Asia Ex-Japan Specialist To Move To Singapore, Launch India Fund

Jan 20 2011 | 3:04am ET

Equanum Capital Management is launching an India-focused hedge fund—and will pick up sticks to be a little closer to the companies it plans to invest in.

Firm founder Kalpesh Kapadia, who is currently based in Palo Alto, Calif., will move to Singapore. Equanum already has a pair of analysts in Asia.

Kapadia is moving across the Pacific to raise a long-biased hedge fund that will invest in the subcontinent. Equanum, which manages an Asia ex-Japan fund, hopes to garner about US$50 million for the fund, which it plans to launch in the second quarter.

Kapadia told Bloomberg News that the new fund will have a “disciplined private-equity-like approach” with about 10 core long positions.

“Right now India is rocky,” he said. “It’s a good time to invest if you have conviction.”

Kapadia said he picked Singapore for its “strategic location, infrastructure and ease of doing business.”


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