What to Look for at the Hedge Funds World Asia Conference
Next week, from Wednesday 4th – Thursday 5th September, Eze Castle Integration will be participating at Asia’s most established & strategic hedge fund gathering - the 2013 Hedge Funds World Asia Conference at the Harbour Grand Hotel in Hong Kong. Eze Castle’s representatives will be in attendance for both days to tech talk and answer any questions, so stop by our booth and say hello!
Hedge Funds World Asia is now running in its 16th year, bringing together Asia’s leading family offices, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and private banks with the world’s leading hedge funds, fund of funds and asset managers for two days of discussion and debate designed to formulate solutions to the key challenges affecting the Asian alternative investment industry.
In preparation for the conference, I have reviewed the agenda and selected a few topics that will interest our readers.
The 2008/2009 financial crisis prompted stricter regulations on the financial services industry and significant changes in the way investors evaluate investment managers in an effort to increase transparency.
Operational due diligence has become a hot topic amongst the alternative investment industry. Investor’s due diligence requirements now focus heavily on increased transparency, robustness of infrastructure and quality of service providers. Most common questions you can expect to see in a due diligence questionnaire are around a service provider’s organisation, annual assessments and audits, and access control. Network and physical security policies, disaster recovery, and backup procedures are also critical areas of focus.
Hedge funds are more welcoming to the idea of outsourcing their technology needs to expand their offerings and enhance productivity in today’s climate.
There are many important factors for hedge fund managers to consider when evaluating a service provider. These range from the breath of solutions, depth & quality of staff, experience in development, project management experience, hosted/private cloud infrastructure options, disaster recovery policies & procedures, and vendor relationships.
Download our guide to technology outsourcing, which outlines:
Laying the foundation of an outsourcing plan
Hosted IT environments and managed services
Outsourcing FIX connectivity
Outsourced staffing options
Implications of recent global regulatory developments for the Asian fund manager
The rapidly evolving world of global regulations continues to present many challenges for the financial services industry, and Asia is not immune to global regulatory developments. Further regulatory changes to enhance investor protection may be inevitable, albeit with different priorities.
Check out some of our recent articles on global regulation:
- Data Protection Changes Coming to EU Firms
- AIFMD’s Impact on US Hedge Funds: An Expert's View
- Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Update
And don't forget to stop by our booth at Hedge Funds World Asia for some tech talk and a chance to win an iPad mini!
To learn more about the conference, visit: http://www.terrapinn.com/2013/hedge-funds-world-asia/index.stm