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The Asian hedge fund industry continues to evolve, mature

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Stephane Pizzo
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Stephane Pizzo, the founder of Lotus Peak Capital in Singapore is a veteran of the Asian hedge fund industry. He has worked at banks, family offices, and launched his own fund based on his research skill. To do that, he works with his clients to find managers that will meet their specific needs. "Our job includes on-site visits, research, and in the end monitoring investments on behalf of the client," he explains in a recent Opalesque TV interview.

According to Pizzo, the Asian hedge fund landscape is continuing to evolve and mature. "It is now possible to short equities across the region, it’s not always liquid but at least it’s possible," he says. However, there is still more to do.

"The research provided by brokers and investment banks on Asian companies is still very, very limited. In 2013, we estimate that around 75% of listed equities in Asia have no coverage whatsoever. So you end up with a situation where you have some very large companies that are well covered by an analyst and then everything else is a mystery in a sense."

Pizzo looks for these "underground" managers in cities, and satellite countries. These managers are then going door to door to evaluate companies on their own and determine what, if any, opportunities there are.

"The choice of long/short managers is mu......................

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