In its ninth year, the HedgeNews Africa Symposium again brought together a capacity audience in Cape Town to discuss pertinent issues driving global markets today.
Keynote speakers Christina McGuire of Elephant Asset Management and David Berman of Berman Capital Management shared valuable insights on the issues affecting fund managers, challenging them to focus on their strengths in the search for alpha in a fast-changing world.
Amid criticism from some quarters that the hedge fund industry had lost its mojo in ever-more crowded and institutional space, panellists discussed new strategies, evolving technologies, product structures and investor behaviours – and what the industry needs to do to retain its edge.
Allocators noted that hedge funds were again on the radar of prominent investors in an uncertain world, while other alternative assets also had a role to play in helping to achieve portfolio returns over time.
Panellists also discussed the regulatory environment in South Africa and around the world, and what fund managers needed to do as they built their businesses in challenging times. Also on the agenda was corporate governance – much in the spotlight after a series of corporate scandals in South Africa – as well as the role activist investors can and do play in the corporate world.
For full coverage of the February 2018 event, click here.
The 2019 Symposium is provisionally scheduled for February 21, 2019 in Cape Town.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
For accommodation at the Vineyard Hotel or alternative options, please click here.
The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2018 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 5.5 CPD Points (Knowledge), which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.
07h00-07h50 REGISTRATION Tea, coffee and refreshments
08h00-08h15 Welcome and introduction
08h15-09h00 PANEL SESSION Macro outlook: setting the scene for 2018.
09h00-09h30 Unearthing Alpha in Emerging Markets
Featured speaker: Christina McGuire, Elephant Asset Management
09h30 -10h15 PANEL SESSION GOING GLOBAL: South African fund managers are looking beyond the country’s borders as more JSE-listed firms expand globally, while other offshore opportunities appear attractive due to a weak domestic economy. Do managers have what it takes to succeed in a competitive global market?
09h30-10h15 REGULATORY AND OPERATIONS FORUM The South African hedge fund industry now functions in a regulated environment. Panellists examine the operating environment for hedge funds, and zoom in on the hot-button issues for 2018.
Venue: Terrace Room
10h15-10h45 tea, coffee, refreshments
10h45-11h15 VIEWPOINT Investing for growth: What is the most likely outcome for South Africa’s embattled state-owned companies? What is required to put them on a sustainable trajectory? And who can do it? Featured speaker: Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail
11h15-12h00 PANEL SESSION What forces are shaping the global hedge fund industry today, and where do allocators see opportunity?
12h00-12h30 VIEWPOINT David Berman, Berman Capital Management
12h30-14h00 LUNCH in EXHIBITION ROOM
14h00-14h40 PANEL SESSION Working smart: How technology is driving change in the hedge fund industry.
14h40-15h20 PANEL SESSION Activist investing: The private sector is under pressure to take a stand and make a difference in complicated times. Meet the managers at the forefront of driving change from within.
14h40-15h20 STREAM SESSION Exploring offshore opportunities: Having the right infrastructure in place is key to building a successful global business. Experts discuss the shifting global landscape and point to key risks and opportunities. Venue: Terrace Room
15h20-15h30 Tea, coffee, refreshments
15h30-16h15 PANEL SESSION Alternative assets are designed to offer something different. Is the industry doing enough in creating new products that offer a range of innovative solutions beyond mainstream fare?
15h30-16h15 STREAM SESSION The Pan Africa perspective: African markets moved higher in 2017 after a multi-year retraction. What is the state of play for key African markets in 2018?
16h15-16h55 CLOSING SESSION Risky business: Corporate governance is a pressing issue in emerging markets, and for good reason. To what extent will recent events such as the Steinhoff crash, coupled with allegations of political meddling in the corporate sector, change fund manager behaviour?
16h55 Closing remarks
* timing and subject matter in this agenda is provisional and subject to change at the organiser’s discretion
Confirmed speakers so far:
Matthew Arnott, Deutsche Bank
Craig Bandason, Imara
Cornelis Batten, Realfin Collective Investments
David Berman, Berman Capital Management
Paul Boynton, Old Mutual Alternatives
Ruard Buys, Marble Rock Asset Management
Robert Childs, Prescient International
Juan Coetzer, Ashburton Investments
Chris Edwards, Absa Capital
Ulrike Engling, Visio Capital
Kobus Esterhuysen, Peregrine Securities
Claire Farley, aosphere
Andrew Frankish, SANNE Group
Albrecht Gantz, Prescient Analytics
Patrick Ghali, Sussex Partners
Grant Hogan, Independent Alternatives
Heather James, Federal Street Partners
Ken Kinsey-Quick, Diamond Capital Management
Ben Kodisang, Sanlam Investments
Jonathan Kruger, Africa Merchant Capital
Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail
Christina McGuire, Elephant Asset Management
Isaah Mhlanga, Rand Merchant Bank
Rahul Moodgal, independent
Udesh Naicker, FSB
Niki Natarajan, In.INK
Carmen Nel, Matrix Fund Managers
Dr Hugo Nelson, FVC Advisors
Gideon Niewoudt, Southern Right Capital
Alexander Orr, BlackRock Alternative Specialists
Sven Richter, Drakens Capital
Paul Robinson, Laurium Capital
Chris Roelofse, STANLIB Multi-Manager
Justin Sage, Ducat
Andrew Schultz, Investec Africa Securities
Richard Simpson, Obsidian Capital
Sam Sithole, Value Capital Partners
Marcus Storr, Feri Trust
Steven van Jaarsveld, Methodical Investment Management
Marius van Wyk, Empiric Capital
Heiko van Wyngaarden, Optis Capital
Fatima Vawda, 27four Investment Managers
Jean Pierre Verster, Fairtree Capital
Eugene Visagie, Novare Investments
Elmien Wagenaar, THINK.CAPITAL
Monene Watson, Old Mutual Multi Managers
Paul Wilkes, Collas Crill
Chris Willis, All Weather Capital
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis
Jarred Winer, Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management
The Symposium attracts the top hedge fund managers, investors and service providers focusing on the African region.
Our programme is created by an editorial team who track the industry year round, giving us the edge in creating a topical and timely agenda that covers the real issues in the market.
We facilitate executive-level discussions with company decision-makers on our impressive speaker list, contributing via panel sessions and keynote speeches.
The one-day forum is held in a closed-door environment with no other media present, allowing participants the freedom to engage in in-depth discussions as well as interactive Q&A sessions.
For a full list of companies that attended the 2017 HedgeNews Africa Symposium, please email email@example.com
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
• 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
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).
“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