Michael J Liccar & Co, a Chicago-based independent full service public accounting firm which specializes in the hedge fund and securities/futures industry, had grown, increasing their areas of business, and needed a more sophisticated system to maintain their high service levels for an expanding client base of over 200 on- and off-shore funds, while keeping overheads stable. They required a system which would assist them in passing their SAS70 audit and which could handle the wide variety of clients on their books, including hedge funds, commodity pools, commodity trading advisors, broker/dealers, introducing brokers and futures commission merchants.
Considerations during the thorough selection process were comprehensive and fully integrated US partnership and master feeder accounting capabilities; system flexibility and scalability, plus market presence and expertise. Michael J Liccar, Managing Director, explains: âLinedataâs solution handled every scenario we threw at it, for every type of fund and instrument, during the assessment process. It was intuitive to use and easy to adapt. We particularly liked the elegant design of the Partnership Allocations module, which should save time and eliminate spreadsheets. Most importantly, this is an established solution backed up by a responsive and knowledgeable team, with whom we can build a long-term relationship. We bring a high margin of value to our clients and Linedataâs accounting and reporting solution will enhance our client offering and support our growth.â
Michael J Liccar & Co were also impressed with the rapid implementation timescales for Linedata Mfact, Linedata Mshare and the reporting solution, allowing for a quicker return on investment (ROI) and the instigation of a new reporting service for their clients to offer out, driven by Linedata Reporting. They plan to have all of their funds live on the Linedata solution by end of year.
âWe are delighted that Michael J Liccar & Co has selected Linedata Mfact, Linedata Mshare and Linedata Reportingâ, said Peter Muldoon, Executive Vice President for Linedataâs mutual and hedge fund back-office products. âThis integrated platform is a truly unique proposition for firms operating in the back-office area: administrators, accountants and custodians can now choose a single scalable, robust platform for their fund accounting and transfer agency requirements, minimizing manual intervention and maximizing efficiency - all backed by Linedataâs experience and expertise.â