Hedge fund conference attracts 530 delegates

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has been named the No. 1 hotel in the Caribbean by U.S. News & World Report.

GAIM Ops Cayman, one of the largest financial conferences on Cayman’s events calendar, opened Monday at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The leading conference for hedge fund operations and compliance is bringing 530 delegates from the industry to Cayman for three days of keynote presentations, workshops and networking sessions.

More than half of the attendees are senior executives, managers and investors in the hedge fund industry.

The event, which features more than 120 speakers, continues Tuesday and Wednesday with regulatory updates and the latest on insider trading.

Sheelah Kolhatkar, author of the newly released book “Black Edge,” on the largest insider trading investigation surrounding hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen and his fund SAC Capital, will discuss what can be learned from government’s focus on insider trading cases over the last eight years.

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The staff writer at The New Yorker and former hedge fund analyst will also provide insight into what firms can expect if they attract unwanted attention from securities regulators or the U.S. Justice Department.

Her presentation will follow a panel discussion of the current objectives of U.S. regulators. In addition to GAIM Ops’ staple topics of operational due diligence and hedge fund fees and performance, speakers will cover how funds can protect themselves from hackers and the best ways of recruiting and retaining talent.

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