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Contributors:  October 2010

Contributors: October 2010

Halah Touryalai, John Aidan Byrne, Rashad Wareh, Curt Goodwin.

Halah Touryalai began her stint at Registered Rep. in 2005 with little more than an English degree and an unusual tolerance for gin. Without knowing the difference between a broker/dealer and a drug dealer, she began toiling away as a staff writer and developed a thorough knowledge of the business. Five years later, Halah is leaving Rep. for Forbes magazine, well-prepared for the next phase of her reporting career. She thanks her editors at Rep. for that. More importantly, she now understands that the majority of broker/dealers are just selling “suitable” — rather than illegal — products to their customers.

Cover photographer Curt Goodwin is 34 and originally from Jamaica, Queens, NYC. He found a love for photography after obtaining a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from the University of South Carolina and several years later, a Masters in Journalism from the City University of New York. He credits his fondness for the human form and the wonderful physiognomy of the human face for his strong interest in portrait photography. “There is something wholly unique and positively human about the way in which time carves its measure upon each one of our faces. The face is a sort of topography reflecting each person's particular life experience,” he says. “A portrait then, has the opportunity to be something extremely telling.”

John Aidan Byrne, who wrote our cover story this month about the battle for No. 1 between Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, is an award-winning journalist who has contributed regularly to the New York Post, Gannett, Institutional Investor magazine and numerous other print and online media publications. He was the former editor of Traders Magazine, a staff writer at SecuritiesWeek, foreign correspondent for a Dublin tabloid, co-editor of a popular series of books on equity trading (Springer Science+Business Media) and contributor to the Handbook of Electronic Trading (Capital Markets Media). Byrne, a native of Ireland, came to the United States in 1985 and is now a U.S. citizen. Once upon a time, Byrne ran a folk and modern music festival at Coney Island. He is a master gardener and happily married with four children in New Jersey.

Rashad Wareh, who wrote the article on family offices on p. 67 this month, is a partner in the New York office of Kozusko Harris Vetter Wareh LLP. Rashad counsels international and domestic entrepreneurs, families, family offices, and privately held businesses in several areas, including: U.S. and international trust, tax and estate planning; family office and trust governance; charitable gifts and foundations; formation of family investment funds and compliance with U.S. federal securities laws (as they relate to family trusts and entities); bilateral investment treaties; and venture capital and private placements. Kozusko Harris Vetter Wareh LLP has 15 lawyers practicing in offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and New Haven, Conn. The firm's practice is entirely focused on the core legal services needed to build, control, and defend private wealth. More information about Rashad and his firm is available at

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