August 14, 2017 - August 16, 2017 Bayview Eden Melbourne, Australia

Best Practices to Achieve Unit Pricing Operational Process Optimistation, Improving Efficiency & Reducing Risks.

15th August 2017 - Day 2

08:20 – Registration

Participants registration and refreshments.

08:55 – Welcome address

Chairman’s address to the gathering.

  • Kyle Ringrose, Principal Athena IOC Pty Ltd

09:00 – Session 1: Can crediting rates be substituted for unit prices

  • The distinction between crediting rates and unit prices
  • Is a crediting rate “error” the same as a unit pricing “error”
  • Does the use of crediting rates mitigate the risk of a unit pricing error
  • Can custodian and administrator systems handle crediting rates rather than unit prices?


09:30 – Session 2: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: The need for daily pricing

  • Why do we have daily unit pricing?
  • Would unit holders be better off without daily pricing?
  • What are the pros and cons off daily versus weekly or monthly pricing?
  • What are the obstacles to moving away from daily pricing?


  • Ian Grubb, Associate Director, KPMG
  • Kyle Ringrose, Principal, Athena IOC
  • Stephen Huppert, Head of product innovation, Trustee Partners

10:10 – Session 3: How to avoid an enforceable undertaking

  • What is the impact of an enforceable undertaking on the organisation
  • Examples of enforceable undertakings
  • Steps to follow in the event of a unit pricing error
  • How to plan to avoid an error or enforceable undertaking


  • Stephen Huppert, Head of product Innovation, Trustee Partners

10:50 – Tea break

Refreshments and Networking opportunity for participants.

11:20 – Session 4: Fund Manager/Asset Owner/Superfund unit pricing due diligence

  • Depth and frequency of due diligence
  • The questions to ask
  • The reports to review
  • The people to speak to
  • Daily checks to perform over the custodian’s unit prices


  • Naresh Subramaniam, Director Financial Services, Cogility

11:50 – Session 5: The critical role of the unit pricing services of the administrator/custodian for a smaller entity

  • Essential criteria for evaluating service providers
  • The boutique player’s perspective
  • Controls to implement in a cost-effective manner
  • The extent to which it is appropriate to rely on the service provider’s controls


  • Glen Holding, Managing Director, Channel Capital

12:30 – Lunch break

Lunch and Networking opportunity for participants.

13:30 – Session 6: The compliance team’s perspective

  • The extent to which the compliance team should oversee the unit pricing function
  • The key risks that keep the compliance team awake at night
  • Controls that must be implemented
  • How to help understand the complexities from a compliance perspective
  • The unit pricing error contingency plan

14:10 – Session 7: Custodian checks and controls

  • What are the minimum levels of control?
  • What additional controls are available but not always used
  • To what extent does the client dictate the level of controls
  • To what extent does automation reduce the cost of controls


  • NAB Speaker TBA

14:40 – Tea break

Refreshments and Networking opportunity for participants.

15:10 – Session 8: Prevention rather than cure

  • How to detect a unit pricing error before it happens
  • Examples of errors that might have been predicted
  • The role of the Board and Executives in preventing unit pricing errors


  • Tanya Sideratos, Director, White Outsourcing (Invited)

16:20 – Session 10: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION : How to make sure you have a robust Unit Pricing Process & System

  • Effective Testing of Unit Pricing Process
  • Principles of testing controls
  • Compliance considerations
  • Pre-release testing – benchmarking, attribution analysis
  • Post-release price assessment – are you getting it right?


  • Kyle Ringrose, Principal Athena IOC Pty Ltd

16:50 – End of Day 2

  • Closing remarks from the Chair and vote of thanks by the Chairman

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