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Lori Murphy Barton, CA CFA, Joins Castle Hall Alternatives as Managing Director

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Author: Business Wire

Castle Hall Alternatives, the hedge fund industry’s leading provider of independent operational due diligence, announced today that Lori Murphy Barton, CA CFA, has joined the firm as Managing Director.

Lori previously held the position of Director, Hedge Fund Operational Due Diligence at Merrill Lynch International (“MLI”) in London. At MLI, she created the due diligence program for Merrill’s Fund Derivatives group, a specialist in the origination and distribution of fund-linked structured products. Lori was also a key contributor to the approval of hedge funds offered on the multi-billion dollar hedge fund platform of the firm’s Global Wealth Management Group.

Before joining MLI, Lori was a member of the hedge fund operational due diligence team at Union Bancaire Privée (“UBP”). Lori was a Vice President of UBP’s Bermuda based asset management subsidiary and thereafter a Manager at UBP London. Lori’s exposure to hedge funds began with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked as a manager in the firm’s Bermuda investment company audit practice.

Lori is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is also a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charterholder.

Commenting on her new role, Lori said, “I was very impressed by the professionalism of Castle Hall’s team and the breadth of their hedge fund due diligence experience. The firm’s commitment to providing a completely independent, non-conflicted approach to hedge fund due diligence is, in my opinion, essential in ensuring that investor interests are adequately protected.”

Castle Hall’s President and CEO, Christopher Addy said: “Castle Hall’s greatest strength is the quality of our team. Our model to hire highly experienced due diligence practitioners, including multiple professionals who are chartered accountants and CFA charterholders, provides the knowledge base which underpins the quality of each Castle Hall review. We are gratified that our approach has helped attract Lori, who we believe will be an invaluable addition to our team.“

About Castle Hall Alternatives

Castle Hall Alternatives helps leading institutional investors, fund of funds, family offices and endowments identify and manage hedge fund operational risk. Castle Hall is the industry’s largest, dedicated provider of operational due diligence to the investor community and has conducted more than 450 due diligence reviews worldwide. More information is available at www.castlehallalternatives.com