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Axioma Expands Asia Footprint with Japan Office and Senior Hire

Axioma, a leading provider of innovative risk management and portfolio construction solutions to financial institution, today announced the launch of their Japan office and the appointment of Kiichi Takai as senior consultant for their multi-asset class risk division. Takai will be based in Tokyo.

The Tokyo office launch meets increasing demand from clients across Asia for innovative risk management tools to construct and analyse their investment strategies. The new office will also support domestic institutional clients with equity portfolio construction solutions in the wake of recent market volatility and regulatory reform in the region.

“Our Tokyo office is in direct response to the unprecedented growth in demand we are seeing among institutional and Japanese clients in Asia, particularly for multi-asset class risk solutions.  “The prolonged period of low-yield following multiple QE programs have forced many institutional asset owners up the risk curve and across new and alternative asset classes.  This in turn has increased demand for innovative solutions to better assess those risks and deliver greater insight into their ability to generate returns across the portfolio,” said Olivier d’Assier, Asia-Pacific Managing Director.

“Our advanced and flexible tools are able to support these clients in portfolio construction and strategy optimisation across multiple asset classes and in an increasingly complex risk environment,” said d’Assier.

Takai will be responsible for supporting growth in the region, including working with existing institutional clients to provide counsel on multi-asset class risk and portfolio management. Takai brings almost 12 years of risk management experience to this role. Prior to Axioma, Takai worked for RiskMetrics® – an MSCI Inc. brand - where he managed product support and led pre-sales activity for their multi-asset class risk tools covering both Market and Credit risks.

Commenting on his appointment, Takai said, “I look forward to working with Axioma’s clients locally to better understand the challenges and opportunities that are impacting their portfolio construction needs.  Japanese investors today are increasingly focused on diversifying their investments across multiple asset classes while also ensuring they are managing risk in a holistic manner.” 

“Increased regulatory requirements for transparency and stress testing is driving many institutions to demand greater insights from their external managers.  Axioma’s integration of both the granular and factor views of risk into a single system will provide invaluable and actionable attribution critical to their risk management process,” said Takai. 

Takai will report to Olivier d’Assier, Asia Pacific Managing Director.

“Takai’s experience will be instrumental as we expand our footprint in Asia in response to increased customer demand for our innovative solutions. His local market expertise and hands-on experience with multi-asset class solutions will be an asset to our institutional clients,” explained d’Assier.