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Highwater adds new director Nick Tappin

Photo caption: Nick Tappin, new hire at Highwater.

Highwater Limited, a boutique firm providing director services to the alternative investment industry, has added experienced fund professional, Mr Nick Tappin, to its board.

Nick Tappin is based in Geneva and serves as an independent director on the board of alternative investment entities. Nick has considerable experience with setting up and overseeing multi-jurisdictional hedge funds with specific investment fund experience in the areas of audit, fund accounting, back and middle office, valuation, human resources, compliance, risk management, corporate governance and tax.

“I am very happy to be joining Highwater, a high quality and professional firm where I will be able to add to the depth of the Highwater team,” Mr Tappin said. “I look forward to developing the firm’s presence and operations in Europe.”

Founder and Managing Director of Highwater, Mr Gary Linford, welcomed Nick to the team.

“My team and I have had enjoyed a close working relationship with Nick since January 2007. We are delighted to have him on board,” he said.

Nick joined Highwater after thirteen years at Jabre Capital Partners, a major hedge fund group based in Geneva, where assets peaked at $6bn. At Jabre, Nick concurrently held the roles of CFO and Board member of various companies within the group. Nick was instrumental in setting up the group and has significant experience in the jurisdictions of Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, the UK and Dubai.

Previously Nick spent six years as Head of Finance at GLG Partners, a major London based hedge fund (now part of Man Group), following their spin off from Lehman Brothers in 2000. The company operated in the UK, Ireland and the Cayman Islands. Prior to this Nick spent four years with Lehman Brothers, London, as a Financial Controller covering equities, equity derivatives, convertible trading, asset management and private clients.

With a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, Nick has also been a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) for over 20 years.

Highwater provides independent director services and other corporate governance service to hedge funds and global investment managers through the appointment of experienced, professional and truly independent directors. With a diverse portfolio of clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia, covering a wide variety of investment strategies, including hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity, Highwater’s success comes from the wide range of industry experience of its independent directors, including regulation, audit, investment allocation and fund due diligence, treasury and banking, fund administration and law.  For more information on Highwater, its services and its principals in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, New York and now Geneva, please visit


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