ALM’s Corporate Counsel recently hosted its inaugural Alternative Investment General Counsel Summit in New York. Speakers at the event, including law firm partners, in-house counsel and regulators, addressed conflicts of interest raised by dual registration and valuation; the constituent elements of a culture of compliance; the interaction between compensation structures and regulatory developments; AIFMD compliance and timing; presence exam survival strategies; the role of risk alerts in refining a compliance program; effective responses to regulatory audits and examinations; insider trading; political intelligence; and expert networks. This is the first article in a two-part series summarizing the points made at the Summit that can impact the design or implementation of hedge fund manager compliance programs. See also “ALM’s 7th Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit Addresses Distressed Debt Investing (Part Two of Three),” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 46 (Dec. 5, 2013).