Aly Cottam

Aly Cottam, CPA Partner in Charge, Quality Control

Aly relishes the complexities of the investment industry. As one of the firm’s technical leaders, she challenges herself to stay on top of regulatory changes and to communicate the potential impact to help clients remain compliant.

Location: Cleveland Email: acottam@cohencpa.com Phone: 216.649.1702

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
  • B.S. in business and accounting, Miami University

Since joining the firm in 2006, Aly has specialized in providing audit and consulting services to various entities focused in the financial services and investment industry, including mutual funds, hedge funds, investment advisors and related service providers. She works closely with a variety of equity, fixed income, international, and alternative mutual funds, as well as fund-of-funds, private equity funds, master-feeder structures, series funds, and domestic and offshore private funds. Aly is responsible for coordinating services for her clients as well as serving as the engagement quality review partner for numerous clients whose portfolios include a wide range of investments and objectives, complex debt instruments, derivative instruments (options, swaptions, swaps, futures, etc.), illiquid and hard-to-value securities, controlled foreign corporations (CFCs), and other private investments for both registered and non-registered investment companies.

In addition, Aly’s role as the partner in charge of quality control and technical director for the firm’s Registered Funds and Alternative Investment Groups highlights her technical expertise. While serving as the primary liaison between the firm and its regulators, including the PCAOB and SEC, Aly also oversees the firm’s system of quality control, including independence matters, audit quality and technical consultations.
 

  • ŠTechnical Director of the firm’s Registered Funds and Alternative Investment Groups
  • Firm contact for the PCAOB (annually inspected firm)
  • ŠPartner in charge of the firm’s Risk Management Council
  • Member of the firm’s Retirement Plan Committee
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Frequent presenter to internal and external audiences, providing training on a broad range of topics affecting the firm and its investment industry clients

Aly lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, and enjoys reading, swimming and traveling with her husband and two sons.