AfricaHedge Symposium 2009
Venue: Vineyard Hotel
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: Monday, 16 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, the AfricaHedge Symposium 2009 will have broader focus - aiming to bring together some of the most talented and informed managers and investors looking at fast-growing frontier markets across the African continent and into the Middle East, while also representing the more mature South African industry.
Unlocking Africa's vast potential
Sustained interest in investing across the frontier markets of Africa, together with the ongoing effects of the global financial crisis, are set to foster two days of stimulating debate amongst leading industry players at the AfricaHedge Symposium, to be held on 16-17 February at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.
The Symposium will focus on investing in South Africa as well as the broader African markets.
Entitled "Unlocking Africa", the Symposium aims to build on the success of last year's one-day event, also held in Cape Town. This time around the focus will include the broader African markets, which have been attracting strong investor interest despite limited opportunity and a sharp contraction of risk appetite amongst the global investor community.
While alternative investing is still in its infancy across most of the region, smart investors are finding ways to tap into these nascent markets, whether they be hedge funds, private equity players, long-only or absolute-return funds, as well as other off-piste investment vehicles.
With several fund of funds launched in the past 12 months focusing on the markets of the Middle East and Africa, investors are clearly looking to this last untapped area for potential returns. The Symposium will explore the attraction, considering both risks and potential returns for investors within a global context.
South African managers, who as yet represent the only sizeable hedge fund community on the continent, will discuss how this year's market rout has shaken the industry to the core, with managers learning tough lessons in both business and investing, which will stand them in good stead for the next phase of development. South African investors, who account for the bulk of assets under management in domestic hedge fund assets, will also present their views on the industry, its track record and its growth prospects going forward.
As with all HedgeFund Intelligence events, the Symposium will be closed to other media, allowing leading industry players to speak freely with their peers at this important juncture for the investment world. We look forward to seeing you there.
Topics for debate
• South Africa: Showing the way. Has market volatility encouraged new strategies? Have hedge funds been able to hedge?
• Where to from here: The future for alternative investments in the region.
• The rise of domestic investors: Are local investors backing the development of the local alternative investment industry?
• How has the global credit crisis affected the macroeconomic prospects for Africa and the Middle East?
• Investor perspective: Why are investors interested in the region? Can fund managers expect capital inflows? What kinds of investors are leading the way, and why?
• Africa and the commodities story: How much of the investment case is based on demand for resources?
• Packaging the potential: How alternative asset managers are playing the Africa game.
To view a list of confirmed speakers click here