Kristin Fox is founder and principal of FoxInspires LLC. Launched in 2008, FoxInspires provides access to intelligence and information that helps investors and managers understand each other better. The focus of the firm is helping hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, and other money managers to create information and marketing materials for their specific investing audience.
Before starting her firm, Fox worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and served as vice president of news and research, and executive editor for HedgeWorld. HedgeWorld was purchased by Thomson Reuters in 2005, where she served as director, Hedge Fund News until 2008.
Before that, she worked at Crain’s Pensions & Investments and broke into this space with Hedge Fund Research, in Chicago.
Giadha Aguirre de Carcer
Giadha Aguirre de Carcer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Financial Group Inc., dba New Frontier Data. She is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business execution, management and strategic business development with an emphasis on emerging markets. De Carcer has worked in investment banking with JPMorganChase in both Manhattan and London, and served as a senior consultant in the defense, technology, and telecommunication industries for both the commercial and government sectors domestically and abroad.
She has successfully launched and operated four data-driven businesses, including disruptive technologies such as the original patent application behind Progressive’s Snapshot and Verizon’s Hum. She is considered an expert in strategic positioning and risk management in emerging high growth markets, along with investment banking, and government and commercial intelligence data collection and analysis. These core skill sets along with dynamic entrepreneurship have defined de Carcer’s career, and drive her vision forward for New Frontier Data.
De Carcer and her work have been featured through large media outlets and in documentaries and books including Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Fox News, CNN Money, “Mary Janes”, “The Marijuana Show”, “The Gold Rush”, and “Breaking the Grass Ceiling”, among others.
Fluent in five languages including French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations & Trade from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts degree in International Security from Georgetown University.
Urban Smedeby brings over 20 years of investment banking and fund management experience with early-stage companies. He is the co-founder of two boutique investment banking firms, establishing Bentley Richards and Associates in 1991 and Bridgewater Capital in 1994, where he remains President.
During his career in corporate finance, Mr. Smedeby has structured, negotiated, and successfully completed 100+ transactions in various equity and debt structures. He co-managed Triton Private Equities, one of the first PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) funds, which set the standard for how small and mid-cap companies access secondary financing. He co-managed Instream Capital LLC, a convertible debt fund that was a component of a $4 billion hedge fund. In connection with Bridgewater Capital, Mr. Smedeby also co-managed the Oceanus Value Fund, which focused on bridging the financing gap between venture-capital funding rounds and the funded firm’s initial public offering or other liquidity event.
Mr. Smedeby’s ability to access the European capital markets through his long-standing relationships is a key advantage that MJIC provides for its portfolio companies and shareholders.
Mr. Smedeby serves as a corporate director of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and holds FINRA Series 62 & 63 securities licenses.
Mitchell Baruchowitz has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, legal, regulatory and financial experience in highly regulated industries and seven years of cannabis investment experience. He is an expert in regulatory component of cannabis limited licensing and operations. Founder of Theraplant, one of four Connecticut-based cultivators, Leafline Labs, one of two Minnesota cultivators, and Grow West MD, one of 15 Maryland licensees.
Mitchell is a frequent speaker and author on cannabis investment. He previously served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of publicly-traded MarketAxess and General Counsel of Pali Capital before leading investment banking operations for ACGM and Cavu Securities He holds a B.A. in History from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. FINRA licensed 7, 24, 63, 79.
Andrew Powers is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Andrew focuses on corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has acted for public and private companies and investment dealers on a range of acquisitions, securities offerings and other corporate transactions. Andrew’s experience in corporate finance includes advising issuers and investment dealers on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, both domestically and cross-border, with an emphasis on the mining and precious metals sector.
Philippe Tardif is a business law partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
He is the Toronto regional leader for our Securities and Capital Markets Group.
Philippe’s practice focuses on corporate finance, with an emphasis on public and private equity and debt financings, including cross-border financings; mergers and acquisitions involving public companies; and corporate governance matters, including board and special committee advisory roles.
Philippe is recognized for his expertise in his field and was appointed as adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Igor Gimelshtein is the CFO of MedReleaf, providing leadership on financial matters, including capital structure, forecasting, budgeting and reporting, as well as corporate development and data-driven business optimization. Previously, he was a Vice-President at Birth Hill Equity Partners, a Canadian mid-market private equity firm. While at Birch Hill, Mr. Gimelshtein worked on the development and management of a number of the portfolio companies and potential investments across a wide range of industries, each of which was aimed at generating significant growth and value-creation.
Mr. Gimelshtein played a key role in Birch Hill’s investments in companies such as Softchoice, Shred-it, DHX Media (formerly Cookie Jar Entertainment), Carmanah Design and Manufacturing, and Mastermind Toys. Prior to joining Birch Hill, Mr. Gimelshtein worked in San Francisco and New York for Union Square Advisors as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. At Union Square he evaluated and executed mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions across the software, internet and digital media, and hardware sectors. Mr. Gimelshtein is an active philanthropist, spending the majority of his volunteer time working with the executive team and board of directors of the Toronto Foundation on various initiatives. Mr. Gimelshtein holds an HBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.