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Jon Rigby, managing partner, Mourant Ozannes

Mourant Ozannes opens Hong Kong office

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:48

Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, announced this week it has opened an office in Hong Kong to provide clients with access to the firm’s offshore legal services in an Asian ti »

Peter Douglas, GFIA

Laven Partners partners up with GFIA Pte in Singapore

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:45

Laven Partners, a global consulting firm focused on the alternatives industry, has partnered up with GFIA Pte, a Singapore-based hedge fund consulting firm, to provide a comprehensive »

Man with Megaphone

Two former Credit Suisse traders planning Asia-focused hedge fund launch in Q2

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:43

A new Asia-focused hedge fund that will invest in stocks and derivatives tied to Asian companies is gearing up for launch by two former Credit Suisse senior traders reported Bloomberg this w »

Hong Kong

SFC’s offshore powers being tested by Tiger Asia court case

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:36

The ongoing insider trading court case between Hong Kong’s financial regulator, the SFC, and New York-based hedge fund Tiger Asia Management LLC, is proving a real challenge to how the regula »

Sydney Opera House

CAIS opens Sydney office to meet growing demand for alternative investments

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 06:00

CAIS, a New York-based financial technology company providing an independent, alternative investment platform to the global wealth management industry, is opening an office in Sydney, Australia to better meet client needs and address the growing demand for alternative investments throughout the Asia Pacific region. »

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SGX gets US CFTC approval for FTSE China A50 and MSCI Asia APEX 50 futures contracts

Tue, 31/01/2012 - 06:00

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has obtained approval for US investors to directly trade its FTSE China A50 and MSCI Asia APEX 50 futures contracts from within the United States. »

Peter Douglas CAIA, Founder and Principal of GFIA,

Laven Partners and GFIA join forces to deliver broader due diligence coverage in Asia

Mon, 30/01/2012 - 16:00

Laven Partners, the global consultancy to the alternative industry, and GFIA’s funds research practice have joined up their resources and processes in Asia to provide a fully comprehensive operational due diligence and compliance service based in Singapore. This union is the result of increased demand from Asia for global-standard consultancy services, and from the developed markets for a greater expertise in Asian funds. 


Paul Christopher, Mourant Ozannes

Mourant Ozannes moves into Asia

Mon, 30/01/2012 - 14:05

Offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has opened an office in Hong Kong to provide clients and intermediaries with access to the firm's offshore legal services in an Asian time zone. »

Sydney Opera House

Sydney-based Ascalon Capital Managers adds Canning Park Capital to fund suite

Thu, 26/01/2012 - 18:17

Sydney-based Ascalon Capital Managers, part of Westpac’s BT Group, has acquired a 30 per cent equity stake in Singapore hedge fund Canning Park C »

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HCAP Asset Management’s global diversified fund racks up double-digit returns for 2011

Thu, 26/01/2012 - 18:14

Fuelled by high growth in Asia, specifically high yield bonds, Sydney-based HCAP Asset Management saw its flagship HCAP Global Diversified Fund achieve double-digit returns last year reporte »

Geoffrey Post, Head of International Product Development (ex-Japan). Nikko Asset Management

Nikko Asset Management hires former Coutts head of product development

Thu, 26/01/2012 - 18:11

Nikko Asset Management has appointed Geoffrey Post (pictured) as Head of International Product Developme »

South Korea flag

Millennium Management set to become South Korea’s first foreign hedge fund

Thu, 19/01/2012 - 18:27

Millennium Management LLC, the large US hedge fund which runs USD14.1billion in AUM, is looking to establish a »

Jim McCaughan, President and CEO, Principal Global Investors

Malaysian global asset manager establishes first-in-class fund platform in Ireland

Thu, 19/01/2012 - 18:24

Ireland has ushered in its first Malaysian-managed fund platform this week. »

Julian Korek, Kinetic Partners

Kinetic Partners expands into Asia with Hong Kong office

Thu, 19/01/2012 - 18:22

Kinetic Partners, the global professional services firm to the financial services industry, has made its first foray into Asia with the announcement of a new office in Hong Kong »

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SFC gives green light to EIP’s new suite of synthetic ETFs

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 18:15

Hong Kong financial regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has authorised a new and innovative suite of ETF products to be rolled out by local as »

Jeroen Tielman, CEO and founder, IMQubator

IMQubator and Synergy Fund Management team up to source and seed next generation of APAC managers

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 18:14

Europe’s leading seeding platform, IMQubator (IMQ), and Synergy Fund Management, a Hong Kong-based fund manager established by Eliza Lau »


Quantedge global macro fund gains 32 per cent in 2011

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 18:10

Singapore-based hedge fund Quantedge Capital saw its global macro fund gain 32 per cent last year and now aims to be double assets to US »

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Penta Investment Advisers to return outside capital

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 18:00

John Zwaanstra, a former Soros Fund Management LLC trader, plans to return outside capital in Penta Investment Advisers, an Asia-focused hedge fund he establishe »

Morgan Sze, Azentus Capital

Azentus Capital down 6.8 per cent last year

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 17:56

2011 was a tough year for hedge funds. »

Australia map and flag

Silk Road Management launches Silk Road Australia Index

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 06:00

Silk Road Management has launched the Silk Road Australia Index (SILKAU), a debut benchmark that includes largest Mongolia and Central Asia-focused companies with listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The index currently covers 10 companies with the total market capitalisation of USD1.2 billion (31 December, 2011) and is set with initial value of 1000 as of 1 January, 2012. »

Jeroen Tielman, CEO and Founder of IMQ

IMQ and SFM team up to seed Asian managers

Mon, 09/01/2012 - 14:37

IMQubator (IMQ) and Hong Kong-based Synergy Fund Management (SFM) – founded by Eliza Lau, former CEO and CIO of SAIL Advisors – have teamed up to source and seed the next generation of Asia-Pacific managers. »

Peter Douglas, principal, GFIA Pte

Asia hedge fund industry at risk of downsizing

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 18:29

Asia’s hedge fund industry isn’t in the best shape heading into 2012 and things aren’t expected to get much better according to an article on < »

John Ho, Janchor Partners

Janchor Partners fund fares well in difficult year

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 18:20

John Ho’s Hong Kong-based Janchor Partners Pan Asian Fund generated an estimated 8.7 per cent in 2011 reported Bloomberg this week. »

Yashwant Bajaj

Juggernaut Asia Fund lives up to its name

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 18:16

The Juggernaut Asia Fund established by Yashwant Bajaj (pictured), a former Lehman Brothers managing director, has so far lived up to its name. »


Citi sues Hong Kong hedge fund manager for gold loss

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 18:07

Citi’s Singapore unit has sued Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager Raghavendran Rajaraman over a USD1million shortfall incurred after it liquidated his gold account reported FINalternatives. »

Singapore Stock Exchange

SGX derivatives, commodities and clearing activities continue to grow in December

Wed, 04/01/2012 - 13:57

Singapore Exchange(SGX) posted year-on-year increases in its derivatives, commodities and clearing activities in December while securities trading declined. »

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Boyer Allan calls time on two of its Asia hedge funds

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 17:54

Boyer Allan Investment Management has decided to call time on two of its he »

South Korea Flag

South Korea prepares to launch inaugural hedge funds

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 17:50

Asia’s hedge fund industry is about to have a new player as South Korea this week prepares to launch its first 13 local hedge fund vehicl »

Mark O’Reilly, managing director, Astbury Marsden

15 per cent hike in average basic salaries for Hong Kong’s investment bankers and hedge fund professionals

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 17:47

Hong Kong is the place to be if you’re an investment banker or hedge fund professional. »

Harvey Twomey, head of prime brokerage for Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank

Hedge fund China bears target property and auto stocks

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 17:42

Hedgeweek reported last week how well Hugh Hendry’s China Short fund had performed this year, returning over 50 per cent to investors by buying CDS of Japa »



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