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Fortress Japan Opportunity Fund II closes at USD1.65bn

Wed, 19/12/2012 - 16:10

Fortress Investment Group has closed the Fortress Japan Opportunity Fund II (FJOF II) at its cap of JPY130bn, or approximately USD1.65bn. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Singapore’s GFIA Pte releases latest research paper, Asian hedge funds on course to outperform rest of the world for 2012…

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 17:02

Bill Hwang’s Tiger Asia Management LLC has pleaded guilty in a federal insider-trading case in New Jersey and is to pay more than USD60million to settle criminal and civil charges reported Fox News this week. »

Hong Kong

Wells Fargo Global Fund Services opens Hong Kong office

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 14:07

Wells Fargo Global Fund Services has opened an office in Hong Kong, located in Wells Fargo’s existing local office in Central. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Industry consolidation and increased regulation top concerns for hedge fund managers, Emerging Markets hedge fund numbers and total invested capital reach record levels…

Thu, 06/12/2012 - 17:12

Asian ex-Japan hedge funds returned an estimated 1.28 per cent in November according to Eurekahedge, to leave in a reasonably satisfying position of +7.49 per cent YTD. What a sharp contrast to the same period last year, which saw losses of -3.89 per cent and a dismal YTD return of -11 per cent. »

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FSA approves LME acquisition by HKEx

Fri, 30/11/2012 - 06:17

The Financial Services Authority has granted approval for the acquisition of LME Holdings by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx). »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asian investors targeting London real estate investments, Stratton Street to focus on Asian investors for its RMB Bond Fund…

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 13:15

London-based hedge fund manager, Stratton Street Capital LLP, aims to raise assets from Asian investors with its highly flying renminbi bond hedge fund. As reported by Bloomberg, the USD215million Renminbi Bond Fund has returned an impressive 23 per cent this year. »

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Four SGX members complete first portfolio compression cycle in Singapore

Wed, 28/11/2012 - 06:05

Four Singapore Exchange member banks successfully eliminated more than 82 per cent of the SGD interest rate swaps they wanted to terminate in the first SGX triReduce portfolio compression cycle. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

CPE and Gen2 form strategic partnership, Matterhorn plans SE Asia long/short hedge fund, India-focused hedge funds return 9.97 per cent in September…

Thu, 22/11/2012 - 18:59

The AIM-quoted investment group China Private Equity Investments Holdings Limited (CPE) has agreed to develop a strategic partnership with Hong Kong-based Gen2 Capital Partners Limited, an independent asset management firm with assets under management of approximately USD500million. »

Hedge fund administration

Crescent Hill Capital Management selects Wells Fargo Global Fund Services

Wed, 21/11/2012 - 10:18

Crescent Hill Capital Management, a Singapore-based firm and part of the Crescent Point Group, has selected Wells Fargo Global Fund Services to provide daily fund administration and an outsourced middle and back office operations solution for its Crescent Hill Asia Opportunities Fund. »


Asian hedge fund industry expands to record number of funds

Fri, 16/11/2012 - 06:18

The Asian hedge fund industry expanded to a record number of hedge funds in Q3 2012, as strong performance across emerging Asian strategies continued to attract the interest of both Asian and global investors, according to data released by HFR. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asian hedge funds reach record numbers in Q3, Eze Castle Integration expands cloud services to HK and Singapore…

Thu, 15/11/2012 - 20:33

Eze Castle Integration, a leading provider of IT and private cloud services to the hedge fund community, announced this week that it had expanded its Eze Private Cloud services to Hong Kong and Singapore. »


Eze Castle Integration extends private cloud services to Asia

Wed, 14/11/2012 - 16:00

Eze Castle Integration, a provider of IT solutions and private cloud services to hedge funds, has expanded its Eze Private Cloud services to Hong Kong and Singapore. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Japan Advisory faces second penalty charge, US pensions favouring Asia-based global macro managers…

Thu, 08/11/2012 - 17:23

AXA Private Equity announced this week the opening of its first China office in the country’s capital, Beijing. This continues the firm’s expansion in Asia having opened its first office in Singapore in 2005. »


Bloomberg Tradebook expands consultancy services in Asia

Thu, 08/11/2012 - 06:24

Thomas (Tom) Kingsley is to drive Bloomberg Tradebook's Asia Pacific execution consulting practice from Singapore. »


Tiger Management forms partnership focusing on Asian equities

Tue, 06/11/2012 - 16:07

Tiger Management has formed a partnership to focus on investing in Asian equities. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asia start-ups turning to fixed income strategies, SinoPac to launch fund administration unit in Hong Kong…

Thu, 01/11/2012 - 20:10

On the back of the HSI Volatility Index (VHSI), which measures Hang Seng Index (VNKY) option prices, reaching a six-year low earlier in October, Asian hedge funds are positioning themselves to bet on a return of volatile asset prices reported Bloomberg News this week. »

Asia Pacific

Gottex lands Fisher to head up Asia Pacific marketing

Thu, 01/11/2012 - 14:05

Alternative asset manager Gottex Fund Management has appointed Marc Fisher as head of marketing for the Asia Pacific region. »

Electronic trading floor

Chi-X Japan PTS receives exemption from Take-Over-Bid rule

Fri, 26/10/2012 - 16:17

The Financial Services Agency has announced that as of 31 October Chi-X Japan, a wholly owned subsidiary of alternative trading venue operator Chi-X Global, will be designated as a proprietary trading system (PTS) on which transactions are exempt from the Take-Over-Bid (TOB) rule of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. »

Akshaya Bhargava, chief executive of InfraHedge

Nikko selects InfraHedge to launch Multi Manager Investment Trust in Japan

Fri, 26/10/2012 - 14:14

Japan’s Nikko Asset Management has chosen InfraHedge, a managed account platform and a subsidiary of State Street, for the launch of its Multi Manager Investment Trust, a regulated investment product that will invest in managed futures and global macro strategies. »

James Williams

Double Haven Capital Management acquires DragonBack Capital platform, Hedge fund film debuts in Hong Kong…

Thu, 25/10/2012 - 16:53

Daryl Flint’s Double Haven Capital Management (Hong Kong) Limited this week announced the acquisition of hedge fund platform, DragonBack Capital Limited. The hedge fund had previously been using the platform to outsource its risk management and other back office functions. »

Thomas W. Strauss, president and chief executive of Ramius

Ramius to partner in Japan with GreensLedge Capital Markets

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 13:25

Ramius, the alternative investment management business of Cowen Group, is partnering in Japan with GreensLedge Capital Markets and its affiliate GreensLedge Asia. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Senrigan Capital creates side pocket, HSBC Holdings Plc to terminate agreements with smaller Asia hedge fund clients…

Thu, 18/10/2012 - 18:41

SAIF Partners, one of China’s biggest domestic private equity firms with around USD4billion in assets under management, plans to launch a Greater China hedge fund reported Reuters this week. This would make it the first Chinese PE firm to move into the hedge fund space, although the plans are still very much at an early stage. »

Keith Campbell Golding, chief representative for PDL in Asia

Alternatives offer Asian investors consistency amid uncertain markets, says PDL

Thu, 18/10/2012 - 14:11

Insurers and investors should prioritise investing in assets with little or no correlation to financial markets given the uncertain future for the global economy, according to PDL International, a provider of investment services to institutional and high net worth clients. »

Michael Peters, Eurex executive board member

Eurex to launch incentive scheme for participants in Asia and Australia

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 10:42

Eurex Exchange has launched a new incentive programme for trading participants based in Asia and Australia. »

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NYSE Euronext and Taiwan Futures Exchange to connect trading communities

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 06:09

NYSE Euronext and the Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore bilateral business opportunities and connect their respective customer bases in Asia, Europe and the US through NYSE Euronext’s order routing system. »

Andrew Baker, AIMA’s chief executive

AIMA launches Middle East initiative

Fri, 12/10/2012 - 06:10

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has launched a Middle East initiative. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asian hedge funds gain 2.48 per cent in Sep, India hedge funds on track to end the year strongly…

Thu, 11/10/2012 - 17:58

Asian hedge funds finally enjoyed a solid month of performance for September, gaining 2.48 per cent according to Eurekahedge: their best monthly return since February 2012 when they gained 3.46 per cent. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asian billion-dollar club shrinks, Harcourt Investment Consulting appoints Claire Liou…

Thu, 04/10/2012 - 18:21

Hong Kong and Singapore have suffered a reverse of fortunes as they compete with New York and London as major centres for the world’s biggest hedge funds. »

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SGX’s MSCI Indonesia Index Futures Contract certified for offer to US investors

Thu, 04/10/2012 - 14:11

On 15 August the Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading (SGX) requested an expedited Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) review of the SGX’s MSCI Indonesia Index futures contract so that it could be offered to US persons. »

Hong Kong

Kinetic Partners hires Kim Frisinger in Hong Kong

Thu, 04/10/2012 - 12:00

Kim Frisinger has been appointed director at Kinetic Partners and will be joining the Hong Kong team to develop the firm’s forensic offering in Asia. »



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