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

All Hedgeweek Summits operate under Chatham House Rule. This means that attendees are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Recording of the panels and roundtables is strictly prohibited.

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

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8:30 AM


8:50 AM


Hedge Fund Emerging Manager Hedgeweek Insight presentation

  • Tony Griffiths, Head of Content, Hedgeweek
  • Post-pandemic, with inflation and global uncertainty on the rise – has this changed the direction and fortunes of emerging managers?
  • Is now a good time to launch or take you next steps of growth?
  • Spinning out and going it alone or seeking safety at a multi-strat/platform
  • Discovering your first investors – from family offices to seeders
  • Embarking with an institutional mindset – how to professionalize from day one
  • Thinking beyond your strategy’s competitive edge – how to get the ops right

Challenging times, promising future: What are the opportunities and challenges for emerging managers?


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.

  • The importance of the prime broker, the fund administrator, the outsourced risk provider and the technology partner in supporting your fund? How have these relationships evolved overtime?
  • How have areas like outsourcing and managed services changed? What are the challenges/benefits?
  • Day 1 operational infrastructure: how has this changed? And how should this evolve as you grow?
  • What are the more common mistakes new managers make i.e. when selecting their outsourced providers?
  • Can some strategies outsource more than others? i.e. equity strategies vs event-driven, distressed credit strategies
  • With so many services now outsourced, how do managers achieve a single view?

Buy, build or cobble together: Selecting the right service providers


10:15 AM

11:00 AM


Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

11:30 AM


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

  • Impact of Covid on ODD, its current evolution and the latest red flags
  • Rising importance of ESG in ODD checks
  • What to prioritise during an ODD process?
  • How to get your investor reporting right
  • The approaches of different investor types
  • How can managers best prepare for investor ODD?
  • Will investors get comfortable with a virtual ODD process, and could this become a permanent feature?
  • Investor expectations: what are they asking and what sort of red flags tend to veto a potential allocation?

Roundtable A: Practical insights on what the ODD process looks like for today’s hedge fund manager

Roundtable B: Regulation review: Compliance hurdles for new and emerging managers

  • Getting your approach to compliance right
  • Reviewing some of the current key challenges:
    - Current priorities of FCA and international regulators…where to next?
    - Flash briefing: AIFMD II, MIFID II unbundling exemption and SFDR
    - Are we finally seeing a compelling UK funds regime take shape and will this help start-ups?
    - Briefing on progress of Investment Firm Prudential Regime
    - Are you ready to distribute globally?

Roundtable C: Start-up boot camp: tax structuring for new and emerging managers

  • Structuring a standalone vs. Master Feeder (Full or Mini), Domestic vs. Offshore Fund Structure
  • Pros and cons of Offshore Funds Jurisdiction (Cayman vs. BVI)
  • Tax Efficient Hedge Fund Strategies
  • Management Company and General Partner Entity Taxation including Owner/Founder
  • Crypto/Digital Asset Taxation
  • Personal tax in a remote working world

Roundtable D: Information overload: making sure you are extracting the best from your tech stack and data

  • How should new and emerging managers use, store and interrogate data
  • Executing the best data strategy for your business
  • What does data best practice look like - can this be done inhouse or do you need the assistance of a vendor
  • Pitfalls to avoid when selecting a vendor
  • What resources are available to new and emerging managers to develop and maintain the best data systems

12:15 PM


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

Roundtable A: Practical insights on ODD

Roundtable B: Regulation review

Roundtable C: Start-up boot camp

Roundtable D: Information overload

1:00 PM


  • How should new and emerging managers think about getting approach to ESG correct
  • How does this approach impact the investments you make?
  • And how does it impact you at the management firm level – can you demonstrate a commitment to issues like sustainability and D&I
  • How do your prioritise specific areas within ESG, while making sure you are meeting the needs of regulators and allocators

ESG Priorities: Demonstrating your firm’s commitment to fairness, best practice, diversity and sustainability


2:15 PM

3:00 PM


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

Roundtable A: Practical insights on ODD

Roundtable B: Regulation review

Roundtable C: Start-up boot camp

Roundtable D: Information overload

3:45 PM


Coffee break and a chance to meet our experts

  • Where is the industry going and strategies are allocators looking for?
  • Should your start-up up be looking at an emerging asset class or strategy subset, like digital assets?
  • With private markets attracting attention – can you improve returns and attract more capital by moving away from traditional strategies

Strategy deep-dive: Traditional, digital assets or experimenting with private markets


4:15 PM

  • What are the main distribution channels managers need to consider
  • What are the main challenges when it comes to attracting investors
  • How can fund managers better attract seed investors?
  • What are the typical mistakes that managers make when it comes to approaching the fundraising process?
  • How is technology and social media changing the way managers think about connecting with potential LPs?

Allocator focus: The fund raising process


5:00 PM

5:45 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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