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Marshall Wace financial funds bullish on China

Thu, 25/08/2011 - 17:46

London hedge fund manager Marshall Wace LLP has been buying Chinese property and banking stocks for two of its financial hedge funds on expectations a stuttering global economic recovery wil »

Men shaking hands

Morgan Stanley unveils Reza as Asia prime brokerage head

Thu, 25/08/2011 - 17:44

Mehdee Reza has been appointed by Morgan Stanley to head up the bank’s Asia prime brokerage division. »

Singapore

Ex BAML head of Asian commodities launches Singapore hedge fund

Thu, 25/08/2011 - 17:40

Former head of Asian commodities at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Diego Parilla, has launched his own commodity hedge fund with a view »

Hong Kong

BTIG opens outsource trading desk in Hong Kong

Thu, 18/08/2011 - 18:06

US broker-dealer BTIG has extended its Asia footprint by opening an outsource trading desk in Hong Kong reported FINalternatives this week. »

China flag

China to introduce Hong Kong ETF

Thu, 18/08/2011 - 18:05

China Vice Premier Li Keqiang gave Hong Kong’s stock market a huge fillip by announcing on 17 August that China would start an exchange-traded fund linked to Hong Ko »

Hannah Goodwin, Citigroup

Citigroup targets 20% increase in Asian prime finance headcount

Thu, 18/08/2011 - 18:03

Citigroup Inc is rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to battle prime brokerage heavyweights like Goldmans, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank by increasing headcount in it »

Shangahi

HKEx in JV talks with Shanghai and Shenzhen

Thu, 18/08/2011 - 17:57

The Hong Kong stock exchange is engaged in talks with its Shanghai and Shenzhen counterparts with a view to establishing a joint venture for equity derivatives and index compilations, in so d »

Gold bars

Asian Axis of India and China continues to advance gold demand

Thu, 18/08/2011 - 11:10

Gold's strong start to the year was reinforced during the second quarter of 2011 where total global gold demand measured 919.8 tonnes, worth a near-record USD44.5bn, with broad-based support across all sectors and geographies. »

Steve Cohen, SAC Capital

Cohen’s SAC Capital strengthens Asia team

Thu, 11/08/2011 - 17:33

One of the world’s best known hedge fund managers, Steve Cohen’s (pictured) SAC Capital, has strengthened its equity l/s por »

Up arrow on graph

Asian hedgies make small gains in July

Thu, 11/08/2011 - 17:27

2011 continues to be a tough year for hedge funds globally, with Hedge Fund Research’s Composite Index reporting modest gain of +0.76 per »

Slow sign on raod

South Korea puts the brakes on short selling

Thu, 11/08/2011 - 17:25

After seeing its Kospi Index hit a high of 2228 on 2 May, South Korea’s stock market has plummeted this month, falling 17 per cent: this equates to a 19 pe »

Volatile graph

Market turbulence plays into hands of some Asian hedge funds

Thu, 11/08/2011 - 17:22

August is turning out to be a good month for Stephen Diggle’s long Asian volatility and arbitrage (LAVA) fund, having already gained 4 per cent in the firs »

handshake

Cadwalader adds structured finance lawyer to Hong Kong office

Thu, 11/08/2011 - 06:00

Structured finance and derivatives lawyer Jeffrey H Chen has joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft's Hong Kong office as partner.  Chen, formerly with Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, will be a part of the Capital Markets team. »

Guan Ong, founder and principal, Blue Rice Investment Management

Blue Rice Investment Management hires ex-head of GSAM Korea, Jay Lee

Thu, 04/08/2011 - 17:42

Blue Rice Investment Management, the Singapore-based credit and fixed income specialist, has created a new role and hired Jay Lee as senior marketing director repor »

Carl Huttenlocher, Myriad

Huttenlocher due to launch Myriad in Hong Kong this September

Thu, 04/08/2011 - 17:38

The former Asia head of JP Morgan’s hedge fund firm Highbridge Capital Management, Carl Huttenlocher (pictured), who left the firm in March 2011 to »

Willie Watt, CEO, Marin Currie

Martin Currie has its feathers ruffled

Thu, 04/08/2011 - 17:33

Edinburgh-based Martin Currie has parted company with its top Asia fund manager, Chris Ruffle, following an investigation into a conflict of intere »

Stephen Diggle, Vulpes Investment Management

Diggle bets on price swings in government debt

Thu, 04/08/2011 - 17:30

Singapore-based volatility hedge fund manager Stephen Diggle (pictured), who re-launched as Vulpes Investment Management after liquidating the Artr »

Simon Hopkins, founder of Fortune Asset Management,

Hedge fund veterans launch Singapore-based Emerging Markets Platform

Thu, 04/08/2011 - 12:00

Simon Hopkins (pictured), founder of Fortune Asset Management, the UK-based hedge fund investor sold to Close Brothers in 2006, has re-emerged as the founder of Singapore-based Milltrust International Group, an emerging markets investment platform focused on Asia, Africa and Latin America.
 
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Sean Cheong and Rachel Leong, Collas Crill

Collas Crill open for business in Singapore

Wed, 03/08/2011 - 06:00

Collas Crill has opened the doors to its new Singapore office – making it the first Channel Islands-based law firm to do so. »

Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies

NYSE Euronext accelerates growth in Asia with strategic acquisition of Metabit

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 17:00

NYSE Euronext (NYX) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia. Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio. The transaction is expected to close in third quarter of 2011. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. »

Singapore Stock Exchange

SGX makes new hire for China growth strategy

Fri, 29/07/2011 - 16:00

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is appointing Christine Lie as Senior Vice President and Head of Listings (China) effective 1 November. »

Forestry

Paulson to strengthen research capabilities in Asia

Thu, 28/07/2011 - 13:48

It was only a meteoric end to 2010 that saw Paulson & Co post positive returns for the year. »

Jimmy Chan, Value Partners

Value Partners comes out on top for 2nd year running in Asia Hedge Fund 25

Thu, 28/07/2011 - 13:45

Asia Hedge Fund 25, the sixth annual ranking published by Institutional »

Closed sign

LionRock Capital closes fund to outside investors

Thu, 28/07/2011 - 13:28

Hedge funds choosing to become family offices, thereby closing themselves off to outside investors, has been strong this week. »

Up arrow

Asian start-ups raise USD2.8billion in 1H11

Thu, 21/07/2011 - 23:10

The first half of 2010 illustrated a clear problem in Asia: start-up numbers were healthy - 70 in all - but the assets raised amounted to little more than USD1bi »

China flag

NYSE Liffe gains its first Chinese broker, GF Futures

Thu, 21/07/2011 - 23:08

NYSE Euronext, a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of trading technologies, announced this week that NYSE Liffe, its global deriva »

Craig Turnbull, CEO, Agincourt

Agincourt to invest dim sum bonds in AUD500million of Australian real estate property by January

Thu, 21/07/2011 - 23:05

After launching the first-ever RMB-denominated bond fund to buy Australian real estate last week, Agincourt Capital has said it plans to invest in AUD500m »

Guatam Prakash, founder and CEO, Monsoon Capital

Monsoon Capital launches pan-Asia CTA fund

Thu, 21/07/2011 - 23:00

Monsoon Capital, a US-based hedge fund advisor established in 2004, has launched a new pan-Asia equity futures »

Jon Lekander, global head of indirect property, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Asia launches third property FoFs

Thu, 14/07/2011 - 19:32

Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd, the Singapore-based operating arm of Aberdeen Asset Management, announced this week the launch of its third closed-ended property FoFs to the »

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