By Rosalyn Wikeley.
It’s 1pm and already, amongst a sea of sharply suited, vivacious hedgies and financiers at the luxurious Grosvenor Apartments, there is a palpable sense of fun.
A litany of successful events in 2014 – from Geneva to New York – put Hedge Brunch’s Christmas party firmly in the diary for the London crowd. Investors, fund managers and friends graced the prestigious Mayfair residence for a long afternoon of seasonal treats, canapés and exciting conversation – coupled with unrivalled networking.
Upon entering the building’s magnificent seven storey Atrium, dramtically lit and boasting impressive sculptures throughout and a roaring courtyard fire, guests were greeted by HedgeBrunch CEO and Founder Gus Morison and welcome glass of festive fizz.
As with all HedgeBrunch events, the scene facilitated that heady thrill of networking with the hedge fund and alternative investment elite- of finding common ground and engaging in conversation with those easy to relate to, in the context of both work and play – a cool nod to the founding principles of HedgeBrunch: ‘personal connections and relationships help us mobilise both our professional and personal lives’. It is that resolve that entertainment can be career relevant, while careers must comprise, at the very least, some degree of entertainment.
This event, capping off 2014 in style, was one of the most “senior” occasions yet, with the majority of guests at C-Suite level. Ben Watford Partner at the alternative asset law firm MJHudson, legal-eagles currently making serious waves in the alternative space, commented “I’m hosting a range of family offices and hedge funds clients here today and there’s no other event like this that I can cross network so effectively. It’s unique in the investment world and hugely valuable to me”. Other guests included the entire Kairos Partners team, Fleming Family Office, Northsea Asset Management, Redington and Capgen to name a few.
Admittedly, spending the afternoon networking with an open bar is not the usual case of affairs, even for Hedge Brunch. Nevertheless, guests were eager to capitalise on that end-of-term feeling. Free-flowing drinks and sumptuous festive fare ran from start to finish, and, with an impressive Christmas prize draw to boot, the picture was complete.
2014 was a stellar year for HedgeBrunch and we thank all our partners, guests and friends for joining us and making it so special!
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Event Guests Included
Entrust Capital – Anchorage AM – Sterling AM – GAM - Mercadyne FO – Murano Connect – Kairos Partners – Apex – Reddington – Fleming FO – Rampart Capital – Alcova AM – NorthStar – Abermarle AM – Claritas Northsea AM – Jersey Finance – ED Capital – CapGen – Trium Capital – MJHuson – HFIM – Code Red – Solentsis –Xpono – Redington – Sand Hill – BTIG – Providence Financial – XLX Capital – Northlight – Hill Top – SW Mitchell Capital – Euronext – Sigmania – Allianz – RBR Capital – Monarch LP – A3C capital – Jeffries – Bloomberg – Nomura – Sabre Fund – JB Drax Honore – Orthogonal Partners – Marshall Sterling