Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 | The Westin, Singapore

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Brought to you by Hedgeweek, the Hedge Fund Asia Digital Assets Summit is designed for operational, legal, investment and product specialists at Asia-based 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

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

08:30 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

Welcome from the Chair

08:50 AM

  • Kher Sheng Lee, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
  • Cost of running a digital assets vehicle can be high (almost twice as high as equity hedge), will we see prices lower as more certainty, better regulation and commoditized – like clearer admin, audit etc - services develop?
  • Regulatory uncertainty – can we expect clarity here soon?
  • Investor sentiment – how do allocators really see the space? Why do suspicions and uncertainty remain?
  • Elephant in the room: Will the fall of FTX have a chilling effect on the space – what will it lead to? A drop in fund launches, more allocator caution and an increase in regulation?
  • Reaction to and concerns over current market conditions – is this an opportunity to shine or take cover? Will it dampen or heighten hedge fund activity in the space?
  • Beyond these barriers, what should propel your business into launching a digital asset fund or integrating digital assets into an existing strategy?
  • Despite current challenges, there is clearly huge potential for the sector and more funds are launching, but what barriers/concerns remain:

From meme to maturity – the road from bitcoin to DeFi and the opportunities (and pitfalls) for the hedge fund space

PANEL 1

09:00 AM

Speakers

  • Andrew Scott, Partner, Bach Option Limited (moderator)
  • Alistair Boyd, CEO and Chief Risk Officer, Astignes Capital
  • Melvin Deng, CEO, QCP Capital
  • Gerald Goh, Co-Founder and CEO Singapore, Sygnum
  • Kher Sheng Lee, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs , Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)

Keynote: Types of Digital Asset Custody: What's Right For Your Organisation?

09:45 AM

  • Junde Yu, Vice President of Sales, Cobo

Setting institutional standards for managers and allocators: A practical guide to custody and asset safe keeping for digital asset managers.

Searching for certainty - the evolution of custody, before and after FTX

PANEL 2

10:00 AM

  • How will the fall of FTX and the likely years of legal entanglement impact digital custody solutions
  • There is a perception that the custody issues have been solved – is this really the case, particularly when majority of investors still see it as a problem? What are the latest custody solutions?
  • Issues around posting and accepting collateral – what would happen in a liquidity crisis?
  • Trade operations are fragmented, and execution is challenging, whether OTC or exchange. Where are the positive changes here and how will solutions plug into the traditional hedge fund infrastructure and processes?
  • Other areas of counter-party risk – will digital assets end up being centrally cleared like derivatives
  • How do we create these facilities and do we need them? How do you create controls and standardization?

Speakers

  • Angele Paris, Head of Partner Projects, Hedgeweek (moderator)
  • Rutao Fan, CFO, Pythagoras Investment Management LLC
  • Patrick Tan, CEO, Novum Alpha
  • Takatoshi Shibayama, Head of Sales APAC, Copper.co

10:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates rotate through all 3 topics for focused discussion in small groups.

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 1

11:15 AM

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digital asset vehicle: dealing with the three C's – complexity, cost and compliance

  • Steve Knabl, COO & Managing Partner, Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets: the best strategies to pursue and the range of instruments to trade

  • Darius Ang, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Sygnum
  • Oliver Yates, Co-Founder and CEO, Aplo

Roundtable C: Getting the tech stack right: the key technology challenges (and solutions) in launching a digital assets vehicle

  • Jack Bennie, CTO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Kevin Coll, COO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)

Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates rotate through all 3 topics for focused discussion in small groups.

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 2

12:00 PM

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digi asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Getting the tech stack right

  • Darius Ang, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Sygnum
  • Oliver Yates, Co-Founder and CEO, Aplo
  • Jack Bennie, CTO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Kevin Coll, COO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Rubing Duan, CTO, Pythagoras Investment Management LLC
  • Steve Knabl, COO & Managing Partner, Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd

12:45 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

Trading strategies and how to gain exposure to the space?

PANEL 3

2:00 PM

  • What are the key strategies for managers looking to gain exposure?
  • Which strategies have gained acceptance with investors?
  • How to gain exposure and the best back- middle- office solutions for each
  • Direct ownership of digital assets via custodian
  • Ownership via physically backed exchange traded products
  • Ownership via physically backed funds (non-exchange traded)
  • Exposure via tracker funds/certificates

Speakers

  • Adrian Chng, Founder and Chairman, Fintonia Group (moderator)
  • Dan Liebau, Chief Investment Officer, Modular Blockchain Fund
  • Andrew Scott, Partner, Bach Option Limited
  • John Gu, CEO, AlphaLab Capital

Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates rotate through all 3 topics for focused discussion in small groups.

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 3

2:45 PM

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digi asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Getting the tech stack right

  • Jack Bennie, CTO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Kevin Coll, COO, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Rubing Duan, CTO, Pythagoras Investment Management LLC
  • Oliver Yates, Co-Founder and CEO, Aplo
  • Murali Abburi, Partner and Portfolio Manager, Graticule Asset Management
  • Lewis Phey, Crypto Lead, Graticule Asset Management
  • Steve Knabl, COO & Managing Partner, Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd

3:30 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

Unchartered territories - mapping the regulatory landscape

PANEL 4

4:00 PM

  • What are the current regulatory shifts that managers need to focus on?
  • How does regulation in Asia compare to the rest of the world?
  • When will we move beyond ‘regulation as enforcement’ and to a more stable, even internationally recognized regulatory environment?
  • Is change just too fast-paced for regulators: If we get more clarity will it constantly be outmoded by the fast-paced nature of the sector - e.g. the sudden uptick of DeFi and smart contracts - or are we close to regulatory equilibrium
  • Is it possible to pursue reliable and coherent AML and KYC requests in the digi assets space
  • How do you define a correct tax environment when the definition of the underlying asset is a. unclear; b. rapidly evolving
  • Cross-border view: How are digi assets viewed by US tax authorities and international tax authorities? How are the rules currently defined and how will they change?
  • Can your losses in crypto be offset against none-crypto assets and vice versa? Firms are doing this, but there is no clear guidance – is this an accident waiting to happen?
  • Tax disclosure in your fund documentation – how do you do this for crypto and can you disclose uncertainty – and will regulators pick this up.
  • Tax treatment is clear on capital gains, but how well is it policed and appropriately taxed

Speakers

  • Angele Paris, Head of Partner Projects, Hedgeweek (moderator)
  • Kher Sheng Lee, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
  • Nick Dimitriou, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)
  • Tania Toh, Partner, Walkers

The asset owner view: How do allocators and investors currently view the space

PANEL 5

4:45 PM

  • Moving from HNW and family office interest into the institutional space – how can this be achieved?
  • The space has a lot of cheerleaders, but not enough of them are from large allocators, who choose not to engage or are pursuing a wait and see policy - is this starting to change?
  • How can you ‘derisk’ the allocation decision for institutional investors?
  • How do allocators understand the investment options and will more effective regulation and less hype help?
  • The ODD hurdles for digital asset managers – the most FAQs and how are these evolving over time
  • Geoff Ira, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TradeTogether (moderator)
  • Patrick Tan, CEO, Novum Alpha
  • Casper Johansen, Partner and Co-Founder, Spartan Group
  • Caroline Mauron, Co-Founder, OrBit

Speakers

Closing Address

5:30 PM

  • Kher Sheng Lee, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)

5:40 PM

NETWORKING

Cocktails, canapes and networking

7:00 PM

EVENT CLOSES

SPEAKERS

Partner and Portfolio Manager at Graticule Asset Management

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Murali Abburi

Darius Ang

Jack Bennie

Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Sygnum

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CTO at Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)

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Alistair Boyd

CEO and Chief Risk Officer at Astignes Capital

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Kevin Coll

Adrian Chng

Founder and Chairman at Fintonia Group

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COO at Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)

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Melvin Deng

CEO at QCP Capital

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Nick Dimitriou

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Great South Gate Asset Management (GSG)

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Rubing Duan

CTO at Pythagoras Investment Management LLC

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Rutao Fan

CFO at Pythagoras Investment Management LLC

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Gerald Goh

John Gu

Co-Founder and CEO Singapore at Sygnum

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CEO at AlphaLab Capital

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Geoff Ira

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at TradeTogether

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Casper Johansen

Steve Knabl

Partner and Co-Founder at Spartan Group

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COO & Managing Partner at Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd

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Dan Liebau

Chief Investment Officer at Modular Blockchain Fund

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Caroline Mauron

Co-Founder at OrBit

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Angele Paris

Head of Partner Projects at Hedgeweek

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Partner at Bach Option Limited

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Andrew Scott

Kher Sheng Lee

Takatoshi Shibayama

Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs at AIMA

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Head of Sales APAC at Copper.co

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Patrick Tan

CEO at Novum Alpha

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Tania Toh

Oliver Yates

Partner at Walkers

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Co-Founder and CEO at Aplo

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Junde Yu

Vice President of Sales at Cobo

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Lewis Phey

Crypto Lead, at Graticule Asset Management

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