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Alternative Investments Opening up Alternative Investment Funds for Pension Funds and Charities: Their Challenges and Opportunities 29th April, 2004 - London, UK A one-day conference addressing the growing role of alternative investment funds in the product offerings of traditional asset managers, organised in association with Edhec

The question of whether hedge funds should form part of a well-diversified investment portfolio has already been answered affirmatively by pension funds and charities in the United States and elsewhere in Europe. The United Kingdom, however, is unique in combining both a high concentration of hedge fund managers and low levels of allocations to this asset class by these domestic institutions. Recently, though, UK trustees have begun to consider in more detail the benefits that come from investing in hedge funds. Despite a few highly publicised allocations in 2003, though, most trustees are still in "information gathering" mode.

As talented individuals continue to leave long-only managers to launch their own hedge funds, trustees will need to decide whether to leave their money with the team remaining behind or to allow their money to follow the talent. Trustees will need to be satisfied that, among other things, the regulatory oversight of any pooled vehicle in which they participate is adequate. In addition, the strategies pursued by hedge fund managers are skill-based and can be highly complex. As a result, sufficient time must be invested in giving trustees the information that they will require to fulfil their duties and obligations, both leading up to the allocation decision and regularly during the term of the investment. Trustees, however, must recognise that the time they may require to make an investment decision for a particular hedge fund could exceed the time limits imposed by the fund's managers. For proven funds and established managers, marketing periods can be very brief and may be terminated on very short notice should the strategy's capacity constraint be reached.

While these issues are complex, this conference assembles some of the leading professionals and practitioners in the field to highlight the rapid developments in this area and to identify how such developments will impact the industry as whole.

Jean-René Giraud, CEO of Edhec-Risk Advisory will be making a presentation at the event entitled "Investor Misconceptions: Before, During and After". View full programme (pdf).

Event Details
  When   Between 29/04/2004 08:30 AM and 29/04/2004 05:00 PM
Where   Arundel House, London WC2
Contact Details
  Name   Java Events Ltd.
E-mail   info@java-events.com
Phone   +44 (0) 207 287 2561
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