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7:30am - 8:20am 50 mins
Registration & Welcome Coffee
8:20am - 8:30am 10 mins
Main Agenda
Welcome Remarks - GAIM Ops Cayman 2018
  • Dorothy Scott - Partner , Walkers
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8:30am - 9:20am 50 mins
Main Agenda
The Manager / Investor townhall - fees, customization and the future for alternatives
  • Moderator Ingrid Pierce - Global Managing Partner, Walkers
  • Brendan Kalb - Managing Director & General Counsel, AQR Capital Management, LLC
  • Marty Meekins - Partner, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Empyrean Capital Partners
  • Devinder Sangha - Partner, Operational Due Diligence & Implementation, Albourne Partners Limited
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Addressing the most important industry headlines of the year. Focusing in 2018 on the adoption of new fees structures, customizing the fund for investors, and the trends that'll shape the industry moving forward.

9:20am - 10:00am 40 mins
Main Agenda
The future of tech in alternatives: what Blockchain, artificial intelligence and ‘no-collar’ workforce mean for your Fund
  • David Dalton - Partner, Management Consulting, Co-lead of the Deloitte Global Blockchain Lab, Deloitte LLP
  • Uche Abalogu - MD, Chief Technology Officer, University of Texas Investment Management Company
  • Arthur Vaccarino - Chief Technology Officer, Ionic Capital Management, LLC
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  • Blockchain – primer, impacts on infrastructure for the fund lifecycle and process solutions
  • Artificial intelligence and cognitive technology – impacts on investing research, data and Fund operations
  • Robotics – see how it may be utilized in the future
  • No-collar’ workforce – Finding the balance between technology and staff
10:00am - 10:40am 40 mins
Main Agenda
Keynote: Learn to think and talk like a hostage negotiator
  • Richard Mullender - Former Lead Trainer National Crisis & Hostage Negotiation Unit, Scotland Yard
  • Interviewer Claudia Bertolino - Managing Director, Head of Business Development, Citco Fund Services
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Whether it’s colleagues, customers or prospects you’re trying to negotiate with, Richard will show you how to get the most out of the time you have with them, so that you genuinely understand what makes them tick.

10:40am - 11:10am 30 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:10am - 11:50am 40 mins
Main Agenda
Ops Alpha pitches - four ideas on how ops can benefit the business
  • Erin Ross - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hitchwood Capital Management LP
  • Mike Klarman - CFO, Highline Capital Management, LP
  • Alison Sanger - Chief Operating Officer, Ironwood Capital Management
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Four mini talks on practical steps your peers are taking to reevaluate Fund operations, compliance and staffing:

  1. Driving better business decisions through compliance data and research
  2. Optimizing factor baskets to improve intended results with your specific portfolio
11:50am - 12:30pm 40 mins
Main Agenda
Live ODD stories - Investors on the biggest ODD pitfalls, and Managers on how to respond
  • Marc L. Baum - Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Serengeti Asset Management
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Hear from experienced Operational Due Diligence Heads on the top challenges they've found in conducting ODD reviews, where the boundary between cooperation and vetoing managers lies, and Managers on how they'd handle the situation. 

12:30pm - 1:10pm 40 mins
Main Agenda
Keynote: Interview with a Fund Psychologist - Know your Biases so you can see your Blind Spots
  • Keynote speaker Doug Hirschhorn - Fund Psychologist, Edge Consulting LLC
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Know your Biases so you can see your Blind Spots:

  • Understanding what biases and blind spots are
  • Exploring the most common cognitive biases and blind Spots that appear during the interview process
  • Strategies you can implement to minimize their impact on your hiring decisions
1:10pm - 2:30pm 80 mins
Lunch - Speaker hosted lunch tables
  • 1. ILPA template Lorelei Graye - Principal & Plan Sponsor Consultant, Leodoran Financial
  • 2. Emerging managers David Bradley - Chief Operating Officer & CCO, Hawk Ridge Capital Management
  • 3. Internal policies Frances Ni - Partner, Chief Operating Officer - Asset Management, Perella Weinberg Partners
  • 4. Returning capital Masih Mohebbi - Chief Financial Officer, Laurion Capital
  • 5. Compensation review David Claypoole - Founder & President, Claypoole Executive Search
  • 6. Mutual Funds Louis LaRocca - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Gotham Asset Management, LLC
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Private Lunches for CCOs, COOs, Heads of ODD 
(invite only)


Speaker hosted lunchtables (first-come- first-served):

  1. Aligning Investor-Manager reporting: the ILPA template - Lorelei Graye, Leodoran Financial
  2. Tips for emerging managers: scaling ODD, compliance and operations for investors - David Bradley, Hawk Ridge Capital
  3. Reviewing internal policies to take beyond a tickbox - Frances Ni, Perella Weinberg Partners
  4. Returning Capital: the difficulties of giving money back and lessons for redemptions - Masih Mohebbi, Laurion Capital
  5. Compensation review - David Claypoole 
  6. Mutual Fund Changes - Louis LaRocca, Gotham Asset Management


2:30pm - 4:45pm 135 mins
Track A: Latest ODD Practices (Roundtables)
ODD and Operations Roundtables
  • 1. What's new in ODD Thomas Hess - COO & CCO, Corsair Capital Management, L.P.
  • 1. What's new in ODD Jim O'Hara - Head of ODD, Lighthouse Partners
  • 2. PE vs VC ODD Beste Portnoff - Head of Operational Due Diligence, Bessemer Trust
  • 2. PE vs VC ODD Tanaz Dietz - Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel, Empyrean Capital Partners
  • 3. Real Estate ODD Frank Perez - Operational Due Diligence Manager, Makena Capital Management
  • 3. Real Estate ODD Sang Min Kim - Managing Director, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, 400CM
  • 4. Energy fund ODD Shawn Singh - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Luminus Management, LLC
  • 5. Operational Risk Management Chris Crawford - Chief Operating Officer , Mizuho Alternative Investments, LLC
  • 6. Reporting trends Amit Malhotra - Partner, COO/CFO, Sachem Head Capital Management
  • 7. Quant Funds Mark Peckman - General Counsel, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC
  • 8. ODD Fail decisions Maneesh Gandhi - Managing Director, Due Diligence, Evanston Capital Management, LLC
  • 9. Digital Diligence West Chapman - CEO, AlphaPipe
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Speaker led Roundtables on Latest ODD Trends

Topics repeat three times. 

Rotation 1: 2:30PM - Table Switch: 3:10PM

Rotation 2: 3:15PM - Coffee break: 3:55PM

Rotation 3: 4.00PM

Roundtable topics:

  1. ODD: What’s New
  2. Comparing & contrasting Private Equity vs Venture Capital ODD
  3. Real Estate ODD
  4. ODD on Energy Funds
  5. An Institutional approach to Operational Risk Management – lessons for managers
  6. Reporting Trends – adapting to new regulatory, tax, and investor transparency needs
  7. Quant Funds – key business, operational and legal considerations to look for
  8. ODD – How to Best Navigate A Fail Decision Internally
  9. Digital Diligence: Optimizing Humans and Machine


2:30pm - 3:10pm 40 mins
Track B: Customizing the Fund (Panels)
Fees – choosing a fee structure that operational fits the Fund: tax, measurement, alignment
  • Terry Ram - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Sigma Analysis & Management Ltd
  • Steven Warshavsky - Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Sandler Capital Management
  • Michael Williams - COO, Napier Park Global Capital
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2:30pm - 4:45pm 135 mins
Track C: Compliance updates (Roundtables)
Compliance Roundtables
  • 1. European update Brendan Kalb - Managing Director & General Counsel, AQR Capital Management, LLC
  • 1. European update Brian Guzman - General Counsel, Indus Capital Partners, LLC
  • 2. Fund expenses Hayley Stein - Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Hedge Fund Solutions Group, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM)
  • 2. Fund expenses Sara Yarmand, CPPIB
  • 3. IPO compliance Jasmin Sethi - Vice President, Legal & Compliance Group, BlackRock
  • 4. Big data compliance Benjamin Kozinn - Partner, Investment Management, Lowenstein Sandler
  • 5. SEC exam trends Owen Schmidt - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Falcon Edge Capital
  • 6. MiFID II check-in Moody Enayetallah - Director of Operations, GoldenTree Asset Management LP
  • 7. Crypto opportunity Lewis Fellas - Chief Investment Officer, Bletchley Park Asset Management
  • 8. Electronic Communications Jonathan Feiler - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Arosa Capital
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Speaker led Roundtables on Latest ODD Trends

Rotation 1: 2:30PM - Table Switch: 3:10PM

Rotation 2: 3:15PM - Coffee break: 3:55PM

Rotation 3: 4.00PM

Topics including:

  1. Europe update: DPR, AML, Senior Managers Regime
  2. Fund expenses - where the spotlight is and how to manage across multiple funds
  3. Compliance expectations on IPO allocations and access
  4. Legalities and realities of webscrapping and big data compliance
  5. SEC exams 2017-2018: focus topics for small and large managers who've just been through it
  6. MiFID II check in: implementation and compliance
  7. Analyzing the crypto opportunity
  8. Electronic Communications – Potential Regulatory Pitfalls
  9. Top insurance issues for funds 2018 – regulatory investigations coverage, cyber, and employment practices liability
3:10pm - 3:15pm 5 mins
Track B: Customizing the Fund (Panels)
Room switch
3:15pm - 3:55pm 40 mins
Track B: Customizing the Fund (Panels)
SMAs, tailored funds & Fund of one – finding the balance between customization and conflicts
  • Moderator Jessica O'Mary - Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Andrea Martin - Associate General Counsel, PIMCO
  • Joshua Barlow - Head of Accounting & Operational Due Diligence, PAAMCO
  • Christopher Mendez - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, SEMPER Capital Management
  • Kurt Locher - Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Partner, One William Street
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3:55pm - 4:05pm 10 mins
Track B: Customizing the Fund (Panels)
Coffee break & room switch
4:05pm - 4:45pm 40 mins
Track B: Customizing the Fund (Panels)
Outsourcing for Funds: what is in and out for effective cost management
  • Moderator Peter Sanchez - Executive Vice President, CEO of Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services (NTHFS), Northern Trust
  • Todd Keeney - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Aptitude Investment Management
  • Donald Henry - Chief Financial Officer, Warlander Asset Management, LP
  • Michael Weiss - Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Brenner West Capital Partners
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4:45pm - 6:00pm 75 mins
Networking Cocktails
7:30am - 8:20am

Registration & Welcome Coffee

Showing of Streams
10:40am - 11:10am

Morning Coffee Break

Showing of Streams
1:10pm - 2:30pm

Lunch - Speaker hosted lunch tables

Private Lunches for CCOs, COOs, Heads of ODD 
(invite only)


Speaker hosted lunchtables (first-come- first-served):

  1. Aligning Investor-Manager reporting: the ILPA template - Lorelei Graye, Leodoran Financial
  2. Tips for emerging managers: scaling ODD, compliance and operations for investors - David Bradley, Hawk Ridge Capital
  3. Reviewing internal policies to take beyond a tickbox - Frances Ni, Perella Weinberg Partners
  4. Returning Capital: the difficulties of giving money back and lessons for redemptions - Masih Mohebbi, Laurion Capital
  5. Compensation review - David Claypoole 
  6. Mutual Fund Changes - Louis LaRocca, Gotham Asset Management


  • 1. ILPA template Lorelei Graye - Principal & Plan Sponsor Consultant, Leodoran Financial
  • 2. Emerging managers David Bradley - Chief Operating Officer & CCO, Hawk Ridge Capital Management
  • 3. Internal policies Frances Ni - Partner, Chief Operating Officer - Asset Management, Perella Weinberg Partners
  • 4. Returning capital Masih Mohebbi - Chief Financial Officer, Laurion Capital
  • 5. Compensation review David Claypoole - Founder & President, Claypoole Executive Search
  • 6. Mutual Funds Louis LaRocca - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Gotham Asset Management, LLC
more
Showing of Streams
4:45pm - 6:00pm

Networking Cocktails