Hedge Fund Association Appoints Co-Directors Of LatAm Chapter

Aug 5 2013 | 2:42pm ET

The Hedge Fund Association announced today that Victor Hugo Rodriguez, the first director of the HFA’s LatAm Chapter, is passing the reins to prominent hedge fund industry pioneers Juan Garrido and Les Baquiran.

Garrido is global head of investment solutions at BBVA Global Private Bank in New York, where he oversees the wealth management divisions global investment strategy, asset allocation and recommended catalog of products and services.

Les Baquiran was most recently a New York-based principal at Park Hill, an alternative investment placement agent that is part of the Blackstone Group. Prior to joining Park Hill, he was a managing director at ISI in institutional sales and before that worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an equity research analyst. Les has guest lectured or advised on curriculum on investment management and emerging markets at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and New York University.

“Victor is clearly a hard act to follow but Les and I both look forward to facing the challenge of further developing the HFA's activities in the Latin America region,” said Garrido, co-director of the HFA’s LatAm Chapter.

Rodriguez became the director of the HFA's LatAm chapter when it was launched in March 2011. The founder, president and CEO of LatAm Alternatives, he has over 17 years of experience in management, sales, marketing and business development within the securities industry in the U.S.-LatAm region. 

“These appointments are designed to maximize the impact that the HFA already has in the LatAm region, and I am certain they will do just that,” said Mitch Ackles, HFA president. “The diversity and richness of the talent available to our members in Latin America and around the world never fails to impress me.”

The Hedge Fund Association is an international not-for-profit organization made up of hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, family offices, high-net-worth individuals, financial advisors, and service providers. In the U.S., the HFA has chapters in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and on the West Coast. Internationally, the HFA has chapters in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Cayman Islands.

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