Understanding Asian Alpha
An outstanding event with experienced, committed investors.
Hugh Sloane, founder and chief executive officer, Sloane Robinson LLP
The AsiaHedge 2014 Forum, entitled 'Understanding Asian Alpha', was held this year on 24 April at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong, attracting over 350 delegates over the course of the day. The event brought together the Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry elite, as well as leading fund managers and investors from around the globe.
The day began with an enlightening keynote address from legendary hedge fund manager Hugh Sloane, founder and chief executive officer of Sloane Robinson, who shared his journey of Asian investing since the early days of the region's hedge fund industry. On the Asian growth story, he cautioned that growth and profitable growth do not always go hand in hand.
The opening session was followed by a series of lively and engaging panel sessions, covering a wide range of themes, such as the macro-economic outlook for the region, equity and credit strategies in the Asia Pacific region.
The programme also included panels which focused on the changing needs and expectations of investors in Asian hedge funds, and a discussion of operational issues, concentrating on how to build a global business in Asia in the current environment. Communication with clients is key, argued panellists. Home grown, local managers, particularly in Japan and China, face language barriers when explaining their performance drivers and strategies to clients. Good business development managers who can talk on behalf of the fund managers can help drive growth.
The latest developments in regulation and the associated issues and concerns were also addressed, with China under the spotlight in the closing panel of the day. Shadow banking and the economic slowdown were at the heart of speakers' concerns.
We would like to thank all the delegates, speakers and sponsors for their support and for helping to make this event such a success once again. We look forward to next year.
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"I thought it was a great event, attended by industry leaders and key players, where various relevant developments in the hedge fund industry in Asia are discussed and analyzed. I appreciated the knowledge and experiences of the speakers on my panel, and the relevant issues discussed during the session, from the latest evolvement of relevant regulations to the market outlook. The forum provided a valuable and efficient opportunity for participants to exchange thoughts and to interact."
Joseph Zeng, Partner and Head of Hong Kong Office, Greenwoods Asset Management