SOURCE: MarketCounsel

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August 19, 2015 09:00 ET

MarketCounsel Recruits Attorney and Business Leader, Edward Slezak, as Managing Director and General Counsel

ENGLEWOOD, NJ--(Marketwired - August 19, 2015) -

  • Ed Slezak joins the firm as Managing Director and General Counsel.
  • Slezak is the latest in a series of experienced attorneys and accomplished business leaders to join MarketCounsel.

MarketCounsel, the leading business and regulatory compliance consulting firm to the country's preeminent entrepreneurial investment advisors, today announced that Edward Slezak (pronounced "Sleigh"zak) has joined the firm as managing director and general counsel, stepping in to lead the firm's operations.

Slezak comes to MarketCounsel from where he led corporate governance, business development and strategy for the company with $1.2 billion in annual sales. Prior to that post, Slezak was responsible for shepherding the resurrection of Crumbs Bake Shop as its chief executive officer. He also served as the chief legal officer for Aéropostale, and as part of the senior executive team at Acclaim Entertainment. Slezak took the leap to business leadership posts after he had capped his law firm career at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the venerable New York City law firm.

Slezak has extensive experience navigating and managing complex legal and business issues, having served and counseled numerous boards of directors and executive management teams for companies of varying constituencies. His expertise spans industries as varied as retail apparel, high-tech gaming, wholesale and retail food services, e-commerce and online merchandising for many prominent brands.

As managing director and general counsel, Slezak assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the firm as well as its affiliates. Slezak completed his undergraduate degree in political science at American University and holds a law degree from St. John's University.

"An accomplished attorney in his own right, Ed's professional achievements at much larger enterprises speak for themselves," says president and CEO, Brian Hamburger. "We are thrilled to bring him onto the team and I'm confident that his impact will be substantial as we continue to evolve our service to stay ahead of the breakneck growth of the RIA space."

"As an attorney I was afforded the opportunity to assist and guide a number of large public and private companies with complex legal and business challenges. As a business leader, I led some well-regarded brands through the best and worst of times. I'm excited to be here and get back to what's real: to help growing, entrepreneurial enterprises to coalesce their vision into a successful reality. Joining MarketCounsel was a special opportunity -- to be invited to join this elite unit of professionals is an honor," says Slezak.

Slezak joins MarketCounsel as part of a series of strategic new hires that Hamburger calls, "MarketCounsel Rising", a focused initiative to expand and add depth to the counsel provided to the firm's clients. The moves are designed to further entrench the firm as the preeminent leader among business and regulatory compliance consultants to independent investment advisers and those evaluating that opportunity.

Hamburger continues: "I feel a real obligation to assemble the most accomplished team we can imagine and unleash their talents for the benefit of independent RIAs nationwide."

In connection with this move, Marc E. Cohen, the firm's chief operating officer assumes a role as managing director with a focus on strategy, innovation and development.

"At MarketCounsel we never stop innovating, never stop pushing ourselves, it's part of our DNA," says Cohen. "I am excited to work alongside an experienced business leader with such an impressive track record of success. Ed's arrival will allow me to set my sights on new frontiers for this business as we continue to build nothing less than a world class consultancy for independent investment advisors."

These moves serve to further bolster the rapidly growing team in advance of The MarketCounsel Summit 2015 (at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach from December 7th-11th). Heading into the Fall conference season, it seems MarketCounsel is far from finished announcing new hires and details about #MSUM15.

"No one has ever accused me of complacency -- but if all the noise we've made in recent months is the new norm, we're about to roar," concludes Hamburger.

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About MarketCounsel

MarketCounsel is the leading business and regulatory consultancy to the country's preeminent independent investment advisers at all stages throughout their lifecycle. From its roots in 2000, MarketCounsel has been steadfast in its mission to deliver solutions to the most substantial challenges faced by entrepreneurs in this fast-growing and highly-regulated industry, and it has emerged as one of its most effective advocates.

From the initial launch of a registered investment adviser to its compliance management platform, and from its business growth to its succession strategies, MarketCounsel consistently delivers trusted counsel within an extraordinary service model by leveraging the finest minds in the industry, advanced technologies and sound business processes. The consultancy's annual event, the MarketCounsel Summit, has become the premier gathering for the country's leading growth-oriented, independent investment advisers, and serves as both a spark and catalyst for conversation among the industry's leaders. Visit for more information.

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