Exante, the next-generation brokers with a base at Portomaso, recently attended the Hedge News Africa Symposium for the first time. The Hedge News Africa Symposium is the must-attend event in the African alternative asset management calendar, bringing together leading managers, investors and service providers to discuss shifting investment landscapes in a year of great challenges and change.
Exante, which offers execution solutions from Malta and allows clients to trade all products on one account, has seen huge growth since its beginning in 2011. “With a robust regulatory structure and experienced financial sector, Malta is a natural gateway for South African hedge funds to access European and global capital markets,” Exante senior vice-president of institutional trading George Grech explained. “It was interesting to hear success stories that paralleled Malta’s financial industry development of the late 1990s and early 2000s. We are in a unique position to understand these concerns and opportunities as South African investment professionals look to avail of opportunities outside, rather than inside, their country.” From the developed market of South Africa to the nascent economies across the African continent, leading industry players both interrogate and inform, helping the industry to achieve new levels of accountability, transparency and excellence based on high-level peer-to-peer interaction.
Finance Malta was also present at the event, which was followed by the Hedge News Africa awards dinner, recognising the best risk-adjusted performance among South African and African hedge funds in 2012.