Ex-Millennium Traders to Start Asian Equity Hedge Funds

by Staff Writer on April 12, 2012

From Bloomberg:

Former traders at Millennium Management LLC plan to start new hedge funds that will mainly invest in Japanese equities to capture demand as the nation’s equities rebound from the worst year since 2008.

The Japan-focused Terra Grove Japan Fund and the Terra Grove Pan Asian fund, which will invest in Japan, Hong KongAustralia, South Korea and Taiwan, will start in May with total capital of about $25 million, said Tetsuo Ochi, chief executive officer of Hong Kong-based MCP Asset Management Co., the investment manager. Both funds aim to raise about $150 million each in about a year, after which they will stop taking money from clients until they enhance the trading models, Ochi said.

Japanese stocks posted the best quarterly start to the year since 1988 after dropping 17 percent in 2011. Masakatsu Hayashi and three others joined MCP in March after leaving the Singapore office of Millennium, the $15 billion hedge fund founded by Israel Englander.

“Many overseas investors are underweight Japan, and many bigger funds are already closed to new investors, so we’re seeing some interest from those who want to have a Japan exposure,” Ochi, whose firm oversees about $6 billion in assets, said in a telephone interview.

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