Trailblazer Yang Liu looks ahead to a one-stop shop for Asia ex-Japan
July 20, 2011
At the vanguard of investment in China and now lead shareholder in Atlantis, Yang Liu’s strength of character is evident and it has helped her successfully navigate the turmoil of 2008 when redemptions threatened to finish her fund
If anyone is in doubt about the ascendancy of mainland Chinese entrepreneurs in the global hedge fund management arena, they should pay more attention to Yang Liu, the chairperson and chief investment officer of Atlantis Investment Management. Hired by Atlantis co-founder the late Peter Irving in 2002 to launch a China fund to complement Atlantis’ existing suite of Asian absolute return equity funds, Yang is now the firm’s controlling shareholder, a position she says she never expected to be in.
While Yang may well be genuinely surprised to find herself at the helm of a fund house that was founded by what she describes as “three English gentlemen from Schroders”, it is hard to believe that her rise is a shock to anyone else. Yang has been in the thick of China’s rapidly developing equities markets since it all began with her fund’s investment in Qingdao Brewery,...
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