Opening Remarks: Adriana Kostov
Australia Regional Director,
Hedge Fund Association
Adriana Kostov is the Regional Director - Australia of the Hedge Fund Association. Ms. Kostov is qualified with
Law/Commerce degrees from the University of Western Australia, and has a background of working in regulatory
affairs, governance and corporate advisory within the hedge fund, family office and corporate finance sector.
Update and Introductions: Thomas Deinet
Hedge Fund Standards Board
Thomas Deinet was appointed Executive Director of the HFSB in 2008. In 2007, Thomas joined the working group
to project manage the development of practice standards proposed by 14 leading international hedge fund
managers that led to the establishment of the HFSB.
Prior to joining the HFSB, he was a senior manager at Oliver Wyman, where he extensively worked with major
financial institutions in Europe covering asset management as well as corporate and investment banking. Thomas
also worked as an analyst in energy trading for a major commodities trading firm. Thomas is a graduate of the
University of Karlsruhe, Germany, with a major in industrial engineering and holds an MSc from Purdue
University, USA. Thomas is a CFA charter holder.
Bruce Tomlinson, portfolio manager, Sunsuper (Sydney), took up this position in 2007. From 1999 he was a
statutory fund manager at AMP Capital Investors. In 2006 he was seconded to an Australian equity team as
portfolio manager, where he helped manage both long-only and hedge fund strategies. In 1995-1999, he was head
of performance measurement at Henderson Global Investors, London, and AMP Asset Management, Sydney. Before
this, he was manager quantitative research at ASSIRT Investment Research (now S&P Research). He was also
senior performance analyst at State Street Australia Ltd in Boston, Sydney and Melbourne.
Bruce has a postgraduate certificate in management from the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management,
an MBA from Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University ofWestern
Australia. He is a chartered financial analyst with the CFA Institute.
COO & General Counsel,
Ionic Capital Management, LLC
John joined Ionic before it launched in 2006. Prior to that, he was Counsel in the hedge fund practice group
in the New York office of Bingham McCutchen, LLP.
John’s practice focused on counseling registered and unregistered investment advisers in connection with the
formation and management of private investment funds, including domestic and offshore funds and funds of funds.
Prior to joining Bingham, John was a senior associate in the hedge fund practice group of the New York office
of Bryan Cave, LLP. John obtained a JD from the University of South Carolina, cum Laude, and a BS in Business
Administration from the College of Charleston, cum Laude.
Portfolio Management Group,
David Walter is a Director in PAAMCO’s Portfolio Management Group based in Singapore, responsible for Asian
focused investments and acts as Head of Research for Asia. David performed a similar role for KBC Alpha Asset
Management. Before KBC, he co-founded Arbiter Fund Managers where he established and managed a dedicated
Japanese long/short equity fund.
David also worked at London and Oxford Capital Markets establishing and running a Japan-focused multi-strategy
fund. He was also Head of Japanese Equity Product at Sanwa International Securities. He began his career in
1987 at Barings Far East Securities as a Japanese convertible and warrant trader. He has twenty-eight years of
investment management experience. David graduated from Christ Church, Oxford with an MA (Hons) degree in Modern
Partner and Senior Analyst,
Michael Hamer is a Partner and Senior Analyst for Albourne Partners. Based in Bermuda, he follows esoteric
strategies and in particular insurance-linked funds. He also acts as an investment consultant to insurance
company clients, and markets Albourne’s services in Australia and New Zealand.
Michael previously worked with J.P. Morgan for fifteen years in capital markets, corporate finance and M&A,
and with Centre Solutions, a reinsurance subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, for eight years in
underwriting and risk management. He is a Director and Chairman of the Masterworks Foundation, a Bermudian art
charity and a Trustee of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. He has a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of
Melbourne and an M.Sc and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.