Ex-GIC duo launch hedge fund

Singapore-based Octagon Capital seeks to fill the gap for quant-driven Asian hedge funds.

Lam Poh-Min and Nelson Chia, both ex-investment professionals with the $100 billion-plus Government of Singapore Investment Corporation GIC, have launched a quant-driven equity longshort fund focused on the pan-Asian region.

We saw a void in the market for quant-focused Asian hedge funds that needed to be filled, says Lam, who was previously a senior portfolio manager at GIC's quantitative investment unit. Lam spent the last nine years with GIC and was one of the pioneers of quantitative investing when GIC began using this approach in 1996.

Chia comes from a trading background, and also has nine years worth of experience at GIC, trading...

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