US manager to launch Asia hedge fund

Stark Investments plans a November start for its convertible arb product.

Stark Investments, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based hedge fund manager with $2.4 billion of assets under management, plans to launch its first Asian fund in November. A separate Asian product shows there are opportunities here, says Charlotte Anning, director of sales and marketing in Stark's London office, who made her remarks at a hedge fund conference in Singapore.

The firm currently has global, Japanese and European funds, and already invests roughly $550 million in Japan and $150 million in Asia. It looks at various arbitrage opportunities in convertible bonds and other financial instruments, usually from a bottom-up approach.

The ongoing issuance of convertible bonds from markets such as Taiwan is one attraction. So...

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