Event Profile

CAIA Zurich - Asset Allocation Across Private Capital and Real Assets: Outlook on Opportunities and Risks

November 23, 2023
All times listed are in local time
Zunfthaus zur Saffran
Limmatquai 54
ZH 8001 
Free Event
CAIA Zurich 
Asset Allocation Across Private Capital and Real Assets: Outlook on Opportunities and Risks
Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
From 11:40 CET
Referring to the current market environment, we will explore the identification of opportunities when building a private markets allocation across Private Capital (Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Private Debt) and Real Assets (Real-Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources) while addressing the risks and challenges associated with these investments. Our speakers will share their experience and views on pinpointing credible investment opportunities within private markets, mitigating and assessing liquidity challenges, conducting comprehensive research and analysis before committing to investments.
We look forward to meeting you at the event.
11:40 - Registration

12:00 - Welcome remarks, by Paola Bissoli, CAIA Zurich Chapter Head

12:05 - Current trends in private markets, presentation by Jonathan Hunter, Preqin
12:20 - Panel discussion about Allocation across private capital and real assets: outlook on opportunities and risks, in collaboration with:
  • Nalaka De Silva - Head of Private Markets Solutions at abrdn
  • Lukas Erard - Head Client Services for Alternative Investments at Credit Suisse
  • Lela Prodani, CFA - Senior Portfolio Manager at Pension Fund of Credit Suisse Group
  • Andreas Rothacher CFA, CAIA - Head of Investment Research at Complementa AG
  • Jonathan Hunter - Customer Success Manager at Preqin
13:20 – Standing lunch & networking
Please register early for this event as space is limited.
Important notes before the event:
  • Kindly note that registrations must be completed in advance, as walk-ins will not be permitted. Given the event's limited capacity, we encourage you to register as early as possible to secure your spot. If the attendance limit is expanded, we will promptly notify you.
  • Registering a guest is possible for this event, but we kindly request that each guest completes their registration individually.
  • In the spirit of responsible event management, we request that you inform us at least 48 hours in advance if you are unable to attend. Your timely cancellations contribute to minimizing food and energy waste and are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding registration for this event, please contact CAIA EMEA Chapter Relations.
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Lukas Erard
Organization: Credit Suisse Group AG

Lukas Erard is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Wealth Management division, based in Zurich. He is the Head of Client Services and Distribution for Alternative Investments within the Global Alternative investments Solutions team. In his role he oversees a global sales unit with product specialists in Zurich, Hong Kong & Singapore. He has recently been nominated to move to UBS and take over the responsibility for the hedge fund & real assets product specialists' team. Lukas joined Credit Suisse in 2007 and held various roles within Asset Management and the Private Bank. From 2016 until 2023 he has been instrumental in the buildup and expansion of the Private Equity franchise. Prior to this, he was Head of Alternative Investments, preceded by roles in business development and client advisory for Credit Suisse Hedge Funds products in Switzerland/Germany and as COO of the Private Banking Alternative Investments Group. Lukas holds a degree (summa cum laude) in business administration and finance from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and has studied at the ITESM in Monterrey (Mexico).

Jonathan Hunter
Organization: Preqin

Jonathan Hunter is a Customer Success Manager at Preqin and is experienced in upskilling users and supporting clients on diverse projects. With a background in finance from Warwick Business School and success in the first two levels of the CFA qualification, Jonathan brings valuable insights to the current private capital landscape.

Lela Prodani
Organization: Pension Fund of Credit Suisse Group

Lela Prodani is a seasoned investment professional with extensive experience in managing multi-asset institutional investor portfolios. She currently serves as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Pensionskasse der Credit Suisse Group (Schweiz), responsible for the oversight of a multi-billion Alternatives portfolio for the pension fund. Previously, Lela held the position of Investment Director at a multi-family office / OCIO in New York, as well as at a healthcare endowment in Saint Louis, Missouri. In these roles, Lela spearheaded due diligence efforts across various asset classes with a focus on private markets. Lela holds the CFA and CIPM certifications. She earned a BA in International Business / Finance and an MBA from Webster University.

Andreas Rothacher
Organization: Complementa AG

Since 2017 Andreas works for Complementa. In his current role as Head of Investment Research he advises Swiss and German pension funds on their strategic and tactical asset allocation. Asset and liability studies are one element of these advisory services. He also participates in investment committee meetings. In addition, he is one of the co-authors of the annual Complementa Risk Check-Up pension study as well as co-author of various articles for the VPS pension magazine. Before joining Complementa he worked for the private equity team of a German family office. Prior to that he worked for UBS and Credit Suisse in various roles. He holds a Master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.

Nalaka Silva
Organization: Standard Life Investments Limited

Nalaka is Head of Private Markets Solutions at abrdn and is responsible for developing and implementing diversified investment strategies across the Private Markets - spanning Private Equity, Infrastructure, Private Credit, Real Estate and Natural Resources on a global basis. Nalaka joined abrdn in 2012. Prior to this, Nalaka held senior roles at Australian and European Investment management firms. He has lead M&A activity, off-market acquisitions and divestments of assets, offshore and onshore capital rising in both debt and equity markets. Nalaka is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a postgraduate degree in Commercial Law and Accounting from the University of Wellington.