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2014 Symposium

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2014 was held in Cape Town on February 20, 2014. For full coverage see our April print edition.

Keynote speakers at this year’s HedgeNews Africa Symposium will contribute from the varied perspectives of both investor and fund manager, setting the stage for a day of interesting and important interaction.

                   David Berman and Neil Wilson

Mark de Klerk of international investment and advisory group Tages Capital will present an investor-focused keynote address, looking at new approaches, insights and strategies in a dynamic market place.

De Klerk heads operational due diligence at Tages, and also focuses on research into African managers. He previously headed operational due diligence responsible for European-based managers at Credit Suisse Asset Management. With offices in London and Milan, Tages offers a range of alternative asset management solutions to a diverse investor base.

From his vantage point as a hedge fund manager, David Berman of New York-based Berman Capital Management will lead a discussion about how managers can benefit from market inefficiencies, touching on the all-important issues of identifying winners and losers in the markets. Berman specialises in the consumer and retail sectors and was much in the headlines in 2013 for his calls on the retail sector, covered extensively by CNBC. He will offer his views on the global economy and, in particular, big consumer moves and what they mean for fund managers and investors, with a focus on the hedge fund industry.

Neil Wilson, former editorial director of HedgeFund Intelligence, will also be contributing to the programme. Wilson has had a long career as a financial journalist and hedge fund commentator, spending more than a decade at HFI where he forged close ties with many top managers and investors globally, giving him unique insights into the industry around the world.

The Symposium is now in its fifth year and has an established reputation for delivering high-quality content and attracting a top-tier audience of managers, investors and service providers, based both in South Africa and further afield.

Next year’s event is expected to prove to be no exception. Imminent changes under way on the regulatory front in South Africa will no doubt be an important topic of debate, in particular a new tax dispensation and incoming retail product structures.

As always, shifting economic landscapes and where alternative asset managers are seeing investment opportunities and risks will be an important focus of the day’s discussions. In addition, maintaining global best practice with regard to business and operational issues will also come under the spotlight.

The agenda will include topical panel sessions from a range of leading managers and investors, with a primary focus on South Africa and the broader African landscape.

Confirmed speakers include:

Kris Adams, Momentum Alternative Investments
Bolaji Adeoye, Kuramo Capital
Murray Anderson, Atlantic Asset Management
Bradley Anthony, Fairtree Capital
David Bacher, Corion Capital
David Berman, Berman Capital
Simone Blanckenberg, Tantalum Capital
Florian Bohlandt, PWC
Stephen Brierley, SYmmETRY Multi-Manager
St.John Bungey, Blue Ink Investments
Gavin Butcher, Optis Investment Management
Jonathan Chew, Imara
Heath Davies, Morgan Creek Capital Management
Dana Day, CFA Institute
Mark de Klerk, Tages Capital Group
Theuns De Wet, RMB
Chris Edwards, Absa Capital
Kobus Esterhuysen, Peregrine Securities
Grant Flanagan, Amigo Partners
Robert Foster, Capital Exchange Partners
Craig French, Visio Capital
Albrecht Gantz, RisCura Analytics
Robert Gibbins, Autonomy Capital
Heather James, Federal Street Partners
Justin James, Edge Capital
Jamie Kent, Steyn Capital Management
George Kontominas, KFP
Rone La Grange, KPMG
Yolanda le Roux, Investec Prime Services
Johan Loubser, ENSafrica
Nathaniel Micklem, Investec Asset Management
Lynn Miller, Edge Capital
Erik Nel, Terebinth Capital
Philippa Owen, Tower Capital
Paul Robinson, Laurium Capital
Russell Shanglee, TriAlpha Investment Management
Andre Steyn, Steyn Capital Management
Melanie Stockigt, Tantalum Capital
Marcus Storr, FERI Trust GmbH
Rashaad Tayob, Abax Investments
Brett Thornton-Dibb, Deutsche Prime Finance
Tota Tsotsotso, Bataung Capital
Fatima Vawda, 27four Investment Managers
Eugene Visagie, Novare Investments
Elmien Wagenaar, THINK.CAPITAL
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis Management
Jarred Winer, Westbrooke Capital Management
Malungelo Zilimbola, Mazi Capital

Symposium topics will include:
•    Africa state of the markets: is the continent purely a beta bet?
•    Investor viewpoints: hear from leading industry allocators
•    Taking the retail route: strategies and pitfalls
•    A new tax dispensation: what the industry needs to know
•    South Africa: handling a shifting economic landscape
•    Global manager views: quantitative easing and beyond

Booking rates for 2014

Standard booking rate $1,000 / R8,000
15% discount for hedge fund managers / investors: $850 / R6,800
25% discount for named HedgeNews Africa subscriber: $750 / 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 contact Aiden Davis on

To download the Symposium booking form, please click here.

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2014 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa.

Members who attend will receive 6.5 CPD (continuous professional development) points, which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.

2013 Symposium Topics

2012 Symposium Topics

2014 Sponsors




Merchant Bank


Deutsche Bank






Albourne Village

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

“The HedgeNews Africa conference is truly an exciting event not to be missed by industry players. I am already looking forward to the next conference event next year”.

- Yolanda le Roux, 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


Rooms have been made available at The Vineyard Hotel and Spa to HedgeNews Africa symposium delegates for the evenings of 19 and 20 February 2014. Should you be interested in making use of this group booking, please complete the booking form and submit before the 4th of January 2014.

R 2,195.00 per single room, per night
R 2,645.00 per double room, per night
R 2,595.00 per single room, per night
R 3,045.00 per double room, per night
These rates are inclusive of Breakfast and 14% VAT.

The following alternative accommodation options can be considered for HedgeNews Africa Symposium delegates:


Newlands Southern Sun Hotel (Newlands)
Tel: 021-683 6562

City Lodge V&A (Waterfront)
Tel: 021-419 9450

15 on Orange (Gardens)
Tel: 021-430. 5302

Andros Boutique Hotel (Claremont)
Tel: 021-797 9777

Medindi Manor Boutique Hotel (Rosebank / Rondebosch)
Tel: 021-686 3563

Upper East Side Hotel (Woodstock)
Tel: 021-404 0570

Guest Houses:

Riversong Guest House (Newlands)
Tel: 021-683 8394

Fernwood Manor Boutique Guest House (Newlands)
Tel: 021-674 4406

Highlands Country House (Kenilworth)
Tel: 021-797 8810

Palm House Luxury Guest House (Wynberg)
Tel: 021-761 5009

Bed & Breakfasts:

Westwinds Luxury B&B (Kenilworth)
Tel: 021-762 4213

Chambery (Kenilworth)
Tel: 021-797 9531