Conference Discussion Topics

DISCUSSION TOPICS 2017

KEYNOTE – Theodore Qi Shou, Skybound Capital

In his keynote address, Theodore Qi Shou, CIO of Skybound Capital, spoke about identifying opportunities, risk and reward in uncertain times. Shou noted that emerging...

GLOBAL REGULATION: Peter Astleford, Dechert

Global hedge funds lawyer Peter Astleford of Dechert LLP gave an overview of the global regulatory landscape, and how it might evolve. He said Brexit...

REGULATORY UPDATE: Udesh Naicker, FSB

The South African hedge fund industry has gone through the registration process for entering a regulated environment, and is now in the post-registration on-site...

CIS UPDATE: Eugene Visagie, Novare

About 89% of the South African hedge fund industry has transitioned to the regulated collective investment schemes (CIS) space as of late February, with...

VIEWPOINT: RW (Bill) Johnson

Author RW (Bill) Johnson addressed Symposium delegates on the South African political landscape, a key subject for those working in the financial industry against...

PANEL SESSION: Global macro

Heather James of Federal Street Partners led a discussion between global managers, asking how the markets might be affected by increasing moves towards populism...

PANEL SESSION: SA fixed income

Carmen Nel of Rand Merchant Bank moderated a panel of fixed income managers, noting that the world was potentially at a tipping point on...

PANEL SESSION: Pan Africa

Andrew Schultz of Investec Africa Securities convened a panel of pan-African managers, looking to identify investment opportunities after a multi-year downturn for many of...

PANEL SESSION: Psychology of success

In a session focusing on the psychology of success, moderator Niki Natarajan and her panellists sought to identify key factors that brought ongoing success...

PANEL SESSION: SA equity

South African equity managers discussed the opportunity set in a session moderated by Gavin Betty of Peregrine Securities. Betty noted that 2016 had been...

PANEL SESSION: The next generation

Sarshnee Pather of ABSA Capital moderated a session looking at fostering the next generation of talent in the hedge fund industry, which made particular...

PANEL SESSION: In the public eye

Hayden Reinders of Prescient Fund Services convened a panel discussion focused on operational issues for the South African hedge fund industry as it got...

PANEL SESSION: The soothsayers

In the day’s final session, panellists looked ahead to the challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry. Brianna Barrett of BlackRock Alternative Advisors, part of...

SYMPOSIUM 2017: Hedge Fund Master Class

Elmien Wagenaar from THINK.CAPITAL and Edge Capital’s Pieter Viljoen gave the first Hedge Fund Master Class at Symposium 2017, in light of regulatory changes...