WHFN: Operational Due Diligence in the New World

Affinity Group
WHFN Organizing Committee

What is the Wharton Hedge Fund Network?
The Wharton Hedge Fund Network (WHFN) was founded in 2005 as an Affinity Group of the Wharton Club of New York (WCNY). The group aims to bring together Wharton alumni active in the greater hedge fund community, which includes professionals working at hedge funds, hedge fund allocators, prime brokers, lawyers, accountants, and other service providers active in the hedge fund space.

Events are by invitation only and limited to Wharton undergraduates and/or Wharton MBA's who are employed in the hedge fund space. For more information on WHFN and past events, please visit the Wharton Hedge Fund Network page.

What is the Next Event?
The 1st event of 2010 year features a panel discussion on “Operational Due Diligence in the New World” which will focus on the ever growing importance of operational due diligence as part of the investment process. Topics will include how allocators are changing their approach to operational due diligence, renewed focus on administration, counterparty risk, valuation process, and how can hedge funds respond to these changes. The panel will consist of operational due diligence experts at leading allocators, hedge funds, and specialized service providers. There will be an opportunity for Q&A

The event will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at a Midtown location. (The exact location will be communicated shortly after signing up.) We will not be able to permit walk-ins, replacements or guests.

The itinerary is:
6.00 - 6.40pm: Registration with food and drinks,
6.40 - 6.45pm: Opening remarks and welcome,
6.45 - 7.45pm: Panel discussion on Operational Due Diligence,
7.45pm - close: Networking with food and drinks.

$50 for WHFN members (WHFN membership is free of charge and solely based on eligibility)
$20 for WHFN members who pay WCNY membership dues (WCNY basic membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership.

How to Request an Invitation to Sign Up for the Event?
Please send us at whfn@whartonny.com: 1) your Wharton graduation year(s), 2) a short two-liner about your activity in the hedge fund space, 3) your professional contact information, and 4) your personal email address to keep in touch throughout your career. Those that qualify for WHFN will receive an invitation to sign up for the event.

Where to Direct Questions and/or Suggestions?
Jewel Huijnen, Two Sigma Investments
Charles Kornblith, Nitor Management
Dave Smith, MAK Capital
Jason Breemen, Future Capital Holdings

For more information on the other Affinity Groups of the Wharton Club of New York, please visit the Affinity Groups page.