Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 | Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel

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.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

08:00

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

08:45

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

  • Examining the performance upside and ability to diversify
  • Building a fund and track record that will benefit from a sector bound for imminent institutionalization
  • 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?
  • Beyond these barriers, what should propel your business into launching a digital asset fund or integrating digital assets into an existing strategy?
  • As the digital assets space becomes more institutional - what are the next steps and opportunities?
  • 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

08:45

Speakers:

  • Alyson Russ, Business Development - Staking, Figment (moderator)
  • Anatoly Crachilov, Founding Partner & CEO, Nickel Digital
  • Marc P. Bernegger, Co-Founder & Investment Committee, AltAlpha Digital
  • Olivier Chevillon, Founder, DFi Labs

FIRESIDE CHAT

09:30

Hosted by Fireblocks

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

PANEL 2

09:45

  • 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:

  • Andrew Robinson, Head of Institutional Coverage, EMEA, Coinbase
  • James Delaney, Director, Government Affairs, AIMA
  • Jasmine Burgess, COO/CRO, One River Digital
  • Konrad Laesser, Head of Institutional Sales EMEA, Genesis
  • Mike Milner, Head of Sales – Europe, Copper.co

10:30

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

11:00

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digital 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

  • Anatoly Crachilov, Founding Partner & CEO, Nickel Digital
  • Victor van Eijk, Director Institutional Sales, Maven 11

Roundtable C: Surmounting the twin challenges: custody and trading risk

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

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

  • George Morris, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 2

11:45

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digital asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Surmounting the twin challenges

Roundtable D: Getting the tech stack right

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

  • Victor van Eijk, Director Institutional Sales, Maven 11
  • George Morris, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Unchartered territories - mapping the regulatory landscape

PANEL 3

12:30

  • What are the current regulatory shifts that managers need to focus on?
  • When will we move beyond ‘regulation as enforcement’ and to a more stable, even internationally recognized regulatory environment?
  • From a trading oversight perspective – when will FINRA provide a regulatory home for digital asset exchanges
  • 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 digital assets space

Speakers:

  • Christina Rolle, Executive Director, The Securities Commission of The Bahamas (moderator)
  • James L. Koutoulas, Esq, Chief Executive Officer, Typhon Capital Management

13:15

NETWORKING LUNCH

Trading strategies and how to gain exposure to the space

PANEL 4

14:15

  • 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:

  • Omid Zadeh, Head Of Business Development EMEA, Matrixport
  • Emil Van Essen, CEO and CIO, Katonah EvE LLC
  • Jean-Marc Bonnefous, Managing Partner, Tellurian Capital
  • Kevin Kang, Founding Principal and Chief Investment Officer, BKCoin Capital
  • Samed Bouaynaya, Risk Officer, Director of Altana UCITS Funds PLC, Altana Digital Assets Fund

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 3

15:00

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

Roundtable D: Getting the tech stack right

Roundtable C: Surmounting the twin challenges

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digital asset vehicle

  • Victor van Eijk, Director Institutional Sales, Maven 11
  • George Morris, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 4

15:45

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digital asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Surmounting the twin challenges

Roundtable D: Getting the tech stack right

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

  • Victor van Eijk, Director Institutional Sales, Maven 11
  • George Morris, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

16:30

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

FIRESIDE CHAT

17:00

Hosted by Bequant

  • Martha Reyes, Head of Research, Bequant

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

PANEL 5

17:15

  • 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

Speakers:

  • Sarah Crabb, Partner, Simmons & Simmons (moderator)
  • Colin Go, Head of Investor Relations, Silver 8 Capital
  • Jack Zumwalt, CEO and Co- CIO, Level III Capital
  • Kevin Kang, Founding Principal and Chief Investment Officer, BKCoin Capital

18:00

NETWORKING

Drinks reception and Hedgeweek European Digital Assets Awards

21:00

EVENT CLOSES

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Alyson Russ

Business Development - Staking at Figment

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Anatoly Crachilov

Founding Partner & CEO at Nickel Digital

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Andrew Robinson

Head of Institutional Coverage, EMEA at Coinbase

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Colin Go

Head of Investor Relations at Silver 8 Capital

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Christina Rolle

Executive Director at The Securities Commission of The Bahamas

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Emil Van Essen

CEO and CIO at Katonah EvE LLC

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George Morris

Partner at Simmons & Simmons

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Jack Zumwalt

CEO and Co- CIO at Level III Capital

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James Delaney

Director, Government Affairs at AIMA

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Jasmine Burgess

COO/CRO at One River Digital

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James L. Koutoulas, Esq

Jean-Marc Bonnefous

Chief Executive Officer at Typhon Capital Management

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Managing Partner at Tellurian Capital

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Kevin Kang

Founding Principal and Chief Investment Officer at BKCoin Capital

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Konrad Laesser

Head of Institutional Sales EMEA at Genesis

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Luke Dorney

Head of Business Development EMEA at Blockdaemon

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Marc P. Bernegger

Co-Founder & Investment Committee at AltAlpha Digital

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Mike Milner

Martha Reyes

Head of Research at Bequant

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Head of Sales – Europe at Copper.co

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Olivier Chevillon

Founder at DFi Labs

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Omid Zadeh

Samed Bouaynaya

Head Of Business Development EMEA at Matrixport

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Risk Officer, Director of Altana UCITS Funds PLC at Altana Digital Assets Fund

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Sarah Crabb

Partner at Simmons & Simmons

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Victor van Eijk

Director Institutional Sales at Maven 11

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HEDGE FUND MANAGERS

100+

EXPERT SPEAKERS

30+

SERVICE PROVIDERS

20

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