Japanese bank launches internal Asian hedge fund

Mizuho hires ex-ING trader to run Asian CB arb fund.

Mizuho Securities Asia will soon launch an internal Asia ex-Japan CB arbitrage fund, which it will incubate with proprietary capital.

Katsuo Okuno, Mizuho's Hong Kong-based managing director and chief executive, expects the fund to open to outside investors after developing a one-year track record. He predicts that Japanese institutions as well as high-net worth individuals will be interested in the product. In addition, he says that European and US institutions looking for diversity among the equity...

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