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Roundtable: How do Dutch institutions invest into hedge funds and alternative investments?

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The Netherlands is a leading financial center in the heart of Europe, with hedge funds and alternative asset managers ranging from start-up size to $10bn. The country also has a well diversified professional investor base allocating to alternative investments and is in fact home to Europe's largest hedge fund investors. Private sector pension funds are the prevalent institutional hedge fund investor besides funds of hedge funds, asset managers, wealth managers, public pension funds and insurance companies.

The 2013 Opalesque Netherlands Roundtable - sponsored by Eurex and Taussig Capital - took place February 14th at the Amsterdam office of Blue Sky Group with:

  1. Mark Burbach, Chief Investment Officer, Blue Sky Group
  2. Niels Oostenbrug, Head of Alternative Investments, MN Services
  3. Michiel Meeuwissen, Senior Portfolio Manager Funds of Hedge Funds, Kempen Capital Management
  4. Michael Kretschmer, Co-Manager, Pelargos Japan Alpha Fund
  5. Jasper Anderluh, Principal and CEO, HiQ Invest
  6. Patrick van de Laar, COO/CFO, SAEMOR Capital
  7. France Schuster, Head of Sales, Eurex
The group discussed:
  • What are the five return drivers of hedge funds?
  • Which four hedge fund strategies add the most value to pensions?
  • How do Dutch institutions invest in hedge funds and alternatives?
  • Has the role of hedge funds in Dutch institutional portfolios changed over time?
  • Which hedge fund strategies appeal to Dutch institutions right now?
  • What is the difference between alternative beta (or smart beta) and non-traditional beta? Are Dutch investors interested in hedge fund replication?
  • Why do some Dutch pensions not invest in hedge funds? How can asset managers and consultants help them recognize and benefit from allocations to alternatives?
  • Why does the Dutch Central Bank “flag” institutions that have more than 20% in alternative investments and audits them? What is the Central Bank asking for in this audit?
  • How can institutions radically lower the capital charge required under Solvency II for their investments in hedge funds?
  • What types of hedge funds operate from the Netherlands? What fund vehicles are open to them that many other hedge funds are craving for?
  • How does an Amsterdam based hedge fund manage to add between 100 and 150 new clients every month?
  • How do Dutch hedge funds prepare for the proposed financial transaction tax and regulations of high frequency trading?
  • When will EUREX launch its new index derivatives based on the MSCI World, MSCI Europe, MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan and MSCI Frontier Markets indexes?

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