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Evan Rapoport - CEO

Evan Rapoport is also the founder and CEO of hedge fund research and services firm, HedgeCo Networks. At HedgeCo, Mr. Rapoport helps to oversee a hedge fund database of over 8,000 hedge funds, as well as hedge fund community of over 38,000 members. He specializes in both third party marketing and capital introduction for funds and has helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for funds of all sizes/strategies. He has also helped to create over five hundred hedge fund websites and has also consulted on a substantial amount of new hedge fund launches. Most recently, Mr. Rapoport founded HedgeCo Investment Management, where he manages HedgeCo's hedge fund. Mr. Rapoport has been featured and regularly appears on CNBC, FOX business news, in Newsweek Magazine, Barron's, and the Wall Street Journal along with hundreds of other publications. 

Mr. Rapoport is also the CEO and Chief Compliance Officer of HedgeCo Securities. At HedgeCo Securities, Mr. Rapoport is responsible for overseeing the staff, finding and securing strong product and partner relationships, and making sure the firm keeps in compliance with all FINRA and SEC regulations. He currently holds Series 3, 7, 24, 63, 66, 55, 79 and 99 securities licenses.

Prior to helping found HedgeCo Networks, Mr. Rapoport was a Senior Vice President at Broadband Capital Management, a NASD member brokerage firm in NYC, NY. At Broadband, Mr. Rapoport managed assets for institutions as well as high net worth clients, and also participated in many private placements and PIPE transactions. Before Broadband, Mr. Rapoport was the youngest Senior Vice President in history at NYSE member Oscar Gruss' Private Client Group. He started his career in a Chairman's Council member's office at Paine Webber in NYC, NY. Mr. Rapoport holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and is also an ambassador to the Palm Beach Country business development board.

David Konits - FINOP

As a financial services business executive,  David specializes in structuring, supervising, and managing alternative and traditional asset management financial platforms. David has primary responsibility to oversee, manage, and/or consult on all financial operations.

Prior to HedgeCo Securities, David resigned from Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc where he was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Financial & Operations Principal. David had primary responsibility to oversee and manage all of the firm’s investment, compliance, administrative, and financial operations. David also advised on and oversaw all private placement transactions as well as trading that included equity, fixed income, mutual funds, and options. David was Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc designated Private Placement Principal that supervised all hedge fund, fund of hedge fund, 1031 exchanges, and LP introductions.

Before joining Nationwide Planning Associates, Inc., David was the Managing Principal of SUMA Securities (Formally PARADIGM Securities, LLC). David was originally hired by New York based PARADIGM fund of hedge funds to manage their FINRA member broker/dealer Paradigm securities, LLC.  David’s position quickly evolved from working with institutions, broker/dealers, registered investment advisers, banks, and insurance companies on investment strategies involving funds of hedge funds both domestic and offshore to full operational management which included interviewing, training, and managing registered representatives, performing due-diligence and negotiating agreements for various investments including fund of funds, hedge funds, managed futures, REIT's, limited partnerships, and private placements.  A few years later, David was instrumental in separating the broker dealer from the parent company creating SUMA Securities, LLC.

Currently, David serves as the Financial and Operations Principal of HedgeCo Securities LLC.  Professional industry licenses that David holds and has direct experience acting in the capacity of are the Series 7, 24, 3, 4, 66, 53, 27,and 28.

Lou Milano - Chief Compliance Officer

Lou Milano provides HedgeCoVest with more than 40-years of experience in the securities industry, and guiding compliance efforts for Fortune 500 corporations and firms including Prudential-Bache Securities, Citicorp, Daiwa Securities, and Natixis North America.

As Chief Compliance Officer for HedgeCoVest, Mr. Milano is responsible for overseeing and managing all day-to-day regulatory compliance issues for HedgeCoVest, LLC, and its affiliated broker dealer, HedgeCo Securities, LLC.
Mr. Milano joins the HedgeCoVest team after spending the past ten-years building a robust compliance program for Natixis Securities North America. Before Natixis, Mr. Milano managed an equities broker dealer for KBC. Milano started his career at the NYSE, and worked as an Options Inspector for the AMEX.

Mr. Milano was recently accepted to the FINRA Arbitrator program. He holds Series 3, 4, 5, 7,14,15, 24, and 79 Securities licenses. Mr. Milano earned a Paralegal Degree from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marist College.

Alexander Smith-Ryland - Account Executive

Alexander Smith-Ryland is a registered representative of HedgeCo Securities, located in the New York City office. Mr. Smith-Ryland has over 10 years of experience in alternative asset management, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and advisory services to alternative asset investors.  He is responsible for sourcing institutional capital for various alternative investment strategies.

In addition to his duties at HedgeCo Securities, he is Managing Partner of CS Wilton Group LLC, a business consultancy.

Mr. Smith-Ryland has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Georgetown University.  He currently maintains the NASD Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.