Syed Farooq

Syed Farooq, CPA Senior Manager, Audit

Syed takes a personal approach to serving clients — using in-person interactions and phone calls as much as possible to communicate. Always a true professional, he begins each engagement by laying out clear expectations and a detailed timeline for the project at hand. Syed follows through by frequently checking in to ensure not only an effective and efficient audit but also a great overall client experience.

Location: Chicago Email: sfarooq@cohencpa.com Phone: 312.277.7213

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Illinois)
  • B.S. in accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Syed serves a variety of financial services clients, including mutual funds, interval funds, hedge funds, funds-of-funds, and private equity and venture capital funds. He also has experience with asset managers, public companies and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 internal controls. In addition to working at two national public accounting firms, Syed served as an assistant controller for a registered investment advisor with assets under management in excess of $200 billion. In that role, he led his team in corporate financial planning and analysis, risk reporting, annual business plan preparation, and budgeting and forecasting; he also helped set fees for the firm’s mutual funds.
 

  • Involved in staff training and recruiting for the Investment Industry Services Division
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • American Institute of CPAs
 
Syed lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife and two kids. When he’s not involved with his kids’ activities, Syed enjoys biking, hiking, and playing basketball and badminton. Hiking with his friends at Yosemite National Park is one of his favorite trips to date. But when he needs some down time, Syed enjoys binging some good superhero TV shows and other movies.