Goldman Exec. Named COO At Ex-Soros Hedge Fund

Jun 25 2014 | 6:43am ET

A new hedge fund helmed by two Soros Fund Management veterans has lured a second Goldman Sachs alumnus into the fold.

Hong Kong-based Pleiad Investment Advisors hired Masaki Taniguchi as chief operating officer, AsianInvestor reports. Taniguchi’s addition follows that in April of former Goldman prime brokerage executive Vien Chiu, who was named CFO of the new hedge fund.

Pleiad, founded by ex-Soros managers Kenneth Lee and Michael Yoshino, plans to launch its maiden fund in the third quarter with more than US$150 million, much of it provided by seeder HS Group. HS itself was founded by a former Goldman Sachs executive, Johannes Kaps.

Taniguchi was head of regional product strategy and development in Asia for Goldman Sachs Asset Management until his departure in April. Prior to joining GSAM—his second stint at Goldman—in 2012 he spent more than a decade at Sparx Group as chief operating officer.

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