Asian specialist investment firm Asiya Investments has launched Asiya Investments Hong Kong. The firm will manage the business’ emerging Asia investment activities from that base.
Asiya Investments (“Asiya”), the Asia specialist investment firm, today
announced the launch of Asiya Investments Hong Kong Limited (“Asiya Hong Kong”),
licensed and regulated by the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC), from where
the firm`s Emerging Asia investment activities will be managed.
The Company`s establishment of a permanent, on-the-ground, presence is in
response to growing demand from GCC investors for more direct access to Emerging
Asia`s growth opportunities. Asiya Investments` proximity to these markets is
expected to further deepen its relationships with local institutions and
businesses and enhance its ability to source more investments in Emerging Asia,
which today accounts for over 20% of the world`s GDP and 35% of the growth in
the global economy.
Asiya Hong Kong is managed by its two Executive Directors, Sulaiman Alireza and
Dan Xystus. With a 20-strong team of investment professionals in place in Hong
Kong, they will focus on further building Asiya`s investments in public markets
as well as direct investments across Emerging Asia.
Mr. Alireza spearheaded the establishment of the Hong Kong entity, having
previously worked at HSBC`s Capital Markets division and spent over 8 years in
Hong Kong. He now leads the Direct Investments and Joint Ventures practice. Mr.
Xystus in turn leads the firm`s Public Equity investments and enjoys over 20
years experience in the financial markets. Having been a Managing Director at
Chicago Equity Partners, he joined the Group in 2008 when he led the
establishment and then management of Asiya`s public equity investments and hedge
fund strategies. The hedge funds now have a strong track record over the last
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Ahmad Al-Hamad, Group Managing Director of
Asiya Investments, said: “We are really excited about this move, which we have
been working on since we established Asiya Investments Dubai last year. What
this move does for us is build upon the solid foundations we`ve established over
the past eight years. Since 2005, we have steadily built a strong presence in
Asia through our partners and the investments we`ve made, which total over $500
He continued, “Historically, there has been an under investment from the GCC
into Asia relative to the region`s share of global growth. Now we`re finding
increasing demand from Arab investors for detailed knowledge of the investment
landscape in Asia. This presence, in the heart of Asia, puts us in an even
better position to address this portfolio imbalance and deliver that expertise
to our shareholders and partners. We offer them unique access to direct deals
and world-class investment management capabilities – both areas in which we have
generated a robust track record of performance and returns for Asiya and our
co-investors. We`re also going to use our base in Hong Kong to facilitate joint
ventures between companies in Emerging Asia and the GCC, as we see an
intensifying level of economic and social engagement between the two regions.”
The establishment of the firm`s Hong Kong presence marks the planned and
continued expansion of the Group. In May 2012, Asiya Investments Dubai was
launched as its Investment Advisory arm based in the Dubai International
Financial Centre (DIFC), as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group`s Corporate
Office in Kuwait.
Asiya Investments is an investment firm specialising entirely in Emerging Asia,
acting as a bridge for investments between the Middle East and the markets of
Emerging Asia. Asiya does this by inviting clients to invest with it in a range
of assets in which the firm invests its own capital, including public and
private equity, real estate and income producing strategies. The firm
specifically concentrates on investment and advisory in sectors that will
benefit from rising domestic demand in Emerging Asia, driven by population
growth and accelerated urbanization. Key sectors for the Firm include: Energy,
Real Estate, Infrastructure, Financial Services and Consumer Products.
Additionally, Asiya also provides co-investment opportunities as well as
research and advisory services on direct investments, acquisitions and joint
Asiya Investments Hong Kong Limited is licensed and regulated by the Securities
& Futures Commission (SFC), to carry Type 4 (Advising on Securities) and Type 9
(Asset Management) activities.
About Asiya Investments:
Asiya Investments is a premier Emerging Asia specialist investment firm,
providing a gateway for capital flows to and from growing markets in Asia.
The Firm builds paths for investment opportunities between the Arab world and
high growth emerging Asian countries. With locations in Asia and the Middle
East, it offers its clients the opportunity to co-invest in Asia through its
asset management products and direct investments. The Firm`s clients also
benefit from access to its Economic Research and Advisory Services to help them
in effectively building their investment strategies between both regions
Asiya Investments has been investing in Emerging Asia since 2005. Originally
established as the Kuwait China Investment Company, the Group provides its
shareholders and clients with the benefit of an 8 year track record of investing
in the Asian markets. Its shareholders include some of the most prominent
institutional investors and business leaders in the region including the Kuwait
Investment Authority (KIA), Alghanim Industries, HH Sultan M. bin Saud Al-Kabir
of Saudi Arabia and other private sector GCC shareholders.
The Group currently consists of the Corporate Office in Kuwait, the Investment
Advisory arm in the Dubai International Financial Centre, and the Investment
Management arm in Hong Kong.