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Asset Management - February 22, 2012

EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2012 unveiled

By Frederic Ducoulombier, Director, EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia

Frédéric Ducoulombier

The annual conferences organised by EDHEC-Risk Institute in Europe since 2004 have drawn over 8,000 practitioners from some fifty countries and become must-attend events for institutional investors and investment managers who want to keep abreast of the latest developments and best practices in investment and risk management.

Building on this success and following the set-up of EDHEC-Risk Institute–Asia, the Institute is bringing its annual conference to Asia. EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2012 will take place on May 9-10 at the Marina Bay Sands conference centre in Singapore.

The event will offer an Asia-centred programme of great added value put together under four headings: Advances in Equity Investment; Indexing and Passive Investment; Alternative Investments and Regulatory Developments. As in Europe, the objective is to allow professionals to review major industry challenges, explore state-of-the art investment techniques and benchmark practices to research advances.

The first day of the conference will focus on advances in equity investment and indexing. The advances in equity investment discussed will include new approaches to equity portfolio construction, the protection of equity portfolios against sovereign risks, and optimisation of risk management, but also topics with a distinctive regional dimension: downside risk control on Asian equity markets and the search for true Asian exposure on public equity markets. As far as indexing is concerned, the first academic study of indices and passive management in Asia will be presented; the quality of the major Asian equity indices will be assessed; new forms of equity indices will be reviewed; and regulatory developments affecting ETFs in Asia will be discussed.

On the second day, the conference will focus on alternative strategies and derivatives. EDHEC-Risk Institute researchers will present their latest results on the determinants of private equity performance, next-generation commodity investing, and hedge fund programme management. They will also discuss developments in infrastructure investing, introduce a new class of volatility indices for Asia and evaluate skewness as an asset class.

Each day will open with an exclusive forum at which leading figures from the investment industry and senior officers of supervisory authorities will discuss ongoing regulatory initiatives that will impact the future of investing. The Asia Investment Forum will discuss regulation aimed at reducing market volatility while the High Frequency Trading Forum will examine the impact of algorithmic and high frequency trading and review ongoing regulatory developments affecting this practice. CNBC and Dow Jones are the exclusive media sponsors for these fora.

In addition to plenary and stream sessions led by EDHEC-Risk Institute researchers, the agenda will also include workshops at which experts from Deutsche Bank, STOXX, and State Street Global Advisors will present their research and best practices in equity investment and indexing.

A detailed agenda of the conference can be found in the event brochure.

Registered delegates from government and regulatory bodies, pension schemes, charities, endowments, foundations, insurance companies (third party asset management excluded), single family offices and non-financial companies attend free of charge and should contact Jeremiah Cai by email at eridays2012asia@edhec-risk.com for complimentary registration. Other participants can claim an early-bird rate by registering before March 10.

Sponsorship opportunities for the conference are still available. Do not hesitate to contact Jeremiah Cai by email at jeremiah.cai@edhec-risk.com or by telephone on +65 6631 8578 to discuss these opportunities further.