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About this event

Europe’s premier virtual event

for start-up and emerging hedge fund managers

Through a series of in-depth panel discussions, presentations and case studies, the event will lay out the main considerations for start-ups and emerging fund managers:

  • what are the core elements involved in setting up a hedge fund in today’s complex regulatory and compliance environment?
  • what are the crucial early steps to ensure the success of a fund (or fund of funds) post-launch?
  • how should I develop the legal and ODD structure of my fund to ensure I comply with regulatory and operational best practice?
  • what does it take to devise an impactful marketing and distribution strategy?

Confirmed Speakers




Jack Inglis is the CEO 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.

Jack 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.

Jack holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University. Jack is also Chair of the charity HFC Help for Children UK Affiliate Board and took up this role in January 2020.

Jack is currently CEO of AIMA.

George Papamarkakis is co-founder, Managing Partner and CIO at North Asset Management (“North”). At North, George manages North’s flagship fund the MaxQ 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 and oversees all investment management activity of the Fund. George has over 25 years of finance experience and has been published in industry journals, frequently quoted in financial periodicals and served on numerous boards.

George is a former Managing Director within the Fixed Income Department at Morgan Stanley. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, George worked at HypoVereinsbank AG (now part of Unicredit), NatWest and Christiania Bank (now part of Nordea).

George studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Athens, Greece.

George is currently Managing Partner & Co-Founder at North Asset Management LLP.

Mads Ingwar is CEO and co-founder of Kvasir Technologies, a high performing quantitative AI hedge fund.

Kvasir strives to build and train machine learning models and neural networks that incorporate and model the fundamental cause-and-effects in the market.

Previously, Mads had a long track record in the financial sector having worked with a number of the leading banks, pension and investment companies in the Nordics.

Mads holds a PhD in Machine Learning from the Technical University of Denmark and University College London and a MSc in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark and Trinity College Dublin.

Mads is currently Co-Founder & CEO at Kvasir Technologies.


Oliver Dobbs is CIO, Partner and Portfolio Manager at Credere Capital LLC.

Oliver has extensive experience as a CIO and Portfolio Manager. He has worked for 3 top tier hedge fund firms (Tribeca, CQS, BlueCrest), where he managed up to USD 2bn. Before founding Credere Capital, Oliver was a portfolio manager at BlueCrest Capital. Prior to this, he was a portfolio manager at CQS.

Previously Oliver was Head of Credit & Equities at Citigroup Tribeca, where he managed USD 2.2bn. Prior to this, Oliver was Head of Asia/Japan Trading at Nikko Citigroup. Oliver started his career at Goldman Sachs, as an associate trading convertibles and OTC derivatives under Michael Hintze. He then moved to the role of Vice President, with his last role being Co-Head of International Trading.

Oliver is currently CIO at Credere Capital LLC.


Answering your toughest questions

Cybersecurity risks. ODD. The fundraising process.

Your guide on launching your fund into orbit.

The industry outlook for hedge funds is positive, with assets on track to reach a new all-time high in 2020.

However, as the market becomes more saturated and global economic and political unrest continues to create uncertainty, start-up and emerging managers need to understand the potential risks that come with growth.

Following the success of our European Emerging Managers Summit in November 2019, Hedgeweek is excited bring this well-loved event directly to you in digital format via — we hope you’ll join us.








Networking Opportunities


Opening Address

Panel Discussion • Rolling Back the Years


Event Agenda

Two rich days on growing your fund

James Williams, Managing Editor, Hedgeweek

11 November (all times in GMT)


Sponsor Presentation #1

  • Do hedge funds have an image problem?
  • What it means to be a top-decile hedge fund manager - is it all about performance, performance, performance?
  • The importance of developing niche strategies to find uncorrelated sources of alpha
  • The influence of AI-driven strategies on markets - do they threaten ‘traditional’ hedge fund models?

Floor Opens - Dedicated Networking Time

  • How are managers approaching the outsourcing opportunity set?
  • From outsourced trading to compliance and IT/managed services, what impact has this had on managers’ bottom line?
  • What are the main risks to outsourcing that managers should pay heed to?
  • How outsourced operations are changing the manager/investor relationship


Panel Discussion • How is outsourcing changing the hedge fund operational model?


How should hedge funds evolve and adapt to rekindle their magic?

Outsourcing is gathering momentum as investors recognise the cost benefits to managers. But what are some of the pitfalls to avoid?

  • Manager and investor experiences
  • The relative merits of liquid versus illiquid funds in the current environment
  • How should investors blend the two to optimise their returns, while also protecting capital?

Panel Discussion • Where do you sit on the liquidity spectrum?



Sponsor Presentation #2


Floor Opens - Dedicated Networking Time


Day 1 Concludes


Dedicated Networking Time

Jack Inglis, CEO, AIMA

George Papamarkakis, Managing Partner & CIO, North Asset Management

Mads Ingwar, Co-Founder & CEO, Kvasir Technologies

Oliver Dobbs, CIO, Credere Capital

  • What are the strategies for AUM growth and long-term success?
  • Building the business: when does an emerging fund become an established manager?
  • When to expand: how UCITS, ‘40 Act, Long-Only, and platform launches can diversify offerings
  • Why are quant funds proving so popular with investors - and how best to pick the winners from the fakers?

Panel Discussion • Building for Long-term Success

Sponsor Presentation #1

  • Remote working and system robustness - lessons learned from the Covid-19 outbreak?
  • Looking to the future: cloud technology and platform evolution
  • Cyberattacks: the managers response - what additional improvements have been needed to make to enhance policies and procedures?

Panel Discussion • Cybersecurity & Business Resilience




12 November (all times in GMT)

Strategies for growth and when to diversify


Sponsor Presentation #2


Panel Discussion • Fundraising Outlook for 2021

What creative options are there for emerging managers to explore as they find new ways to secure investor capital?

  • Are investors changing the way they allocate? How are managers responding?
  • Due diligence and fee considerations: evolving models and creative solutions
  • Exploring alternative fundraising avenues, technology platforms and other creative options
  • Which strategies will shine in 2021 based on investor inflow trends in 2020?



Closing Address

Floor Opens - Dedicated Networking Time

Event Concludes


James Williams, Managing Editor, Hedgeweek

Dedicated Networking Time


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