2019 Symposium

Adam Chamberlain of London-based independent asset management firm CDAM will be a featured speaker at the HedgeNews Africa ‘Finding Alpha’ Symposium 2019, which is scheduled for February 21 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

Our 10th annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium comes at a critical juncture for the South African industry, which is navigating tough markets with an economy under pressure, while simultaneously needing to demonstrate its value proposition to sceptical investors in a newly regulated environment.

Chamberlain started CDAM, which has assets under management of more than US$900 million, in 2006 with former JPMorgan colleague Scott Davies. CDAM launched their “hedged equity” global opportunities investment strategy in April that year, investing in a concentrated portfolio of developed-world securities with listed futures and options, before launching a long-only version of the strategy in 2012. The funds have since been approved for marketing in South Africa under Section 65 of the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (see HedgeNews Africa, September 2018).

Chamberlain joined JPMorgan’s graduate trainee programme in 1989 after gaining first-class honours in Banking and International Finance from City University Business School. Over the next 13 years he worked in a variety of roles for JPMorgan both in London and New York, including working across the money markets, credit, government, swap and option markets. In 2002 he joined Barclays Capital in New York, helping them develop and then consolidate their foothold in the US market, before returning to London to launch CDAM.

Chamberlain’s experiences of building a fund management business over the past decade will provide invaluable insights for South African managers, who face similar challenges of delivering alpha for a demanding investor base in tough markets, while striving to build viable businesses that meet a raft of evolving regulatory and operational requirements.

Among other top talent confirmed for the line-up in 2019 is Akshay Krishnan, head of macro and trading strategies at Stenham Asset Management, and Michael Rhodes, senior portfolio manager with the quantitative investment strategies team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM).

Krishnan has been with Stenham for the past five years, where he is responsible for research coverage of discretionary and systematic macro, commodities, quantitative and relative-value trading strategies across the range of Stenham funds and bespoke portfolios. Stenham has provided discretionary investment management services to investors for over 30 years, including pension funds, family offices, private banks, asset managers, charities and high-net-worth individuals, with assets of US$4.2 billion.

At GSAM, Rhodes focuses on Alternative Risk Premia solutions for institutions, third-party distributors and private wealth management in the EMEA region. GSAM is the asset management arm of the investment management division in The Goldman Sachs Group, and has been providing discretionary investment advisory services since 1988, with AUM of $1.4 trillion as of December 2017.

‘Finding Alpha’ 2019 topics include:

•    Creative thinking for a Darwinian industry
•    Adapting to change – now or never
•    African alternatives – ideas and opportunities
•    Understanding the nature of hedge fund returns
•    Strategy focus: what’s working in today’s markets
•    The macro outlook for investors
•    Frontier and emerging markets: where to from here?
•    Are investors on board with alternatives?
•    The way forward for multi-managers
•    Regulated vs private structures: pros and cons
•    Achieving hedge fund returns at lower fees

Booking Rates

Register by December 7 to receive a 10% early-bird discount (standard rate bookings only)

• Standard booking rate: $650/R9,000
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $550/R7,650
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $500/R6,750

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

Not-for-profit hedge fund investors, pension fund trustees and financial advisers are eligible for discounted rates. Please email for information.

To download the Symposium booking form, please click here.

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fpi-cpd-2-finalThe 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.


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Speakers list will be updated soon.

Who Attends?

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

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

Contact Us

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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, Kinsey-Quick Capital Management

“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