2018 Symposium

Christina McGuire of London-based Elephant Asset Management and David Yarrow, founder of European hedge fund Clareville Capital and now a renowned wildlife photographer, will be speaking at the HedgeNews Africa Symposium on February 22 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, which promises a refreshing line-up covering pertinent topics in the global industry.

McGuire is the founder and portfolio manager of Elephant Asset Management, an investment firm that focuses on publicly listed small-/mid-cap companies in emerging Asia and Africa. She previously co-founded Aperios Partners in 2011, where she was the CIO, deploying a similar investment strategy and substantially outperforming the emerging markets index.

Prior to founding Aperios, McGuire was a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management specialising in international small-/mid-cap companies and China A-shares, living in Shanghai from 2004 to 2008.

In 2008 she took over GSAM’s international small-/mid-cap funds as a co-portfolio manager. She began her financial career in 2001, joining GSAM as a research analyst. A CFA charterholder, she has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She started her career in the medical profession, receiving her Doctor of Medicine from the Technical University in Munich in 1997 and practising in various emerging countries across Asia and Africa. She also obtained a Doctorate in Psychiatry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

Yarrow was founder and portfolio manager of Clareville Capital, launching his hedge fund in the late 90s after eight years working as an institutional stockbroker in UK equities, both in London and New York. He then chose to revisit his earlier passion for photography, achieving global success as a wildlife photographer, and bringing his creative flair and interesting life experience to next year’s Symposium.

Other early confirmations for the 2018 line-up are Ian Prideaux of Grosvenor Estate, Heather James of Federal Street Partners and independent industry professional Rahul Moodgal, who bring important global investor perspectives on the forces that are shaping the alternative investment industry today.

Besides keynote speakers, the Symposium will include a line-up of leading South African hedge fund managers and investors, making it the must-attend event in the annual calendar for those investing or allocating in this exciting space.

Booking Rates

Register by December 8 to receive a 10% early-bird discount.

• Standard booking rate: $640/R8,000
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $545/R6,800
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $480/R6,000

*only one discount applies *ZAR rates are exclusive of VAT

If you are a not-for-profit hedge fund investor or pension fund trustee, you may be eligible for a free pass. Please email for info.

To download the Symposium booking form, please click here. Alternatively, you can email your booking query to

For accommodation at the Vineyard Hotel or alternative options, please click here.

fpi-cpd-2-finalThe HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2017 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 7 CPD Points (Knowledge) and 0.5 CPD Points (Ethics), which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.


Details will be announced soon.


Claire Cummings, Cummings
Heather James, Federal Street Partners
Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail
Christina McGuire,  Elephant Asset Management
Rahul Moodgal, independent
Niki Natarajan, In.INK
Ian Prideaux, Grosvenor Estate
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis
David Yarrow, photographer

Who Attends?

For a full list of companies that attended the 2017 HedgeNews Africa Symposium, please email

Sponsors and Exhibits

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium offers an important opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products and services before a high-level audience.

We partner with top-tier industry players who are dedicated to building their brand at the highest levels while interacting with their target audience in a productive and informative environment.

The Symposium offers a premier sponsorship opportunity for:

• Prime brokers
• Investment banks
• Brokerage firms
• Accounting firms
• Lawyers
• Administrators
• Fund companies

If you are looking to enter the exciting African market or if your company offers access to untapped opportunities on the continent or the more developed South African space, you should consider partnering with us.

To discuss partnering with us further or if you would like to receive our marketing pack with more details, please contact Lindsay Mitchell.
T: +27 21 8500585

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Q.  You have several discounts on offer. Can I have more than one discount applied to my booking?
Only one discount can be applied per booking.

Q.  Is the Symposium for one day only?
Yes it is.

Q.  Can I share my ticket with a colleague?
If you would like to share your ticket with a colleague you must apply in writing to us via email. A decision will be made at our discretion.

Q.  Do I have to fill in a booking form or can I register over the telephone or by email?
We must receive a completed booking form.

Q.  Does a ticket to the Symposium include a dinner seat at the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner?
No, a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards. These tickets are sold separately.

Q.  Is the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner always on the same day of the Symposium?
Yes. It is hosted in the evening.

Q.  Can I pay for my booking by credit card?
Yes. You can pay by credit card. We will send you an email with the details of how to proceed.

Q.  Can I cancel my booking and get a refund?
Tickets are non-refundable and may be transferred only at the organiser’s discretion. Please note a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards.

Q.  Can I have a delegate list?
It is our policy not to release delegate lists. However, you can view a list of companies that attended the Symposium last year here.

Q.  Can I claim CPD credits for this event?
Yes, you can. The Symposium programme is approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI).

Attendee Feedback

“We loved the event and the location.” – Simon Ruddick, Albourne Partners

“I enjoyed the cross section of speakers.” – Gary Linford, HighWater Limited

“Great to see such a first-class function for the industry in South Africa.” – Ken Kinsey-Quick, Blue Diamond Fund

“They get better and better every year and we thoroughly enjoyed the content and networking from the day” – Hamish James, Investec Prime Services

“The annual HedgeNews Africa  Symposium has established itself as a benchmark industry event over recent years. I have  found great value in the interactions and insights shared by peers and  investors. The event presents a high quality offering.” – Steve Liptz: Director & Co-founder of 36ONE Asset  Management