Valens Capital Management Opens Tokyo Office

Oct 14 2008 | 11:30am ET

Alternatives asset management shop Valens Capital Management has opened an office in Tokyo to serve its growing Japanese investor base. Earlier this year, Valens launched a yen-denominated fund, allowing Japanese investors to access the U.S. small- and micro-cap markets in their local currency.

The office will be run by Kiyomi Hioki, who will report to Dennis Pollack, a partner based in New York. Hioki previously served as director at FinTech Global Securities, marketing alternative investment funds to institutional investors.

“Investors all over the world are seeking ways to invest in safer, non-correlated strategies such as asset-based lending,” said Pollack. “Our yen-denominated fund has provided an easier way for Japanese investors to accomplish this without encountering currency risk, and Hioki will allow us to provide the best investor relations and service possible.”
Valens Capital Management, together with its affiliate, Laurus Capital Management, has approximately $1.6 billion in assets under management as of the end of September.

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