Asset manager Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) has opened a new office in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.

AMG’s other offices are located at major financial centres in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

At the same time, the firm also appointed Masato Degawa as the senior adviser for Japan.

Degawa will be responsible for guiding the firm’s global institutional distribution team by offering consultancy services as well as devising future distribution and corporate strategy.

He will report to AMG executive vice-president and head of global distribution Hugh Cutler.

Degawa has more than 30 years of experience in the asset management industry, which includes stints at BlackRock Japan, Amundi Japan, J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management, and Morgan Stanley Japan.

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He currently serves as a senior adviser at Yarra Capital Management.

Commenting on the new appointment, Cutler said: “Japan is one of the most important institutional markets in Asia, with a growing appetite for high-conviction, differentiated alpha strategies. AMG has an expanding array of relationships with the largest investors in the market, and we see outstanding future potential to enhance the awareness of AMG and its Affiliates.

“Degawa-san’s deep understanding of the needs of Japanese investors, along with his proven track record of developing strong relationships with institutions and financial intermediaries, will be an outstanding resource for our Affiliates.”