PwC's 13th annual alternative investments seminar

PwC will host its 13th Annual Alternative Investments Seminar in nine US cities in 2013 and in several key international centers. Every year, this event brings hedge fund and private equity professionals together to hear from PwC thought leaders on emerging regulatory, tax, accounting and business topics impacting the industry.

Key documents

Key PwC thought leadership for AIS 2013

The changing tax global landscape

Current & emerging regulatory issues

An outlook on industry trends and developments

Session information by location

Minneapolis: Wednesday, October 30, 2013


2:45 - 3:15pm Registration & networking
3:15 - 5:45pm Industry update sessions
5:45 - 7:00pm Networking reception


Westin Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
Hotel website

Chicago: Thursday, November 14, 2013


1:30 - 2:00pm Networking & registration
2:00 - 2:50pm Breakout sessions
  • Exploring Fair Valuation Challenges
  • Regulatory Complexities - The Dynamic landscape
  • Taxation: Staying Ahead in an Evolving Industry
3:15 - 5:15pm Alternative Seminar
5:15 - 6:15pm Cocktail Reception


Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Driver
Chicago, IL 60601
Hotel website

New York: Tuesday, December 10, 2013


New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Hotel website

Seminar participants should proceed to the third floor for registration and coat check.


1:30 - 3:15pm Closer Look session registration
2:00 - 3:00pm Closer Look sessions (First round)
3:15 - 4:15pm Closer Look sessions (Second round)
4:00 - 4:30pm General session registration (not required for Closer Look participants)
4:30 - 7:00pm General session
7:00 - 9:00pm Networking reception

Breakout Sessions: A Closer Look at Industry Issues

FATCA: The Next Chapter (2 pm)

Complying with FATCA continues to pose considerable implementation risks for asset managers. This session will explore ongoing challenges and opportunities for new operational policies, procedures and systems processes that support FATCA compliance. Key topics include:

  • Impact of the Cayman Islands' Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)
  • Practical considerations around registration and pre-existing account due diligence
  • Contemplation of an internal controls framework
  • Structuring considerations in relation to the expanded affiliated group rules

Growth through New Products, Markets and Strategies (2 pm)

Drive growth in the alternatives market by introducing and integrating new products and strategies into your business. Learn about these opportunities in this session, with key topics such as:

  • Differing objectives and approaches to alternative asset management growth
  • The arms race in product development: What is winning and why?
  • Key factors for success across managers of all sizes
  • The convergence of traditional and alternative asset management

Current and Emerging Regulatory Issues (2 pm)

Gain practical advice to navigate a changing regulatory landscape. This session will explore hot-button regulatory developments impacting alternative asset managers. Key topics include:

  • Critical compliance risks (related to expenses, valuation, marketing, insider trading and more)
  • Regulatory reporting, Form PF and beyond: A case study
  • Have you been examined yet? What to expect
  • Compliance testing: common practices

Tax Developments for Hedge and Private Equity Funds (2 pm)

This session will focus on exploring in detail new developments and trends in the tax space. Learn about important considerations such as:

  • Year-end tax considerations and planning opportunities
  • IRS examinations: New methodologies and processes
  • State and local tax update for asset managers
  • New developments in taxation of financial products, including tax treatment of NPCs

Process & Technology: The Keys to a Better Tax Function (3:15 pm)

Technology can be the differentiator between a reactive and a proactive asset management tax function. This session will investigate how tax directors can leverage emerging technology to improve their tax function. Key topics include:

  • How structuring and organizing your data can be a game changer
  • Investor reporting: What technology is doing to enhance the investor experience
  • How integrating process and technology is reducing the risk of your tax profile

The Changing Global Tax Landscape (3:15 pm)

Examine global trends impacting alternative asset managers as tax law and regulations continue to evolve. This session will offer an investigation of key issues, risks and opportunities in the global tax arena. Topics include:

  • Operational tax risk: The fallout of BEPS
  • Financial transaction tax: New reality or simply a stamp duty
  • Navigating shadow banking rules, distressed debt and increasing tax scrutiny
  • Hong Kong/Singapore as a fund location: Regulated funds to alternatives

Emerging Trends in Hedge Funds (3:15 pm)

This session will discuss the changing face of the hedge fund arena, exploring trends and issues that are shaping the business in new directions. Key topics include:

  • Revisiting existing operating models to support future growth, including findings from PwC's recent administrator survey
  • Current valuation issues and trends
  • Regulatory and reporting issues and the related control implications facing hedge fund managers
  • Trends in new fund launches and structures in the US and globally

Emerging Trends in Private Equity (3:15 pm)

In this session, explore new and emerging trends in the private equity business, discussing how these drivers will affect this part of the asset management industry. Key topics include:

  • Evolving trends to solve infrastructure, fund administration and LP reporting challenges
  • Regulatory issues and related control implications
  • Trends in fund and deal structures and the changing dynamics with portfolio companies
  • The ever-changing valuation landscape

General Session: An Outlook on Industry Trends and Developments

Our two general session panel discussions will offer perspective and an outlook on trends and developments impacting the asset management industry. Topics will include:

  • Optimizing the tax function amidst new trends
  • Emerging trends meet megatrends: How long-term forces are shaping the industry today

A Conversation with Mary Callahan Erdoes: Keynote Speaker

This insightful dialogue between PwC's Kathryn Kaminsky and J.P. Morgan Asset Management Chief Executive Officer, Mary Erdoes, will explore today's emerging trends in the alternative investments industry.

About Mary Callahan Erdoes
Mary Callahan Erdoes is Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan's Asset Management division, a global leader in investment management and private banking with more than $2.2 trillion in client assets. In addition to being a member of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Operating Committee, Ms. Erdoes leads the firm’s strategic partnership with Highbridge Capital Management and Gávea Investimentos.

Ms. Erdoes joined J.P. Morgan in 1996 from Meredith, Martin & Kaye, a fixed income specialty advisory firm. Previously, she worked at Bankers Trust in corporate finance, merchant banking and high yield debt underwriting.

Ms. Erdoes is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S., Mathematics) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). She is a board member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the U.S.-China Business Council, and serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. Forbes and Fortune magazines consistently rank her as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women, and Bloomberg Markets magazine recently named her the World’s Most Influential Money Manager for 2013. Ms. Erdoes lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.

Washington, DC: Thursday, December 12, 2013


11:30 - 12:00pm Networking & registration
12:00 - 2:00pm Lunch and seminar program


Hilton McLean
Continental Ballroom B&C
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia, 22102
Hotel website

Boston: Thursday, December 12, 2013


8:00 - 8:30am Registration & networking breakfast
8:30 - 11:30am Networking & seminar program


Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
Hotel website

Dallas: Monday, December 16, 2013


2:30 - 3:00pm Registration & networking
3:00 - 5:00pm Program
5:00 - 6:00pm Networking reception


The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Hotel website

Los Angeles: Tuesday, December 17, 2013


2:30 - 3:00pm Networking & registration
3:00 - 5:00pm Seminar program
5:00 - 6:00pm Networking reception


InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hotel website

San Francisco: Wednesday, December 18, 2013


2:30 - 3:00pm Networking & registration
3:00 - 5:00pm Seminar program
5:00 - 6:00pm Networking reception


Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Hotel website

Seattle: Thursday, December 19, 2013


8:00 - 8:30 am Registration & breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 am Networking & seminar program


Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Hotel website