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Hedge Funds Asia Expansion

Hedge Funds Asia Expansion

Hedge Funds Migrating Back to Asia, Especially Hong Kong

In response to investor interest in Asia, hedge funds are migrating back to the region. Hoping to raise more capital, many hedge funds have bolstered their presence in Asia adding more analysts and opening new offices.
Among the big names hanging out their shingles in Asia are Soros Fund Management LLC, Viking Global Investors and GLG Partners LP. D.E. Shaw recently said a member of its six-person executive committee is moving to Hong Kong and Maverick Capital, Ltd. raised the number of analysts in its Hong Kong office to four in August.

David Gray, head of prime services for UBS AG in the Asia-Pacific region, said he knows of about 10 global groups that are putting stakes in the ground in Asia."They've said, time to get a little serious, because to be credible with investors they need people on the ground," Mr. Gray said. Prime brokers provide a wide range of services to hedge funds, including helping them set up and trade shares.

Investors allocated a net $19 billion of new capital to the hedge-fund industry globally in the third quarter, the largest inflow since the fourth quarter of 2007, according to industry data providers Hedge Fund Research Inc. Source

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