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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. »


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. »

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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 »


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 »

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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 »


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.

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. »


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. »

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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 »

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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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