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Aberdeen Standard Investments Expands Japan Team

02  October  2018

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Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) is expanding its business in Japan with senior appointments across distribution, product strategy, investment specialist and marketing functions. This marks the next phase of growth and strategic investment for the firm in Japan following the merger of its two business entities* in Tokyo last year.

Takashi Ikeya joined the firm as Head of Institutional Sales for Japan on 10 September. He will be leading institutional business development in Japan and broadening relationships with financial institutions, pension funds and consultants. Takashi brings over two decades of experience in institutional sales and fund management. He joins from Manulife Asset Management, where he was a Senior Director of Institutional Sales with a focus on credit, real estate and private markets. Prior to that, he held senior institutional sales roles at J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley MUFG. Takashi’s team will be augmented by two more skilled sales colleagues in the next two months. 

Jiro Hamaguchi took on the role as Head of Japanese Institutional Product Strategy and Solutions on 1 October. He will be responsible for formulating product strategy spanning multiple asset classes, and tailoring investment solutions for Japanese institutions. With extensive experience in product structuring and investments across public and private markets, Jiro was most recently with AMP Capital focusing on product strategy and development.

Sayaka Iwase started as Private Market Sales Specialist on 3 September, responsible for growing and servicing the private markets client base in Japan, across various alternatives products and solutions. Sayaka has gained a wealth of fund management and due diligence experience in private equity and infrastructure investments, most recently as Vice President for Investment at Alternative Investment Capital in Tokyo.      

Kyoko Shimada joined as Head of Marketing on 1 August. Based in Tokyo, she is driving the firm’s marketing strategy for Japan and Korea. Previously Head of Marketing in Japan at Fidelity International, Kyoko brings in-depth knowledge and over 20 years of solid experience in asset management and financial marketing.

Neil Slater, CEO and Representative Director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Japan said

Neil Slater

“With a strong vision of building a long-term, diversified investment business in Japan, we have developed a clear strategy to tap into the opportunities in the Japanese asset management industry. The expanded team of talented people will allow us to deepen client engagement, strengthen investment capability, broaden product offerings and enhance brand presence in Japan. This is an exciting step ahead to enable our future business and investment success. We remain committed to delivering services and solutions to address the challenges facing Japanese investors against today’s volatile market backdrop.”

ASI has a growing business in Japan and an expanding domestic investment presence. Having added two young investment analysts this year, the eight-strong Japanese equities team in Tokyo has a solid investment track record, with ESG fully embedded in the bottom-up investment process. In addition, ASI offers a broad suite of global investment capabilities to help Japanese investors meet their long-term financial goals, encompassing equities, fixed income, real estate, private markets, active quant, multi-asset and solutions.

Hugh Young, Head of Asia Pacific, Aberdeen Standard Investments said

Hugh Young

“Japan is a key priority for us in Asia Pacific. The growth of the team supports our strategy to expand our regional business. In the current low yield world, Japanese investors are increasingly looking to foreign managers who demonstrate capabilities in diversified asset classes. I have no doubt that our global investment capabilities and track record, coupled with the talented team in place, will position us well for long-term growth.”

*Standard Life Investments (Japan) Limited and Aberdeen Investment Management K.K. merged on 1 December 2017, following the merger of their parent companies Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on 14 August 2017.