Alternative Investments

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The investment industry environment changed profoundly, Today investment managers and advisors have to deal with a low interest environment, an abundance of new products, robot advisors and new clients' expectations.
To continue to add value for their clients, they have to enrich their offering, notably with alternative investments. And increasing their knowledge with the last updates in the industry will also generate trust from their client, and give them a competitive advantage on their competitors.
This course will review the main alternative asset classes in depth, using current and practical examples. It will start with a review on the latest market and regulatory developments and then cover all the alternative asset classes, with a focus on the two main ones, Private Equity and Hedge Funds. The workshop will also allow delegates to exchanges their experiences, not only about the various products, but also their interactions with clients. An action plan will finish the workshop allowing delegates to be able to put in practice their learnings upon their return to their office.
Understand the latest market and regulatory developments Enhance the knowledge on all the alternative asset classes Widen the investments offering for the clients



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Day 1: The market

Introduction and welcome

Alternative Investment today 

  • The market 
  • The stake holders 
  • Introducing the AIMA 
  • Discussion

Technical caracteristics 

  • Trading alternative investments 
  • Managing the risks 
  • Dealing with the illiquidity 
  • Holding alternative investments

Regulatory environment 

  • Dealing with the regulations 
  • Suitability 
  • Matching the clients’ needs 
  • The investment process 

Case study: Investing in alternatives for individual clients

Type of investors and their constraints 

  • Endowments 
  • Foundations 
  • Pension Funds: Defined benefit vs. contribution 

 Case studies: various pension funds approaches

Alternative Investments Asset Allocation 

  • Key parameters 
  • Strategic and tactical allocations 
  • Passive vs. Active management 
  • Rebalancing


Exercise: Setting up an AI asset allocation

Day 2: Private Equity

Private Equity markets 

  • The market today 
  • Regulatory aspects 
  • Type of private equity investments 
  • J-curve

Private Equity Funds 

  • General and Limited Partners 
  • Management fees and carried interest 
  • Deal-by-deal vs. fund-as-a-whole 
  • Potential conflict of interest 
  • Distribution waterfall 
  • Fund selection process 

 Case study: A private equity fund structure

Venture Capital 

  • Key investment considerations 
  • Investment stages 
  • Founders vs. VC’s expectations 
  • The TOPSCAN framework 

 Exercise: What makes a VC successful


  • Economical aspects 
  • Key investment considerations 
  • The impact of leverage 
  • MBO vs. MBI 
  • Indices 

 Case study: A Buyout fund

Other Private Equity investments 

  • Mezanine investments 
  • Mezzanine structures 
  • Distressed securities 
  • Distressed Debt

Risk Management 

  • Liquidity risk 
  • Due diligence 
  • Key person provision 

 Case study: A big failure

Day 3: Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds Markets 

  • The market today 
  • Regulatory aspects 
  • Fees and other considerations 

 Discussion: Is it worth investing in hedge funds

Directional Strategies 

  • Equity Long-Short 
  • Discretionary and Systematic Trading 
  • Emerging markets 

 Case study: A successful long-short fund

Relative Value Strategies 

  • Equity Market Neutral 
  • Convertible Arbitrage 
  • Fixed Income Arbitrage 

 Case study: The historical strategy

Event Driven 

  • Merger Arbitrage 
  • Distressed Security 
  • Hedge Fund vs. Private Equity 

Selecting the right structure

Risk management in Hedge Funds 

  • Liquidity issues 
  • Managing the managers 
  • Style drifts 

 Case study: The LTCM failure

Investing in hedge funds 

  • Benchmarking 
  • Hedge Funds indices 
  • Divesrification effect 

 Exercise: Setting-up a hedge fund program

Day 4: Real Assets and other alternative investments

Real Assets 

  • Land 
  • Farmland 
  • Timberland 
  • Timo’s 

 Case study: Hancock Timber Resources Group

Real Estate 

  • Residential vs. commercial real estate 
  • Direct ownership 
  • REITs and other investment structures 

 Case study: Sun Hung Kai Properties


  • The market 
  • Physical comodities 
  • Commodity futures 
  • Indices 
  • The petroleum case

Structured Products in the USA 

  • The market today 
  • Credit Derivatives, including CDS 
  • Collateralised Debt Obligations 
  • Balance sheet vs. Arbitrage CDOs 
  • Cash vs. synthetic CDOs 

 Discussion: What will be the impacrt of the new US regulatory environment

Structured Products in the rest of the world 

  • The market today, in Europe and in Asia 
  • Capital guaranteed products 
  • Other investment products 

 Case study: A reverse convertible note

Other alternative investments 

  • New Alternatives 
  • Alternative alternatives 
  • Special cases 

 Case study: Investing in infrastructures

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