Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

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Thursday, 7th December, 2023 | The Westin, Singapore

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

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

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PREVIOUS AGENDA

8:30 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

Welcome from the Chair

9:00 AM

  • Kher Sheng, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, 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?
  • 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

9:00 AM

FIRESIDE CHAT

9:45 AM

Searching for certainty - the evolution of custody and trading risk solutions

PANEL 2

10:00 AM

  • 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?

10:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 1

11:15 AM

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digi asset vehicle: dealing with the three Cs – complexity, cost and compliance

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

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

Roundtable D: Regulatory overview: Keeping track of the digital asset space’s regulatory twists and turns

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

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:

Roundtable D: Regulatory overview

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

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

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:

Roundtable D: Regulatory overview

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

Speaker

  • Kher Sheng, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, AIMA

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
  • Patrick Tan, CEO, Novum Alpha

Speaker

Closing Address

5:00 PM

  • Kher Sheng, Managing Director, Co-Head of APAC and Deputy Global Head of Government Affairs, AIMA

5:30 PM

NETWORKING

Cocktails, canapes and networking

7:00 PM

EVENT CLOSES

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

Angus Milne

Director, Risk & Compliance at TCI Fund Management Limited

Dr Vera Krahmal

Principal at Times Three

Eleri Rhidian

Ian Wylie

Vice President, Sales & Investor Relations at Trium Capital

COO at Naya Capital Management UK

Karim Leguel

James Orme-Smith

CEO at Sandbar Asset Management LLP

International Head of Business Development and Client Strategy at J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management

Patrick Mang

Malcolm Butler

Chief Operating Officer at Trium Capital

Sarah-Jane O'Sullivan

Director, Operational Due Diligence at Willis Towers Watson

COO at Selwood Asset Management

HEDGE FUND MANAGERS

100+

EXPERT SPEAKERS

30+

SERVICE PROVIDERS

20

"It was great and informative to hear from the panellists who discussed a broad range of essential topics for emerging managers. Will be back next year!"

Dede Eyesan, Founder/Managing Partner, Jenga Investment Partners

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David Mace, COO, Altavista Investment Management UK LLP

"The leading UK gathering for digital asset professionals & thought leaders. A must have diary event for anyone allocating or thinking of allocating assets in the digital & crypto space."

Simon Davies, Head of European Business Development, Abra

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Address: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, 018961

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COVID-19

Electronic Devices

Attendees must be able to provide proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination to gain entry.

Dress code for this event is business casual.

We kindly ask attendees to please keep electronic devices on silent during panels and roundtables.

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