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Dear Opalesque Reader,

Austria has a considerable history in alternatives. The country is internationally considered to be a CTA country and to be strong in quantitative strategies. Over the more recent years, Austria's alternatives has grown and matured, and many different strategies are run out of Austria as of today.

This new Opalesque Roundtable delves into the history of alternatives in Austria, which already started in the 80s and 90s. Early on, at a time when CalPERS for example didn't even consider investing into hedge funds, Austrian institutional investors favored the development of alternatives, because “they believed in it.”

The Opalesque Austria Roundtable was sponsored by Salus Alpha Group and took place June 28th 2011 in Vienna with:

  • Mark Cachia, Head of Alternative Investments, Erste Group
  • Martin Greil, Co-founder and Secretary General of the Alternative Investment Association VAI
  • Günther Herndlhofer, Investment Manager, VBV Pension Fund
  • Oliver Prock, CEO and CIO, Salus Alpha Capital
  • Marie Milford, Managing Partner & CEO, Asset Allocation Alpha
  • Günther Kastner, Managing Partner, Absolute Portfolio Management
We also thank Opalesque Roundtable Series Sponsor Custom House Group for their continued support. The Austrian alternatives experts also discuss:
  • How Austrian pension funds allocate to hedge funds and alternatives
  • Why it is easier to sell hedge fund products in Austria than in Germany
  • How the global hedge fund industry split into two different manager universes, and why investors should allocate to both
  • Why the role and influence of advisors and consultants will continue to grow
  • Europe's AIFM Directive came into effect on July 21, 2011 – what opportunities lie in AIFMD?
  • Once again, Opalesque Roundtable participants are sharing vital insights about the UCITS framework and funds.
    • Why do so many UCITS funds involve high degrees of financial engineering?
    • What coronary risks are created by financial engineering?
    • Did the regulators understand the implications?
Enjoy “listening in” to this new Opalesque Roundtable!

Matthias Knab

Director Opalesque Ltd.
Knab@opalesque.com

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