Asuka Asset Management

Tue Jun 1, 2004


Asuka Japanese Equity Long/Short Fund: teamwork


A combination of trust between partners and a solid base from an established hedge fund business has been the secret to success

The rapid success achieved by the $230 million Asuka Japanese Equity Long/Short Fund is a testament to the advantages of starting with a highly experienced management team, who have worked together for 17 years, and have emerged from one of the best-known firms in the hedge fund business, Tudor Capital.

Mamoru Taniya, Toshihiro Hirao and Kazuho Toyoda joined Salomon Bros in Japan in 1987 where Taniya and Hirao became co-heads of Asian proprietary trading in 1997, while Toyoda rose to the position of head of prop research and risk management. Following Salomon's merger with Citigroup, the trio left to join Tudor Capital in 1999 where they effectively created the Japan office. By the summer of 2002, with Tudor Japan in the process of breaking up, the partners...

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