Partners Group, the Switzerland-based alternative asset manager, has opened a representative office in Tokyo.

The new Tokyo office is to be headed by Junichiro Kawamura, who will carry the title of senior vice president. He will handle business development, investment origination and client relationships in Japan. Before joining Partners Group, Kawamura worked in the Mizuho Group and established an alternative investment business for Mizuho Trust and Banking.

ôAccess to the Japanese market will be further reinforced through our cooperation with new strategic distribution partners, such as Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management,ö says Christoph Rubeli, head of Partners Group for Asia and the Middle East.

Partners Group is a global alternative asset management firm with $18 billion under management in private equity, private debt, private real estate, listed alternative strategies, hedge funds and alternative beta strategies. Alternatives are managed across a range of funds, structured products and customized portfolios for institutional investors, private banks and distribution partners.

The group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and the new Japan office supplements its existing presence in Asia, which is located in Singapore. As its name correctly suggests, Partners Group remains majority owned by its 34 partners and principals and its employees.