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Case Study: Iron Cove Partners Spearhead PEO Search for Emerging Hedge Fund Manager

Feb 14, 2018 12:36:16 PM ,

Lou D'Agostino, Principal

As a full-service insurance advisory, Iron Cove is highly sought-after across the investment services sector. Recently, the company was brought on in an advisory capacity by a hedge fund preparing to launch. Understandably, the fund’s COO was burdened by all the early decisions such firms must make. Which vendors should be used? What alternatives exist for employee healthcare? How will the administrative costs break down? Even for executives seasoned in operational excellence, correctly arriving at the best solution can take time better spent tackling mission-critical objectives.

With a long history of servicing hedge funds, it was clear that Iron Cove Partners was best positioned to help this fund overcome its pre-launch challenges. In addition to offering an array of insurance policies geared specifically with hedge funds in mind, Iron Cove was able to provide consulting and brokerage around the fund’s PEO options. Taking the burden off the emerging fund, Iron Cove gathered the requisite information, submitting an RFP on behalf of the client to an array of PEO providers. Then, Iron Cove specialists were able to chart administrative costs for each option, submitting a recommendation on which offering best suited the fund’s needs. After client approval, Iron Cove was able to assist with onboarding and contract negotiation to obtain the best possible deal.

"Iron Cove was really organized and able to highlight the critical differences between the various PEO Brokerage Solutions. While price was a critical component of the analysis, Iron Cove was able to demonstrate the offering differences in a very simplistic, yet detailed and informative, way. After the process, I truly felt like we made the right decision rather than the decision most of my industry tends to select." 

- Hedge Fund COO 

PEO solutions offer Fortune 500 benefit packages, along with customer support, making them attractive to hedge funds of all sizes. Even those which have been in business for decades often decide to transition to a new PEO offering, given the significant advantages. Iron Cove brokers these transitions with ease, offering a cost analysis and helping clients decide exactly which PEO fits their unique needs in a consultative environment --- all at no cost to the management company.

In the case of the fund discussed above, it engaged in its first successful payroll in January 2018, with all solutions provided by a single PEO.

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Lou D'Agostino, Principal

Written by Lou D'Agostino, Principal

Lou D’Agostino is a dynamic senior insurance professional with nearly 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is presently serving as Principle of Iron Cove, a division of EPIC Brokers. In his current role, Mr. D’Agostino oversees a group of talented insurance professionals that offer a full suite of insurance products and consulting services to some of the nation’s wealthiest families/high net-worth clients and largest organizations. He is dedicated to business/new product development and large account placement, resulting in a proven track record of successful negotiation of even the most challenging of claims such as Madoff, investor litigation, and SEC/DOJ enforcement. As part of his work at Iron Cove, Mr. D’Agostino’s expertise has been called upon by a variety of industry trade groups. He has presented to the Financial Executives Alliance (FEA), the NYSSCPA, and other peer groups on a wide array of insurance related topics. He also presented at GAIMops, a leading financial services conference focusing on non-investment operations, on the topic of AIFMD and the associated insurance implications.

Iron Cove is a Division of EPIC Brokers and represents over 400+ Financial Institutions. With over 1500 Employees, 50 Offices in the US and over $500mm in annualized revenues, we currently rank as one the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the US. Iron Cove has been named Best US and Global Insurance Provider by Hedgeweek Two (2) years running.


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