The Hedge Fund Business Forum 2017

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Strategic Thinking in Operations & Business Management

10 May 2017, Institute of Directors, London


Alexandru Agachi, Empiric Capital
Alexandru Agachi is a co-founder and the COO of Empiric Capital, a systematic asset management firm headquartered in London. After initial studies at LSE, he completed 4 graduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas in technology and science, focusing on the thorium nuclear fuel cycle, surgical robotics, neuroanatomy and imagery, and biomedical innovation. He wrote his last dissertation on the valuation of early stage healthcare companies, before returning to the investing field with Empiric. Previously, he worked at UBP in hedge funds research, Deutsche Bank, the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, and conducted a consulting project for the CIO office at Investec. He is also a guest lecturer in big data and analytics at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris.
John Anderson, Park Square Capital
John Anderson is the general counsel of Park Square Capital. As general counsel, John oversees all legal, regulatory and compliance matters in relation to Park Square and its funds. John is a non-voting member of the Investment Committee and a member of the Risk Committee and the Executive Committee. Prior to joining Park Square in 2014, John was an international counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton in London, whose practice focused on the tax aspects of international private investment fund formation, including private equity, debt and real estate investment funds, and cross-border acquisitions, dispositions and financings. John joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in 2000 in New York, before moving to the London office in 2003. John received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000 where he was an Olin Fellow.
Peter Astleford, Dechert
Peter Astleford is partner, financial services and investment management at Dechert. He has more than 25 years’ experience in providing advice to 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. Peter has advised on structuring and cross border business in many jurisdictions and is a lead author to, inter alia, How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Europe and Comparative Jurisdiction Guide: Where to Set up and, Perhaps, Manage a Hedge Fund published by ISI and Hedge Funds and the Law published by Sweet & Maxwell. Peter is recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in the leading directories, including Chambers Europe 2016 and the fifth edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for financial services and investment funds. He is ranked as one of the world’s leading lawyers for investment funds in Euromoney’s Banking, Finance and Transactional Guide 2016 and as one of the world's top 30 practitioners for investment funds in Expert Guides: Best of the Best (2017, 2016 and 2015 editions). The 2017 edition notes peers as commenting “he is one of the world’s leading private funds lawyers with a wonderful practice.” Peter has also been selected to the Thomson Reuters London Super Lawyers list.
Chris Bentley, Cairn Capital
Chris Bentley is the chief operating officer of Cairn Capital and a member of the Executive Management Committee. Prior to joining Cairn Capital in 2005, he spent 10 years at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he undertook a variety of roles including strategic change management and new business development as well as derivative operations and Global Head of Emerging Markets Operations. Prior to CSFB, Chris worked at Swiss Bank Corporation and JP Morgan in derivative operations and middle office roles.
Andrew Bird, Aspect Capital
Andrew Bird, who joined Aspect Capital in March 2005, held various roles including head of tax and group financial controller until 2013 when he was promoted to finance director, heading up the company’s Finance, Treasury and Tax functions. In 2014, Andrew took on responsibility for the Fund Accounting team. He is a member of both the Senior Management team and the Operational Risk committee. Andrew joined Aspect from Lloyds TSB where he worked as a risk manager within the Finance function. Prior to that, Andrew spent six months working on secondment for Deloitte in the London office after being transferred from Deloitte Brisbane, where he had joined the graduate scheme in 2000. He was promoted to Audit Manager with the Audit and Advisory division in 2004. Andrew qualified as a charted accountant in 2003 and also holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia where he graduated in November 1999.
Gus Black, Dechert
Gus Black is partner, financial services and investment management at Dechert. He focuses his practice on investment funds (emphasising private equity, debt and hedge funds), establishing and restructuring international asset management businesses, corporate and commercial transactions in the asset management sector and general UK financial services regulation. Gus is recommended in the area of investment funds by Chambers UK 2017 which cites clients as stating that he is “excellent, incredibly attentive and unbelievable knowledgeable.” He is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2016 which states that he is "without a doubt one of the top lawyers in the funds space." Gus is listed as a leading lawyer by Who's Who Legal Private Funds 2016, which notes that he has a "strong reputation in the market for his advice in relation to fund formation and always goes the extra mile for his clients." In 2015, Private Funds Management named Gus in its list of the “top 30 private funds lawyers under 40”.
Trudi Boardman, Cambridge Associates
Trudi Boardman is senior investment director in the Pension Practice at Cambridge Associates. She is an investment director specialising in hedge funds and is based in Cambridge Associates’ London office. Trudi works with a number of foundation, sovereign wealth, pension and family clients in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Cambridge Associates in 2013, she worked as a portfolio manager and research analyst at Partners Advisers S.A, a Swiss based family office/Hedge Fund of Funds for seven years. Prior to Partners Advisers she was a vice president at Morgan Stanley & Co. International Ltd, London in Prime Brokerage. She has a BA (Hons), University of Durham, and is a CAIA Charterholder.
Malcolm Butler, Selwood AM
Malcolm Butler is a founding partner and chief operating officer at Selwood AM. Selwood launched its market neutral Credit Master Fund in September 2015, a UCITS strategy at the end of first quarter 2016 and recently launched a fund of one structure during the first quarter of 2017. Firm-wide funds stand at over $630m and Selwood currently operates with a team of 12. Prior to joining Selwood AM, Malcolm was a senior partner and COO at COMAC Capital, from 2008 until 2015. COMAC offered a global macro strategy and at its peak ran $6bn of assets, employing over 65 staff. During his tenure, Malcolm was responsible for building out all business activities within the company, he sat on COMAC Europe’s Investment Committee, became chairman in 2013 and until the end of May 2015 was a director on the board of the COMAC Funds. Prior to joining COMAC, he worked for Citigroup and was the EMEA head of securities and funds services having run Investor Services and Global Cash Re-investment for the group. He held previous positions as managing director, CFO, for the Global Transaction Services EMEA businesses in London; and had been the global COO for the proprietary Risk Treasury business, having held various trading and management roles before that. He joined Citigroup as a management associate in 1991. Mr Butler is an MSc Sloan Fellow from London Business School.  He has an MA (Joint Hons) in Politics and Modern History from Edinburgh University. He is also a Trustee and Chairman of The Butler Trust, a prison/offender management awards charity. He sits on the national development board of an education charity and is on the board of the St Martin’s in the Fields Trust.
Rachel Fenwick, LaSalle Investment Management
Rachel Fenwick is Global Funds Counsel at LaSalle Investment Management, and is responsible for the legal aspects of capital raising, including fund structuring, investor negotiations, document preparation and marketing advice (i.e., legal issues and review of investor documentation) with respect to all co-mingled funds across the global LaSalle platform. Prior to joining LaSalle, Rachel was a Senior Associate in the Financial Services Group at Dechert LLP, where she spent time in the London, New York, Paris and Brussels offices.
Alberto Gallo, Algebris Investments
Alberto Gallo is a portfolio manager, head of macro strategies and partner at Algebris investments, where he is responsible for leading Global Macro strategies and managing the Algebris Macro Credit Fund.

 He joined Algebris in April 2016. Previously, Alberto set up and headed the Global Macro Credit Research team at RBS, leading idea generation across credit markets. He was top-ranked by Institutional Investor's All Europe Fixed Income Survey over the past four years, most recently #1 for Investment Grade Strategy and #2 for High Yield Strategy for the second year running, and #2 for Fixed Income General Strategy.

 Alberto is active in the financial policy debate as an advisor to central banks and regulators on macro financial stability and as a frequent contributor to the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. His track record in research includes foreseeing the 2008 crisis as well as the European crisis of 2010, the subsequent central bank driven recovery, and the most recent slowdown in Emerging Markets and China.

 Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs in New York and prior to that at Bear Stearns. Alberto is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University, cum laude. He served in the Navy at the “F. Morosini” academy in Venice, Italy, where he led the Andromeda class of cadets and won national athletics competitions.
Linda Gorman, Quintillion
Linda Gorman is chief executive officer and co-founder of Quintillion. Linda served as COO and head of risk and compliance prior to being appointed CEO in 2016. Linda has over 20 years of experience in financial services, specialising in the fund services sector. Prior to co-founding Quintillion, Linda was chief operations officer and head of Fund Accounting at PFPC International, part of PNC Bank. Linda is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Ireland.
Kevin Gundle, Aurum Funds
Kevin is a founding member of Aurum Fund Management Ltd. and chief executive officer of Aurum Funds Limited and Aurum Research Limited, the research arm of the Aurum Group. Kevin is also a director of several of Aurum's Bermuda and Irish listed offshore funds. Kevin has been investing in the alternative investment industry for more than 25 years and oversees Aurum Research Limited's research, risk and investment processes. Kevin is a trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and the One to One Children’s Fund. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Computer & Control Engineering.
Stephen Hedgecock, Altis Partners
Stephen Hedgecock has worked in the financial industry for 30 years with experience in corporate operations, implementing systematic trading systems, derivatives dealing, and business development. Since 2005 he has been a principal of Altis Partners (Jersey), a prominent Jersey-based hedge fund, serving on the Executive board, and both Risk and Investment Committees. From 2000 until 2005 the same role was held at Altis Partners in London. Previously he was executive director at QCM and prior to that at Sabre Fund Management. Both firms specialised in computerised derivative trading strategies. During 1990 and 1991, Stephen worked as a trader at Moore Capital Management and prior to that he was employed in the foreign exchange department with Citibank in New York. Today, in addition to his role with Altis, he holds a directorship with Stratagem Technologies, a company specialising in artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to the outcome of sporting events. He is also involved in a multi-family office based in Jersey, Channel Islands, which makes strategic investments in early stage businesses across a wide range of industry sectors.
Jon Howard, Anavio Capital Partners
Jon Howard is the CFO and COO of Anavio, and oversees the operations, finance and compliance functions of the firm. Prior to joining the Investment Manager, Mr Howard was Head of Operations at Algebris Investments (2015-2016). From 2012 to 2015, Mr Howard was Head of Operations at Lucidus Capital Partners. Between 2005-2012, Mr Howard worked in various Operations roles at Barclays Capital, and before that at JP Morgan (2003-2005). Mr Howard received a BSc (Hons) from Loughborough University.
Robert Howie, Mercer Investments
Robert Howie is a principal in the Hedge Fund Boutique, a unit within Mercer Investments. Located in London, he leads the manager research and generation of intellectual capital for alternative assets in Europe, focusing on hedge funds, insurance-linked securities, multi-asset and other liquid alternative strategies. Additionally, he advises institutional investors on the use of alternative assets, including manager selections and portfolio construction. Robert has nearly 20 years of experience within the financial services industry, and has been with Mercer for over 15 years. While at Mercer he been involved in both research and has consulted to clients across Europe and the Middle East, including pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and wealth managers. Prior to joining Mercer, he worked for Barclays in London and African Life (now part of Sanlam) in South Africa. Robert has a Master of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Chris Jones, Graham Capital
Chris Jones is chief executive of Graham Capital LLP, Graham Capital Management’s London-based affiliate, responsible for managing the business operations of GCM’s London office as well as the firm’s European investor relations. Prior to joining Graham in 2016, Chris was managing director and head of investment advisory at bfinance, an investment consultant, from March 2012 to February 2016, where he managed relationships with a variety of global institutional and private clients. From January 2005 to February 2012, he was chief investment officer of Key Asset Management, a fund of hedge funds, where he was responsible for the oversight of the investment and risk management of a several funds of hedge funds. Chris is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge, where he lectures postgraduate courses on hedge funds and risk management at the Judge Business School. He received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1992 and a PhD in Mathematical Finance from the University of Cambridge in 2000.
Michelle Kirschner, Macfarlanes
Michelle Kirschner is a partner in financial services regulation at Macfarlanes. She works with asset managers and other (predominantly buy-side) financial institutions, including hedge fund managers, pension fund managers, private equity firms and private wealth managers at the most senior level, advising them on regulatory “hot topics” such as regulation of senior management, corporate governance structures and conduct risk. She has extensive experience in advising clients on areas such as systems and controls, conduct of business and regulatory change management, including MiFID II, MAR, EMIR, and SFTR. Michelle also advises broadly on the UK / European market abuse regimes, as well as anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements. Following the EU referendum, Michelle has spent considerable time advising regulated clients in relation to their options for conducting business in / into the EU following Brexit. Michelle has particular experience in contentious regulatory matters, including acting as a section 166 skilled person under the Financial Services and Markets Act. She has also conducted internal investigations, in particular reviews of corporate governance and systems and controls in the context of EU and UK regulatory requirements and expectations.
Conrad-LevyConrad Levy, Brummer & Partners
Conrad Levy graduated from Cambridge University in 1990 and then joined KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked as an auditor and strategic consultant. Conrad left KPMG to run a dotcom filming music and then spent worked for a number of years as an independent corporate financial consultant. In 2006, he joined Peloton Partners, a large London-based hedge fund manager, as Chief Operating Officer, In-House Legal Adviser and Chief Compliance Officer. On the back of his experience in managing the wind-down of Peloton, he created Elsworthy Associates, a specialist consultancy focusing on hedge fund due diligence, turnarounds and liquidations, leveraging a strategic partnership with PwC. In 2009, he uncovered irregularities at the Weavering Capital, and worked closely with PwC to manage the ensuing fall-out and investigations. In 2011, he joined Benros Capital LLP as COO; the fund was backed by Brummer (Europe's 5th largest Hedge Fund) and when Benros closed Conrad was appointed the Global Chief Operating office of Brummer. Conrad is the Treasurer of Fair Trials International, a charity that helps hundreds of people a year uphold their right to a fair trial when arrested in a country other than their own, and a trustee of Kiya Survivors, a charity that supports abused and abandoned children in Peru.
Ian-LynchIan Lynch, BNP Paribas Securities Services
Ian Lynch is the global head of hedge fund services at BNP Paribas Securities Services. For over 20 years, he has supported hedge fund managers in growing, adapting and elevating their businesses. Ian was previously a managing director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division and a member of the Equities department with responsibility for the Prime Fund Services (PFS) business globally. Prior to the establishment of PFS, Ian was responsible for the Advanced Prime Services business in EMEA. He was also the country head of the Credit Suisse Group in Ireland. Ian joined the Credit Suisse Group in June 2007 from Bhramavira Capital Partners, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Ian worked at Citigroup for two years as a director, responsible for prime brokerage sales. Prior to Citigroup, Ian was a managing director at Citco Fund Services, where he spent six years in various management roles across Europe and Asia.
Corinna Mitchell, Pemberton Capital Advisors
Corinna Mitchell has 21 years’ experience as a lawyer, 12 years of which was as a partner in law firms in London. Ms. Mitchell joined the Pemberton Group in July 2015. Since 2015, she has been a partner and General Counsel at Pemberton. Corinna is responsible for supporting the activities of Pemberton’s funds by assisting in negotiating the terms, and advising on the structuring, of the funds’ investments, as well as overseeing the legal aspects of the structuring of the funds’ investment vehicles. Before joining the Pemberton Group, from 2008 to 2015 Corinna was a partner of Dechert LLP in London, where she focused on banking and finance transactions, acting for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. Her experience includes acting on European cross border deals, including acquisitions, recapitalisations and restructurings. Before joining Dechert LLP in 2008, she worked at Baker & McKenzie, which she joined in 1999 as an associate. Ms. Mitchell was elected a partner in Baker & McKenzie in 2003. Corinna began her career at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) in Melbourne, Australia in 1994. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, Australia in 1995 and as a solicitor in England in 1998. Corinna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) and a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm).
Rahul-Moodgal_newRahul Moodgal
Rahul works independently to assist firms build out their businesses. Today he is focused on managers in London and Singapore. He was previously Head of Investor Relations for the TCI Platform (2005-2009) and prior to that worked at UBP (2004-2005) and TT International (1998-2004).
Michael Murphy, Inverewe Capital
Michael is COO of Inverewe Capital, a Credit Long Short / Capital Structure focused investment management company in London, Ireland and Dubai. He has over 20 years of financial services experience with extensive expertise in Prime Brokerage / Equity Finance and Hedge Funds. Michael ran several "How to Start a Hedge Fund" conferences and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Prior to Inverewe Capital, he was a founding partner and COO of Strategis Capital Management, which was a Quant / Global Macro focused manager based in London, Hong Kong and Cayman from 2011 to 2014. He was Head of Business Development and Prime Service Sales / Client Service at BNP Paribas from 2006 to 2010. From 2000 to 2006, Michael was integral in building the Prime Services product at Deutsche Bank as a Global Sales Team Leader focused on international product financing for leading USA and European Hedge Funds. He started his Prime Brokerage career at Bear Stearns where he was Managing Director and established the London based Bear Stearns International Prime Brokerage product in 1996. Prior to Bear Stearns, Michael worked at IMS (which subsequently became IFS State Street) with a global focus on Hedge Fund financing, treasury and NAV accounting. He started his financial career in New York City at Arthur Andersen in 1991 prior to graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Accounting and also achieved CPA status in New York State.
Niki-NatarajanNiki Natarajan, In Ink
After writing and editing InvestHedge for more than 12 years, Niki founded In Ink (London), a company specialising in creative content and communication. Niki has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial journalist with a focus on asset management and in particular the global funds of hedge funds industry. During this time, Niki organised and hosted the InvestHedge Forum, a two-day event held connecting investors with hedge funds, and the InvestHedge Awards, the annual gala dinner rewarding top performing funds of hedge funds. An experienced moderator on investor panels, Niki now also presents on communication-related topics, most recently at the Amsterdam Investor Forum, HedgeNews Africa and AIMA. Prior to HedgeFund Intelligence, Niki was at Financial News, launch editor of Global Fund News, editor of Foreign Exchange Letter, and reporter on Global Money Management. A qualified NLP coach, Niki graduated in Geography from Durham University.
Paud O’Keeffe, BNP Paribas Securities Services
Paud O'Keeffe is the head of innovation at BNP Paribas Securities Services. He leads the newly founded Innovation Lab, recognising the critical role innovation must play in driving growth at BNP Paribas amid accelerating disruptive forces and heightened customer expectations. A career innovator, Paud and his team partner with BNP Paribas' businesses to shepherd creativity and implement breakthrough solutions for BNP Paribas clients. His experience prior to BNP Paribas spans multiple industries; public sector, advertising, education and information technology. Previous roles include Head of research and development at Citi Innovation Lab, Directory of technology, innovation and new ventures at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and technical director at Paud is chairman of the Irish Funds Fintech working group and holds a degree in Applied Physics.
Martin Pabari, CQS
Martin is chief operating officer, responsible for all of the infrastructure teams at CQS including middle and back office, HR, finance and legal. He chairs the CQS Executive Committee, is a member of the CQS Strategy Board and is also a director of CQS Investment Management Limited. Prior to joining CQS in 2003, Martin was a director at Credit Suisse in product control, covering both fixed income and equity derivative products. Most recently, he was European head of equity product control. Martin holds an MA (Hons) in Mathematics from Robinson College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Kumar Panja, J.P. Morgan
Kumar Panja is a managing director in J. P. Morgan’s Prime Services business and is head of the European consulting group, which provides strategic consulting services to alternative asset managers. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Kumar was senior counsel at Goldman Sachs International in London. Before that, he worked for Allen and Overy London where he practiced as a finance lawyer. Kumar is a member of the Strategic Partner Advisory Committee and International Affairs Committee of the Managed Funds Association and participates on a number of committees of AFME. He graduated from the London School of Economics.
Donald Pepper,
Donald Pepper was most recently head of alternatives and institutional at Old Mutual Global Investors (Dec 2012–Mar 2017). Alternatives AUM grew from $485m to $10bn over this period. A large focus of the firm’s alternatives products was quantitative. The quant EMN strategy, which had both a UCITS and Cayman version, grew from $78m to $8.5bn during this period. Two further quant funds were launched recently. A multi-asset Style Premia absolute return UCITS fund, in December 2016, and a short term CTA QIAIF in January 2017. Donald’s responsibilities included being a member of Style Premia Investment Committee which provided ongoing oversight of the management of this strategy. Before joining Old Mutual, Donald was investment director at TT International (Oct 2010-Nov 2012), where his focus was primarily on the multi-asset global macro strategy managed by Tim Tacchi. Prior to that Donald was head of hedge funds at Henderson Global Investors (Sept 2008-Oct 2010) which he joined when Henderson acquired New Star Asset Management, where Donald was head of alternatives. Donald’s responsibilities included being co-portfolio manager on two funds of hedge funds and he allocated to both Cayman and UCITs strategies including a quant global FX strategy and a quant EMN strategy. Prior to this Donald was managing director of prime brokerage for EMEA at Merrill Lynch (Feb 2003-Sept 2008) where he was responsible for substantially growing their prime brokerage business. Prior to this Donald spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs, in fixed income sales (Feb 1987-Aug 2000) and prime brokerage sales (Aug 2000- Feb 2003). Donald read Philosophy, Politics & Economics at The Queen’s College, Oxford where he received an MA and is a CFA Charterholder.
Nick Rustad, J.P. Morgan
Nick Rustad is a managing director and global head of derivatives clearing at J.P. Morgan. In this role, he oversees J.P Morgan’s listed and OTC clearing and Intermediation business, which includes exchange traded futures and options, OTC rates and credit products, and FX prime brokerage. Nick is a veteran of J.P. Morgan with extensive trading, risk, and operational management experience. Prior to his current role, Nick was head of EMEA Emerging Markets Rates Trading from 2010 to 2015, where he built what was widely acknowledged to be the street-leading franchise. Before that, he held senior risk positions across the region, including a period as treasurer of J.P. Morgan Moscow. Nick graduated in 2000 with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management from Nottingham Trent University. He is a board member of the FIA and a member of J.P. Morgan U.K. management committee.
Savvas Savouri, Toscafund Asset Management
Savvas Savouri has been involved in commercial finance since 1991 when he Joined Hoare Govett as their UK economist. Since then, he has worked for the capital markets divisions of Lazard, Credit Lyonnais, and Commerzbank, having started his career with ABN AMRO, in each case in the capacity of head of quantitative finance. In 2005 Savvas founded QuantMetriksResearch a business advising a range of investment firms across Europe and the United States. In 2008 QuantMetriksResearch was absorbed by Toscafund, where Savvas is now a Partner and Chief Economist. Part of his responsibility is the production of thematic Discussion Papers. Savvas has also taught extensively, in London at the LSE and the University of Woolwich, as well as at Oxford and Moscow Universities, covering statistics, mathematics, and economics. He has authored various academic papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including one authored alongside a recent Nobel Prize winner. Savvas holds a doctorate in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.
Magnus Spence, Jupiter
Magnus Spence joined Jupiter in August 2016 and is head of investment, alternatives. He is responsible for developing and expanding Jupiter’s capability in Alternative investments. Magnus has experience in the alternatives asset management industry stretching back to 2002. Prior to joining Jupiter he was head of product at Fidante Partners (formerly Dexion Capital) from early 2015. His role there involved the development of a liquid alternatives investment management platform. Before that, Magnus was chief executive and managing partner of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP from 2011-2014, a specialist equity firm which he co-founded in 2002. In this position, he developed the firm’s hedge fund, specialist equity fund and segregated account business aimed at both UK and international clients.
Lynda Stoelker, Stenham Asset Management
Lynda is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and responsible the oversight of the research process. As Head of Investment Research, Lynda has orchestrated the growth and development of the current research team and its processes and is responsible for the day-to-day management, assisting with the direction of research, ensuring the process is efficient and that best practice is employed at all times. Prior to this role Lynda was responsible for equity long/short strategies, with a particular focus on Asia and Emerging Markets, having launched the Stenham Asia Fund in 2005. Lynda joined Stenham in 1999 and has spearheaded many initiatives during her tenure thus far. Prior to joining Stenham, Lynda held a role in a financial services firm. Lynda is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Suling-TsangSuling Tsang
Suling is an independent consultant working with investment managers and service providers building out their businesses. She was previously a director at Citi Investor Services and Morgan Stanley Prime Brokerage. While in prime brokerage she held positions within Business Advisory, Product Development and Sales and Marketing. She has worked with a variety of clients including start up boutique hedge funds, franchise hedge funds, asset managers and managed account platforms. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Suling was a management consultant specialising in technology and business reengineering at Deloitte and Accenture.
Sushil Wadhwani, Wadhwani Asset Management
Dr Sushil Wadhwani CBE is currently CEO of Wadhwani Asset Management LLP. Sushil was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England between 1999-2002.
From 1995-1999, Sushil was Head of the Quantitative Systems Group and Partner at Tudor (1995-1999). He was previously Director of Equity Strategy at Goldman Sachs (1991-95) and before that Reader in Economics at the London School of Economics (1984-91). He was also a partner of Caxton Associates (2011-2016). Sushil was educated at the London School of Economics. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He was designated a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002.
Christine Waldron, U.S. Bancorp
Christine Waldron is executive vice president of U.S. Bancorp and serves as global head of U.S. Bancorp Fund Services’ Alternative Investment Solutions division. This division specializes in the unique servicing needs of alternative or private investment products such as hedge funds, offshore funds, and distressed assets. Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, Christine worked in the assurance practice of KPMG focused on investment management and insurance companies. She began her career with a small hedge fund manager overseeing its back and middle office operations. She has 22 years of experience in the industry and 17 years with U.S. Bancorp Fund Services. Christine received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Marquette University.
John-WillisJohn Willis, Wilson Willis
John has over 25 years’ publishing experience across national and specialist media. Until 2013 he was group publisher for HedgeFund Intelligence where he was responsible for the development of the company’s publishing business including EuroHedge, InvestHedge, Absolute Return and AsiaHedge, as well as building the company’s conferences and awards dinners. Prior to joining HedgeFund Intelligence in 2001, John was a publisher at Euromoney and before that sales director at Financial News. In previous years he also worked at The Observer and Yorkshire Television.
Neil-WilsonNeil Wilson, Wilson Willis
Neil was for many years at HedgeFund Intelligence, starting in January 2001 as editor of EuroHedge, and then later becoming managing editor and editorial director for all of the HedgeFund Intelligence publications, which also include AsiaHedge, InvestHedge and Absolute Return, with responsibility for all of their associated online news, special reports and events. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial journalism and publishing, specialising mainly in derivatives and alternative investments. Prior to 2001, he was European editor of MAR/Hedge, editor of Futures & Options Week and assistant editor of The Banker. Over the years, he has contributed to various other publications including The Financial Times, The Economist and Risk magazine. He has a BA with honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Ian Wylie, Naya Capital Management
Ian is a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of Naya, responsible for the non-investment side of the business. Prior to joining the Naya Group, Ian was Chief Executive Officer of Theorema Advisors UK LLP, a European long/short hedge fund group, where he was responsible for all of the non-investment functions of the business. Between 2005 and 2009, Ian was Chief Operating Officer of Gandhara Capital, a Global L/S hedge fund. Prior to Gandhara Capital and between 2001 and 2005, Ian was a Founding Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of GLG Multi-manager Investments, a fund of hedge funds joint venture with GLG Partners. Prior to setting up GLG MMI, Ian worked for 9 years at Morgan Stanley, London, where he held the roles of Vice President, sales and marketing for International Prime Brokerage, Chief Operating Officer of Equity Financing Services and risk analyst. Ian holds a first class degree in Financial Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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