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Symphony appoints head of business development

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Institutional asset management firm Symphony Financial Partners (Singapore) has appointed industry veteran Hiroyuki Abe as head of business development based in Tokyo.

Abe brings with him 17 years of expertise, experience and an extensive network in Japan's capital markets.
 
Reporting to co-founders David Baran (pictured) and Kazuhiko Shibata, Abe will drive the firm's growth strategy and manage key client relationships globally when he assumes the new role in May 2017.
 
Abe joins from Goldman Sachs Japan where he was vice president of prime brokerage sales and capital introduction spearheading prime brokerage sales for global institutional investors and start-up hedge funds in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.
 
He also advised international investors on Japan strategies, consulted new hedge funds on licensing requirements and navigating regulatory processes and facilitated capital introductions between global managers and institutional-quality Japanese investors.
 
During his 17 years with Goldman Sachs he was vice president and executive director of global securities lending trader in Tokyo and Hong Kong respectively. Abe started his career in global equities operations in Tokyo.  
 
Baran says: "We have known Hiroyuki for many years and are thrilled he is joining the team. We are confident of the added value he will bring to clients given the breadth of his experience, strategic thinking and insight. These skills, combined with the investment strengths of Symphony and our deep knowledge of the Japan market, will help ensure that we remain at the forefront of the industry in the years ahead."
 
Abe adds: “I am a strong believer in Symphony Financial Partners' long-term value approach of being an engaged investor and partnering with management to close the valuation gap for high-potential Japanese companies, which are often overlooked. I look forward to working with the team to pursue new opportunities for clients and portfolio companies alike.”

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