Opalesque Roundtable Finds Endowments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Large Global Hedge Funds Come Back to Japan - What Do They See?

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Opalesque, the world's largest subscription-based publisher covering the alternative investment industry, has launched the fifth issue of its acclaimed regional Roundtable scripts, the "Opalesque Japan Roundtable".

The Opalesque Japan Roundtable will be closing the 2008 coverage of the Asian hedge fund centers after having covered New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong (see here for Roundtable Archive: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT).

The Opalesque Japan Roundtable was sponsored by Nikko Citi Prime Finance (http://www.nikkociti.com) and took place in their Tokyo office. Opalesque thanks Ed Rogers from Rogers Investment Advisors for helping to put the group together.    

After a stellar performance in 2005, Japanese hedge funds were struggling in 2006 and 2007. Is 2008 the turn-around year? The good news is that endowments, sovereign wealth funds and large global hedge funds are coming back to Japan. What opportunities do they see? In this Roundtable script, you will learn:

  • Background on Japan hedge fund performance and the state of the economy
  • Will macro (economy) or micro (corporate governance on company level) catalysts drive the markets going forward?
  • Why activist investors and activist hedge funds have been very beneficial for Japan
  • Will the Japanese version of the Basel II rules still prevent regional banks to rebuild their hedge fund allocations?
  • How do Japanese pension funds and insurance companies view and use hedge funds?

The participants of the Opalesque Japan Roundtable are:

1. Angus McKinnon, Senior Partner, Tozai Investment Advisory
2. Nobuki Yasuda, Director of Alternative Investment, Pension Fund Association
3. Goro Ohwada, CEO, Aino Investment Corporation
4. Kenichiro Nishi, CEO & CIO, Gaia Capital Management
5. Scott Callon, Partner/CEO, Ichigo Asset Management
6. Rory Kennedy, COO, United Managers Japan (UMJ)
7. Andrew Hill, Director, NikkoCiti
8. Koichi Shijima, Director, NikkoCiti
9. Atsko Nakajima, Director of Hedge Fund Investments, Ueda Yagi Securities Co.
10. Hideki Hashiguchi, Lead Representative, HSBC Global Fund Services
11. Toshihiko Nishida, Portfolio Manager, GCI
12. Isao Tomoyuki, Chief Investment Officer, Stats Investment Management
13. Rick Okuno, Rheos Capital Works

The Opalesque Hong Kong Roundtable Script can be downloaded here:http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=static&and=RoundtableJAPAN

All other previously published Opalesque Roundtable Scripts (New Zealand (March 17th), Australia (March 25th), Singapore Roundtable (April 24th), Hong Kong (May 1st)) can be downloaded here: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT

Matthias Knab, Director of Opalesque Ltd, moderates the Opalesque Roundtables. Matthias Knab is an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds and alternatives and has frequently served as chairman of hedge fund conferences in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Miami, Bahamas, Stockholm, Dubai etc. In addition, he has presented or moderated at hedge fund events in Sydney, Cape Town, Madrid, and Bombay, and lectured at numerous universities on the subjects of hedge funds and the state of the global alternative asset management industry.

About Opalesque:

Opalesque leads the finance media space for its in-depth and innovative products. Since February 2003, Opalesque is publishing Alternative Market Briefing, the premium news service on hedge funds and alternatives. The launch of these Briefings was a revolution in the hedge fund media space ("Opalesque changed the world by bringing transparency where there was opacity and by delivering an accurate professional reporting service." - Nigel Blanchard, Culross) combining proprietary news with the "clipping service" approach of integrating third party news. Each week, Opalesque publications are read by more than 360,000 industry professionals in over 100 countries.

Opalesque is the only daily hedge fund publisher which is actually read by the elite managers themselves (http://www.opalesque.com/op_testimonials.html). For more information, please go to http://www.opalesque.com.

About Opalesque publications:

Alternative Market Briefing:

A daily newsletter on the global hedge fund industry, highly praised for its completeness and timely delivery of the most important daily news for professionals dealing with hedge funds. Alternative Market Briefing offers both a quick overview and in-depth coverage. Subscribers can also access the industry's largest news archive ( 26,000 articles ) on hedge funds and related topics.

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With its "research that reveals" approach, fast facts and investment oriented analysis, A SQUARE offers diversification and complementary ideas for: private, high net-worth and institutional investors, pension funds and endowments, portfolio and hedge funds managers.

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Opalesque Roundtable Series:

In an Opalesque Roundtable, we unite some of the leading hedge fund managers (single and multi strategy managers) as well as representatives of the local investor base (institutions, fund of funds, advisers) to gain unique insights into the specific idiosyncrasies and developments, the issues and advantages of individual global hedge fund centers.

No matter if you are a hedge fund investor looking for new talent, a hedge fund interested in diversifying your investor base or a service provider looking for new clients, you will get to know some of the leading heads of each hedge fund center and find invaluable information and intelligence right on your desk, without any travel involved.

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