Alternative investment giant is born as Sparx buys PMA

Japanese investment manager acquires the largest regional ex-Japan alternatives manager in a $226 million stock/cash deal.
Sparx Asset Management, the listed independent Japanese investment manager, has announced its intention to buy Hong KongÆs PMA Capital Management. The combined entity will have assets under management of $8 billion and Sparx says it will be the largest alternative investment manager in Asia.

The deal, which remains subject to the regulators nod, is priced at $226 million in cash and Sparx shares.

The joint plan sees PMA retaining its alternatives focus with its current business operations. All of its managers will stay on board, spearheaded by its chief executive officer Farhat Malik. Some of the PMA top managers will become major shareholders within Sparx.

Sparx Asset Management was founded in 1989 by Shuhei Abe....
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