AsiaHedge Awards 2009

Venue: JW Marriott Hotel
Location: Hong Kong
Dates: Thursday, 22 October 2009 - Thursday, 22 October 2009

The AsiaHedge Awards celebrated the top performing hedge funds in Asia-Pacific in 2009. Now in its seventh year, the awards bring together both international and Asian managers and investors to acknowledge the achievements of the best in the industry.


Veritas and Henderson lead a cast of regional and global players who win AsiaHedge Awards


The Real Return Asian Fund, managed by Ezra Sun of Veritas Asset Management, took the plaudits of more than 200 leading figures in the Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry as he collected the AsiaHedge Fund of the Year Award for 2009 at the AsiaHedge Awards on 22 October.


The much-coveted Management Firm of the Year award was won for 2009 by Henderson Global Investors, which had no less than four of its Asia-focused funds nominated in the various categories.


The strong turnout and upbeat mood at the dinner, which was being held for the eighth time, also demonstrated – after two years of extraordinary turmoil in the global markets – that the hedge fund industry in the Asia-Pacific region has very much survived, and indeed appears well positioned to thrive again after a year when many funds again delivered strong returns.


In an Asia-Pacific industry that is spread across various markets and featuring players based in a number of different locations, the awards were won by a mixture of big international firms and regionally-based players.


Among the major international firms that took awards, in addition to Henderson there was also Brevan Howard, which won the International award again for its Asia macro fund; and also Marshall Wace, which won the award for best Asia including Japan strategy for Asia Diversified TOPS fund.


HSBC won the award for best Single Country fund for its India hedge fund strategy managed by Sanjiv Duggal.


Regional boutiques that won included HT Capital for its Amoeba small cap strategy, and Riley Paterson for Asia ex-Japan.


A best China fund category was awarded for the first time this year, reflecting the rapid growth of dedicated China-focused hedge funds, with the inaugural winner being LBN China+ Opportunity. The long-established best Japan fund category was won by Hadoh, while another Japan-focused strategy – Prowess of Japan – took this year's Arbitrage & Market Neutral award.


After being nominated on several previous occasions, the Fixed Income award was taken this time by Tribridge.


Evenstar and Phalanx, two new contenders at the awards, took the Event Driven and Multi-strategy categories. And the New Fund of the Year award went to Joe Chan's new Galaxy China Deep Value fund.

The full list of this year's final nominees and winners was as follows:


Asia ex-Japan
K2 Asian Absolute Return
Platinum Asia
Riley Paterson
Sofaer Capital Asian Hedge Fund

**WINNER: Riley Paterson**

Asia inc Japan
Greater Asian Hedge Fund
JF Asia Absolute Return
Marshall Wace Asia Diversified TOPS Fund
Real Return Asian Fund 

**WINNER: Marshall Wace Asia Diversified TOPS Fund**

Asuka Japanese Equity
Henderson Japan Absolute Return
Henderson Japan Select Absolute Return
PK Japan

**WINNER: Hadoh**

Ajia-Lighthorse China Growth Strategy
Dragon Billion China
Golden China
LBN China+ Opportunity
Pinpoint China
Pure Heart China Growth
Triskele China

**WINNER: LBN China+ Opportunity **

Single Country
Agora Absolute Return
BGI Australia Absolute Equity
HSBC India Alpha
K2 Australian Absolute Return
PXP Vietnam

**WINNER: HSBC India Alpha**

Small & Mid-Cap
Boyer Allan Pacific Opportunities
Frontier Asia
HT Asian Alpha Amoeba
Tiedemann Japan QP Small Cap Portfolio

**WINNER: HT Asian Alpha Amoeba**

Event Driven
Evenstar Sub Fund I
HDH Master Fund
Owl Creek Asia
UG Hidden Dragon Special Opportunity

**WINNER: Evenstar Sub Fund I**

Arbitrage & Market Neutral 
Artradis Barracuda
CITIC Securities Alpha Leaders
DB Equilibria Japan
Northwest China Opportunities Fund
Prowess of Japan
Richland Asia Absolute Return
Titan Asia Volatility 

**WINNER: Prowess of Japan**

BlackRock Asset Allocation Alpha Fund
Blue Sky World
Brevan Howard Asia
PMA Harvester
Platinum International

**WINNER: Brevan Howard Asia **

Fixed Income, High Yield and Distressed
ADM Galleus
Alphadyne Investment Strategies - Asia Rates Trading

**WINNER: Tribridge**

Asuka Opportunity
Henderson Asia Pacific Equity Multi-Strategy
LIM Asia Multi-Strategy
Northwest Fund
Phalanx Japan Austral-Asia Multi-Strategy
Pinpoint Asia Strategies
Rohatyn Group Asia Opportunity
Segantii Asia-Pacific Multi-Strategy

**WINNER: Phalanx Japan Austral-Asia Multi-Strategy**

New Fund of the Year
Artradis Asian Convertible Bond Fund
Galaxy China Deep Value Fund
Henderson Asia Select
Pure Heart Natural Selection Fund
Strategic China Panda Fund
Wisdom of Japan Fund

**WINNER: Galaxy China Deep Value Fund**

Management Firm of the Year
Martin Currie

**WINNER: Henderson**

Fund of the Year
Bevan Howard Asia
HDH Master Fund
Prowess of Japan
Real Return Asian Fund
Riley Paterson

**WINNER: Real Return Asian Fund**

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