Financial Times Hosts Inaugural FT Business of Asset Management Summit in Asia

HONG KONG: Leaders in asset management gathered in Hong Kong today for the FT Business of Asset Management Summit to discuss new strategic opportunities in Asia and the challenges that must be overcome for the region’s potential to be realised.

The landmark inaugural Summit – sub-titled “Executing Investor Strategies in a Fast-Changing Marketplace” – was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong and featured keynote presentations and high-level panels involving CEOs and CIOs from the world’s top asset management companies and institutional investors discussing the factors affecting this rapidly evolving sector at a time of momentous change in the global economy.

The one-day summit, organised by the Financial Times, FTfm and Ignites Asia, was co-chaired by Henny Sender, the FT’s Chief International Finance Correspondent, Pauline Skypala, Editor of FTfm, and Rita Raagas De Ramos, Managing Editor of Ignites Asia. Speakers included:

  • Gregory Curl, President, Temasek Holdings
  • Mark McCombe, Chairman, Asia Pacific, BlackRock
  • Bill Maldonado, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Wesley Edens, Co-Founder, Principal and Co-Chairman, Fortress Investment Group
  • Matthew Botein, Head, BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI)
  • Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group
  • Peter Alexander, Principal, Z-Ben Advisors
  • Curtis Arledge, CEO, Investment Management, and Vice Chairman, BNY Mellon
  • Oliver Bolitho, Head, Asia, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Paul Chan, Chief Investment Officer, Asia ex-Japan, Invesco
  • Peter Chen, Senior Principal, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Steve Chiu, Managing Director, Bosera Asset Management
  • Christine Choi, Director of Investment Products, Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong
  • Mark Delaney, Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO, AustralianSuper
  • Nicholas Hadow, Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia
  • Kim Hong, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, PIMCO
  • Grant Kelley, Co-head of Asia Pacific, Apollo Global Management
  • Graham Mason, Chief Executive, Eastspring Investments
  • Stephen Roberts, Head of Investment Management, Asia Pacific, Mercer Investments
  • Joanne Segars, Chief Executive, National Association of Pension Funds, UK
  • Abhi Shroff, Principal, Greenwich Associates
  • Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Chairman of Global Markets, China, JP Morgan
  • Philippe Uzan, Chief Investment Officer, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management
  • Charles Wang, CEO, E Fund Management (Hong Kong)
  • Joe Zhou, Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director, Ortus Capital Management

The Summit explored the impact of regulatory reforms that have followed the financial crisis on investment and the asset management industry. It also looked at the growth strategies of key institutional investors such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, and the new investment opportunities available to them. Major emerging markets such as China, where the asset management industry remains substantially under-developed, were also discussed.

BlackRock and HSBC Global Asset Management are platinum sponsors of the Summit, Eastspring Investments and Invesco are gold sponsors, and Aberdeen Asset Management is sponsor of the closing cocktail party.

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