Democratization of Alternatives

Recorded On: 04/28/2021

Alternative investments continue to attract attention from investors around the globe. Join our panel of industry experts, sponsored by Ultimus Fund Solutions, as we take a deep dive into the global trends that are driving the alternatives market. Hear the latest insights on the variation of product structures and the evolving opportunities on the distribution landscape.

Learning objectives:

  • Market trends
  • Product structure options 
  • Regulatory drivers
  • Distribution landscape

Who should attend: Mutual fund sponsors; alternative asset managers; RIAs; ops, product, legal, and distribution executives; trustees; consultants

This program is sponsored by:


Nicsa is pleased to offer this webinar learning activity to attendees who are seeking CPE credits. 1 CPE unit may be available for attendees of this webinar. The webinar requires no advanced preparation, no pre-requisite study and is appropriate for all who have a basic understanding of the investment management industry.

Nicsa is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

CPEs Earned: 1
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group-Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

Due to this program being offered free of charge, there will be no refunds issued.

Questions or Cancellations: Please contact Jordan DeBettencourt at 508.683.1618.

Nick Darsch (Moderator)

SVP, Business Development

Ultimus Fund Solutions

Nickolaus Darsch joined Ultimus in July 2019 as Senior Vice President, Business Development. In this position, he focuses on building strategic relationships with investment advisers to help support product, operations and asset growth. Nick is also responsible for contributing to firm growth strategies, market analysis and reporting as well as cultivating partnerships with centers of influence.

Prior to Ultimus, Nick held multiple roles within SS&C Technologies (including predecessor firms DST Systems, ALPS and Boston Financial Data Services) in sales, strategic relationship management, product and research groups. In 2016, he was named a “Rising Star” in the Asset Management industry in by Fund Directions.

Nick received B.S. from Bentley University in Economics and Finance and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

Michael Stricker

Managing Director

FS Investments

Mr. Stricker serves as Managing Director of Operations, providing guidance and direction for portfolio trade operations and client relations groups at FS Investments. Prior to joining FS Investments, Mr. Stricker was a Senior Vice President at Behringer Investments, leading the shareholder operations group. Prior to Behringer, Mr. Stricker held senior operations roles at both OppenheimerFunds and American International Group.  

Mr. Stricker received his B.A. in Russian Language from James Madison University and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Michelle Morris

Executive Director, Wealth Management Investment Solutions

Morgan Stanley

Richard Horowitz



Richard Horowitz has represented both registered investment companies, including open-end and closed-end funds, and private funds, such as hedge funds and private equity funds, for more than 20 years. He has particular experience with alternative strategy mutual funds, such as manager-of-manager funds, and closed-end funds of hedge funds and private equity funds.

Mr. Horowitz is the co-head of Dechert’s Permanent Capital Practice and regularly advises alternative asset managers in their efforts to access permanent capital through Business Development Companies (BDCs) and closed-end funds. He has obtained SEC co-investment exemptive relief for many BDC and closed-end fund clients and regularly advises on complex co-investment issues. He obtained a unique no action letter permitting the first (and only) master/feeder BDC structure. He is a frequent speaker at conferences regarding developments and trends affecting BDCs and other alternative investment vehicles.

Mr. Horowitz has advised some of the largest companies in the U.S. mutual fund industry, including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Dreyfus Family of Funds. He regularly advises mutual funds on the full range of Investment Company Act issues, including disclosure under the new summary prospectus, affiliation issues, funds, and other compliance issues. Over the years, he has worked on numerous fund merger transactions. He has obtained no action relief on behalf of clients on a variety of issues, including the ability of mutual fund wrap fee programs to charge deferred sales loads and ‘40 Act issues associated with a three-tier registered fund of hedge funds structure.

Mr. Horowitz has organized and structured both domestic and offshore private funds. He regularly advises investment advisers on all aspects of regulatory and compliance issues under the Investment Advisers Act, including hedge fund best practices, codes of ethics, trade allocation issues, presentation of prior performance, and U.S. private placement marketing issues.

Mr. Horowitz also advises various publicly traded permanent capital vehicles, such as REITs, on their ability to avoid coming within the definition of an investment company by relying on one or more exemptions under the Investment Company Act.

Mr. Horowitz has been recognized by The Legal 500, which noted that “Richard Horowitz provides immediate advice and breeds confidence in his advice. He offers a very good combination of theory and practicality.”


04/28/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/28/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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