Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

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Thursday, 29th June, 2023 | Convene Bishopsgate, London

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 Summits and Webinars are CPD accredited, so you can learn, network and develop new skills.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

PRE-REGISTRATION AND INVITE-ONLY PRIVATE BREAKFAST DISCUSSION

7:15 AM

Invite only Breakfast

  • What steps should managers take as they assess and execute on a new digital asset fund or strategy?
  • A breakdown and explanation of all key considerations:

Surveying the digital asset landscape: A guided discussion for new entrants

  • Cost of set-up and pre-launch necessities
  • Strategy breakdown
  • Which jurisdiction to set-up in
  • Regulatory and tax considerations
  • Managing key relationships around valuations, exchanges and trading/tech stack
  • Explaining digital assets to your allocators

7:30 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:30 AM

  • Tony Griffiths, Head of Content, Hedgeweek

8:55 AM

OPENING REMARKS

  • What does the ongoing FTX debacle mean for the space – how can we trust and monitor exchanges – and other key platforms?
  • Situational assessment: After all of 2022’s volatility, realistically what comes next for the sector?
  • Can an eco-system built for retail be bent to the needs of hedge funds? What’s currently working for institutional traders, what hasn’t and what needs to change to create a truly institutional grade infrastructure?

Is the elephant in the room over-shadowing opportunity? FTX, fraud and fears about liquidity crisis – will this market ever be institutionalized?

PANEL 1

9:00 AM

  • Understanding and making the most of fund tokenization

The future of digital assets 1

Fireside Chat

9:45 AM

  • Review of key regulatory shifts impacting the space, particularly after wave of liquidations and scandals
  • Are we likely to see a degree of regulatory harmony for a truly global space – or a potentially disruptive process of increasingly radical nation-by-nation rules?
  • What is the FCA’s current stance and what are the other key regulatory developments in EU and US?
  • …and will ‘regulation by enforcement’ be replaced by something more sensible and partnership-based?
  • How will regulation impact managers…but also be applied to service providers, particularly exchanges?

Winter is here…or will we see the green shoots of spring? After 2022 more regulation is inevitable – will this increased transparency help or prolong the chilling effect?

PANEL 2

10:00 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

10:45 AM

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 1

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

11:15 AM

Roundtable B: Strategy discussion and identifying emerging and digital assets classes – the journey from bitcoin and CeFi to DeFi and beyond

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

Roundtable D: The post-FTX world: Dealing with exchanges, other counterparties and making sure your assets are safe

Roundtable E: Enabling the institutional adoption of crypto: the role of digital asset derivatives

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 2

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digi asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Strategy discussion and identifying emerging and digital assets classes

Roundtable C: Getting the tech stack and approach to data right

Roundtable D: The post-FTX world

Roundtable E: Enabling the institutional adoption of crypto

12:00 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 PM

Clear and present danger: Against the background of uncertainty how can managers keep assets safe

PANEL 3

  • Safe keeping of assets after FTX are essential – how good are the custody solutions out there and do they work with all asset types?
  • How does custody help with emerging strategies and investment techniques like staking and cross exchange strategies - where are the assets actually held and how can you get full-transparency?
  • What are the emerging and new custody solutions that can help your business?
  • Do the increased partnerships between big banks and custodians show that managers can have more confidence? Or are the risks just as present?
  • How do you deal with allocators questions about asset safety – how can you answer these concerns?
  • Can we stop another FTX et al happening again?

2:00 PM

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 3

Roundtable A: Fund structuring and launching a digi asset vehicle

Roundtable B: Strategy discussion and identifying emerging and digital assets classes

Roundtable C: Getting the tech stack and approach to data right

Roundtable D: The post-FTX world

Roundtable E: Enabling the institutional adoption of crypto

2:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

3:30 PM

Data collection, management and accuracy: How do we quantify and normalize our sector’s known unknowns?

PANEL 4

  • Data management, aggregation, analysis, clarity and integrity – it’s essential to get this recipe right. How do we do this?
  • How do you make sure there is one source of truth, where does the data come from and how do you cleanse it and solve the variances in price across the same token etc.?
  • Dealing with the size of wallet addresses – how do you take data and understand liquidity and investment patterns?
  • As the space becomes less liquid, how do you ascertain the true value of assets – how are traditional admin services able to deal with a rapidly evolving landscape?
  • The confusion of market data and trade data – with information often misleading, how do you navigate this or mark portfolios with no settlement prices?
  • How do you look at data and accurately aggregate between exchanges?
  • Factoring in the added complexity of DeFi data and smart contracts.
  • Benchmarking data across funds – how can you truly compare your fund’s performance against its peer group average – and what represents a credible index?

4:00 PM

The future of digital assets 2

Fireside Chat

  • New horizons: with the big push of web 3 into gaming and metaverse products – how do you invest coherently and decipher data collection in the space?

4:45 PM

Answering big questions: Dealing with allocators and extending your distribution

PANEL 5

  • How can your fund answer the ‘big 3’ allocator questions about digital assets?
  • Existence – have I got what I say I’ve got?
  • Valuation – is it worth what I say it’s worth?
  • Cash – can anyone take the money?
  • How to sell the fund: Registering and distributing in different jurisdictions – using SMAs and platforms to navigate the patchwork of regulation
  • Educating and explaining – explaining recent problems to allocators and the narrative arc that will help traditional investors and investment consultants better understand the digital asset space

5:00 PM

NETWORKING

Drinks reception

5:45 PM

EVENT CLOSES

7:30 PM

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

"The hedgeweekLive European Emerging Managers Summits are excellent. A must for all hedge fund managers looking to launch or grow their funds"

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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COVID-19

Electronic Devices

We advise attendees to take a lateral flow test before the event to ensure the safety of everyone.

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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