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Stay connected and relevant as the new normal creates new opportunities
The new normal keeps being shaped and reshaped by the ever-evolving situation across the globe. Health issues are at the forefront of course, although the related economic impact is also a major concern. But with sudden changes and hardship come new opportunities. The role of hedge funds in shorting securities and markets will always be questioned by some and often misunderstood. But it is in times like these with very volatile markets that the best hedge funds get to shine and show what they are made of. Our in-person live Hedge Funds Club events are in the short-term postponed, but soon enough we will be back hosting Asia-Pac’s best networking events for hedge funds, asset managers and investors. Until then, we will remain very active online, not least via our social media channels. Thus, please actively participate in posting interesting and relevant stories and updates. As many of you are stuck at home or in your office, now is a good time to share information, comment on posts and debate important issues online.
We have also recently set-up location-specific LinkedIn groups.
Hong Kong: www.linkedin.com/groups/10491369
Stay safe and stay connected.
Stefan Nilsson, Founder, Hedge Funds Club
The Good Life Interviews
In a new series of interviews conducted by Hedge Funds Club boss Stefan Nilsson, we are aiming to get under the skin of interesting people related to the hedge fund industry. The interviews focus on the people and the good life. Read our chats about food, drinks, music, books, museums, happiness and much more here: Interviews
Interview: Eric Bernstein, President, Broadridge Asset Management Solutions
“Broadridge has developed a strong presence in Asia and our business is continuing to expand. What differentiates our offering for hedge funds and asset managers more broadly is the strength of our services for clients across three areas – people, processes and products,” says Broadridge’s Eric Bernstein to HFC’s Stefan Nilsson in an interview about its asset management solutions. Read the interview here.
Hedge Funds Club spring events in Singapore and Hong Kong postponed
The Hedge Funds Club’s spring events in Singapore and Hong Kong have been postponed until it becomes viable to hold events again. We will continue to monitor the situation with the coronavirus outbreak. Hopefully, the situation will soon become clearer and improve. We hope that we at that stage will be able to announce new event dates. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you all again very soon.
Interview: Shiv Sehgal of Edelweiss
“India among the best long-term prospects,” says Shiv Sehgal, President and Co-Head, Institutional Clients Group at Edelweiss in an interview with HFC’s Stefan Nilsson. Read the full interview here.
The Hedge Funds Club successfully hosted its 15th annual Tokyo year-end evening reception in Roppongi
On 2nd December, the Hedge Funds Club hosted its 15th annual year-end evening reception at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo with HSH Prince Andreas von und zu Liechtenstein as a guest of honour. A big crowd of hedge funds, asset managers and investors gathered for old-school, low-tech networking at the by-invitation-only event which was generously sponsored by Ogier, Eurex, LightStream Research, Circle Partners, TMX Group, IG, Advanced Markets, Edelweiss Asset Services, FactSet, Cryptoloc Technology, Mainstream Fund Services and Pace University. The evening also featured a terrific raffle of grand prizes from IG and TMX Group as well as wine from the Princely Liechtenstein family and a stay at Nozawa Onsen. What a night!
Tokyo Hedge Funds Club Dialogue Luncheon: a thought-provoking discussion with some of the leading minds in investments
On 3rd December, TMX Group sponsored a great Tokyo Hedge Funds Club Dialogue Luncheon for a select group of CIOs, PMs and other senior investment professionals at the Tokyo American Club. The thought-provoking lunch discussion covered a wide range of topics, including Canadian equities, ETFs, ESG, risk management, what drives Japanese pension fund allocations, liquid vs. illiquid strategies, artificial intelligence, the future of Hong Kong and much more. It was a room full of great minds from the investment world sharing ideas and views in a closed-door, off-the-record setting.
Interview: Jamie Wilson of Cryptoloc Technology
Australian businessman Jamie Wilson had a highly successful accounting practice specialising in HNWIs before he established Cryptoloc Technology. Cryptoloc provides cryptographic technology to ensure users have control over the information they store and transmit. In connection with Cryptoloc’s participation as a sponsor of the recent Hedge Funds Club year-end event in Tokyo, HFC’s Stefan Nilsson had a chat with Jamie. Read the interview here.
Interview: Rugby legend and prime broker Rod Kafer sums up the Rugby World Cup in Japan
The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is over. Rod Kafer, who won the 1999 Rugby World Cup with Australia and then stayed involved with rugby as a coach and TV commentator, is now working with Hedge Funds Club sponsor Invast Global’s prime brokerage team in Sydney. Having attended the Sydney Hedge Funds Club event in September, Kafer then travelled to Japan to cover the World Cup for Fox Sports. HFC’s Stefan Nilsson met up with Rod Kafer in Tokyo during the World Cup and following the final got Kafer to sum up his thoughts about the tournament. Read the interview here.
Another successful Hedge Funds Club evening at the China Club in Hong Kong
On Thursday 7th November, the Hedge Funds Club hosted yet another great by-invitation-only evening reception for hedge funds, asset managers and investors at the retro-chic China Club. The fully booked event was generously sponsored by Ogier, Spark Plus, Solas Fiduciary Services, OP Investment Management, Circle Partners, Invast Global, Saxo Capital Markets, Maybank Kim Eng Securities, Eze Castle Integration, Matsco Solutions, Broadridge and TMX Group. Thank you to all Hongkongers who came out for what turned out to be an exquisite evening of old-school, low-tech networking over drinks.
The Hedge Funds Club made a triumphant move into the Australian market with inaugural Sydney event
On 10th September, the Hedge Funds Club hosted its first-ever Australian event together with our sponsors Ogier, Invast Global, Eurex, Solas Fiduciary Services, IG, CMC Institutional, Linedata and Spark Plus. Prominent guests at the packed evening reception at the Cruise Bar in Sydney Harbour included local hedge funds, family offices and superannuation funds, but also former Australian Wallabies rugby star Rod Kafer (now part of the prime brokerage team at Invast Global) who was happy to chat with fellow guests about both rugby and investments.
Singapore’s finest fund managers and smartest investors gathered to network
On 3rd September, Singapore’s finest fund managers and smartest investors gather at the elegant Tower Club at Raffles Place. The evening reception was sponsored by Ogier, Spark Plus, Saxo Capital Markets, Eurex, First Degree Global Asset Management, Circle Partners, TMX Group, SS&C Advent, IG and FactSet. What a great evening!
Interview: Pauline Chrystal – portfolio manager and pastry chef
In Australia, HFC’s Stefan Nilsson stumbled upon a portfolio manager who is also a pastry chef. Stefan couldn’t resist having a chat with Pauline Chrystal, portfolio manager at Kapstream Capital in Sydney, about her somewhat unusual parallel career in investment management and French pastry. Read the interview here.
Interview: Grace Reyes, President of The Association of Asian American Investment Managers
HFC’s Stefan Nilsson had a chat with Grace Reyes, the ebullient head of The Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) for a chat about the importance of diversity, social media and networking. Read the interview here.
Interview: Daniel Rootes of Spark Plus on bringing Australian companies to Asian investors
HFC’s Stefan Nilsson caught up with Spark Plus’ Daniel Rootes in Australia ahead of the first Sydney Hedge Funds Club event which will take place on 10th September. Spark Plus provides listed companies access to accredited investors across the Asia Pacific region. Read the interview here.
Interview: Gavin White, CEO, Invast Global / “We are committed to contributing to the growth of the hedge fund industry”
HFC’s Stefan Nilsson decided to have a chat with Invast Global’s CEO Gavin White about Invast’s expanding multi-asset prime brokerage business. Read the full interview here.
Interview: Roeland Pot, Managing Director, Flow Traders Hong Kong
The Hedge Funds Club had a chat with Roeland Pot, Managing Director of Flow Traders in Hong Kong about the derivatives markets, changing regulations and new business opportunities. In partnership with Eurex. Read the interview here.
Hong Kong Hedge Funds Club’s return to the China Club was a major hit
On Thursday 11th April 2019, HFC boss Stefan Nilsson hosted an evening of business and pleasure for hedge funds, asset managers and investors at the chic China Club in Hong Kong’s Central. The old-school networking evening – filled with smiles, handshakes and stories from the volatile markets – was sponsored by Ogier, Spark Plus, OP Investment Management, Eze Castle Integration, Invast Global, Saxo Capital Markets, Maybank Kim Eng Securities, Eurex and Meetyl. Thank you to the event sponsors and everyone who showed up!
Interview: Gerben Oldekamp of Circle Partners – a new arrival in Asia’s fund admin industry
HFC’s Stefan Nilsson caught up with Gerben Oldekamp of Circle Partners in Singapore to discuss the group’s fund administration offering and its growing client base in Asia. Read the interview here.
Singapore Hedge Funds Club rocked the Tower Club
On Tuesday 26th March, the Hedge Funds Club hosted an exquisite by-invitation-only evening reception for hedge funds, asset managers and investors at the Tower Club in Singapore. The evening was generously sponsored by Ogier, Spark Plus, Solas Fiduciary Services, Circle Partners, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Invast Global, Saxo Capital Markets and KGI Securities. Several hundred of Singapore’s finest fund managers and smartest investors came to network and catch up with each other. The next Singapore event will take place on 3rd September.
Interview: Omar Taheri of Spark Plus talks about expansion into Australia
HFC’s Stefan Nilsson checked in with Omar Taheri in Singapore to talk about Spark Plus’s expansion into Australia and what industry sectors are hot right now for Asian investors. Spark Plus provides listed companies access to accredited investors across the Asia Pacific region. Read the full interview here.
Japan’s alternative investment industry came out to network in Roppongi at the 14th annual Tokyo Hedge Funds Club year-end evening reception
On 3rd December, a few hundred of the good and the great people of Japan’s alternative investment industry came out to network and have fun at the 14th annual Tokyo Hedge Funds Club year-end event at the Roppongi Hills Club. Fund managers and investors mingled and caught up over a few drinks. The event was generously sponsored by Ogier, Eurex, FactSet, Broadridge, LightStream Research and Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program.
Interview: Mio Kato, founder of LightStream Research
LightStream Research was founded in 2017 with the goal of melding traditional research with alternative data and artificial intelligence to provide deeper insights into companies, industries and economic conditions. HFC’s Stefan Nilsson checked in with LightStream Research founder Mio Kato in Tokyo to find out more. read the interview here.
A splendid evening of business and pleasure for hedge fund managers and investors in Hong Kong
On Tuesday 6th November, nearly 300 guests caught up with old friends and made new acquaintances in the hedge fund industry at a spectacular evening of business and pleasure in Hong Kong. The evening was generously sponsored by Ogier, S&P Global Market Intelligence, OP Investment Management, Maybank Kim Eng Securities, Northern Trust, KGI Securities, Invast Global, Saxo Capital Markets, Spark Plus, Solas Fiduciary Services, Circle Partners and FactSet. The next Hong Kong event will take place on 11th April 2019, but before then we have Hedge Funds Club events in Tokyo and Singapore.
Interview: Lessons from an emerging manager
Himali Kothari, Founder of Aquamarine Value, is having a conversation with Anand Ramachandran, Partner and Fund Manager from River Valley Asset Management in Singapore. Read the full fund manager interview here.
The Hedge Funds Club hosted a packed evening reception for Singapore’s hedge funds
On Tuesday 4th September, Stefan Nilsson hosted a packed evening reception for Singapore’s hedge fund managers and investors. It was an evening filled with great people having great conversations. Thank you to everybody who participated! The evening reception was generously sponsored by Ogier, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Eurex, Eze Castle Integration, Saxo Capital Markets, Spark Plus, Solas Fiduciary Services, Circle Partners, FactSet and Linedata.
We know your target market! Partner with us if you want to succeed in the Asian hedge fund industry
Since 2005, the Hedge Funds Club has been a great marketing channel for firms who want to do business with the hedge fund industry in Asia. For our regular networking events in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, the Hedge Funds Club partners with a select group of event sponsors.
Join firms like Ogier, Eurex, OP Investment Management, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Eze Castle Integration, CIBC, Maybank Kim Eng, FactSet and many more and use the Hedge Funds Club as an efficient and effective way of building your business in Asia. Contact us today to find out more about how we can work together: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are open for business!
A packed and fun Hong Kong Hedge Funds Club evening reception
On Thursday 26th April the Hedge Funds Club hosted yet another fabulous by-invitation-only evening reception for hedge funds and investors in Hong Kong. Attended by the best local fund managers and smartest Asian investors, it was an enjoyable evening at Club Lusitano full of laughter, handshakes, smiles and drinks. The event was sponsored by Ogier, S&P Global Market Intelligence, OP Investment Management, Eurex, Maybank Kim Eng Securities, Apex Fund Services, Eze Castle Integration and Interactive Brokers. A big thank you to everybody who participated!
Interview: To outsource or not outsource trading for emerging managers
Jeff LeVeen, Managing Director and Head of Outsourced Trading at JonesTrading talks with Himali Kothari, Founder of Aquamarine Value. Read the full interview here.
Singapore evening reception saw great turnout by local funds and investors
On 13th March, HFC hosted another splendid evening reception for hedge funds and investors in the Atlantic Dining Room at the Tower Club in Singapore. Both long-term members and quite a few new faces enjoyed a fine evening of hedge fund networking. The event’s sponsors were Ogier, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Apex Fund Services and Spark Plus. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this another win. Cheers!
Splendid Tokyo year-end evening rounds off a fab year for the Hedge Funds Club
On Friday 1st December, HFC’s traditional year-end evening reception for hedge funds and investors at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo finished off another busy and productive year. The evening was sponsored by Ogier, Eurex and CIBC Fund Administration Services. We had a great turnout of local fund managers, investors and asset managers as well as quite a few distinguished overseas guests.
Interview: OPIM’s Alvin Fan talks about strategic investment in FundSeeder
OP Investment Management recently invested in an equity stake in the company FundSeeder. HFC’s Stefan Nilsson decided to check in with OPIM’s CEO Alvin Fan to find out what this is all about. Read the full interview here.
First Hedge Funds Club Dialogue luncheon with S&P Global a success
The Hedge Funds Club Dialogue is a new initiative where we host senior hedge fund industry executives for an off-the-record roundtable discussion over lunch. The first event took place at Tokyo American Club on 13th November in partnership with S&P Global Market Intelligence. We had a great discussion about corporate governance, market outlook, geopolitics, taxation, regulation and much more.
Hong Kong rocked and rolled by the Hedge Funds Club once again
On 8th November, the Hedge Funds Club hosted another packed evening reception in Hong Kong. Plenty of old familiar faces from Hong Kong’s hedge fund community shard drinks and stories with quite a few new people as well. A big thank you to the event sponsors Ogier, OP Investment Management, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Colliers International, Eurex and SPEEDA.
HFC Advisory Group is very proud to announce that the Hedge Funds Club scholarship for the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program in Singapore has been awarded to Kameshwara Suppiah.
“Since 2005, the Hedge Funds Club has been supporting the hedge fund industry in Asia by connecting hedge funds and investors. Henley Business School’s hedge fund program, taught by seasoned industry practitioners, helps to shape the future of the hedge fund industry. We have the same goals and it is a pleasure for us to partner with Henley,” says HFC’s founder Stefan Nilsson. “We selected Kameshwara for the first Hedge Funds Club scholarship from a pool of very diverse and motivated people. We think he has the right mix of eagerness, motivation and competitiveness to do well on the course and in the hedge fund industry.” Kameshwara Suppiah, a graduate of the National University of Singapore, will join this month’s intake of the Henley course in Singapore. The course is currently being run in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore and will soon launch in New York and London.
From fund management to modern art: The Walking Creative from Oz
By day, James Smith works in operations at an Adelaide fund manager. In his spare time he is The Walking Creative, an emerging artist. We had a chat with him about his art. Read the full interview here.
The 2 and 20 model is not dead: It’s not the fees, it’s the fund managers
Read HFC boss Stefan Nilsson’s thoughts on the never-ending hedge fund fee debate on LinkedIn.
Interview: Mohammed Ali-Reda of Darkhorse Capital
Three years ago, Mohammed Ali-Reda founded Darkhorse Capital in Hong Kong to manage his own bottom-up emerging Asia and Middle East and North Africa equity long/short strategy. HFC’s Stefan Nilsson decided to have a chat with him about this journey so far. Read the interview here.
New book: Successfully Launching and Managing a Hedge Fund in Asia
HFC boss Stefan Nilsson is a contributing author to a new book by Henri Arslanian called “Entrepreneurship in Finance: Successfully Launching and Managing a Hedge Fund in Asia” (out now, published by Palgrave Macmillan). This is a perfect read for anyone starting out in the hedge fund industry. All author proceeds will be donated to the Help for Children charity. Available on Amazon: goo.gl/fL33gt
Misaki Capital’s Masaki Gotoh: Constructively adding value to corporate Japan
Misaki Capital is one of the bright new fund manager stars in Japan. HFC’s Stefan Nilsson decided to catch up with Masaki Gotoh, who is a partner and chief investment officer at Misaki Capital in Tokyo. Read the interview here.
OPIM’s Alvin Fan:
“Entrepreneurship is in our blood”
Interview: HFC’s Stefan Nilsson talks to OPIM CEO Alvin Fan about the Hong Kong fund house’s evolution and its current role in the hedge fund industry. Read the full story here.