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Fund Tax Services is the premier award winning tax firm exclusively dedicated to the alternative investment industry with extensive knowledeg, expertise and experience servicing Private Equity Funds, Real Estate Funds and Hedge Funds. By providing only non-audit services, the FTS team is able to proactively focus on a broad range of services to help our clients achieve their goals.
FTS "PLUS" --> A COMPELLING VALUE PROPOSITION. FTS clients can also benefit from the specialized industry expertise of the following firms whom we know well and trust:
  • Investment Business Advisors, LLC specializes in advising GP alternatives firm CEOs, COOs and CIOs regarding firm and fund assessments, strategic initiatives, alternative industry "Best Practice" and overall firm effectiveness, efficiency and transparency.                       (212) 920-6042 

  • R.T. Hausler Strategic Marketing LLC delivers successful outcomes on asset managers' key marketing projects (planning, pitchbooks, websites, white papers). Our track record for innovative and creative ideas have helped gather over $45 billion AUM. We are uniquely positioned to help you think and do things "differently and better" than your competitors.                                               (201) 745-9071

  • Spurwink River Consulting offers exceptional distribution-related access to institutional investors and the investment consultant community. With a deep understanding of how the hiring decision process works in this channel, SRC can help you navigate the process to increase the probability of gathering new assets.

                                                                           (781) 864-1480

  • State Harbor Advisors take a hands-on approach to produce customizable compliance solutions and serve as your complete outsourced compliance resource. Regulatory requirements have taken center stage across the financial services industry, straining the resources of firms as they attempt to comply with a regulatory landscape that seems to be constantly evolving.



Investment Business

Advisors LLC.



Spurwink River Consulting

Institutional Distribution


Business Consulting Marketing Distribution Compliance

Business Consulting

Investment Business Advisors LLC.

Paul Ehrhardt has 30+ years of experience in executive leadership & strategic advisory positions with global asset management firms with investment teams located in the US, UK, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. His experience spans private equity, real estate, fund of hedge funds & long-only managers. The focus of his work has been on managing and enhancing the transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of investment processes supporting business process of GP managers and their funds and helping them meet the expectations of institutional investors, regulators & "Best Practice" standards.


Paul has served as Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer/ Strategic Advisor to firms including:

-Arden Asset Management
-Legg Mason International Equities
-Citigroup Asset Management London
-American Century Investments
-Landmark Partners
-Aetna and CIGNA Investments


  • St. Bonaventure University BA
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs - Mid Career Program, Princeton University
  • Green Templeton College, Oxford University - Advanced Management Programme


  • Firm/Fund Governance
  • Strategic Plans/ Projects
  • Readiness:
    • Due Diligence
    • Regulatory Audit
    • Global Expansion
    • Organzation Structure








  • Growth: Organic / Acquisition
  • New Investment Strategies / Products
  • New Investor Geography / Platform
  • New Partner Investment



Best Practice
  • Investment Comittee
  • Investment Processes
  • Business Support Processes / Role Alignment
  • Third Party Services Provider
  • Lessons Learned '08-'09









Bob Hausler is an accomplished asset management and financial services marketing executive with a proven track record of success spanning the Institutional, Retail, RIA and HNW private client channels. During the course of his career, Bob has helped raise more than $45 billion in new AUM for investment product campaigns that he and his marketing teams brought to the market.

A creative and conceptual idea generator, Bob's past industry experience includes CMO / head of distribution roles at:

  • Bernstein Private Client
  • AllianceBernstein
  • Oppenheimer Capital -CIBC Oppenheimer
  • Beck, Mack & Oliver



  • Syracuse University - B.S in Finance


AUM Growth Product


  • Business Plan Development
  • Implementation of growth strategy and tactics
  • Positioning / Branding
  • Distribution
  • Communications 
  • Market Research
  • Product Assessment
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Channel & Product Expansion
  • Product Development
  • Pricing
  • Market Research
  • Product Assessment
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Channel & Product Expansion
  • Product Development
  • Pricing
























Spurwink River Consulting

Brian O’Connell is a senior investment distribution professional. He has developed extensive relationships with corporate, public, Taft-Hartley plan sponsors, endowments/foundations, family offices, and investment consultants. Over the course of his career, he has consistently helped firms grow their AUM. Affiliations: AIMSE and IMCA.


Brian has held senior distribution positions at leading firms including:

-Cole Real Estate
-DDJ Capital
-CRA Rogers Casey
-Evergreen Investment Management


  • Bentley College, B.A in Marketing


Channel Sales
  • Institutional Plans
  • Consultants
  • Family Offices:
  • Endowments
  • Foundations



Best Practices
  • Presentation Content and Design
  • Coaching
  • Sales Training
  • Vendor Selection and Support































Michael Byl is a Senior Executive in the asset management and financial services industry with experience including start-up and management of regulated companies, marketing/business development, compliance and strategic direction. Worked with companies large and small in North America and Europe interested in growing and expanding their business.

  • Managed compliance programs and served as CCO for RIA and broker-dealer firms.

  • Supervised SEC, FINRA, State and NFA regulatory audits

  • Client base includes firms with a broad variety of traditional and alternative investment strategies with over $3 billion AUM

  • Knowledgeable of inception activities for startups and spinouts

  • Development of Marketing and Investor Relations programs



Michigan State University; BA Marketing

Ferris State University. Associate of Arts & Sciences, Accounting

Compliance Program
A tailored compliance program is essential to satisfy the regulators as well as promote a culture of compliance within your firm. We build a solution that focuses on your firm's particular needs to ensure you are compliant with the various requirements of securities regulators. Our team continuously analyzes the current regulatory landscape to identify any regulations that may impact your business.


Annual Reviews
Annual compliance reviews are required for firms, and regulators look favorably upon a thorough review process conducted by experienced, independent professionals. Our team of experts eliminates the stress of this process by providing a comprehensive review that covers all necessary areas of the firm and its compliance program.

Regular monitoring of your firm's compliance policies and procedures is crucial to maintaining a strong and robust compliance program. We believe a shifting regulatory landscape demands a dynamic approach to keep you ahead of the curve.


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