Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
Senior Compliance Officer
Managing Director, General Counsel
Ms. Richards has over 19 years of experience in alternative asset management. Prior to CIFC, Ms. Richards was co-founder and general counsel of an alternative asset manager and adviser focused on investing in Latin America. Ms. Richards was General Counsel of Brookfield Asset Management’s Private Funds Group for four years where she was responsible for the structuring, marketing, fundraising and closing of private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as joint ventures. Ms. Richards also played a critical role in the development of three global corporate platforms—Fund Operations, Conflicts Management and Compliance. Prior to joining Brookfield, Ms. Richards worked with Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she represented a wide range of private investment funds, in their fund-raising efforts, operations and transactions, as well as certain institutional investors. Ms. Richards started her career at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she also focused on asset management. Ms. Richards holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel
Ms. Wicker has 15 years of experience in regulatory compliance. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Wicker was Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel at Sound Point Capital Management, LP. Prior to Sound Point, she was Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel at GoldenTree Asset Management LP. Prior to GoldenTree, she held senior compliance roles at Permal Group and Brookfield Investment Management. Ms. Wicker started her career at Goldman Sachs, supporting the Fixed Income Trading and Sales desks. Ms. Wicker holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State bar.
Ms. Paje has 15 years of regulatory compliance experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Paje was the Chief Compliance Officer at The Midway Group, a fixed income hedge fund manager with a dedicated investment strategy in hedged mortgage derivatives. Ms. Paje was previously a compliance officer at Brookfield Asset Management where she was responsible for assisting with the ongoing implementation, monitoring and enhancement of the investment adviser and broker-dealer regulatory compliance programs. Her previous experience includes supporting the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at hedge fund manager Sandelman Partners, L.P., the tax-exempt capital markets investment banking group at J.P. Morgan, and the structured finance group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ms. Paje received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.S. from New York University.
Vice President, Senior Compliance Officer
Ms. Strassman has 14 years of experience in alternative asset management. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Strassman oversaw compliance and operations at Parplus Partners, a dual registered SEC/NFA option volatility hedge fund. She was previously a compliance consultant with legacy Blue River Partners, now IQEQ, where she was responsible for both the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the compliance program for several SEC registered private equity and hedge fund firms. Previously, she was the Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operations at Cardinal Point Capital, a high yield focused hedge fund based in San Francisco. Earlier in her career Ms. Strassman held compliance and operations focused roles for various alternative asset managers, and was also a Prime Brokerage Client Service Associate at JPMorgan in San Francisco. Ms. Strassman holds a B.A. in History and Communication from the University of California Davis.