Thursday, 9th November, 2023 | Convene Bishopsgate, London

Mission-critical guidance for new and

emerging managers

The Hedge Fund European Emerging Managers Summit is aimed at management firms and funds in their early stages of development, as well as managers and funds operated by women and leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Our mission is to create a series of conversations that will enable your firm or fund to be set for growth, success, and long-term security. Dealing with issues spanning operations, strategy and compliance this event is designed for decision makers from across the leadership suite.

For any new fund manager, getting the planning right at the pre-launch and post-launch phases can potentially make the difference between success or costly failure. Through a series of in-depth panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions, the event will lay out the main considerations for an engaged audience.

The Hedge Fund European Emerging Managers Summit, hosted by Hedgeweek, is your bridge to a new understanding of each of the critical steps involved to successfully bring a hedge fund to market. There will also be time for networking and informal conversations with close peers and colleagues.

Hedgeweek’s event will:

  • Be a closed and invite-only gathering, this means no media and a curated audience of genuine peers
  • Bring together senior staff from across the leadership suite to discuss shared problems, opportunities and solutions
  • Focus on current trends, emerging themes and the likely innovations and disruptors of the next 5 years

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8:30 AM


8:50 AM


Hedge Fund Emerging Manager Hedgeweek Insight presentation

  • Tony Griffiths, Head of Content, Hedgeweek
  • How are emerging managers navigating the higher interest rate and inflationary environment? What impact is this having on the broader fortunes of the sector as a whole?
  • Smaller managers can capitalise on opportunity in volatile times by making decisions swiftly and with less bureaucracy. What are the main factors to consider here?
  • Volatility breeds uncertainty, which can be intimidating for investors. Should emerging managers leverage their nimble approach to risk management and proactive strategies to provide reassurance and stability amid market fluctuations?
  • Commitment to the cutting edge: Emerging managers are more likely to leverage new technology and data analytics tools. Harnessing these resources efficiently provides significant value-add to investors. 

Land of opportunity: Emerging managers take advantage of their agility to redefine investing in an era of uncertainty


9:00 AM

Voice of experience: Manager view


9:45 AM

Learn about the first steps, biggest mistakes, most important lessons and how to deal with challenges from a veteran manager.

  • Navigating the current landscape of fund formation options, taking into account the preferences of investors and new trends influencing the key choices.
  • Understanding the shifting legal and regulatory requirements associated with starting a hedge fund as new laws and regulations impact the sector.
  • Identifying the essential elements of a winning launch strategy and recognising the features which could make a manager stand out in a crowded market.
  • The critical elements in choosing the right professionals, both internally and externally, to build a strong, capable and successful team. 
  • Recognising the growing importance of technology infrastructure and ensuring its suitability to meet the operational needs of the fund – today and as it grows. 

From talent to technology: Building strong foundations for long-term success. Some fundamentals are evergreen but are more timely factors rising in importance?


10:00 AM

10:45 AM


Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

11:15 AM


Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates register in advance for 3 of 4 topics.

  • Where do emerging managers start in their digitisation journey? How does this differ across digital native firms and more traditional organisations?
  • Are emerging hedge funds integrating technology and data analytics into their investment processes? What are key transformations taking place in this regard?
  • As AI and machine learning become an inherent part of daily life, how are hedge fund managers using these emerging technologies to gain a competitive advantage?
  • What hurdles do tech-forward professionals face in helping to integrate solutions throughout their organisation? Which part of an organisation is responsible for driving effective leveraging of performance? 

Roundtable A: Tech transformation: The pace of technological change is relentless. Managing the digital journey and leveraging new tools is becoming critical, especially for emerging funds. How can they harness the efficiency technology provides without draining their resources?

Roundtable B: Avoid the overload: Emerging managers are excellent investors, but building the right operational infrastructure can be more of a challenge. How is this best tackled efficiently without being overwhelming?

  • Common operational challenges emerging managers face include limited resources and expertise on an operational dimension. Are these the primary driver of the growth of outsourcing and strategic partnerships or are other factors involved?
  • Amid volatile markets and shifting investor preferences, managers are adopting proactive and innovative cash flow management strategies to optimise liquidity and meet evolving investor demands. What are the main strategies in play right now?
  • The complexity of middle and back-office operations has increased due to regulatory requirements and a growing demand for transparency. How can streamlining this part of their organisation help emerging managers navigate these complexities effectively?
  • The challenging fund-raising environment has made it evident that fund managers must understand the importance of treating their fund as a business, focusing on scalability, operational efficiency, and risk management. How are they doing this and what challenges do they face? 

Roundtable C: Securing the gates: Hackers are becoming smarter and cyber threats more complex. A clear strategy on cybersecurity and data management has to be a key consideration

  • How are managers adapting to the evolving landscape of data security and privacy regulations. What is key to implementing robust measures to best safeguard their firm and their clients?
  • Identifying and mitigating potential threats is critical for all managers, but is even more incisive for emerging funds at the start of their journey. What do managers need to consider to stay ahead of emerging cybersecurity risks and how can they implement proactive strategies?
  • Critical building blocks to implementing best practices for effective data management, including secure data storage, ensuring data quality, and establishing robust data governance protocols.
  • Harnessing the power of data analytics to derive actionable insights and enhance investment decision-making processes, driving better investment outcomes. 

Roundtable D: Shifting gears: Enhancing marketing and investor relations to support capital-raising in challenging times

  • Implementing innovative and data-driven approaches to attract and retain investors in today's dynamic market environment.
  • Nurturing long-term investor relationships through proactive communication, regular updates, and personalised engagement.
  • Adapting fundraising strategies to leverage emerging opportunities and navigate the evolving landscape in a post-pandemic world.
  • Crafting compelling, high quality, relevant content and marketing materials that resonate with investors and highlight a manager’s unique value proposition. 
  • Overcoming the hurdles of building trust and credibility with potential investors. 

12:00 PM


Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates register in advance for 3 of 4 topics.

Roundtable A: Tech transformation

Roundtable B: Avoid the overload

Roundtable C: Securing the gates

Roundtable D: Shifting gears

12:45 PM


  • Navigating the impact of regulation change. How have emerging managers kept informed, how are they adapting their compliance procedures, and what are they doing to proactively close any close any compliance gaps?
  • Building a culture of compliance is critical in ensuring a robust and integrated approach. Are emerging managers training and educating staff on risk mitigation?
  • Managers must mitigate operational risks through enhanced oversight and monitoring of their due diligence processes. What are the main protocols managers need to have in place to minimise risk and have these changed in light of regulatory updates?
  • Addressing the challenges of data governance and privacy. With confidentiality high on the agenda, how can managers put strong data protection measures in place, ensuring compliance while also balancing the need to leverage intelligence gathered from their client interactions? 

Unlocking risk management excellence: Empowering emerging managers through strong compliance measures


2:00 PM

2:45 PM


Roundtables take place as repeated parallel sessions. Delegates register in advance for 3 of 4 topics.

Roundtable A: Tech transformation

Roundtable B: Avoid the overload

Roundtable C: Securing the gates

Roundtable D: Shifting gears

3:30 PM


Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

  • Statistics show DEI is still weak across the industry. What are some of the ongoing initiatives and measures taken by the hedge fund industry to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • What are some stand-out initiatives and best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in hedge funds? Are there notable examples of successful diversity and inclusion initiatives showcasing industry best practices and innovative approaches in this area?
  • Has demonstrating diversity become a standard request on behalf of investors? What are they asking for in this regard?
  • How can managers integrate strategies for building a diverse and inclusive team and create a culture of inclusivity? Is there some practical guidance on integrating strategies for building diverse and inclusive teams within hedge funds, emphasising the importance of creating a culture that values inclusivity? What are the key steps to making this a reality? 

Waking up: Diversity, equity and inclusion in the hedge fund industry


4:15 PM

5:00 PM


Connect with peers from around the industry over a glass of wine

7:30 PM


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







Convene - London

Address: 22 Bishopsgate // City of London, London

Venue Requirements

Dress Code

Electronic Devices

Please note attendees are asked to dress in business casual.

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

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 knowledge to consume, the people to meet and the venue itself was just brilliant. The panels and roundtable discussions did not just scratch the surface but went into as much detail as would possibly fit in the given time. I can highly recommend this format and will join the future events.

Fabian Fach, Managing Partner, Black Flower Capital GmbH

A productive use of a day for any emerging manager to listen to the learnings of teams who have gone or are going through the launch and growth process. You will leave this event with a few nuggets of new wisdom and a few helpful new connections.

Anthony Lawler, Chief Investment Officer and COO, Cadwyn Capital LLP




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