Held at Capella Singapore for its 11th incarnation on 23 May 2014, the Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards 2014 was graced by 300 hedge fund players commemorating the region’s 76 top performing Asian hedge funds for 2013. A total of 14 awards were presented on the night. Through a silent auction of three paintings, and a live auction of one painting, Eurekahedge raised a total of SGD$30,000 for Children of Cambodia; a Singapore-based charity association to receive the proceeds - to support Children of Cambodia’s partner, the Angkor Hospital for Children.
The Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards 2015 will be returning on 22 May 2015 to Capella Singapore and we hope you are looking forward to what this year has in store.
The Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards have had award categories across the board in regional and strategic mandates. This year the categories have been revamped to better reflect the industry as well as highlight outstanding performers that have not been previously recognised for their efforts.
Nominees for the Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards are selected through voting by an independent panel of judges, from a working list of funds reporting to the Eurekahedge databases. All Asian hedge funds listed with Eurekahedge and operating as at the end-April 2015 are eligible for nomination. A master file of all eligible funds for each of the award categories (according to their regional/strategic mandates) will be compiled and circulated among the judges to facilitate nomination for the awards (note: consequently, it is not unlikely that the same fund would be nominated for multiple awards).
Once the votes are collated and the list of nominees finalised, the winners are selected by the panel of judges, weighing in on both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the funds in question. The quantitative discussion, while mainly based on 2013 performance, also evaluates 1Q 2015 risk/return metrics, on grounds of consistency in fund performance. The selection of nominees and winners is entirely under the remit of the panel of judges, and the role of Eurekahedge in this endeavour is limited to supplying data and moderating the discussion.
The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges based on both quantitative data and qualitative knowledge of the funds listed in the Eurekahedge database. Our esteemed panel of judges have a combined total of 102 years investing in the hedge fund industry.
GFIA was founded by Peter Douglas CAIA, a pioneer of the Asian hedge fund industry. GFIA researches skill-based managers and their strategies in Asia and emerging markets, working for investors and allocators. He represents the CAIA Association in Singapore. He was an Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Council member for 10 years, was the inaugural Chairman of the Singapore National Group and the inaugural Asia-Pacific regional representative of the Association, responsible for AIMA National Groups in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. He was a co-founder of the Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS). Peter holds an honours degree from the University of Exeter, an MBA from INSEAD, is a Singapore Financial Industry Certified Professional. and was the first CAIA charterholder in Singapore.
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, Singapore
David Walter, MA is a Director in PAAMCO’s Portfolio Management Group based in the firm’s Singapore office. He is responsible for Asian focused investments and acts as Head of Research for Asia and Portfolio Manager for the Pan Asia Portfolio Solutions’ funds. Prior to joining PAAMCO, David performed a similar role for KBC Alpha Asset Management. Before KBC, he co-founded Arbiter Fund Managers where he established and managed a dedicated Japanese long/short equity fund. Previously, David worked at London and Oxford Capital Markets establishing and running a Japan-focused multi-strategy fund. Prior to that he was Head of Japanese Equity Product at Sanwa International Securities. David began his professional career in 1987 at Barings Far East Securities where he was employed as a Japanese convertible and warrant trader. He has twenty-four years of investment management experience. David graduated from Christ Church, Oxford with an MA (Hons) degree in Modern History.
LGT Capital Partners (Asia Pacific) Limited, Hong Kong
John Knox is a partner of LGT Capital Partners, one of the largest European managers of Alternative assets, with AUM of over US$29billion in hedge funds and private equity for over 300 institutional clients. John is a member of its Hedge Fund investment committee. Prior to joining LGT Capital Partners he was one of the founding partners of KGR Capital, a specialist Asian fund of fund manager acquired by LGT in 2008. Before this he was involved in derivatives for most of his career, latterly at JP Morgan, where he was responsible for its securitized derivatives initiative in Hong Kong. John has 30 years of experience in various roles in investment management and investment banking, having been head of the UK equity derivatives desks for Hoare Govett, and HSBC James Capel in London before moving to Hong Kong in 1992 to set up the global derivatives group for Jardine Fleming (now JP Morgan), becoming a group executive director in 1997. John established KGR Capital in 2002 and has been actively involved in the hedge fund industry in Asia since then.
Managing Director, Investment & Research
HC Asset Management Co Ltd, Japan
Akane Hashimoto joined HC in February 2003 as a consultant. Since then, she has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities as well as business development. Currently, she is responsible for Investment & Research activities as well as client relations activities. Prior to joining HC, she spent four years at Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) as an investment and business consultant. She began her career at The Bank of Tokyo (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.) in 1994, spending five years in the capital markets group. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), The University of Tokyo (1994).
Gottex Penjing Asset Management
Ronnie Wu is chief investment officer and managing director of Gottex Penjing Asset Management.He joined Gottex in August 2012 following its acquisition of Penjing Asset Management, where he was the founder and chief investment officer. He led the effort in hedge fund research and selection, portfolio construction and monitoring the macro environment. As a key management partner, Ronnie was also responsible for the overall business direction of Penjing. He was the co-founder of Vision Investment Management (Asia) Ltd (VIM) in 2000. He joined VIM from UBS Global Asset Management in 1997, a key team member responsible for managing two market-neutral, multiple strategies fund of hedge funds. Ronnie holds a BS degree in Finance from University of Portland, USA and an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University, USA. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
For 2015, Eurekahedge have teamed up with Student Advisory Centre; a children and youth charity that cares for young underprivileged families to raise funds for Children's Wishing Well. Using an online donation portal, Children's Wishing Well functions like a wish granting service sharing the needs of school children with financial difficulties. By allowing them to post up wishes through their teachers, potential donors may then browse the wishes to understand their individual situation and choose which child to support and donate to.
In previous years, we have had astounding success from our charity auction, promising one-of-a-kind experiences and opportunities not commonly available: Dinner with Jim Rogers, a private dinner cooked by Michelin star chef Osvaldo Forlino, a private party with hedge fund servers (2012), tickets to the World Cup 2014 or French Open or Arsenal match at Emirates Stadium (2013) and a table for 10 at the Miss Singapore Universe pageant - just to name a few. Do look out for the exciting auction items that will be up for bidding in 2015.