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Many new fund managers launch in Asia driven by different factors

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Ed Rogers, head of Rogers Investment Advisors, said that there are many new managers launching in Asia with a number of factors driving this growth.

Speaking at the latest Opalesque 2018 Japan Roundtable, Rogers cited the Dodd-Frank legislation, the Volcker Rule, the growth of risk capital coming out of China and Southeast Asia, are facilitating launches not only of hedge funds, but all types of alternative vehicles. Also, the set-up of a multifamily office in the structure of a hedge fund is becoming very common, he said.

"One of the reasons I opened up an office in Hong Kong was because with my platform there we get up to 40 calls per month from people wanting to launch a new business in Hong Kong. In Tokyo we get two or three enquiries per month," he stated.

According to Rogers, his Tokyo office is getting two or three enquiries per month, which he said is a lot of improvement from the one inquiry per quarter they were receiving a couple of years ago. However, this reality in Japan is also why he believes there has to be an emerging manager program and that the government or some domestic institutional investor has to commit to giving 40-50 start-up managers $25 million to $50 million in assets to manage to encourage these businesses to base themselves in Tokyo.

Difference between Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore

Kate Hodson, a partner ......................

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