AIM Summit is the Leading Conference on Alternative Investments | Mint
Active Stocks
Thu Feb 22 2024 15:29:56
  1. Bharti Airtel share price
  2. 1,134.50 -0.46%
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 145.85 1.39%
  1. State Bank Of India share price
  2. 765.95 -0.73%
  1. HDFC Bank share price
  2. 1,419.80 -1.28%
  1. Power Grid Corporation Of India share price
  2. 282.55 0.86%
Business News/ Brand Stories / AIM Summit is the Leading Conference on Alternative Investments

AIM Summit is the Leading Conference on Alternative Investments

AIM Summit, which is now in its 15th Edition, has hosted conferences in London, Dubai, and Geneva

Zachary Cefaratti, Founder, AIM SummitPremium
Zachary Cefaratti, Founder, AIM Summit

In 2015, lifelong investor and alternative investments specialist Zachary Cefaratti found himself disappointed after attending yet another alternative investments conference. Although Cefaratti attends the highest caliber of industry events, in locations around the world, he found that maximizing conference revenues continuously takes precedence over providing high-quality content, curating the best speakers, and cultivating the best networking experience. 

He immediately set about to change that and founded AIM Summit, which is now in its 15th Edition, and has hosted conferences in London, Dubai, and Geneva. 

With a focus on “connecting people, connecting ideas, and connecting markets," Cefaratti invests all revenues collected from AIM Summit back into his conference. This ensures that the quality of what he is offering his attendees is the most valuable being offered anywhere. In addition to the typical goals of conference attendance, which include meeting potential clients, learning from industry leaders, improving investment ideas, and gaining access to opportunities and tools needed for execution, Cefaratti’s AIM Summit goes the extra mile and limits both ticket sales and commercialization.

At a conference where the organizers, sponsors, and attendees are all having their needs met, the content being presented can transcend the commercialized offerings of profit focused conferences.

With profitability out of the way as a measure of success, AIM Summit measures instead the caliber of the attendees who have joined, with quality valued over quantity. A bigger conference doesn't necessarily mean it's a better conference - exclusivity ensures that the best people attend, and that those who attend make meaningful connections.

The metrics used to assess AIM Summit include the number of declined attendees, the seniority of attendees, assets under management (AUM) in attendance, and the ratio of asset allocators, asset managers and service providers in attendance with allocators representing over 50% and service providers at less than 15%. His conference in London attracts over $5 trillion of AUM with his Dubai conferences clocking in at over $10 trillion. 

After starting out as the AIMA Middle East Hedge Fund Summit, under the brand of the Alternative Investment Management Association (which includes $2.5 trillion in AUM in its membership), the conference quickly expanded to cover other topics beyond hedge funds. It was rebranded as AIM Summit, although AIMA remains a key partner of AIM Summit in its new and editions. 

In the past 8 years, AIM Summit has come a long way. AIM Summit's first event had only one or two sponsors, about 50 attendees, and lasted half a day. In the years since, the conference has welcomed more than 450 industry leaders as speakers, and more than 100 sponsors, and now includes 3 full days of influential content.

What are Alternative Investments?

“Alternative investments play a crucial role in an investor's portfolio by providing diversification, potentially generating higher returns, and mitigating risks," Cefaratti explains of his work. “They focus on generating alpha, which refers to the excess return over the expected return of a benchmark index or a passive investment strategy, by exploiting inefficiencies in financial markets."

He also notes that, “By focusing on alternative investments, I am able to play a role in making markets more efficient and more fair - adding value through active management, taking advantage of arbitrage opportunities, exploiting illiquidity premiums and helping to institutionalize emerging markets and investment strategies."

After experiencing personal portfolio losses during the dot-com bubble and the global financial crisis, Cefaratti gained a better understanding of the importance of uncorrelated investments and portfolio construction that deviated from the “60:40" model. With a focus on risk management and risk-adjusted returns, Cefaratti turned his attention to exploitable inefficiencies in financial markets, which led him to alternative investments.

Cefaratti Benefits From and Participates in His Conferences

In addition to his employees being able to attend and learn from industry leaders, and acting as a sponsor of the event for promotional purposes, Cefaratti remains actively engaged in every aspect of AIM Summit. He is constantly challenging himself to both improve the content and to participate at times when he has a specific goal in mind.

For example, “I recently decided that at one of my conferences, instead of hiring a professional moderator to host discussions with Larry Summers, the former US Treasury Secretary and one of the leading global economists, I would tackle the interviews myself. I found that it was important to ensure that this critical discussion was focused on the issues that matter most, and for which Larry was in the best position to opine - however, the task of challenging one of the world's top economists on economic matters was daunting. In order to reach my goal of being best prepared for these interviews, I focused my time reading the work of the other leading economists of the world and cross-referencing their work against that of Larry Summers, and current economic trends. I focused my points of research on identifying conflicting ideas so that our discussion could focus on potentially unforeseen economic developments or existential issues with recent developments," Cefaratti explains.

In addition to participating in and moderating discussions, Zachary Cefaratti constantly improves AIM Summit by staying up-to-date on the latest market trends and developments through regular research, networking and collaboration, attending conferences and events, engaging thought leaders, high-quality content production, and gathering audience feedback.

“By closely following macroeconomics, engaging with the brightest minds in finance, and prioritizing high-quality content, AIM Summit can provide attendees with valuable insights and actionable strategies to help them better manage their investments in the ever-evolving alternative investment landscape," he says. 

For Zachary Cefaratti, the goal of putting on the best possible conference will never change. His efforts can be seen in every edition of AIM Summit.

Disclaimer: This article is a paid publication and does not have journalistic/editorial involvement of Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times does not endorse/subscribe to the content(s) of the article/advertisement and/or view(s) expressed herein. Hindustan Times shall not in any manner, be responsible and/or liable in any manner whatsoever for all that is stated in the article and/or also with regard to the view(s), opinion(s), announcement(s), declaration(s), affirmation(s) etc., stated/featured in the same. 

Unlock a world of Benefits! From insightful newsletters to real-time stock tracking, breaking news and a personalized newsfeed – it's all here, just a click away! Login Now!

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Check all the latest action on Budget 2024 here. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.
More Less
Published: 31 Jul 2023, 07:42 PM IST
Next Story footLogo
Recommended For You
Switch to the Mint app for fast and personalized news - Get App