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Opalesque Roundtable Series - Geneva 2008

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It is estimated that approximately 30% of all global hedge fund investments are allocated through Switzerland. In addition, a number of single manager hedge funds and other related service providers have moved here or set up subsidiaries.

The Roundtable was sponsored by Taussig Capital and took place September 8th 2008 in the offices of Bedrock Group. Opalesque has aligned a hand-picked cross section of the local players, including representatives from UBP, which with over $55 billion is the second largest allocator to hedge funds globally, as well as a partner of $4bln+ hedge fund Jabre Capital, and Dr Stéphane Graber, Deputy Manager, Department of Economy and Health at the Canton of Geneva - who helps hedge funds to move there - and many more:

  1. Anne Simond, Director, UBP
  2. Mark Cecil, Partner, Jabre Capital
  3. Thomas Della Casa, Head of Research, RMF / Man Group
  4. Jean Keller, CEO, 3A
  5. Tony Morongiello, Partner, Caliburn Capital
  6. Dr Stéphane Graber, Deputy Manager, Department of Economy and Health, Canton of Geneva
  7. Nicolas Maduz, Managing Partner, Tiberius Group
  8. Daniel Penseyres, Partner, Bedrock Group
  9. Dr Gregoire Haenni, Partner, Bedrock Group
  10. Gabriel Kurland, Founder, Hedge Fund Appraisal
  11. Olivier d'Auriol, Founder, D'Auriol Asset Management
  12. Eric Halff, Director, ARKION SA
  13. Peter Sartogo, Managing Partner, Global Wealth Management SA
  14. Joe Taussig, Founder, Taussig Capital
In this Roundtable Script, you will learn:
  • What opportunities some of the world's leading hedge fund allocators and researches see - despite the ongoing turmoil
  • With leverage, the big global growth engine until recently, having gone, what can we expect from emerging markets?
  • How efficient risk management has saved a lot of managers, but allocators still find that when talking to hedge funds "they tell you the truth, but sometimes not all the truth"...
  • A fundamental discussion on operational risk and due diligence: Are the promises of the fund-of-funds actually worthless when you take a second look?
  • In what direction the current environment is forcing hedge fund-of-funds in order to survive
  • How should the fund-of-funds community deal with side pockets?
  • What is the true issue behind the liquidity discussion?
  • Background on Jabre Capital's "incredibly successful" move to set up in Geneva
  • How are family offices coping with the markets and a changing hedge fund world?
The participants of this Roundtable also elaborate on the historic merger of the US/UK based hedge fund Fairfield Greenwich Group with the Swiss private bank Banque Bénédict Hentsch, and why we will be seeing "a lot of hedge fund managers become involved in Swiss private banking".

This new Opalesque Roundtable identifies some of the "fundamental problems" of the hedge fund industry, and how this new confluence can address them.

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