Prior to founding Blue River Partners, Mr. Michael Minces was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Swank Capital. Swank Capital is an SEC registered Investment Advisor that managed approximately $2.2 Billion at its peak in 2007 through multiple Hedge Funds, institutional separate accounts, and registered investment companies. In this role, Mr. Minces was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s legal matters, regulatory compliance, and product development. Mr. Minces was instrumental in the design and implementation of a compliance platform relating to the firm’s August 2007 launch of a 1940 Act registered, public closed-end investment company.
Prior to joining Swank, Mr. Minces was the Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel for Highland Capital Management, L.P., an alternative asset manager in Dallas, Texas that managed up to $40 billion in assets. Mr. Minces held these positions with Highland from August 2004 to July 2007 and was responsible for, among other duties, the design, implementation and maintenance of Highland’s firm-wide regulatory compliance platform. In addition to his positions held at Highland, Mr. Minces also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for each of Highland’s twelve managed registered investment companies, with direct reporting responsibility to the Funds’ independent Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Minces was an Associate in the Dallas office of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. While with Akin Gump, Mr. Minces practiced exclusively in its Hedge Fund group, specializing in Fund structuring and formation for both domestic and offshore entities, Fund governance, and regulatory and compliance matters.
Prior to working at Akin Gump, Mr. Minces was an Associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. At Skadden, Mr. Minces practiced in the Investment Management Group, focusing on the formation and regulation of registered and unregistered investment companies, federal securities regulation, structured financing, and investment management.
Mr. Minces received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1997 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in May 2000 and . Mr. Minces is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and New York.