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25 Aug 2009

People Moves: Gabrielle Guttman Leaves Hedge Fund To Launch Consulting Firm

Gabrielle Guttman launched connext consulting inc. after leaving Southridge LLC, where she served as the vice president of business development and marketing of the firm and its hedge funds.

She left the company to pursue the business venture and to launch her own customer base. According to Guttman, who is president of the firm, the new firm will employ an integrated and customized approach to successfully elevate their clients’ businesses to the next level through strategic introductions, business development, marketing and public/ investor relations. Their target market will include financial institutions, professional services firms, minority-owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

At Southridge, Gabrielle was responsible for hedge fund marketing, public/investor relations and marketing financial products to global public companies. She previously held Business Development and Marketing roles at Kroll Inc. and Grey Group Inc. Gabrielle's financial career began at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. as a Corporate Finance Analyst where she helped execute equity, debt and M&A transactions across a wide range of industries.

Gabrielle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University. Since 2003 she has held Board and Advisory positions with Barnard Business and Professional Women, a not-for-profit alumnae organization. Throughout her career, Gabrielle has been an active volunteer and currently holds leadership positions with notable not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations focused on the financial services industry, women's initiatives and children's development.

Offshore Hedge Fund Tax Shelter on the “White List”

West Palm Beach ( - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) added the Cayman Islands to its 'white list' of jurisdictions that implement international tax standards for investors such as hedge funds and other alternative investors.

Jeffrey Owens, Director of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, welcomed the signing of the Cayman Islands' twelfth Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with New Zealand, on 13 August 2009 putting it “alongside other countries that have substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.”

In response, the Cayman Islands Government summarized: “For over four decades the
Cayman Islands has steadily earned its place as a world-class international financial
services centre. The Cayman Islands Government sees the OECD's recognition as a
natural outcome of the country’s substantial commitment to uphold an equally worldclass
international cooperation regime in the exchange of tax information.”

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