Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

Thursday 27th June 2024 | etc.venues County Hall, London

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Brought to you by Hedgeweek, the Hedge Fund European Digital Assets Summit is designed for operational and product specialists at European hedge funds to discuss key developments, trends, and issues driving the growth of digital asset strategies and funds.


This one-day event will explore a wealth of topics, including:

  • The case for investing in digital assets
  • Key legal and regulatory challenges
  • Custody, security and liquidity issues
  • Trading and investment strategies
  • Future developments and trends
  • Digital asset fund bootcamp for managers
  • The shifting sentiment of allocators toward digital asset funds

Join us for what promises to be an exciting and engaging event.

All Hedgeweek Summits operate under Chatham House Rule. This means that attendees are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Recording of the panels and roundtables is strictly prohibited by attendees. Hedgeweek staff may make recordings on the day for promotional purposes. No audio recording of panel discussions will be included in any promotional items.

HEDGE FUND

MANAGERS

100+

EXPERT SPEAKERS

30

ATTENDEES

150+

HOURS OF CONTENT

10+

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ALLOCATORS

20+
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AGENDA

PRE-REGISTRATION AND INVITE-ONLY PRIVATE BREAKFAST DISCUSSION

7:15 AM

Invite Only Breakfast Hosted by Fireblocks

7:30 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:00 AM

(35 mins)

9:00 AM

OPENING REMARKS

(5 mins)

  • Looking back – reviewing H1’s key events, from the bitcoin rally and SEC’s ETF approval to the April halving, and the impact on managers.
  • Looking ahead – assessing the crypto market outlook, performance trends, and the hedge fund strategies best placed to succeed in H2 and beyond.
  • New opportunities – from developing crypto innovations to new coins, how are firms planning to maximise returns?
  • How to trade around geopolitical risk and one-off events like the US election?

PANEL 1

9:05 AM

(40 mins)

New dawn? The outlook for digital asset funds after a promising start to 2024

  • A leading crypto manager shares their view on the outlook and opportunity set in 2024.

In conversation: Managing to succeed 1 – crypto native

Fireside Chat

9:45 AM

(15 mins)

  • Which of Europe’s fund jurisdictions are creating buzz and attracting practitioners with new approaches and welcoming regimes?
  • The outlook for US policy on digital assets after the SEC approved the first spot bitcoin ETFs. Will the US election have an impact?
  • Market participants review key regulatory shifts impacting the space. Is a truly global crypto industry becoming more likely?
  • ‘Regulation by enforcement’ is here to stay (and many institutional allocators approve). What does that mean for market participants in 2024?

Regulation watch: The European hubs building progressive crypto frameworks

PANEL 2

10:00 AM

(40 mins)

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

10:40 AM

(30 mins)

Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates register in advance for 4 of 5 topics.

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 1

Roundtable A: Tokenisation – fad or future?

11:10 AM

(40 mins)

  • A deep dive on the progress and outlook for tokenization.
  • Innovation watch: what are the newest approaches?
  • How hedge fund firms can benefit from developments.
  • What does it mean?
  • How to explain it to allocators and prospects 

Roundtable B: Custody solutions 2.0

  • The emerging and new custody solutions helping digital asset investment businesses.
  • The changes made by managers and services created as a result of the lessons from FTX.
  • Latest approaches: what are the latest innovations in custody management?
  • How prime brokerage in crypto differs from traditional solutions.

Roundtable C: The data challenge

  • A workshop focused on data management and data strategy, offering managers the opportunity to hear best practise, discuss their own data management strategies, and identify improvements.

Roundtable D: AI and crypto – the perfect pair?

  • How digital assets hedge funds are using AI and machine learning to generate alpha.
  • The back and middle office processes changing as a result of AI and automation.

Roundtable E: Structuring workshop

  • The key considerations when structuring a digital assets fund.
  • Assessing the best jurisdictions for digital assets funds.
  • Does the US’s regulatory approach make it imperative to have business operations overseas, or could political changes ease the environment in the years ahead?

Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates register in advance for 4 of 5 topics.

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 2

11:50 AM

(40 mins)

Roundtable A: Tokenisation – fad or future?

Roundtable B: Custody solutions 2.0

Roundtable C: The data challenge

Roundtable D: AI and crypto – the perfect pair?

Roundtable E: Structuring workshop

NETWORKING LUNCH

12:30 PM

(60 mins)

PANEL 3

1:30 PM

On the chain – extracting value from data for ops and investment

  • From data management to benchmarking, it has never been important to get your data strategy right. Leading technologists discuss their approaches and best practice.
  • Achieving a golden source of truth? New opportunities in data management for fund firms investing in digital assets.
  • Dealing with the size of wallet addresses – how do you take data and understand liquidity and investment patterns.
  • Opportunities for generating alpha from blockchain data.

(40 mins)

2:10 PM

Digital asset custody – the next 5 years

  • A leading custodian and exchange discusses the innovations in the space since the key events of 2022 and what managers can expect between now and 2030.

(15 mins)

FIRESIDE CHAT

In conversation: Managing to succeed 2 – traditional hedge fund

FIRESIDE CHAT

  • A leading hedge fund manager shares their view on the outlook and opportunity set in 2024.

2:25 PM

(15 mins)

Converging industries – How tradfi and crypto hedge funds are making each other stronger

PANEL 4

  • Traditional hedge funds discuss their approach to digital asset investing – and how it’s changed their wider business.
  • What the crypto investment market can learn from traditional hedge funds and vice versa.
  • Identifying the innovations making the other side stronger, and the actions that weaken.
  • To what extent are the tradfi and crypto hedge fund industries converging?

2:40 PM

(40 mins)

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

3:20 PM

(30 mins)

Bitcoin spot ETFs – was it a gamechanger?

FIRESIDE CHAT

  • Six months on from SEC’s approval of bitcoin spot ETFs, a leading asset manager discusses their work on bitcoin spot ETFs, investor interest, and the impact on the wider industry.

3:50 PM

(15 mins)

The investor perspective: allocating to digital assets in 2024

FIRESIDE CHAT

  • A leading investor shares their view on the outlook and opportunity set in 2024.

4:05 PM

(15 mins)

4:25 PM

PANEL 5

Institutional investor waiting game: Futureproofing infrastructure for future flows

(35 mins)

  • The latest on institutional investor interest in digital assets. Flows in H2, 2025, or beyond?
  • Major allocators appreciate major safeguards – what is the industry doing to improve its infrastructure and reassure investors?
  • Business development strategies to overcome common reservations over price volatility and the safety of crypto infrastructure.
  • Unpicking the specifics of how to sell the fund: registering and distributing in different jurisdictions, plus using SMAs and platforms.

NETWORKING

Drinks Reception

5:00 PM

(60 mins)

EVENT CLOSES

6:00 PM

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PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

Founding Partner & CEO at Nickel Digital Asset Management

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Anatoly Crachilov

James Delaney

Tony Fenner-Leitao

Director, Asset Management Regulation at AIMA

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President at Cambrian Asset Management Inc.

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Partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel

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Anna Maleva-Otto

Vladimir Vishnevskiy

Jenna Wright

Director - Digital Assets at St. Gotthard Wealth AG

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Managing Director at LMAX Digital

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