls named the teams led by Varkki as top-ranked in Credit Research and in High-Grade and High-Yield Credit Strategy respectively.
Varkki was significantly involved in proprietary credit trading activities both at Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers. Varkki’s work in the real time index area has been awarded U.S. and European patents and is the basis of one of the $36 billion Ishares $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund ETF. His research work in the polymer science industry, upon completing his graduate studies in engineering, also resulted in eight industrial patents being awarded.
Varkki completed his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University in 1987, a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1982, and a B.E. (Hons) and M.S. (Hons) in 1978 from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Varkki is an Advisory Board member of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.