AIG Global Investment Group hires head of alternative investments in Japan

AIG Global Investment Group has appointed Stewart Homler as managing director for alternative investments in Japan, in which capacity he will oversee a wide range of alternative investment strategies for the group focused on the Japanese market. Based in the firm's Tokyo office, Homler will report to senior managing director and head of global alternative investments Robert Thompson in New York.

'The opportunity to grow AIG Global Investment Group's alternative investment capabilities and assets in Japan was the attractive challenge that I was seeking,' Homler says. 'The company's investment capabilities, especially in private equity and hedge strategies, are unparalleled, and I am delighted to be able to work in such a fast-growing, global team environment.'

Says Thompson: 'AIG has a long history in Japan, and we believe that this is the right time to expand our activity in alternative investments. Stewart is well qualified to lead this effort, bringing with him 20 years of investment experience, of which the last 10 years have been spent working in Japan and south-east Asia.'

Homler was previously head of the Asia Pacific private equity group at Deutsche Asset Management, having been chief representative in Tokyo of PPM Asia Private Equity Group, a subsidiary of Prudential UK. Earlier in his career he established MetLife's Asian investment office in Hong Kong and was a director in the Asian private equity division of Credit Suisse First Boston, also in Hong Kong.

AIG Global Investment Group is active in equity, fixed income, multi-manager hedge funds, private equity and real estate, employing more than 2,000 professionals in 44 offices around the world and managing more than USD687bn in assets at the end of March, including around USD579bn of AIG-affiliated assets.

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