The Canadian pension fund plans to increase its allocation to the region from 10% to 15% over the coming four years, even as its total assets under management rise.
Christophe Lalo has been named as regional head of sales and marketing for hedge funds based in Hong Kong. He previously looked after the Asia region from Paris. In Hong Kong he will be assisted by Jackson Chan.
In Tokyo, Hidehiro Nakayama has taken on a similar role for Japan. In the past he worked in the alternative products and asset management departments at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management and Sakura.
In Europe the job will be taken by Alastair Smith and in North America by Todd Ladda.
For funds of funds, SGAM has a range of and tailor-made products. Off-the-shelf funds include existing equity hedge, macro and relative value fund of funds. For direct hedge fund investment, SGAM provides multi-strategy and single-strategy funds.
On the structured product side, SGAM Alternative Investments offers a series of funds based upon structured-credit, index-linked and money-market instruments.
To round out its alternatives coverage, for private equity, SGAM is involved in venture capital and growth deals and property, but this is more focused towards the European sector.
They have teamed up with each other and with overseas investors to boost investment capacity in real estate and infrastructure investments in Europe and North America.
Asset owners across Asia Pacific weathered some difficult market conditions in 2020. While most emerged from the year successfully, some notable exceptions suffered asset drops.
Thanks to the current rise in yields, the key return driver of the bond market is set to change but its bull run will very likely continue.
Asian institutional investors were generally more optimistic about post-pandemic economic recovery but only 33% were confident about achieving their short-term objectives.