The Hedge Funds Club, founded by Stefan Nilsson in 2005, has grown into Asia’s largest network for hedge fund managers and investors. Our mission is to promote the hedge fund industry in Asia and help it grow by connecting investors and hedge fund managers through networking events in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.
About Stefan Nilsson
The Hedge Funds Club’s founder, Stefan Nilsson, is also the CEO of HFC Advisory Group in Tokyo, an advisory business active in the alternative investments and natural resources industries. Additionally, he is a director of Terrasias Capital, a single-family office focused on alternative investments. Earlier in his career he has managed the Tokyo marketing and research office of a global macro hedge fund firm and worked in prime brokerage and asset management at JP Morgan and Bear Stearns. He is a lecturer and adviser for Henley Business School’s executive hedge fund programme in Hong Kong. He currently serves as Japan chairman and a member of the global board of trustees for SNS – Centre for Business and Policy Studies. Additionally, he is Vice Chairman of Ljusdals Bandyklubb and a board member of the Japan-Sweden Society and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. He has been involved in organising networking events across the world since 1997. He received his MBA from Leicester University in the UK.
The Hedge Funds Club has been organising by invitation only networking events for hedge fund managers and investors in Asia since 2005.
● 2005 ●
Stefan Nilsson, at the time heading a small global macro shop in Tokyo, came up with the idea of creating an informal network for hedge fund managers and investors as a way of promoting the industry and helping it grow. He had early help with setting up the network from his colleague Jim Macdonald. The very first Tokyo Hedge Funds Club networking evening was held in June 2005 on the patio of French bistro Aux Bacchanales at Ark Hills in Tokyo. Kirby Daley at prime brokerage Fimat (now Newedge) became the very first corporate sponsor of the new industry network.
● 2006 ●
The Hedge Funds Club continued to grow and firmly established itself as the meeting place for Japan’s hedge fund industry.
● 2007 ●
After seven successful events at Ark Hills the networking evenings had grown too large and moved to the ballroom of the Tokyo American Club. One of the year’s highlights was the Australian wine tasting evening with Carl Robinson in September.
● 2008 ●
By popular demand the Hedge Funds Club expanded overseas and hosted its first event in Singapore. The event took place at the Tower Club in the 64th floor bar of the Republic Plaza with views over all of Singapore and beyond. Back home in Tokyo the iconic Roppongi Hills Mori Tower became the club’s new home.
● 2009 ●
The Hedge Funds Club successfully expanded into Hong Kong where the first Hong Kong Hedge Funds Club event took place at Sir David Tang’s retro-chic, Shanghai-style China Club in the Old Bank of China Building.
● 2010 ●
The Hedge Funds Club celebrates five years of networking in Asia with a special birthday party in Tokyo.
● 2011 ●
The club continues to be a meeting place for investors and hedge funds with events in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.
● 2012 ●
Another great year for the club with our summer party at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in the presence of HSH Prince Andreas von Liechtenstein, as one of the highlights. In Hong Kong, the magnificent Club Lusitano becomes our new home.
● 2013 ●
HSH Prince Andreas von Liechtenstein is guest of honour at one of our events in Hong Kong in October and in December jazzman Michael Goto and his trio entertain the Japanese hedge fund community to celebrate a fantastic year for Japanese managers.
● 2014 ●
The Hedge Funds Club continues to expand by organising six networking events in Tokyo, SIngapore and Hong Kong as well as hosting a few bespoke events, such as the exclusive teppanyaki dinner for traders and portfolio managers on the occasion of a Tokyo visit by CME Group’s CEO. And the Hedge Funds Club’s networking track record reached another level as a couple who met at the Tokyo Hedge Funds Club got married.
● 2015 ●
In 2015 we celebrated our ten-year anniversary with six packed events across Asia. Ten years – who would’ve thought, eh? We also teamed up with Steve Bernstein and Henley Business School to develop and market the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program, a first of its kind program in Asia which was successfully launched in Hong Kong in September. In 2016 we will expand this partnership and continue to educate the future leadership of the hedge fund industry in a program taught by industry professionals, including HFC boss Stefan Nilsson.
● 2019 ●
In 2019, with our traditional locations firmly established and alive and kicking, the Hedge Funds Club expanded into Australia and hosted a very successful first event in Sydney in September.