Nikko AM continues its Asian growth strategy, bolsters investment and risk team

Press Release

30 July 2013

Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd (Nikko AM) is pleased to announce the appointment of several strategic hires across the group as part of its ongoing Asian growth strategy. In Australia, James Alexander joins Tyndall AM as Deputy Head of Fixed Income, while at Nikko AM Asia in Singapore, Winson Fong joins as Head of China Strategies, Shivaz Rai joins as Investment Director for Asian Fixed Income and Tian Sing Wee joins as Investment Risk Manager. These new additions to the investment team serve to broaden Nikko AM’s investment capabilities and strengthen the group’s key areas of expertise in Asia Pacific equities and fixed income.

Yu-Ming Wang, who joined as International Chief Investment Officer earlier this year, has been integral to Nikko AM’s plans to build on its global investment team, which now includes well over 250 people across 11 regions1 . Mr Wang, a veteran fixed income and Asia markets specialist, is focused on augmenting Nikko AM’s reputation as an award-winning Asian investment powerhouse and has further plans to enhance the coverage and capabilities of the investment team globally.

“Nikko AM has a plan for continued growth across the Asia Pacific region and I am pleased to support that with these strategic new hires to the investment team,” commented Yu-Ming Wang. “These very talented individuals will boost our capabilities in some of the key areas of focus that our clients have demanded from us. As long as volatility in the Asian and global markets remain, we see continued demand for alternative sources of income and low volatility investment products that have a real handle on risk. James, Winson, Shivaz and Tian Sing will add valuable expertise to our award-winning investment teams.”

Mr Alexander, who has been active in the financial markets for more than 24 years, has a career that spans research, trading and fixed income portfolio management. As deputy Head of Fixed Income, he will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the fixed income team and oversee Tyndall’s fixed income process. Mr Alexander will report to Roger Bridges, Tyndall’s long-standing Head of Fixed Income.

Mr Fong, a China markets veteran and previous winner of several Lipper Fund Awards, has been managing equity portfolios for close to 27 years, including regional Asia-Pacific portfolios, Japan equities, and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan equities. He will report to Soo Nam Ng, Chief Investment Officer at Nikko AM Asia, and will be responsible for the Greater China equities team, covering onshore A-shares mandates and related product development. He will also work closely with the existing Asia Pacific equities team in Singapore to deliver market insights and generate high conviction investment ideas. Mr Fong joins from Lion Global Investors Limited in Singapore.

Mr Rai, who joins from Alchemy Investment Management in Singapore, has 15 years of investment experience, covering equities, fixed income, currencies and convertibles. He has extensive knowledge of the fixed income markets, including public and private debt instruments, bank loans, forex and swaps. As Investment Director, Mr Rai will be responsible for Asian local currency and rates and Asian credit strategy inputs.

Mr Wee is a risk and performance management specialist, with 13 years of work experience. He joins from the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) where he was responsible for the analysis and attribution of key portfolio risks. In his new role as Investment Risk Manager, Mr Wee will be responsible for assessing the aggregate investment risk profile at Nikko AM Asia as well as evaluating product risk management and market-related risk exposures.

Messrs Rai and Wee will report directly to Eleanor Seet, President of Nikko AM Asia.

1 As of June 2013, including 100% of minority JVs

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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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