FinCity Tokyo, an initiative designed to boost Japan’s growing alts financial center, is holding its flagship event on Jan. 31 with the focus on “igniting” its emerging managers’ program.
A panel discussion will feature well known emerging manager investors — Matthew Klein of New Alpha Asset Management; Sam Chung of the National Pension Service of Korea; and Kirk Sims, who leads the emerging manger program at the Texas Teachers Retirement System. The Tokyo Asset Management Forum will also be held coinciding with the “FinCity Global Forum.”
Founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government along with global financial institutions, the FinCity Tokyo initiative is seeking to attract capital to emerging managers based in the Japanese financial capital as more allocators seek new ways to access talent in Asia.
Investors in Japan have been interested in active set management more than before as evidenced by Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) announcing an expansion of asset managers, recently. Nikkei reported over the weekend that the $1.48 trillion pension system has improved its quantitative evaluation process – making it easier for the GPIF to judge the strength of fund managers.
Launched in 2019, the FinCity is led by Keiichi Aritomo, who held partner roles at McKinsey and PwC, specializing in the financial services industry and technology strategies across North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan. He took the helm at FinCity Tokyo in early 2023, and the group has been actively supporting newly established managers in Japan across a variety of investment strategies.
Participation in both the in-person conference, held at Kabuto One Hall in Tokyo, and online is free of charge. More information can be found here.