Absolute UCITS Conference

Venue: London Stock Exchange
Location: London
Dates: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 - Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Following the success of the Absolute UCITS online news service, HedgeFund Intelligence is pleased to announce the inaugural Absolute UCITS Conference. More than 150 delegates will come together at the London Stock Exchange to explore future developments of the fledgling UCITS hedge funds industry. Please call +44 (0) 20 7779 8999 to book your ticket!


The Absolute UCITS Conference: The future face of the UCITS hedge industry

The Conference will take place on Wednesday 15 June in the afternoon.


Doors open & registration

14.30 - 14.40


14.40 - 15.30

UCITS hedge funds: beyond the fad
The UCITS hedge fund industry is in its infancy. However, there is optimism surrounding the future sector. This session explores what UCITS funds offer the investor and why UCITS hedge funds are here to stay. Why do UCITS hedge funds continue to have significant appeal? Where will the sector be at the end of the next cycle?

Moderator: Joy Dunbar, Absolute UCITS

Speakers include:

Eric Bertrand, Schroders NewFinance Capital
Florian Giesecke, Lupus Alpha Asset Management
Henri Jeantet, Syquant Capital
Rhodri Mason, Man Group
David Yarrow, Clareville Capital

15.30 - 16.20

Investors: Performance the key to victory in the UCITS hedge space
What do investors want from UCITS hedge funds? Many investors are happy to invest in the early life cycle of the UCITS hedge fund but performance is essential for asset growth to continue.  This panel will look at what it takes to create a winning absolute return UCITS fund.

Moderator: Niki Natarajan, InvestHedge

Speakers include:

Andrew Dollery, Newedge Prime Brokerage
Andre Havas, Optimized Portfolio Management Stockholm AB 
John Ventre, Skandia Investment Group
Chris Wyllie, Iveagh - Private Investment House

16.20 - 16.50

Coffee break

16.50 - 17.40

Distribution: What is the best way to distribute your fund to raise maximum assets?
What is the best way to distribute your UCITS hedge fund to raise maximum assets: is it via the retail or institutional route? Should managers widen their distribution horizon to include retail investors? Are there any opportunities in for growth in the institutional sector?

Moderator: Neil Wilson, HedgeFund Intelligence

Speakers include:

Patrick Armstrong, Armstrong Investment Management
Alan Burnett, Martin Currie
Andrew Main, Stratton Street Capital
Hamid Parsa, Alceda Fund Management

17.40 - 18.30

Regulation: What are the regulatory pressures of the UCITS hedge fund industry?
Global regulators are changing the investment landscape. MiFID II, UCITS V, Basel III, FATCA and Dodd-Frank  are some of the new regulations creating opportunities and challenges for the UCITS hedge industry. This session looks at what the opportunities and pitfalls are being created by changing regulation.

Moderator: Joy Dunbar, Absolute UCITS

Speakers include:

Joe Davidson, Fulcrum Asset Management
Francis Kass, Arendt & Medernach
Jiri Krol, AIMA
Tim Shakesby, European Commission


The Absolute UCITS Awards cocktail reception will follow the conference.

Click here for further infrormation and to find out which funds have been nominated!