Swiss investor seeks Japan equity manager via IPE Quest

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A Swiss pension fund has launched a search for a Japanese equity manager for a CHF100m (€93.1m) active mandate.

The search, QN-2283 via IPE Quest, is open until 24 March.

Managers interested in bidding must be running at least CHF500m in the asset class already, and have a track record of at least five years.

The asset owner is seeking a strategy with a tracking error of 10% at most. Performance gross of fees should be stated to 28 February 2017.

The strategy should be benchmarked to one of the following indices: Topix, MSCI Japan, MSCI Japan IMI, Nikkei 225, Nikkei 400, MSCI Japan SRI, or MSCI Japan Small Cap.

The objective of the mandate, according to the search criteria, is to “achieve exposure to a diversified, long-only portfolio of Japan equities with the aim of outperforming the net benchmark return after deduction of any costs”.

The pension fund expressed a preference for a segregated mandate.

Bidders for the mandate must comply with relevant Swiss investment rules.

The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email

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