Thames River Capital has recruited Rod Birkett, previously at JP Morgan Fleming, to head up a Japan ...
Thames River Capital has recruited Rod Birkett, previously at JP Morgan Fleming, to head up a Japan team with the brief to launch both a long only and a hedge fund.
Birkett, who starts work in September, once managed the Save & Prosper Japan Growth unit trust and the Fleming Japanese Investment Trust. He has not run money since December 1997 when he gave up the portfolios to become managing director of Flemings' investment trust business, a post he left in March this year.
Birkett has a mid cap bias and described his investment style as 'pragmatic'. A long/short fund is on course for launch in the fourth quarter with a long only product to follow at the start of next year.
Thames River is in the process of recruiting two other managers to the Japan team and managing director Charlie Porter said the group had a policy of not launching a fund unless there was a team to run it rather than an individual.
The investment boutique has also pencilled in the 15 September launch of a $35m long/short Turkish fund.
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