HSBC Asset Management has added four new investment professionals to its Asia ex-Japan equities team, headed by CIO Ayaz Ebrahim.

Joining with responsibility for managing Asian equities portfolios are Kerry Series and Mijung Kang. Series joins after seven years at Perennial, a specialist fund management company he founded in Australia. Prior to that he worked with Barings in Australia.

Kang previously worked at AXA Rosenberg where she managed the Asian equity portfolio with a specialist role in covering the Korean and Australian equity markets.

Joining as an investment analyst for the China team is William Leung, previously from Barings where he held a similar role.

Karen Tang joins as a portfolio manager for balanced funds. She was previously with AXA Rosenberg where she was responsible for the implementation of investment strategy and asset allocation.

Ebrahim says that the new appointments bring HSBC's Asia ex-Japan equities investment team up to 35 members.

"These appointments support our strategy and commitment to have the best on-the-ground Asia investment team to deliver results for our investors," says Ebrahim.

Ebrahim's team currently manages the world's largest Chinese and Indian equity funds, with AUMs in excess of $1.3 billion and $2 billion respectively.