Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ayaz Motiwala (ex-Highbridge) has joined Samena Capital’s special situations team.

Kyu Ho (ex-Kingdon) has set up Wuzhu Asia Partners in Hong Kong to run a Samena-seeded pan-Asia equity long/short strategy. Wuzhu has also recruited Grant Suttie (ex-Martin Currie) as COO and Kevin Ji (ex-Kingdon, Maverick, Goldman Sachs) as an analyst.

Doric Capital in Hong Kong, founded by Michael Nock (ex-Man), has closed down its Asian equity long/short fund to focus on a small-cap strategy instead.

Asian hedge funds raised US$4.43 billion in 2011, according to AsiaHedge. The average size of the 58 new Asian hedge funds set up during 2011 was US$76.4 million.

Asian hedge funds managed assets of US$124bn at the end of December according to Eurekahedge. Total AUM in the year 2000 was around US$20bn and assets peaked in 2007 at US$176bn.

The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index returned +0.83% in January, while the Eurekahedge Asia ex-Japan Hedge Fund Index returned +4.30%.

Kalina King has joined China-focused private equity firm Lunar Capital. She recently left ALPS Advisory in Hong Kong where she was an analyst doing hedge fund manager research and due diligence. Earlier in her career she was at Morgan Stanley.

William Bollinger (ex-Tiger, Egerton) has relocated to Singapore to set up Judico Capital.

Jotaro Shizuka has left Nomura Private Equity Capital to join BFC Asset Management as Head of Investment Department.

The exodus from Sparx continues: Masaki Taniguchi, group COO and formerly president of both Sparx’s asset management bsuiness and its FoF business, is leaving the firm. Earlier in his career Taniguchi-san was at Goldman Sachs and Bank of Japan.