Cohen & Company is pleased to highlight its growth in downtown Chicago with the opening of its expanded office location at 151 N. Franklin St., Suite 575. The firm is taking approximately 4,700 square feet in its new office space, a significant expansion from the original office location launched in January 2018. The move accommodates the increase in headcount from two to 15 employees over the firm’s first year in Chicago and allows for anticipated growth over the next several years. Opened with an initial focus on the investment industry, the success of the first year has created additional demand in the market for a broad scope of services and skills, including management consulting and private company services.
Randy Myeroff, Cohen & Company CEO, states, “We continue to invest in dynamic, energetic cities that fit our core beliefs and allow us to invest in talent. The response to our firm in our first year in Chicago has been tremendous. As the office grows, our presence in Chicago affords us the opportunity to take advantage of the robust demand in the market for our unique service offerings.”
Adding to the talent and expertise in the Chicago office is Jim Lelko, tax director, Investment Industry Services; Andy Jordan, director, Transaction Services; and Syed Farooq, senior audit manager, Investment Industry Services. With a diverse background in the asset management industry, and nearly 30 years of experience, Jim advises a wide variety of hedge fund managers, private equity funds and regulated investment companies on tax and business issues. Andy is experienced in leading buy-side and sell-side transactions with private equity and corporate clients, and focuses on quality of earnings, revenue recognition, profitability analysis and working capital considerations. Syed serves a variety of investment industry clients, including mutual funds, closed-end and interval funds and hedge funds with additional experience with asset managers, public companies and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 internal controls.
“We continue to seek out talented professionals to support our culture and enhance our client service and industry expertise," remarked Vince Curttright, partner and leader of the Chicago office. "The additions of Andy, Jim and Syed, along with other key staff members, have positioned us to be a leader in the Chicago marketplace.”
With the added expertise of key team members, the Chicago office is poised to support the growing demand for services in all sectors of the investment industry and beyond. Cohen & Company is currently hiring both new and experienced staff in Chicago, cultivating existing relationships and working with universities nationwide to develop and attract talent.