Witherspoon Partners has been invited to present a workshop for emerging managers at the Opal Emerging Manager Summit South in Austin, Texas on November 6th (www.opalgroup.net). The conference is one of two annual events hosted by Opal that caters to emerging hedge fund managers and allocators. At the workshop, the firm will discuss fund branding and identity, resources available to support an efficient hedge fund operation, the challenges of launching a fund post-2008, and common pitfalls to avoid. The workshop will also focus on the importance of dedicating adequate resources to marketing, a step that is often overlooked or underemphasized.
In the workshop, Witherspoon Partners Founding Partner Keith Danko will share his experiences and insight gleaned from his many years as both an allocator to and a marketer of hedge funds. As CEO and CIO of ACAM, Danko managed top-quartile funds of hedge funds, and allocated capital to over one hundred managers, while tripling ACAM’s assets under management. In his role as CEO of CQS, he successfully led the marketing effort of the firm’s hedge fund products in the Americas during the difficult environment following the financial crisis. Danko was also senior partner of Titan Capital, where he set up the Hong Kong office and helped develop the Titan Asia Fund.
These and other roles provide Danko a unique 360° perspective on the challenges of launching a successful hedge fund. Joining Danko at the workshop will be Phoebe Outerbridge, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Witherspoon Partners.
Danko will also be one of two featured speakers at “Capital Raising from an Allocator Perspective,” a forum hosted by Eisner Amper (www.eisneramper.com) in New York City on November 12th that is offered exclusively to Asian and Asian-American professionals in the alternatives space. Danko’s clients on both sides of the allocation table have included many large Asian institutions.