The Collateral Management Seminar, which is due to take place today, promises to be a highly informative and rewarding function as attendees will be fortunate to learn from a number of high-profile speakers.

Here is a brief profile on some of the speakers:

Marilyn Ramplin

Founder of Ramplin Capital, a global hedge fund consultancy that assists local and international clients raise capital, develop strategies, optimise operations, risk management solutions, Over-The-Counter (OTC) derivatives and investor due diligence. Ramplin Capital’s global clients include major investment banks, prime brokers, international regulators and asset allocators. Marilyn has delivered hedge fund training courses in America, UK and across Europe.

Prior to Ramplin Capital, Marilyn was an Executive Director with JP Morgan’s Prime Brokerage in London and was part of the Bear Stearns acquisition during the financial crisis. She was previously a risk arbitrage trader for a multi-billion dollar US hedge fund, has in-depth OTC derivatives experience and developed credit counterparty risk models for clients like the Bank of International Settlements.

Marilyn is the founder of the UCITS University and the International group UCITS for Hedge Funds and has acted as an advisor to international regulators. She is also an independent director for a number of Luxembourg based hedge funds, a UCITS platform and serves on the board of a number of South African entities including Strate, Investment Solutions and RMB CIS Manco.

Marilyn is also a regulator international speaker and contributor to international conferences.

Marilyn Ramplin is a board member of several financial institutions in SA and Europe, a Hedge Fund Trader for multi-billion dollar hedge fund, a structurer on equity derivatives desk, JPMorgan Executive director JPMorgan. She is also a lecturer on Gordon Institute of Business Science MBA program and is part of Strate’s Regulatory and Supervisory Committee.

Michael Denenga

Director at Michael Denenga Attorneys and former partner of Webber Wentzel, Michael specialises in hedge fund formation, financial services law and treasury documentation. Michael is widely regarded as a complete hedge fund attorney with a skill set that is tailored to comprehensively support hedge funds in their establishment, trading activities derivative documentation and on-going compliance. As lawyer that always had an interest in banking, Michael has worked at Webber Wentzel and at two of South Africa’s big banks. The banks gave him the platform to advise on treasury-related documentation and specialised finance.

Michael’s focus has been on keeping abreast of international developments in the regulation of hedge funds while at the same time presenting solutions that are South African specific.

Michael is the contributor of the South African chapter to the book ‘International Hedge Fund Regulation’, edited by Ian mason of Marlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP and Martin Cornish of Katten Muchin Rosenmab Cornish LLP.

Michael has advised all of South Africa’s big four banks as well as many international banks. Michael has also established many ISDA templates for various corporates including Anglo Gold, Anglo Ashanti, Kumba Ore, MTN, De Beers and many others.

Ashley Sadie

Ashley is a member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager). He is currently a manager within the Capital Markets division of the Deloitte South Africa member firm. He is primarily involved in the pricing of fixed income financial assets and liabilities and derivative financial instruments (vanilla and exotic) used by entities for investment and hedging purposes. He also has extensive experience in assessing the accounting treatment of these instruments in terms of IAS 39: Financial Instruments – Recognition and Measurement, as well as other relevant accounting standards.

Ashley has been involved in assessing the application of the various requirements of IAS 39, more specifically, the application of hedge accounting, as well the treatment of amortised cost and assessment of the effective interest rate both on a floating and fixed instrument basis, for instruments such as inflation-linked bonds. Based on his experience, Ashley has been requested to present training on IFRS 9 and IAS 39 Hedge Accounting at the African Accounting Series 2012 to be held in July.

Ashley also has experience in reviewing a local banks CVA and DVA modelling (counterparty credit) and assessing the accounting treatment of these underlying instruments – which was performed for their local and UK branches; he has reviewed a local banks remuneration structure and their link to appropriate risk metrics and is currently responsible for leading the Basel service offering for Deloitte Capital Markets.

Some of Ashley’s key clients include: ADT; AdVtech; Divfood; AGI; Barloworld; Nedbank; Transnet; Bidvest Bank; Absa and Standard Bank to name a few.

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