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2017 Symposium

Theodore Qi Shou, Hong Kong-based CIO of Skybound Capital, and leading global hedge funds lawyer Peter Astleford, from Dechert in London, will be addressing the HedgeNews Africa Symposium on February 16, at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

Shou joined Skybound Capital in 2011, where he helped set up its Asian business. He was subsequently promoted to the group’s chief investment officer. With a background in academia in China, Shou started his career lecturing economics at a Chinese university before working in investment roles with HSBC for six years, specialising in manager selection and portfolio construction, based in London, New York, Geneva and Hong Kong. In 2010, he helped found a prominent family office in Hong Kong, where he was in charge of managing multi-asset portfolios. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Shanghai International Studies University. A CFA charterholder and a CAIA charterholder, he also serves as a chapter executive at CAIA Hong Kong.

Theodore Qi Shou

Peter Astleford

As a Chinese national, Shou has unique insights into the world’s second biggest economy and its effects on the global outlook. His experience and current role will allow him to share important insights on what global investors are looking for in a changeable landscape, how multi-management firms are meeting their needs, and how Africa fits into the investment scene.

Peter Astleford, partner and co-head of financial services at Dechert LLP, will discuss the evolving regulatory landscape for the global hedge fund industry. He has more than 25 years’ experience advising fund managers, banks, brokers and corporates with regard to financial services regulatory work and onshore and offshore funds. He is co-chair of the firm’s global financial services group and heads the group in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Astleford has advised on structuring and cross-border business in many jurisdictions and is a lead author of How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Europe.

Also part of the early line-up is Rahul Moodgal, previously a partner and head of investor relations and business development for London-based hedge fund management firm TCI Platform, who is now an independent professional helping investment managers to build their businesses.

Between 2005 and 2009 he helped build TCI, Parvus, TCI New Horizon, KDA Capital, and Algebris Investments, and today he works with managers in London, Singapore, Beijing and Houston. Prior to TCI, he was head of international institutional clients at UBP London and before that head of client service at TT International.

Besides key international speakers, the Symposium will also include a line-up of leading South African hedge fund managers and investors, showcasing the talents at work in the markets and helping industry players take stock and chart the way forward in volatile times.


  • The new regulatory environment: are we there yet?
  • Threats and opportunities – where to from here?
  • Hedge fund strategies that work in tough times
  • The psychology of success: Building businesses that last
  • Is Africa over the worst? Taking the continent’s temperature
  • What do investors want, and are they getting it?


Register by December 9 to receive a 10% early-bird discount.

  • Standard booking rate: $530/R8,000
  • 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $450/R6,800
  • 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $400/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.

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

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2016 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 8 CPD (continuous professional development) points, which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.

2017 Sponsors




Merchant Bank


Deutsche Bank






Albourne Village
Savvy Investor Media

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