Making an Asian footprint

Do you need to have a local presence to beat the competition in Asian markets, both to trading opportunities and to local investors? David Walker investigates

A number of hedge fund groups have established offices in Asian markets, from units of investment banks such as Citigroup's Tribeca Global Investments, through large US hedge funds such as Tudor and Everest, to players such as Finnish volatility-trading outfit Estlander & Rönnlund.

As an investor in, or competitor to, these single-manager fund groups, watching all this Asian activity begs the obvious question: do you need to be in Asia to trade Asia's markets, or at least to distribute product

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