Private equity: the next big seller in Japan?

Japanese institutions have embraced funds of hedge funds, but some fund managers think PE may be the next trend.

Global fund managers in Japan are preparing to introduce their institutional clients to private equity funds in the expectation that this asset class will become an important alternative.

Upcoming liberalization expected to pass in December will let the Financial Services Agency recognize limited partnerships as a security. This means licensed investment advisory companies i.e. fund managers will be able to offer such products to Japanese corporate pension fund clients. Other investors such as insurance companies and banks are already allowed to access these products via fund houses.

The FSA is still adding the final details to the regulations, but several global firms say they are now holding...

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