Inaugural 100 Women in Hedge Funds Cayman event launches

Cayman’s inaugural 100 Women in Hedge Funds event will be held at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa this month. 

Maples and Calder and Deloitte joined forces last year to make the Cayman Islands the next official location of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds, or 100WHF, international association. Following a packed launch event and membership drive in November, that objective has now been achieved, with Cayman being officially recognised by the organisation in early 2013. 

The association, with a membership of more than 10,000 women in the funds and finance sphere, aims to make a difference in industry and community through educational programming, professional leverage and philanthropy.  

The group will be 12 years old this year and in the last dozen years it has raised more than US$28 million for charities focused on women’s and family health, education and mentoring, as well as transforming the lives of about 371,000 people through its fundraising efforts.  

At the moment, the organisation operates in 16 locations, including New York, California, Paris, Hong Kong, London, Geneva, Milan, Toronto and Zurich. Many high-level names in the funds and finance arena are active supporters and speak often at the educational events organised worldwide.  

In 2009, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge became a 100WHF patron, and in 2012 the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined him as patrons. 

“It is very exciting to have the Cayman Islands formally recognised as a new 100WHF location. Here in Cayman, we are fortunate to have a high percentage of talented professional women. With such a strong membership base there is no doubt that 100WHF Cayman will be a catalyst for positive change in the funds and finance industry and our local community,” said Nicola Stradling, partner at Maples and Calder. 

Maples and Calder and Deloitte are co-sponsoring the inaugural 100WHF Cayman educational event, which will be held at 5pm on Sunday, 21 April at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. Drinks and networking start at 4.30pm.  

Jane Buchan, CEO of the Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, or PAAMCO, and Yolanda Banks McCoy, head of the investments and securities division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, will be the guest speakers at the event. 

Organisers said the gathering will offer a chance for networking, inspiration and crystal ball gazing, at which participants can hear about recent changes to hedge fund regulation in the Cayman Islands and get a glimpse of where fund regulation may be headed in the future.  

They will also get to consider the state of the hedge fund industry, seen from the vantage point of a hedge funds investment firm, as Ms Buchan shares her thoughts on the winning investment strategies for the coming year.  

Ms Banks McCoy is responsible for the authorisation and supervision of regulated hedge funds, fund administrators and securities investment companies in the Cayman Islands and for directing a programme of continuous monitoring and inspection of licensed fund administrators and securities investment companies. She also assists with providing advice and guidance to the authority’s board of directors and the industry on developments within the alternative investment industry.  

She regularly represents, and makes presentations on behalf of, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority at various forums and conferences, both locally and overseas.  

Ms Buchan is a managing director and chief executive officer of PAAMCO. As CEO, she is responsible for overall business strategy and direction. In addition, she is a sector specialist responsible for the evaluation and management of fixed income relative value hedge funds in the various PAAMCO portfolios.  

She is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee. Prior to forming PAAMCO, she held various positions ranging from director of quantitative analysis to CIO of non-directional strategies at Collins Associates, an institutional fund of funds and consulting firm. She is currently serving as chairwoman of the board for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Financial Engineering Programme at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  

To find out more about how to register or to submit questions in advance for either speaker, email [email protected]­ 

Admission is free, but there is a $25 charge if participants register but do not attend, even if a cancellation is made in advance. No-show proceeds will be donated to Best Buddies, the 2013 beneficiary of 100WHF’s US philanthropic initiatives.  

Space is limited. No walk-ins 

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