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Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey sees Far East promise

Tue, 02/10/2012 - 10:30

Recognition of Guernsey’s expertise as a finance centre continues to build in the Far East, according to Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance, the promotional agency for the island’s finance industry.  »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Sharp Peak Capital shuts up shop, Asian hedge funds see AUM climb slightly to USD144billion…

Thu, 27/09/2012 - 17:04

There’s not been a lot to shout about, aside from the odd high profile fund launch, for Asia’s hedge fund industry this year. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

South Korean CDS narrow on ratings upgrade, global hedge funds show interest in Malaysian IPO…

Thu, 20/09/2012 - 18:28

Australia’s hedge fund industry is now bigger than either Hong Kong or Singapore as institutional money migrates to alternative managers reported FINalternatives this week. Apparently the 63 hedge funds in the Triple A Partners/Basis Point Consulting Hedge and Boutique Fund Directory manage USD45billion of assets. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Pivotal Investments shuts its doors, international law firm Maples and Calder opens new office in Singapore…

Thu, 13/09/2012 - 18:05

International law firm Maples and Calder this week announced the opening of a new office in Singapore. »

Henry Smith, Maples and Calder

Maples and Calder opens Singapore office

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 14:08

Law firm Maples and Calder has opened an office in Singapore. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Fears over role of shadow banking in Asia, HSBC appoints Tim Franks as head of hedge fund sales…

Thu, 06/09/2012 - 23:12

Nomura, one of Asia’s leading investment banks, has teamed up with global alternative investment manager Man Group Plc to launch the Nomura Man Systematic Fixed Income Fund. »

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Ping An Russell to launch China’s first multi-manager fund

Tue, 04/09/2012 - 14:20

Joint venture Ping An Russell Investments is preparing to launch China’s first multi-manager fund for domestic high-net-worth individuals early in the third quarter of this year. »

Antoine Babule, chief executive officer of Newedge USA

Newedge hosts seminar for China Futures Association in Chicago

Fri, 31/08/2012 - 12:01

Newedge has hosted a seminar in Chicago for senior executives from nearly 40 of China’s top futures commission merchants on opportunities in today’s international futures market. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

China deliberates on listing of “sunshine” funds, Silk Road launches M3 Fund…

Thu, 30/08/2012 - 23:55

People moves are the initial focus of this week’s Asia blog, in what has been a fairly quiet seven days for Asia’s hedge fund industry. »

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Indus Valley Partners adds 12 hedge fund clients

Fri, 24/08/2012 - 06:25

Indus Valley Partners (IVP), a provider of technology solutions to alternative asset managers, has expanded its New York City and Noida, India offices.  »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Alp Ercil’s fund becomes Asia’s biggest start-up for 2012, Walkers expands Singapore team…

Thu, 23/08/2012 - 18:10

Alp Ercil’s Asia Pacific fund has officially become the region’s largest hedge fund launch for 2012. The former Asia head of New York-based Perry Capital has closed the fund to new capital this week after raising an impressive USD940million according to a source familiar with the matter, reported Reuters. Ercil’s success follows that of other former hedge fund executives including Carl Huttenlocher, former Asia head of Highbridge Capital Management, who launched Myriad Asset Management in Hong Kong last December and who, earlier this year, had already reached USD900million in AUM. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Bill Hwang’s Tiger Asia fund to return investor money, Japan hedge funds lose 1.5 per cent in Q2 2012…

Thu, 16/08/2012 - 22:54

Japan-focused hedge funds shed 1.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 as the Nikkei fell over 10 per cent reported Hedge Fund Research. »

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HFRX Japan Index posts narrow 2Q decline as Nikkei falls over 10 per cent

Fri, 10/08/2012 - 12:04

Hedge funds investing in Japan/developed Asian markets quickly shifted to defensive positioning in Q2 2012, protecting investor capital as Japanese equities plunged over 10 per cent in the period, according to the latest HFR Asian Hedge Fund Industry Report. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

APAC ex-Japan hedge funds up just 0.02 per cent in July, Singapore’s MAS releases hedge fund rules…

Thu, 09/08/2012 - 13:03

Despite just 68 new hedge funds launching in Asia in the first six months of 2012 according to EurekaHedge, compared to 107 in the boom year of 2007, prime brokers in the »


MAS implements enhanced regulatory regime for fund management companies

Thu, 09/08/2012 - 12:17

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has implemented an enhanced regulatory regime for fund management companies (FMCs). »

Ronnie Wu, founder and chief investment officer of Penjing

Gottex shareholders approve share buyback plan

Thu, 09/08/2012 - 12:14

Gottex Fund Management’s proposed share buyback plan was approved by shareholders at the alternative asset management group’s extraordinary general meeting on 8 August 2012. »


SGX derivatives and commodities trading grows

Mon, 06/08/2012 - 06:05

Singapore Exchange says derivatives and commodities trading grew in July from a year earlier, while securities turnover was lower year-on-year though it was up from June.  »

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy and SCA chairman

SCA issues regulations for investment funds

Fri, 03/08/2012 - 06:30

The United Arab Emirates' Security and Commodities Authority (SCA) has issued board’s resolution No. 37 of 2012 concerning the rules of investment funds. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Silk Road Finance launches Myanmar-focused investment bank, HK asset manager teams up with Brevan Howard

Thu, 02/08/2012 - 18:11

It’s not everyday you get to cover developments in the secretive south-east Asian state that is Myanmar. But this week it was announced that Silk Road Finance, an investment bank operating in Mongolia and other frontier markets, had launched Mandalay Capital, a Myanmar-focused investment banking firm. The new entity will advise international clients on potential planned investments in the country, as well as build relationships with domestic institutions and assist them with capital raising. Significantly, the US administration recently approved American companies to invest in Myanmar and promote much needed foreign investment. »


Advisers Ho Ho and Qi Shou join SHFA

Thu, 02/08/2012 - 12:24

Ho Ho and Qi Shou have joined the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Hedge Fund Association (SHFA). »

Ravi Menon, managing director of the MAS

MAS sets deadline for new regulatory regime in Singapore

Thu, 02/08/2012 - 06:02

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has set the deadline for the official release of the new rules concerning fund managers for August 2012. »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

Asia prepares for new fund launches in the volatility and credit space…

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 18:13

A former trader at Nomura Holdings Inc is preparing to launch a USD250million Asia-focused volatility hedge fund reported Reuters this week, in what should become one of the region’s bigger start-ups so far this year. »

Talal Al Zain, chief executive of PineBridge Investments Middle East

PineBridge Investments to establish MENA headquarters in Bahrain

Tue, 24/07/2012 - 06:28

PineBridge Investments, a multi-asset class investment manager, has selected Bahrain as the location for its Middle East and North Africa headquarters.  »

James Williams, news editor, Hedgeweek

GLG builds new Asian equities team, Hermes BPK acquires Caliburn Greater China fund, VAM Funds strengthens Asia team, and HK’s Tybourne Capital Management raises USD500million

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 18:41

This week VAM Funds, the Luxembourg-based specialist fund manager announced it had expanded its Asian team with the appointment of Paul Bamber as sales manager. »

Anthony Palmer, founding director, BPL Global

BPL Global opens in Singapore

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 14:11

Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global), a political risk insurance broker, has opened a Singapore subsidiary, following on from the opening of its Hong Kong branch in early 2011. »

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific ETP AUM lost USD2.9bn amid bearish equity markets

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 06:04

Assets under management of Asia Pacific exchange-traded products decreased by USD2.9bn and ended at USD111.3bn last week, according to Deutsche Bank. »

Flag of China secures USD1.5m commitment from Kodiak Capital

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 10:17’s S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission became effective this past week, securing a USD1.5m financing commitment from Kodiak Capital Group, a Delaware limited liability company. »

Hong Kong

First RQFII A-share ETF debuts at HKEx

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 06:44

The first RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor A-share exchange-traded fund has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. »

Pierre Lagrange, co-founder of GLG and chairman of Man Asia

GLG hires equity investment team in Asia

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 16:14

GLG Partners, the investment manager division of Man Group, has made a series of appointments in Asia to form a long-short equities team focused on fundamental stock picking. »

Matteo Dante Perruccio, chief executive and founding partner of Hermes BPK Partners

Hermes BPK Partners acquires Caliburn Greater China Fund

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 16:09

Hermes BPK Partners has acquired the USD100m Caliburn Greater China Fund.  »



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