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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the second Opalesque Geneva Roundtable. On 26 pages, you will find valuable intelligence from some of the leading Swiss hedge fund investors, experts and hedge fund managers on some of the most important developments around hedge funds globally and within Switzerland.

Over the last two years, an increasing number of hedge funds started to move their operational base into Switzerland. As we discussed at this Roundtable, the companies involved are not just coming out of the U.K. alone – there are significant moves also from other parts of the world into Switzerland. Swiss-domiciled hedge funds (set up by Swiss) explain some of the little known actual advantages Switzerland offers for hedge funds run from there.

The Roundtable highlights some of the drivers and motivations of these firms, but also the hurdles they face. In addition, you will learn about:

  • European Alternative Investment Directive: Opportunities & challenges
  • Managed Accounts: Aspects the general discussion has missed so far
  • Fees & Valuations: How large investors successfully press hedge funds to revise fees, valuations, corporate governance
  • Hedge Fund Replicators: When and why are they actually used?
  • Due Diligence: When “yes/no” answers don't get the point
  • Back to normal? - One year ago, some investors used to get up at 3:30 am to see how Asia was doing. But today, some veterans are still worried about stability issues – learn how they position themselves over such concerns.
  • Disintermediating banks and prime brokers: How sophisticated hedge fund investors are quietly revolutionizing hedge fund operations
This Roundtable was sponsored by Taussig Capital and took place late October 2009 at the Geneva headquarters of UBP. We thank Taussig Capital, UBP and all participants for their support of this Opalesque Roundtable

  • Bertrand Bricheux, Head of marketing and Business Development, UBP
  • Anne Simond, Member of Management, UBP
  • Dr. Michel Dominicé, Founder, Dominicé & Co.
  • Glen Millar, Director, Kinetic Partners (Switzerland)
  • Louis de Pfyffer, Partner, Banque Heritage
  • Joe Taussig, Founder, Taussig Capital
  • Michael Clark, Head of Hedge Fund Research, Lombard Odier
  • Pascal Engel, Director, Templar Group
  • Peter Fletcher, Managing Director, Parly Family Office
  • Luc Estenne, CEO, Partners Advisors
Enjoy “listening in” to the new Opalesque Geneva Roundtable!

Matthias Knab
Director Opalesque Ltd.
Knab@opalesque.com

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