Union Bancaire Privee has acquired Angel Japan Asset Management, a Tokyo-based independent investment advisor specialised in the Japanese small-cap equities space.
UBP has had a presence in Tokyo since 2005, operating through UBP Investments Co, which provides asset management services covering traditional assets and alternative investments to clients based in Japan, as well as to global investors seeking to build Japanese exposure.
Founded in 2001 and led by Hirotaka Usami, Angel Japan AM comprises five seasoned investment professionals including four portfolio managers with an average of 24 years’ experience. It currently manages three strategies (IPO, New Growth and Steady Growth) with total assets under advisory of $1.2bn.
This acquisition came on the back of an existing partnership between UBP and Angel Japan AM. Since 2018, Angel Japan AM has been advising UBP Investments Co, the entity managing UBP’s Japanese small-cap equities strategy.
Following the transfer of ownership, Usami will become chairman of a newly created board of directors at Angel Japan AM, while Ryota Bando, the current COO, will be appointed CEO.
“The acquisition of Angel Japan AM underscores UBP’s high conviction on the investment opportunities in the global small-cap equity segment, notably in Japan and as to the team’s unique ability to seize them. Taking on the ownership of Angel Japan AM will not only broaden our distribution channels to onshore Japanese clients, but will also strengthen our in-house capabilities and value proposition to serve our offshore clients even better,” said Nicolas Faller, co-CEO of asset management and head of institutional clients at UBP.
“We are pleased to have found the right partner for our clients and our skilled and dedicated employees. We are confident that the on-the-ground and in-depth insights we bring to UBP will create long-term value for our clients and support UBP’s growth ambitions in Japan and internationally. The anticipated success of this new tie-up is built on the solidity of our partnership over the past five years,” said Usami.