Q1 2016 was poised to be a quiet start for Swiss-Asia, but we actually saw an acceleration of new business in the month of March. This makes it a very exciting start to the year.
Highlights include the approval from the SFC for the acquisition of Splendor Capital management HK Limited and the partnership with the Henley Business School that delivers the Executive Hedge Fund programme. On the EAM side, three highly experienced Wealth Managers have joined Swiss-Asia in Singapore.
SWISS-ASIA PARTNERS WITH THE HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL
We proud to announce that Swiss-Asia in Singapore has partnered up with the Henley Business School to promote and support the Singapore chapter of the Executive Hedge Fund Education Programme. The first intake for Singapore is scheduled for October 2016.
CREDENCE GLOBAL FUND (Hong Kong)
To strengthen the funds position in the international investment community, Splendor Capital Management (HK) Ltd has come to an agreement to join forces with Swiss-Asia in order to deliver institutional grade management and achieve operational excellence for the Credence Global Fund. CIO Mr. Huang Ruhong, assisted by his Head of Trading Iris Huang, are both employed by Swiss-Asia and will continue to be the key persons managing the Fund’s portfolio.
SHANTI INDIASEAN FUND & TWENTY FIRST CAPITAL (Singapore)
Swiss-Asia and Twenty First Capital have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the Sub-Investment Manager of the Shanti IndiAsean Fund. Wen Zhang-Goldberg has been hired as the Portfolio Manager for the Fund. Zhang-Goldberg started her career in 1996 as a proprietary trader with Banque CPR in Paris and London. She was specialized in emerging local markets, trading local currency denominated debts, FX and derivatives. After joining Carmignac Gestion in Paris to manage the emerging market equity fund Carmignac Emergents in 2001, she became Head of Emerging Markets, supervising €2 billion of AUM. Among other distinctions, her fund received the Lipper Fund Award in 2006 and 2008. In early 2008, Zhang-Goldberg took time off from the financial markets to pursue a Master and PhD degrees.
NARA JAPAN HOTEL FUND (Singapore)
To update, Ian Hally from GreenPlace Assets and Fredrik Johansson have resigned from the NARA project. The sponsors of the fund are currently evaluating the next steps for the project.
WEALTH MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
Three Senior Private Bankers join Swiss-Asia’s Singapore EAM Platform
In line with Swiss-Asia’s ongoing commitment to its wealth management business in Singapore and Hong Kong, we have pursued growth in this segment with the addition of three senior private bankers that have elected to gain their independence.
The fact that senior bankers with over 15 years of banking experience join Swiss-Asia from one of the world’s largest Private Banks speaks volumes of the shift in the wealth management industry. Name and size is not the only thing that matters anymore, clients are looking for trusted advisors who fully align their interest with them, rather than spend most their time pushing products and defending the compliance interests of the bank.
Ayumi Lew has joined the Swiss-Asia’s Singapore EAM Platform in January 2016. She has over 10 years’ experience servicing HNW individuals at various Asian banking institutions. Based in Singapore, Ayumi will manage assets for a few HNW clients principally based in the ASEAN region.
Aloysius Lee and Les Chin have joined Swiss-Asia’s Singapore EAM Platform from Credit Suisse on 1 April 2016. Aloysius Lee has more than 18 years of banking and wealth management experience. Prior to Swiss-Asia, Aloysius held positions as Director at Credit Suisse AG (Singapore Market) for eight years, Associate Director at UBS AG for three years, and a forex spot trader with Citibank for over four years. Les Chin has more than 15 years’ experience in the banking industry, with 12 years in wealth management. Before joining Swiss-Asia, Les was Relationship Manager at Credit Suisse AG for four years and Relationship Manager at Citibank for five years.
LIQUID ALTERNATIVES PLATFORM
Kasia Suzor has joined the Swiss-Asia EAM Platform team in February 2016. She will be leading the business development and marketing of the first of a kind Football Finance Note. Kasia brings extensive experience in international marketing, including time working with one of the world’s leading sports media rights companies that owns, manages and distributes television media rights. She has in-depth knowledge on securing the income streams from broadcasting rights, and will be a tremendous asset to the team.