Former BlackRock, Macquarie Heads To Launch Asia Hedge Fund

networking-300x300New York (HedgeCo.Net) – The former head of BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity department in Hong Kong announced plans to start hedge fund Zentific Investment Management, a Pan Asia Market Neutral fund with capital from institutional clients, founding partners and his own HS Sponsor Fund, Reuters reports.

Christopher Lee and Burke Lau, who formerly was Head of Asia & Japan Quant Research at Macquarie Securities, will be joined by a team of research and programming professionals with investment experience in Asia.

The business side will be led by Michael Friedlander who was formerly Head of Asia Operations, Technology and Onboarding for Millennium Capital Management Asia. Friedlander previously also served as COO and CFO of APG Asia based in Hong Kong.

“Zentific brings together professionals from two of the dominant market neutral franchises inAsia – BlackRock and Macquarie – and overlays institutional standards and risk controls developed over several years at one of world’s largest pension funds – APG.” Johannes Kaps, Founder and CEO of HSG, said, “We have known Chris and his team for many years, and expect their consistent alpha generation through cutting edge research in short, mid and long-term horizon strategies to provide a sought-after exposure for institutional allocators globally.”

Zentific is anticipated to be one of the more significant Asian fund launches of 2015.

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