Nikko AM appoints Ross Long as Chief Legal Officer

Press Release

19 June 2013

Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd (“Nikko AM”) today announced that Ross Long is to join the company on June 24, 2013 as its Chief Legal Officer. Mr Long will join the senior management team and be responsible for all legal functions globally at Nikko AM.

Mr Long’s legal and regulatory experience, which spans multiple jurisdictions globally and across the Asia Pacific region, will be instrumental to propel Nikko AM’s growth as it continues with its expansion plans and prepares for a future IPO as Asia’s leading independent asset manager. In addition, Nikko AM’s strong commitment to the principles of corporate governance will be further enhanced by Mr Long’s expertise. Mr Long will report directly to Charles Beazley, Chairman, President and CEO of Nikko AM.

Mr Long has been involved in the law and finance industries for nearly 30 years, including more than 15 years as Group Counsel at the CLSA Group, where he held a number of senior management and board member roles. As a core member of the CLSA Group’s global executive management committee, he helped oversee the group’s business expansion, with significant growth across the Asia Pacific region. He is a strong corporate governance advocate and is known for having instilled a culture of compliance and corporate governance best practice across global and Asia Pacific companies that he structured and set up. Mr Long has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.

Charles Beazley commented: “Ross has a detailed understanding of the complex legal frameworks of Japan and many Asian countries, as well as a real comprehension of the cultural and linguistic practices that successful firms need to observe. His talents are an unusual combination and one that fits in very well with the multi local approach that Nikko AM deploys. As we accelerate our growth plans, the addition of Ross as CLO greatly strengthens our executive management team and governance.”

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About Nikko Asset Management

With USD203.9 billion* under management, Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies. In addition, its complementary range of passive strategies covers more than 20 indices and includes some of Asia’s leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries employ personnel representing around 30 nationalities, including approximately 200 investment professionals**. The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions. More than 400 banks, brokers, financial advisors and life insurance companies around the world distribute the firm’s products.

The investment teams benefit from a unique global perspective complemented by the firm's historic Asian DNA, striving to deliver consistent excellence in performance. The firm also prides itself on its progressive, solution-driven approach, which has led to many innovative funds launched for its clients.

For more information about Nikko Asset Management and to access its investment insights, please visit the firm’s homepage.

* Consolidated assets under management and sub-advisory of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .
** Including employees of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .

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