Axioma Opens Japanese Office, Hires Ex-RiskMetrics Exec Takai

Apr 26 2016 | 7:09pm ET

Risk management specialist Axioma has established a new office in Tokyo and hired Kiichi Takai as senior consultant for their multi-asset class risk division. 

Takai will be based in the new Tokyo office, according to a statement, and will report to Olivier d’Assier, Asia Pacific managing director.

The office launch meets increasing demand from clients across Asia interested in Axioma’s innovative risk management tools, and will also support domestic institutional clients with equity portfolio construction solutions in the wake of recent market volatility and regulatory reform in the region.

“Our Tokyo office is in direct response to the unprecedented growth in demand we are seeing among institutional and Japanese clients in Asia, particularly for multi-asset class risk solutions,” said d’Assier. 

Takai will be responsible for supporting growth in the region, including working with existing institutional clients to provide counsel on multi-asset class risk and portfolio management, Axioma said. Prior to Axioma, Takai worked managed product support for MSCI’s RiskMetrics unit, where is also led pre-sales activity for their multi-asset class risk tools.

“Takai’s experence will be instrumental as we expand our footprint in Asia,” added d’Assier. “His local market expertise and hands-on experience with multi-asset class solutions will be an asset to our institutional clients.” 

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in New York, Axioma offers a suite of integrated portfolio construction, analytics, risk modeling and optimization tools that help clients create and model portfolios and obtain views of risk across the enterprise and multiple asset classes. The company was the subject of a FINtech Focus profile in early March.

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