AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets appoints Yoshihiko Hayafuji as Head of Japan
AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets (“AXA IM - Real Assets”), a global leader in real assets investment and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, announces the appointment of Yoshihiko Hayafuji as Head of Japan, effective immediately.
Based in Tokyo, Yoshihiko Hayafuji will report directly to Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia. In his role, he will be responsible for the overall management of the AXA IM - Real Assets’ office in Japan, overseeing all transactions, business operations, capital raising and development activity, in addition to further promoting AXA IM - Real Assets’ capabilities amongst domestic and overseas investors.
The appointment is an integral part of AXA IM - Real Assets’ ongoing strategy to significantly enhance its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, providing investors with best-in-class fund and asset management capabilities. Japan represents one of the most attractive investment environments in Asia, having the largest pension fund market and a relatively mature, liquid real estate market.
Yoshihiko Hayafuji has over 15 years’ experience operating in the Japanese real estate and corporate finance sectors, having worked for some of Japan’s leading financial institutions across the investment, fund management, broking and valuation disciplines.
Yoshihiko joins AXA IM - Real Assets from Grosvenor Limited’s Japan Branch, a subsidiary of the global property group, where he served successively as Director of Fund Management, responsible for managing three funds and then as Director of Investment, responsible for all aspects of the investment cycle. Prior to that, he worked at Aetos Japan on the valuation team, overseeing real estate valuation for the fund acquisitions. Yoshihiko began his career at Nomura Real Estate.
AXA IM - Real Assets has built up a strong local presence in Asia, with offices in Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore, the latter its primary fund management hub in the region. In addition, in September 2016, AXA IM - Real Assets further enhanced its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region with the acquisition of the Sydney-based Eureka Funds Management (“Eureka”), now operating as Eureka - Real Assets.
Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia at AXA IM - Real Assets, commented: "Yoshihiko is a well-respected real estate professional with an in-depth working knowledge of the Japanese market, built up during his time working at several of Japan’s most respected companies. As one of the most attractive markets for institutional investors looking for portfolio diversification, in both Asia and further afield, having someone of Yoshihiko’s experience will enable us to further enhance the value that we aim to offer to our partners and clients, in a region that is set to benefit from the heightened volatility and unpredictability affecting other key geographies.”
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1) Source: IP Real Estate Top 100 Investment Management Survey – Nov/Dec 2016
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