In a further sign that environment-focused investing is catching on in Asia, FourWinds Capital Management, an alternative investment manager specialising in commodities and natural resources, is building out its Asia franchise. Yesterday it announced that it has appointed Michael Feng as a director in the marketing and distribution group.

Feng is responsible across the FourWinds portfolio for fundraising and investor relations in Asia and Australia. Prior to joining FourWinds, he spent eight years in investment banking, most recently as a vice-president with J.P. Morgan where he marketed alternative investment funds and structured products to the firm's Asian investor base.

FourWinds is a specialist fund manager focused on investments in natural resources such as timber, waste, water, and commodities. The company was founded in 2005 and has offices in Boston, London, Geneva and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong team was established in March 2008 and focuses on originating and managing new funds in Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Although relatively new to Asia, FourWinds has a track record of providing innovative solutions to its clients. These include: one of the largest global timber funds, the London Stock Exchange-listed Phaunos Timber Fund; one of the first exchange-traded, actively managed agricultural and commodity funds, the LSE-listed Ceres Agriculture Fund; and the first direct water investment fund, the LSE-listed Aqua Resources Fund.