Please find (attached) the new 2009 Opalesque Hong Kong Roundtable, which after Zurich and the 2009 Singapore Roundtable is our third Roundtable publication this year. All our previously published Roundtable Scripts can be downloaded for free in our Roundtable archive: www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT.
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The Hong Kong Roundtable took place on April 9th at the local office of Newedge Group, who also sponsored the event. I also want to thank Jennifer Carver from 3A Asia for helping me to put the following group together:
George Long, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, LIM Advisors
Tim Rainsford, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Man Investments
Craig James, Portfolio Manager, AM Investment Partners
Kirby Daley, Senior Strategist and Head of Capital Introductions Asia, Newedge Group
Andrew Higgins, Co-Founder, Northwest Funds
Chunli Hou, Co-founder and Principal of Andante Capital Management
Brian MacDougall, Executive Director, 3A Asia
Asian hedge fund veterans claim that looking back over the last 10 or 15 years, about all Asian investors at that time had absolutely no interest in hedge funds, in fact they thought they were "very bad or illegal products". Then the Asian financial crisis of 1997/98 made people realize that long-only leveraged equities or property were not necessarily the best asset classes, so they started to be interested in structured products or hedged vehicles. For many years, there was no interest in Asian-based hedge funds. If they were interested investing in a hedge fund product, they would go into a New York or London managed product.
However, the dynamics are changing. This Opalesque Roundtable gives more insights:
Which strategies run by Asian hedge funds experience inflows?
What are Asian hedge fund investors looking for after the crisis?
How has the strategy break-down of Asian hedge fund start-ups changed, and why is it now more interesting than in the past?
What are the opportunities Asian hedge fund managers are pursuing at the moment?
What does the "reverse brain drain" from New York and London to the Asian financial centers like Hong Kong mean for global hedge fund investors?
Will the trend towards "institutionalization" slow down and boutiques reign going forward?
Is it true that most investors have traditionally invested based on these three crutches; size, track record, and quality of other investors? What instead should investors be looking for?
What is some of the latest research or innovation in finance coming out of Asia?
How does the licensing process work in Hong Kong? What are benefits for hedge funds to set up an office or run Asian strategies out of Hong Kong?
What structural deficits remain within the Asian financial infrastructure?
and much more... 25 pages full of actionable intelligence!
Enjoy "listening in" to the 2009 Opalesque Hong Kong Roundtable!
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