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  • Endowments, sovereign wealth funds and large global hedge funds come back to Japan

  • Japan based hedge fund managers confident: best investments found now

  • Japan's largest private-sector pension fund manager, the Pension Fund Association, confirms trend towards absolute return vehicles, hedge funds for portable alpha strategies

Dear Opalesque Reader,

Welcome to the Opalesque Japan Roundtable, which 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 our Roundtable Archive: www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT). In this Opalesque Roundtable, we unite some of the leading hedge fund managers as well as representatives of the local investor community to gain unique insights into the specific idiosyncrasies and developments, the issues and advantages of Japan as a hedge fund center.

The Opalesque Japan Roundtable was sponsored by Nikko Citi Prime Finance (www.nikkociti.com) and took place in their Tokyo office. We also thank Ed Rogers from Rogers Investment Advisors for helping us put the group together.

Endowments, sovereign wealth funds and large global hedge funds come back to Japan

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 the 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:

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