Japan Annual Forum 2020 - We Are Going Virtual!
AIMA Japan invites you to join us at our 15th Annual Forum on Wednesday 30 September, where we are going virtual for the first time! The Japan Annual Forum will be held together with the Australia Annual Forum on 8-10 September and the Singapore Annual Forum on 23 September in a September Forum Series.
The AIMA Japan Annual Forum aims to bring together policy and regulatory bodies, hedge fund and alternative investment managers, industry professionals, and thought leaders to share insights and reflections on the industry.
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Time zone: JAPAN GMT +9
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WEDNESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020
|9:55 AM - 10:00 AM
OPENING REMARKS & CAIA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
|10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
REGULATION AND TAX SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN - LATEST UPDATE ON THE REGULATORY AND TAX LANDSCAPE IN JAPAN
11:40 AM – 12:30 PM
ODD - THE (NEW) WAY FORWARD - VIRTUAL VS ONSITE ODD. ARE D&I AND ESG BEGINNING TO FEATURE IN THE PICTURE?
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
RAISING CAPITAL - CAN THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY STACK ATTRACT/INFLUENCE INVESTOR INTEREST?
3:20 PM – 3:35 PM
VISION OF TOKYO AS A LEADING GLOBAL FINANCIAL HUB
|4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
PROPOSAL TO ENHANCE THE JAPANESE FINANCIAL MARKET
|5:00 PM – 5:50PM
THE LAY OF THE LAND: WHY JAPAN? - AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON THE ISSUES, OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES FACED BY MANAGERS, IN, OR LOOKING TO START UP IN JAPAN
5:50 PM – 5:55 PM
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|OPENING REMARKS & CAIA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Edward J. Rogers
Edward J. Rogers is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Tokyo-based Rogers Investment Advisors K.K and founder of the Wolver Hill group of companies in Hong Kong, the US and Cayman. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Japan Branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association Ltd. (AIMA). Rogers Investment Advisors (“RIA”) is a specialist in performing intensive hedge fund due diligence and managing Asian hedge fund strategies.
Mr. Rogers has over 30 years of experience in Asia and financial services. Prior to launching Rogers Investment Advisors, Mr. Rogers was a member of Deutsche Bank Tokyo’s Equities Management Committee and Head of Prime Services sales for Japan. Mr. Rogers’ Asian career began in 1987 when he was awarded a Princeton in Asia Fellowship for Japan.
Mr. Rogers DEI and ESG focused extra-curricular activities include serving as a Trustee on the Board of Princeton in Asia, Chairman of St. Alban’s Church (Tokyo) Endowment Fund, President of the Princeton Club of Japan, and being a founding member of the Japan Center of the Asia Society. He received a BA in History from Princeton University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
|REGULATION AND TAX SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN - LATEST UPDATE ON THE REGULATORY AND TAX LANDSCAPE IN JAPAN
Christopher P. Wells
Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, AIMA Japan Exco
Named one of the most influential people in Asian hedge funds by AsianInvestor magazine, Chris Wells has one of the leading international investment funds and financial regulatory practices in Japan. He focuses on establishing, operating, registering, and licensing investment funds and fund-related investment intermediaries in Japan, including banks, securities companies, asset managers, investment trust management companies, and moneylenders.
Additionally, Chris advises multinational financial groups on issues related to regulatory compliance and license qualification matters in Japan. He also represents companies in connection with forming and operating numerous multijurisdictional joint ventures and other investments in Japan.
Chris is ranked as a Band 1 leading individual for foreign investment funds and banking and finance regulatory work by Chambers Asia. He is currently a vice chair of the Alternative Investments Committee of the American Chambers of Commerce in Japan and a co-vice chair of the Executive Committee of the Japan Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA-Japan). He served as the AIMA-Japan Chair from 2010 to 2013. Chris also led the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 2007, where he coordinated various subcommittees covering the securities, banking and finance, investment management, insurance, private equity, real estate finance, pension and securitization, and ratings industries in Japan. Additionally, Chris was supervising editor of Japan Financial Translations, Inc., and he frequently speaks on investment topics in Japan.
Partner, PwC Tax Japan, AIMA Japan Exco
Akemi is a partner in the financial services group of PwC Japan Tax, where she leads Banking Capital Market and Asset Management Sector. She specializes in tax consulting for financial institutions and development of various investment funds and financial products. Akemi has 25 years of experience, dedicated to serving clients in the financial services especially fund industry. She advises fund managers (traditional, alternative, real estate, hedge and private equity) on tax effective market entry, distribution strategies and investment structuring.
Akemi acts as PwC Japan Knowledge Center leader (Tax Policy Section) and is responsible for monitoring tax policy developments and overseeing tax bulletins and other communications. She is an active participant in tax policy discussions, advising as well as attending workshops and committees sponsored by government agencies and industry associations.
Akemi has authored several articles and books on the tax treatment investment structures, JREITs, cross-border securitization and on topical financial services tax issues. Akemi is a member of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and Japanese Licensed Tax Accountant Association. She graduated in laws from Kyoto University.
Partner, Dillon Eustace
Brian is a partner at DILLON EUSTACE and legal adviser to international and Irish clients on asset management and investment funds. His clients include Japanese, Hong Kong, Singaporean, Indian, Korea, Australian, MENA, UK and US asset managers. He established and managed the firm's Tokyo representative office and was admitted as a foreign member of the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations. Brian has served on several committees as an active member of Irish Funds and the International Bar Association. He was also a registered Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Thomas Granger is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in Walkers' Singapore office. He specialises in corporate work with an emphasis on investment funds and private equity.
Counsel, K&L Gates
Yuki Sako is a counsel in the Asset Management and Investment Funds group at K&L Gates LLP in Tokyo and New York offices. Yuki advises global asset management firms, banking institutions, private funds and other financial institutions on Japanese financial services regulatory and compliance issues and issues related to privacy and data protection. She counsels clients on offering and structuring various investment products and services, and represents clients before Japanese regulatory agencies.
She also advises banking institutions and other financial institutions on U.S. federal financial services regulations including issues under the U.S. federal banking laws, and represents clients before U.S. banking agencies.
|ODD - THE (NEW) WAY FORWARD - VIRTUAL VS ONSITE ODD. ARE D&I AND ESG BEGINNING TO FEATURE IN THE PICTURE?
Executive Director, PB Origination Sales, Prime Finance, Japan, Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
Joined Nomura Securities in 2006. He currently works for prime finance group at Nomura Securities Corporation, responsible of the prime services team in Japan. Previously worked as equity sales team in London, New York and Tokyo covered global institutional investors and hedge funds.
Head of Business Development, Citco Fund Services
Claudia Bertolino is a member of the CFS Business Leadership Team and Head of Business Development. Her long-term commitment to Citco began in the Fund Accounting department in 2000, where she was directly involved in the development and rollout of Citco’s Proprietary Æxeo Platform to Fund Services clients. In 2012, Claudia transitioned from her former role as a department head of Citco’s Fund Accounting Group in North America to focus on enhancing the Client Service and Relationship Management model at Citco. This experience propelled her into the position of Global Head of Business Development in 2017. Before joining Citco in 2000, Claudia attained a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University and began her professional career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP in their Asset Management Assurance Practice.
Partner and Head of ESG Funds, Ogier Hong Kong
Kate Hodson is a partner in Ogier’s investment funds practice and is Head of ESG Funds for Ogier. She advises on the set-up of private investment funds as well as advising LPs on their fund investments. Her experience covers a broad range of strategies and industries, including impact funds and sustainable investment funds, real estate, credit funds, venture capital and infrastructure funds. She has been named one of Asia's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by Asia Legal Business in both 2016 and 2019 and has been advising funds clients in Asia for over 10 years. Having recently completed her Masters in Energy and Environmental Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she launched Ogier's Sustainable Investing and Impact Funds practice, the first of its kind amongst the offshore law firms. Kate also serves as a trustee and on the finance committee for WWF Hong Kong.
Partner and Head of ODD, Albourne Partners (Asia) Limited
Neil Mackie is a Partner and Head of ODD, Asia at Albourne. Based in Hong Kong, Neil leads a six member team conducting ODD on managers and funds across the Asia-Pacific region on behalf of institutional investors. Neil joined Albourne in June 2010 - prior to that, he had close to 9 years of experience in Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer roles at hedge fund managers in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Neil is a CFA charter-holder and is a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Education Sub-Committee in Hong Kong.
Senior Manager, Operational Due Diligence Department, Asset Management One Alternative Investments (“AMOAI”)
Senior Manager, Operational Due Diligence Department at AMOAI since June 2019. Toshihiro serves as a member of Operational Due Diligence Committee. Prior to AMOAI, Toshihiro provided advisory services for asset management companies at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for 9 years for Compliance, Internal Audit, and corporate governance enhancement perspectives. Prior to Deloitte, Toshihiro worked as Chief of Staff in GSAM, Chief Administrative Officer in DeAMJ as well as internal auditors in JPMorgan, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank. Toshihiro graduated from Tokai University with Master of Engineering, Industrial Engineering major in 1989.
|RAISING CAPITAL - CAN THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY STACK ATTRACT/INFLUENCE INVESTOR INTEREST?
General Counsel. Chief Compliance Officer and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Management Co. Ltd.
Phillip Meyer joined Oasis in 2007 and serves as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Co-Chief Operating Officer for the Oasis Group. He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Oasis Group and managing its legal and regulatory affairs on a global basis, as well as overseeing all non-investment aspects of the firm’s business, including infrastructure, IT and data security, business development and fund distribution, human resources, and he co-leads the firm’s finance and trade operations teams. Mr. Meyer received a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors, and he received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was Note Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. Mr. Meyer is a member of the New York State Bar, an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Law Society, and a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Meyer serves as Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Hong Kong Executive Committee, and serves as Co-Chair of its Regulatory Committee; is a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) Education & Development Committee; serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services Committee; and serves on the Sohn Hong Kong conference planning committee for the Karen Leung Foundation Ltd. charity. Mr. Meyer was named to The Legal 500’s inaugural “GC Powerlist: China & Hong Kong” in 2017 and the Oasis Legal Team was named to the GC Powerlist: Hong Kong Teams 2019. Mr. Meyer is a frequent speaker on topics related to financial markets, regulatory compliance, ethics, internal investigations, financial services legal issues and trends, in-house legal and compliance department management, hedge fund operations and management, shareholder activism, and ESG topics, including firm diversity and inclusion.
Managing Director, Head of APAC Sales, SS&C Eze
Edward Bee is managing director, head of APAC sales for SS&C Eze. He is responsible for strategic growth and business development for the APAC region and oversees teams based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. Edward joined SS&C Eze in 2005 and has held numerous leadership positions across North America, EMEA, and Hong Kong. Most recently he led client services and operations in EMEA where he oversaw a successful operational reorganization, unifying multiple teams and growing the client services organization by 50%. He also previously led the U.S. West Coast and Midwest regions, playing a key role in scaling the company's operations including the launch of SS&C Eze’s Chicago office. In his 15 years with the company he has overseen more than 250 client implementations of Eze’s investment management solutions.
Edward has more than 20 years of experience advising and consulting on financial and investment technology. Prior to joining Eze, Edward was the regional consultant and head of northern California, Utah, and Idaho for Yahoo. Edward graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in international business and management and a minor in political science and economics.
APAC Business Consulting Services, Morgan Stanley Prime Brokerage
Killian joined Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong in 2019 as part of the prime brokerage business consulting team. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Bank of New York Mellon in Hong Kong where he was responsible for business development across the APAC region for their Alternative Investment Services (AIS) business. In this role, Killian focused on fund administration, outsourced middle office and custodial services for hedge, private equity and private credit fund managers. He currently focuses on fund manager operational best practices, including fund administration, technology vendors and outsourced service provider considerations along with governance and IT/Cybersecurity best practice.
Head of Compliance Japan Asia Pacific, BlueBay Asset Management
Michael is Head of Compliance for the Japan Asia Pacific region at BlueBay Asset Management, one of Europe`s largest mangers of fixed income across developed and emerging markets. He commenced his career in financial markets in 1999 as an equities trader in Australia before entering the compliance field and relocating to London where he became a specialist in alternative investments. He has also held roles at the responsible entity for the Bridgewater (Australia) hedge funds, U.S. multi-strategy hedge fund Deephaven Capital Management and at fund of hedge funds Financial Risk Management. Michael is based in Tokyo and holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Economics and an extended major in Advanced Economic Analysis from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Chief Operating Officer, MuTaka Capital K.K.
Mr. Kennedy is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of MuTaka Capital KK based in Tokyo. Mr. Kennedy oversees the non-investment functions of MuTaka Capital and is also a member of the firm`s risk and valuation committees. From September 2009 until December 2018, Mr. Kennedy was the COO at Rogers Investment Advisors KK, an Asian focused investment and advisory platform. From January 2006 until August 2009, he was the COO for United Managers Japan Inc (UMJ), a multi-manager hedge fund platform. Prior to joining UMJ, Mr. Kennedy worked for Deutsche Bank for almost 9 years in the Operations Division of its Tokyo and London offices. His financial product experience encompasses equities, equity derivatives, futures & options, OTC swaps and fixed income / repo as well as a variety of alternative investment products including hedge funds and private equity with a specialization in operational due diligence.
Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Dublin City University with a B.A. in International Marketing & Languages and also holds a post graduate diploma in Information Technology from Dublin City University. Mr. Kennedy holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA") designation and was a founding committee member of the Japan CAIA chapter.
Chairman of FinCity.Tokyo, Chairman of Daiwa Institute of Research, Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan
Hiroshi Nakaso was appointed chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) in July 2018 after completing his term as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan. He served as the Deputy Governor of the BOJ since March 2013. In his 39 years at the Bank, his main responsibilities have been crisis management of financial systems and markets focusing on global systems.
Mr. Nakaso joined the Bank of Japan in 1978 and he was assigned to the London Representative Office from 1987 until 1989.
He dealt with the homegrown financial crisis of the 1990s. He headed the exit operation from the Quantitative Easing Policy, a prototypical unconventional policy that lasted from 2001 to 2006. In addition, he played an instrumental role in addressing the Global Financial Crisis together with his peers at major central banks including the FRB.
He has participated in numerous international meetings, and during his terms as Director-General of the Financial Markets Department and Assistant Governor, he chaired the BIS Markets Committee and Working Group on Financial Reference Rates, as well as the G20 Study Group on Commodities.
Nakaso was appointed chairman of a new organization to promote Tokyo as a global financial center. The new organization is known by its abbreviated name, “FinCity Tokyo”.
Acting Chairperson, General Council, Liberal Democratic Party, Member of the House of Councillors / Chairperson, Special Committee on Foreign Works
|THE LAY OF THE LAND: WHY JAPAN? - AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON THE ISSUES, OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES FACED BY MANAGERS, IN, OR LOOKING TO START UP IN JAPAN
Managing Director, Head of Equity Division, Credit Suisse Securities Japan, AIMA Japan Exco
Nick Silver is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Asia Pacific Division, based in Tokyo. He is Head of Equities, Japan and responsible for spearheading the growth of overall Equities franchise, across Sales, Execution, Prime and Research, in Japan. Nick joined Credit Suisse in 2018 from Deutsche Bank, where he was Head of Prime Finance Client Financing and Co-Head of Equity Execution, Asia Pacific. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Nick Silver has a deep knowledge of Asia’s equity markets and equity financing in the region, having worked in the region for 18 years. He was instrumental in the build-out of Deutsche Bank's prime finance platform in the region.
Alvaro J Tamura
Managing Director & CEO, Gordian Capital Japan Limited
In a career spanning over 21 years at Morgan Stanley in NY and Tokyo, Alvaro was a founding member of the Japan interest-rate derivatives desk covering global macro funds, the Japan Global High Yield trading desk and the Japan Special Situations Group, which focused on proprietary investments in special situations, private equity and real estate. Prior to joining Gordian Capital Japan, he worked at Rogers Investment Advisors. Alvaro earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Representative Director, Bengal Research Japan
Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Pleiad Investment Advisors Limited
Mr. Masaki Taniguchi is a Partner, Founding Member and Chief Operating Officer at Pleiad Investment Advisors. Previously, Mr. Taniguchi was head of product development for Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), based in Hong Kong. In this capacity, Mr. Taniguchi was responsible for driving the product development efforts across Asia Pacific and product strategy for Asia Pacific ex-Japan for GSAM. Mr. Taniguchi rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2012 as a Managing Director. Prior to re-joining the firm, Mr. Taniguchi spent over 10 years in various leadership roles at SPARX Group, one of Asia’s largest alternative investment advisors, most recently as the group’s Chief Operating Officer based in Hong Kong. During his time at SPARX Group, Mr. Taniguchi was primarily responsible for developing the international businesses of the firm, and was instrumental in growing the firm to a peak assets under management of $20bn with investment professionals in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Prior to joining SPARX Group, he worked for GSAM in Japan, where he served in various roles, including legal and compliance, strategic planning, product development, and institutional marketing. Mr. Taniguchi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Kyoto and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Law and Politics. Mr. Taniguchi is fluent in English and Japanese, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Reid K. Matsumoto
CIO/Representative Director, Hoku Inc.
Mr.Matsumoto established Hoku Inc. in August 2017
Prior to forming Hoku, Mr. Matsumoto was head of equity trading at Credit Suisse Japan from 2010. Responsibilities included all aspects of positioning, risk management, compliance, and regulatory issues. Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Matsumoto was Managing Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer at Envision Asset Management, a Japan focused, equity long/short hedge fund. Mr. Matsumoto also spent 5 years at Lehman Brothers Japan and before that 3 years with Goldman Sachs in both NY and Japan.
Mr. Matsumoto graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Economics and a certificate in East Asian Studies. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Since June 2015, Shinichiro (known commonly as “Shin”) has been the CEO of Akebono Asset Management Ltd.
Shin has more than 25 years of investment experience with private equity funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds, both domestic and global. Shin established Monex Alternative Investments (MAI) in 2004 as an alternative investment management firm in Japan and acted as both its CEO and CIO. After the acquisition of MAI by Astmax Co., Ltd., Shin was a director and CIO for Astmax Asset Management Limited, a mutual fund house under Astmax Group. Since 2004, Shin has been responsible for the portfolio management of alternative asset fund of funds products. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Aizawa Securities, TSE1 listed 102 years old security house and Asuka Asset Management Ltd, one of the oldest hedge fund managers in Japan.
Prior to this, Shin was in charge of alternative investments at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, to invest and manage hedge funds and private equity funds. In the late 1990s, Shin was in charge of monetizing illiquid assets held by BTMU for balance sheet reduction.
Shin was one of the founding members of Japan’s chapter of the Alternative Investment Managers Association (AIMA Japan), established in 2001. He has taken on key roles as an executive committee member of AIMA Japan. Currently, Shin serves as the chairman of its executive committee. Shin also serves as head of LP relationship department of Japan Venture Capital Association.
Shin received his BA in Economics from Keio University and an MSc in Finance from London Business School. He is a chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan. He is the author of a book titled “All about Investment Funds (Kinzai)”, published in 2006 and revised in 2014.