The Hedge Fund Business Forum 2018

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Strategic Thinking in Operations & Business Management

15 May 2018, Institute of Directors, London


"Tim Beck, Stenham Advisors
Tim Beck has 20 years of experience, including eight years with Stenham. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and responsible for portfolio construction/management and client service for bespoke portfolios managed on behalf of family offices and HNWIs. Tim is head of credit and event driven strategies. In 2015, he was listed as one of Financial News magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” in hedge funds. He is also a fund lead for the Stenham Credit Opportunities fund. During his time at Stenham, he has significantly enhanced the process for monitoring credit and fixed income markets, adding depth to the research in this sector. Prior to joining Stenham he was co-head of credit and fixed income strategies at Amundi Al. Prior to Amundi, he was a director at Fitch Ratings, where he focused on credit ratings for financial institutions across a number of geographies. Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen and obtained his MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Jesus College, Oxford.
Abigail Bell, Dechert
Abigail Bell is partner, financial services and investment management at Dechert LLP. She advises on the structuring, establishment and distribution of private funds including hedge, hybrid and private equity products, both regulated and unregulated, across a broad range of asset classes and domiciled in a range of onshore and offshore jurisdictions. Abigail also advises on the negotiation of seed investments, post-launch acceleration capital transactions and revenue sharing arrangements. She has acted on the establishment of a number of asset management businesses and has assisted on the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of corporate documentation, including shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability partnership deeds and fund management and advisory agreements. She also advises investment funds on the use of derivatives, securities lending and repurchase arrangements, give-up arrangements, custody, brokerage and prime brokerage documentation and financing arrangements and associated regulatory requirements including advice on the impact of EMIR, SFTR, MiFID II, MiFIR and AIFMD. In 2017, she was named as one of the 50 leading women in hedge funds by The Hedge Fund Journal.
Gus Black, Dechert
Gus Black is partner, financial services and investment management at Dechert LLP. Gus Black, global co-chair of Dechert's financial services group, focuses his practice on investment funds (emphasising hedge, private equity and debt funds), establishing and restructuring international asset management businesses, corporate and commercial transactions in the asset management sector and general UK financial services regulation. In the sphere of private fund formation, Gus has advised sponsors and cornerstone investors on the structuring, re-structuring, formation and investment of numerous funds and other co-investment structures ranging widely in size, strategy and focus (including numerous hedge strategies, hybrid, private equity, public and private debt, emerging markets, clean tech/energy, agriculture, infrastructure, commodities and real estate). He has advised on funds established in various jurisdictions including Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Luxembourg, Ireland, Singapore, Mauritius, Delaware and England. He also advises on a range of portfolio investments, secondaries and other portfolio transactions.
"Malcolm Butler, Selwood Asset Management
Malcolm Butler is COO at Selwood Asset Management LLP, a market neutral investment manager specialising in credit. The firm was launched in September 2015 and has approximately $1.3bn AUM. Prior to Selwood AM, Malcolm was a senior partner and Chairman/COO at COMAC Capital LLP, from 2008 until 2015. COMAC offered a global macro strategy and at its peak ran over $6bn of assets, employing more than 65 staff. Malcolm built out all business activities within the company; 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 Fund(s). He previously worked for Citigroup and was the EMEA head of securities and funds services (2006-08) having run Investor Services and Global Cash Re-investment for the group. He was managing director, CFO, for the Global Transaction Services EMEA businesses in London (2003-2005); was the global COO for the proprietary balance sheet risk business (2000-2003) and held various trading and management positions before that; having joined as a management associate in 1991. Malcolm 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; and he is a trustee and Chairman of the St Martin’s in the Fields Trust.
Sarah Caygill, IPAF
Sarah Caygill is one of the panel directors of IPAF (Industry Professionals for Alternative Funds). She is resident in Switzerland and is an experienced portfolio manager and asset allocator. Sarah holds a Masters degree in Modern Languages and Philosophy from Oxford University and began her career in London at Chase Manhattan in 1984. She subsequently worked as an equity analyst at BZW and Schroders in London, and then as a portfolio manager at Sweden’s Trygg Hansa SPP, before moving to JP Morgan Private Bank in Geneva to manage advisory portfolios. She then ran both institutional and private portfolios as a vice-president of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, also in Geneva. In 2000 Sarah launched White Mountain, a European equity long/short hedge fund and she later joined the main investor in the fund, Canada-based Arrow Hedge Partners. She established Arrow’s European operations, including the manager research and selection for its fund of funds, also serving on Arrow’s investment committee. Sarah now serves as a consultant and independent non-executive director for hedge and private equity funds.
Alan Clarke, Scotiabank
Alan Clarke joined Scotiabank in mid-2011 as head of fixed income strategy for Europe. His principal focus is on the UK economy and particularly inflation. In his time at Scotiabank Alan has achieved various awards, including being ranked in the top 3 most helpful European fixed income analysts during 2017 by Greenwich Partners – voted for by Scotiabank clients. Alan was also ranked number 1 in the annual Sunday Times rankings as most accurate forecaster of the UK economy two years in a row in 2016 and 2017 – something that nobody has achieved since the early 1990s. Alan graduated from University of Southampton with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance and subsequently earned a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Thomas Crow, Mov37 / Protégé Partners
Thomas Crow is an analyst at MOV37 and Protégé Partners, specialising in managers using autonomous learning investment strategies. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a research analyst for Aeris Capital, a Swiss family office, providing analysis of economic and market data, and Robinson Reed Layton. He has a MA in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Barney Dalton, Aspect Capital
Dr Barney Dalton is Chief Technology Officer at Aspect Capital, the $7.5bn London-based systematic investment manager, which he joined in November 2006. As Chief Technology Officer, he leads Aspect's technology teams, which includes responsibility for the development and operation of Aspect's execution infrastructure. He joined Aspect from Brevan Howard, a London-based hedge fund manager, where he worked as a senior quantitative developer from December 2004 to November 2006. From June 2000 to December 2004, he was a Software Team Lead at RadioScape, a world leader in digital signal processing. Barney holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering Science (MEng) from Magdalen College, University of Oxford (where he studied from 1990 to 1994), and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Western Australia (where he studied from 1996 to 2000). Between degrees he worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford from September 1994 to June 1995, and as a software developer at The Technology Partnership from July 1995 to January 1996.
Mark Flanagan, Aon Hewitt
Mark Flanagan has worked in financial services since 1994. He has worked in ODD, risk and structuring with Aon and AXA-IM across all asset classes. Before that he was deputy head of Cayman National Fund Services in the Cayman Islands where he was responsible for growing the business from $1bn to $8bn in AuA to provide fund directorships, consulting, fund launches and fund administration services. He has also worked in the telecoms sector and audit. He has helped launch more than 100 funds. He heads up a number of industry initiatives working with managers, service providers, investors industry organisations and media outlets to create and implement operational best practices and transparency, and to reduce risk. He has also been heavily involved in developing AIMAs new due diligence questionnaires.
Steve-FosterStephen Foster, Credit Suisse Asset Management
Stephen Foster is head of Credit Suisse Asset Management in the UK and CEO of Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited. He is a trustee of the Credit Suisse UK pension fund and a director of several alternative investment funds managed by CSAM. Stephen was previously global co-head of hedge fund services in Prime Services at Credit Suisse. He has been involved in the hedge fund industry since 1995 and has been a director of several hedge funds and hedge fund managers including the CQS Convertible and Quantitative Strategies Fund. He is a member of the AIMA COO/CFO Committee and holds a Certificate in Investment Management. He and is a Certified IoD Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Charles Gillanders, Quintillion
Charles Gillanders is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Quintillion, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp. He has more than 25 years' experience as an IT professional with 13 years specialising in alternative funds services. He has led the technology team in Quintillion since its founding in 2006 managing all aspects of information systems and services. Charles oversees Quintillion’s deployment of class leading technologies and their custom integration. He was previously the Business Information Officer for PFPC International and prior to that he had roles as an IT professional in the fields of integrated circuit design and commercial software development. He graduated with a BSc in computing for business from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, England in 1992.
Linda Gorman, Quintillion
Linda Gorman is Chief Executive Officer, member of the board of directors, and co-founder of Quintillion. Linda is responsible for the day to day management, financial performance and business development of the European fund services unit of U.S. Bancorp Fund Services. Linda has over 25 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.
Russell Hart, Alcova Asset Management
Russell is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding partner of Alcova Asset Management LLP. Alcova is a quantitative multi-strategy investment manager in its sixth year that harnesses alpha through a combination of science, technological advancement and market insight. Alcova trades a range of strategies, which are diverse across time horizon (intra-day to long term), geography, alpha type and asset class. After starting his career in financial technology, Russell spent seven years at PCE Investors Limited, his last roles at the $2bn multi-manager multi strategy platform were as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Russell graduated from University College London in Economics after also studying Computing at Imperial.
Clayton Heijman, Privium Fund Management
Clayton Heijman is the founder and a director of Privium Fund Management. During the financial crisis in 2008 he started with Privium, a firm that provides support to investment management initiatives and now has 30+ teams worldwide with over $2bn AUM. The company has (full scope) investment management licenses in London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. He also started Darwin Platform, a firm that provides middle office services. As a Dutch national, obtained a degree from the Dutch H.E.A.O. in Utrecht in 1983 and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in Leiden in 1986, with an emphasis in marketing and management. After working for Kas-Bank and merchant bank MeesPierson, he joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in the Equity Finance & Prime Brokerage division from 1994. In 1998 he joined Fortis as a managing director to set up the Prime Fund Solutions activities. After leaving in 2006 he worked as a managing director at Credit Agricole-Calyon before setting out on his own.
Hansjoerg Hettich, Multichain Asset Managers Association (MAMA)
Hansjoerg Hettich is a founding member and executive director of the Multichain Asset Managers Association (MAMA). He started his career in 2006, joining Man Group where he worked as a hedge fund product manager and operational structurer in London and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has worked at LGT Capital Partners in the investment structuring division. As an early follower of the blockchain space he recently joined the Swiss “Crypto Valley” and together with Mona El Isa he manages MAMA, a non-profit trade body, which represents asset management companies, investors, technology providers, service providers and ecosystem players interested in working towards a new vision for asset management using blockchain and other supporting decentralised technologies. Hansjoerg is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Gordan Hyland, International Institute for IP Management (I3PM)
Gordan Hyland is President of I3PM, and CAIA Ireland Chapter Executive. His expertise traverses technology (consumtronics), finance & law (IP). He read Electronics & Math (BA BAI MSc MA); international management & finance (MBA); and intellectual property law (LLM). Professional qualifications include chartered financial analyst (CFA), chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA), financial risk manager (FRM), and Mensa. He created a $4T IP-backed financial securities market blueprint for the Taoiseach’s Office in Ireland influencing national policy in 2009-10; and was finalist in An Smaoineamh Mór, the Irish President’s international innovation competition (9000+ entrants). Previously as chief-strategist CTO-Office SONY (Corp HQ) Tokyo, he led around 50 consultants, developing and pitching over $10bn a year in mid-term revenue leads to executive management. Before that he was an electronics industry consultant in Ireland after an 18-year international career at Philips (Corp. & Semi-Research). He joined Philips’ Central Research (Nat-Lab) in Holland, later moving to New York for eight years. His contribution was recognized by the Board of Management. A one-year secondment to the legal department as processor specialist contributed an estimated $250m NPV profit. Six years of expatriate assignments followed in Japan and Taiwan. Activities included engagement identification, acquisition, staffing, launching projects, tracking Asia-Pacific business trends and product development. More recently as a management consultant, engagements have ranged through the finance, technology, healthcare and charity sectors in Europe and North America.
Jack Inglis, AIMA
Jack Inglis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA*). He has been in the financial services industry and closely involved with hedge funds for over 30 years. He has held senior management positions at both Morgan Stanley, where he served for 16 years, and Barclays, where he was prior to joining AIMA. From 2007 to 2010 he was CEO of London based hedge fund manager, Ferox Capital Management. He served as a non-executive director of London Capital Group plc from 2007 to 2010 and currently sits on the board of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). He began his career in 1983 at UK stockbrokers James Capel (which was subsequently acquired by HSBC) and has extensive experience in origination, distribution, financing and trading across the fixed income and equity capital markets. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University.
Denis Jackson, Law Debenture
Denis Jackson is Group Chief Executive Officer of Law Debenture. He joined Law Debenture in July 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. He was previously at Capita plc as director of new business enterprise, having been a director at Throgmorton UK Limited (which Capita acquired). Prior to that, he was regional general manager – Europe and the United States – for Tibra Trading Europe, a FCA regulated proprietary trading company, which he joined from Citigroup (formerly Salomon Brothers). He had spent almost 20 years there in a variety of roles including in treasury (both in New York and London), as head of the finance desk in Hong Kong, head of fixed income prime brokerage in New York and ultimately, head of EMEA prime brokerage sales.
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.
Timo Lehes, Swarm Fund
Timo Lehes has served as an investor and executive in technology companies, with extensive experience from building, running and investing in software companies and leading various private equity deals. Throughout his career, Timo has invested in more than 40 companies. With a specific focus on financial technology or fintech, he has contributed to the creation of several alternative investment platforms. He currently serves as a board member at BankerBay, the world’s largest deal origination platform for mid-market private equity deals. He holds degrees in engineering and business administration from Chalmers University of Technology and early stage investing from continuing studies at Stanford School of Business.
Conrad Levy, Infusive
Conrad Levy is a chartered accountant and recently became the Global Chief Operating Officer of Infusive, a global asset management company focused on the consumer sector. Prior to that he spent seven years within the Brummer Group as the Global COO. Conrad read law at Cambridge University and then spent nine years as an auditor and strategic consultant at KPMG. In 2006, he joined Peloton Partners, a large London-based hedge fund manager, as Chief Operating Officer. Following the sudden collapse of the Peloton Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) Fund, he was retained to manage the wind-down of all of the Peloton fund and management company vehicles and subsequently created Elsworthy Associates, a specialist consultancy focusing on hedge fund due diligence, turnarounds and liquidations. In 2009, he uncovered irregularities at Weavering Capital, and worked closely with PwC to manage the ensuing fall-out and investigations. Conrad is the Treasurer of Fair Trials International, a charity that helps people 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.
Rory McGregor, Emso
Rory McGregor is chief operating officer at Emso. He started his career in 1990 at Barclays Bank in New York in foreign exchange sales, and worked in Tokyo before returning to Jamaica as Foreign Exchange Treasurer for Jamaica Citizens Bank (now part of the Royal Bank of Canada). After completing his MBA, he joined Credit Suisse’s emerging markets local bond trading department in London and, in 1999, he founded and managed a wireless technology company before joining Emso in 2003. At Emso he has established the operational infrastructure, and more recently spearheaded the successful implementation of the employee buyout of the company. Rory earned an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Rutgers University.
Angus Milne, TCI Fund Management
Angus Milne is director, risk & compliance, of TCI Fund Management Limited, having previously been partner and compliance officer at The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP. TCI manages over US$25 billion, in a wide range of investment types. The firm is regulated by the FCA, and is an SEC Exempt Reporting Adviser in the US. Through TCI Fund Services LLP, a middle/back-office services company, Angus also provides compliance services to another independent investment manager, which manages an additional US$5 billion. It is also based in London, and is regulated by the FCA and the SEC. Angus is active within the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), and sits on its Asset Management and Government & Regulatory Affairs Committees. The three years prior to 2007 were spent at the Investment Management Association (IMA, now the IA), working closely with IMA members and representing them to regulators and legislators in the UK and across the EU. Before then, Angus spent almost a decade with the FSA and IMRO, supervising some of the largest asset management firms, hedge fund managers and financial advisory firms.
Rahul Moodgal
Rahul works independently helping firms build out their businesses. He was previously the Partner who headed Investor Relations and Business Development for the TCI Platform where he worked and built five firms raising $20bn+ (2005-2009). Prior to TCI, Rahul worked as the Head of International Institutional Clients at UBP London (2004-2005) and as the Head of Client Service at TT International (1998-2004). Prior to working in finance, Rahul was an academic and studied in the UK, USA, Russia and Japan. Rahul also serves on the Development Board of British Exploring Society, is a Trustee of Whizz-Kidz, a Patron of The Mulberry Bush Organisation, The Triangle Playground and The British Olympic Association and Chair of the Board of Scientific Adventures for Girls in California.
Emad Mostaque, Capricorn Fund Managers
Emad Mostaque is co-CIO of Capricorn Fund Managers, an emerging markets hedge fund, where he focuses on portfolio construction and risk. Prior to joining Capricorn, he was a portfolio manager and strategist at Pictet Asset Management and Religare Capital Markets, where he focused on emerging and frontier markets with a specialisation in the Middle East and Africa. Emad has an MA (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science and 18 years of study in Islamic jurisprudence. Emad is also co-founder of Symmitree, which is using blockchain technology to give free smartphones to refugees, and Ananas, a charity using artificial intelligence to combat fake news and hate speech.
Michael Murphy, Inverewe Capital
Michael Murphy is COO of Inverewe Capital, a credit long short / capital structure-focused investment management company in London and Ireland. He has more than 20 years’ 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 US 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; he also achieved CPA status in New York State.
Niki Natarajan, In Ink (London)
After more than 25 years as a financial journalist, Niki founded In Ink (London) Limited, a company specialising in creative content and communication. Taking a coaching-based approach, Niki helps clients to articulate and express their vision, purpose and spirit across the relevant media and marketing collateral. Prior to setting up In Ink (London), Niki wrote and edited InvestHedge, a HedgeFund Intelligence publication for and about investors in hedge funds, for more than a decade. During her time at HedgeFund Intelligence, Niki also 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. Frequently invited to moderate investor panels, Niki, who still writes on behalf of clients, now also presents on communication-related topics. She is currently associated with Phenix Capital’s Impact Summit Europe for allocators to impact investing. Prior to HedgeFund Intelligence, Niki covered securities financing and hedge funds at Financial News. She was also launch editor of Global Fund News, editor of Foreign Exchange Letter and reporter on Global Money Management, all formerly publications of Institutional Investor’s newsletter division. A qualified NLP coach, Niki graduated in Geography from Durham University.
Kevin Packford, Engadine Partners
Kevin Packford is the head of business development, a member of the management committee and a partner at Engadine Partners LLP, a London based hedge fund manager, investing capital mainly on behalf of US Endowments, State and Corporate Pension Plans and Family Offices. Prior to joining Engadine, Kevin was head of business development for Ledbury Capital Partners LLP and began his alternative investment career at Habrok Capital Management LLP. Before entering financial services, Kevin spent his time competing professionally in motorsport across North America and Europe. He has a BSc. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Boston University, Massachusetts, and holds the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK.
George Papamarkakis, North Asset Management
George Papamarkakis is co-founder, managing partner and chief investment officer at North Asset Management. Founded in 2002, North is an alternative asset management company based in London. George manages the firm's flagship fund the North MaxQ Macro Fund, an uncorrelated global alpha macro fund, which has won several industry awards. As CIO, George is the lead portfolio manager of the North MaxQ Macro Fund overseeing all investment management activity. George has over 20 years of investment management experience and has been published in industry journals and frequently quoted in financial periodicals. He is consulted regularly by policy makers and regulators for his market knowledge. George is a former managing director within the Fixed Income Department at Morgan Stanley and was involved in developing Morgan Stanley’s franchise and risk profile in derivatives, fixed income and FX in the European time zone from 1996. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, George worked at HypoVereinsbank AG (now part of Unicredit) and Christiania Bank (now part of Nordea). He studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Athens, Greece.
Max Rijkenberg, PAAMCO
Max Rijkenberg is Head of Legal – EMEA & Direct Trading at PAAMCO. As a member of the Legal & Investment Structuring Group, Max is responsible for the structuring, negotiation and ongoing monitoring of investments with underlying managers, and providing counsel to each of the firm’s various departments on legal matters, including compliance with applicable laws and regulations. He also acts as legal counsel to PAAMCO’s direct trading division, which comprises both long-only and long/short strategies. In addition, Max is a member of the firm’s compliance team. Prior to joining PAAMCO, Max was an associate in the investment funds group of Akin Gump in New York. Max graduated from the University of Amsterdam with JD-equivalent degrees in Dutch Law and European & International Public Law, and received his LLM from New York University School of Law. Max also spent time at Columbia University Law School and at the École de Droit of the Sorbonne. He is admitted to the Bar in New York.
Lee Robinson, Altana
Lee Robinson founded Altana in 2009 focusing on seeking out alpha investment opportunities. To ensure a strong alignment of interest Altana always co-invests. The award-winning Altana Digital Currency Fund, which started trading in cryptocurrencies in 2014, returned 1500% (after fees) in 2017. Lee started at Paribas in 1991 trading in equity derivatives, moved to fixed income derivatives at Bankers Trust and credit at Deutsche, before building and running Tudor’s event-driven business. He founded Trafalgar Asset Managers in 2001. Trafalgar grew from $6m to over $3bn, with over 40 staff, and won several industry awards. Lee has generated over $1bn in gross profits for his hedge fund investors. Lee is an executive committee member of the Young Presidents Organisation – Financial Services Network. He studied Mathematics at Cambridge University.
Michael Rummel, CQS
Michael Rummel is head of communications and public affairs at CQS. He is responsible for the development of brand and profile to support the firm’s business objectives. He heads CQS’ thought leadership programme, media relations and internal and external communications. Before joining CQS in 2007, Michael was a director at Merlin Financial Communications where he was responsible for providing strategic communications advice to private and publicly listed companies. Before this, he was a director at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for Central and East European investment banking origination and prior to this he was a director at SBC Warburg, where he was latterly co-head of US Equity Sales for Europe. Michael holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and French Literature from Hobart College, Geneva, NY, USA.
Benjamin Singh, Lansdowne Partners
Benjamin Singh joined Lansdowne Partners in January 2014 as general counsel. His role at the firm encompasses a diverse range of legal and business matters and he has a strong focus on product development, the negotiation of bespoke investment mandates for institutional investors and advisory work for the firm’s management committee. Prior to joining Lansdowne Partners, from October 2011 to December 2013, he was a legal counsel for Arrowgrass Capital Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund with offices in London and New York, where he acted as the firm’s primary legal adviser on hedge fund structuring matters.
Benjamin began his career in September 2003 with the City law firm, Simmons and Simmons, and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2005. From 2005 until 2011, he practised in Simmons and Simmons’ Financial Services Group as a supervising associate, advising on hedge fund launches for some of the largest European alternative investment fund managers by AUM. He holds an LLB (Hons) in Law with French Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Adam Sorab, Lodbrok Capital
Adam Sorab is partner, head of investor relations & sales at Lodbrok Capital LLP. He has over 23 years’ hedge fund experience, and has worked in financial markets since 1984. Prior to joining Lodbrok Capital in 2017, Adam worked at CQS for 13 years in investor relations and business development. Previously, from 2000 to 2004, Adam was responsible for hedge fund distribution in Europe and the Middle-East at Deutsche Asset Management’s Absolute Return Strategies Group. Before that, from 1995, he was a founding member of CSFB’s hedge fund management unit, the CSFB Leveraged Funds Group, responsible for sales and investor relations. Prior to this, Adam worked in the treasury of merchant bank, J.H. Schroder Wagg & Co., trading foreign exchange options and interest rate derivatives. In addition to his work in hedge fund management, Adam has also been an Independent Member of the Investment Committee to the BUPA UK Pension Fund since 2006. He is also a Member of the Investment Committee of the British Society of Technical Analysts. Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics (1984). He was chairman of the UK’s Society of Technical Analysts from 1998 to 2008 and was president of the International Federation of Technical Analysts from 2010 to 2012.
Kate Squire, Man Group
Kate Squire is global head of compliance and regulatory at Man Group and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Man Group Responsible Investment Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Investment Association’s General Regulation Committee. Kate began her career in financial services in 2000. Before joining Man Group in 2015, she worked for Barclays Bank where she was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division and held senior compliance positions in both New York and London. Prior to working at Barclays, Kate worked in the Private Wealth Management division at Morgan Stanley in London. Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway, the University of London.
Will Sykes, Macfarlanes
Will Sykes is head of the derivatives and trading practice at Macfarlanes LLP. He advises investment and hedge funds, banks, pension funds and insurers, high-net-worth individuals and corporates on a wide spectrum of trading, hedging and financing transactions. This covers the full range of derivatives, as well as prime brokerage, repo, commodities and clearing. Will has a broad experience of trading, custody, brokerage and clearing agreements for derivative products, repos / stock lending and physical commodities. He advises sell- and buy-side clients across a wide range of asset classes, and on the associated regulations and issues of market-practice. He has a particular focus on buy-side trading arrangements for investment managers and has clients in the US, the UK, Europe, Hong Kong and Australia. He advises on global trading issues, and has extensive knowledge of local requirements in markets such as India and China. Will acts for many of the largest pension funds, hedge funds and asset managers in the world, and advises a leading global prime broker on its client documentation.
Michael Walsh, White Marigold Capital
Michael Walsh is a founding partner, director, and chief operating officer of White Marigold Capital Management. White Marigold Capital manages a relative value volatility strategy using a hybrid of expert systems, artificial intelligence and experienced discretionary trading. The initial fund, launched in August 2017, invests in foreign exchange volatility as an asset class. Michael has more than 28 years’ financial markets experience in London, Paris, Dublin and New York across foreign exchange, interest rates, prime brokerage and relationship management. He has worked in senior markets roles at Paribas Capital Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. He is a member of the Global Irish Economic Forum and a member of the Ireland Fund for Great Britain. He is also a member of the Directors’ Circle of The Abbey Theatre. Michael is law graduate (B.C.L. 1985, NUI). He also holds a Certified Investment Fund Director qualification (CIFDI 2017).
Carol Ward, Man GLG
Carol Ward is Chief Operating Officer of Man GLG (‘GLG’) with responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the business, GLG client service and the execution of the business strategy across discretionary long only and alternative strategies. She also oversees Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (‘ESG’) investing for GLG. Prior to this she spent five years at Man AHL (‘AHL’) where she played a number of business management roles, including most recently COO of AHL for two years. Prior to joining AHL in 2010, Carol was a senior project manager at Fidelity International. She gained a BSc in Business Information Systems from National University of Ireland, Cork. Carol chairs the AIMA Research Committee.

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