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Japanese institutional investors are an available asset base to those who can follow the subtext of the due diligence process

Monday, March 01, 2010

From Kirsten Bischoff, Opalesque New York:

According to a recent survey of capital introduction professionals that was published by New York based research firm Carbon 360, hedge fund asset raisers are looking to overseas investors for 2010 asset flows into the industry (Source). Hedge fund business development and consulting firm FletcherBennett is looking to Japan specifically as a source for asset raising for US based hedge funds.

“We really view the Japanese institutional investor as a tremendous opportunity for many hedge fund managers,” Howard Eisen, Managing Director and Co-Founder told Opalesque.

Some of the largest asset managers are also looking towards Japan. During a quarterly call with analysts and reporters last week, Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzmann said that Japanese investors are more interested in hedge funds than in any other type of investment right now.

Eisen and co-Founder Andrew Dabinett recently announced the hire of Somer Hatano to oversee Japanese alternative investor coverage. Hatano, a hedge fund industry veteran whose background includes a stint in capital introduction at Morgan Stanley Japan and experience running the largest annual pension fund seminar in Japan will focus on providing hedge fund managers with insight as to the specific......................

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