Episode 10

Published on:

23rd Apr 2024

Ron Geffner, Partner, Sadis and Robert Swarthout, Founder, CEO, and Portfolio Manager of Teton Crypto Capital join ATLalts to discuss the Bitcoin ETF phenomenon, crypto regulations, recent enforcement actions in the digital assets industry

Ron Geffner, Partner, Sadis

Ron is a founding member of the firm’s Executive Committee and also oversees the Financial Services group. He regularly structures, organizes and counsels private investment vehicles, investment advisory organizations, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators and other investment fiduciaries. Ron also routinely counsels clients in connection with regulatory investigations and actions. His broad background with federal and state securities laws, and the rules, regulations and customary practices of the SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and various other regulatory bodies, enables him to provide strategic guidance to a diverse clientele. He provides legal services to hundreds of hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds organized in the United States and offshore.

Ron began his legal career with the SEC, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the federal securities laws with an emphasis on enforcement in connection with violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He also assisted federal and state criminal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, in their investigations of possible criminal violations of federal and state securities laws.

Prior to starting Sadis & Goldberg, Ron was associated with two other New York City-based law firms, where he represented domestic and offshore private investment vehicles, as well as broker-dealers, registered investment advisers and registered investment companies.

He began his corporate legal career as in-house counsel in the Investment Management Industry Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he provided legal advice regarding investment advisers, registered investment companies and broker-dealers.

Ron is often interviewed as a legal expert in the securities industry. He has appeared on Fox News, CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Squawk Box, Power Lunch and Closing Bell on CNBC, British Broadcasting Channel and Bloomberg Radio. He is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Barron’s, Barron’s Online, Reuters, Dow Jones, Financial Times, New York Newsday, London Daily News, TheStreet.com, Private Equity Week and other national and international publications.



Robert Swarthout, Founder, CEO, and Portfolio Manager of Teton Crypto Capital

Robert, the Founder, CEO & Portfolio Manager of TCC, is a cryptocurrency veteran. He has been investing in the cryptocurrency space for over five years with a full-time focus for over three years. He is a calculated investor that understands that this new emerging market is a marathon rather than a sprint. By taking the long view he focuses on the tokens that will solve large problems over the long term rather than the flavor of the current news cycle.

In the first chapter of Robert’s career, he founded and sold two software businesses. The most recent venture (ShootProof.com) is a SaaS business that enables professional wedding and portrait photographers to serve their clients better. He co-founded ShootProof in 2009 and grew it to 43 employees, 43,000+ paying customers and $10M+ in annual recurring revenue, all with no outside funding. Being a multi-time founder, he is experienced in starting and scaling businesses and teams. He prides himself on building teams that thrive on adjusting to challenges in front of them. As of late 2018, a private equity group took a controlling interest in ShootProof.


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Andres Sandate is the host of ATLalts. Andres has extensive knowledge of alternative investments with professional experience working in asset management, capital markets, securities, and investment banking going back nearly 20 years. He has held senior leadership roles working in private credit, hedge funds, private equity real estate, multi-asset alternative investment and placement agents. Andres is a Registered Financial Advisor with Gramercy Park Wealth Advisors, LLC and GPWA, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC and holds the Series 7, 66, and 79 FINRA licenses. He is Founder and CEO of Endurance Strategies, LLC (www.endurancestrategies.com) and President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Alternative Funds Association (www.theSEAFA.com). Andres earned an MBA and a BS from The University of Kansas and is a native of Newton, Kansas. Andres and his wife Heidi (McElroy) Sandate have three school-aged children and reside in Smyrna, GA (Atlanta). Email andres@atlalts.com