Opportunities in institutionalizing the digital frontier

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Thursday, 22 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.

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PREVIOUS AGENDA

8:00 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

  • Tony Griffiths, Head of Content, Hedgeweek

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

8:45 AM

  • 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

8:45 AM

Part 1 – Assessing current conditions and progress

  • Future regulatory landscape (and tax treatment) – will we see more regulatory arbitrage or a standardization of rules
  • When will institutional investors – like pension funds – become seriously involved?
  • How will service providers evolve to meet the needs of managers with digital asset products
  • Where do we go to next…?
  • Where next? How will the digital asset market and digital asset managers develop over the next 12months?
  • As financial sectors grow and mature, innovation tends to slow – there is no sign of this happening in digital assets – instead it’s begetting a new financial ecosystem. How can managers and allocators benefit from these radical changes, particularly defi and its ‘democratisation’ of financial services? Will the rapid pace of development act as a drag on institutionalisation?
  • How are managers already using concepts like tokenization and other changes at the frontier of Defi?
  • How do managers get to grips with the operational shifts created by all of this change now and in the future – presumably it will move beyond trading digital assets and impact all strategies and fund management organisations?
  • Can we make some predictions around:

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

PANEL 1

9:15 AM

Part 2 – Setting (and guessing the) course for the future

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

PANEL 2

9:45 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?

FIRESIDE CHAT

10:25 AM

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: Yield Farming, Staking and other Strategies: lowering risk and generate returns

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets: the best strategies to pursue and the range of instruments to trade, including sustainable fixed income cash yields via liquidity pool investments

Roundtable C: Portfolio and risk management across CeFi and DeFi: balancing market, credit and custody risks

Roundtable D: Shining a light on crypto activity

Roundtable E: 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

11:55 AM

Roundtable A: Yield Farming, Staking and other Strategies

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Portfolio and risk management across CeFi and DeFi

Roundtable D: Shining a light on crypto activity

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

12:35 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

Unchartered territories - mapping the regulatory landscape

PANEL 3

1:35 PM

  • 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

MASTERCLASS

2:05 PM

Answering the big questions: Addressing the Future of Digital Assets

MASTERCLASS

2:20 PM

Getting your tech ready for a digital asset strategy

MASTERCLASS

2:35 PM

Setting up a Regulated Crypto Currency Fund is possible!

Trading strategies and how to gain exposure to the space

PANEL 4

2:50 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

3:30 PM

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 3

3:40 PM

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

Roundtable D: Shining a light on crypto activity

Roundtable C: Portfolio and risk management across CeFi and DeFi

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable A: Yield Farming, Staking and other Strategies

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

ROUNDTABLE ROUND 4

4:20 PM

Roundtable A: Yield Farming, Staking and other Strategies

Roundtable B: Gaining exposure to digital assets

Roundtable C: Portfolio and risk management across CeFi and DeFi

Roundtable D: Shining a light on crypto activity

Roundtable E: Regulatory overview

5:00 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

FIRESIDE CHAT

5:15 PM

How prime brokerage helps seize opportunities in DeFi.


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

PANEL 5

5:30 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

6:10 PM

NETWORKING

Drinks reception

9:00 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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