“When investment firms and funds need the expertise of a large firm, but desire the service and value of a smaller firm, we are who they turn to.”
As partner with Ashland Partners & Company LLP, a global public accounting and consulting firm focused on the investment management industry, Scott Cosentine runs the Chicago office and leads the national financial statement audit, tax, cyber security, vendor due diligence, and AML consulting practices. With a successful career spanning two decades, his passion for his work is clear. “I love the constantly changing industry and regulatory landscape and having an obsession with ongoing improvement has proven invaluable. We have been able to sustain double-digit growth year after year by knowing our niche and knowing that our client service is what sets us apart,” he shares.
Founded over 25 years ago, Ashland Partners serves clients across the U.S. and in key financial markets around the world. The firm’s nationwide staff caters to a range of clients, from single-person emerging investment managers to the largest global household names. Prior to joining Ashland Partners in 2012, Scott managed a variety of audit and advisory services with Crowe LLP.
The list of his areas of expertise is long and impressive, including external/internal audits, consultations for traditional and alternative investment funds and advisors, trusts, 529 Plans, broker-dealers, banks, specialty lenders, and performing M&A valuations and due-diligence consulting, as well as experience with SEC, SOx 404, FINRA, FDICIA, and IRS reporting. In addition, he was recognized by the NAPAP in 2015 as a Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Star in Illinois.
Still, what Scott finds most satisfying is the feeling he derives from working closely with clients, and serving his team and firm. ”I reflect on the sacrifices my parents made in all aspects of my life, that is what motivates me every day—for both my family and my co-workers’ families. It also helps to have such an amazing wife, as I do,” he explains.
Scott is dedicated to being an active participant in both his profession and his community. In addition to being a part of numerous industry and community charity organizations, he serves as the chair of the Illinois CPA Society’s Audit & Assurance Services Committee and as a vestry member at St. Mark's Church in Geneva, Illinois.
For Scott, his personal and professional values converge: “Our mission is to ensure there is credibility and transparency in the capital markets. The more effective and efficient we do our job, the better off all investors are, and I take pride in the importance our role serves in the global markets.”
Scott R. Cosentine, CPA, CAMS, CGMA
Partner — Ashland Partners & Company LLP
1 N. LaSalle St, #1675
Chicago, IL 60602
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