Jonathan Waterman
Partner, Financial Advisory Services, RSM US LLP


Jon serves both private entities and public registrants and is designated as a SEC audit partner, national asset management practice leader and financial services assurance leader for the Great Lakes region. He works exclusively with clients in the financial services industry and has particular expertise in meeting the needs of business development companies (BDCs), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), domestic and offshore investment partnerships/companies, mutual funds, private equity funds, small business investment companies (SBICs), registered investment advisors and other regulated investment companies. Through his career he has also worked with commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, broker-dealers, future commission merchants and specialty finance companies.

Jon works closely with financial services clients on financial and regulatory compliance matters, general accounting and auditing, financial reporting, and consulting services. He assists both listed and private investment partnerships/companies in structuring their limited partnership agreements and offering memorandums, advising them on the accounting issues that affect their operations. Jon has counseled start-up funds; working alongside attorneys, administrators, prime brokers and regulators. His clientele ranges from start-ups to multi-billion dollar entities with a variety of trading strategies, including long/short equities, convertible arbitrage, fixed income, derivatives, distressed debt, private equities and proprietary traders. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with both initial public and secondary offerings, has worked extensively with various securities counsel and underwriters and been a frequent speaker and author on a host of topics in the financial services arena.

Professional affiliations and credentials

  • Certified public accountant
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society


  • Bachelor of Science, business, accounting and finance, Skidmore College

How hedge funds and investors continue to strike the right note in aligning their interests

RSM, in collaboration with AIMA have issued their latest research ‘In Harmony – how investors continue to strike the right note in aligning their interests’, following the ‘In Concert’ paper which was published three years ago.