AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (AXA IM – Real Assets) has appointed Yoshihiko Hayafuji as the head of Japan.

Hayafuji will be based in Tokyo with responsibility for the overall management of the firm’s Japan business. His scope of work includes managing all transactions, business operations, capital raising and development activity, as well as promoting the firm’s capabilities among domestic and overseas investors.

Hayafuji will report to AXA IM – Real Assets global head of Asia Frank Khoo.

Hayafuji has an experience of over 15 years in the Japanese real estate and corporate finance industries, and has served in the country’s leading financial institutions across the investment, fund management, broking and valuation areas.

He most recently served as director of fund management at Grosvenor’s Japan branch. He previously also served on the valuation team at Aetos Japan, and at Nomura Real Estate.

"As one of the most attractive markets for institutional investors looking for portfolio diversification, in both Asia and further afield, having someone of Yoshihiko’s experience will enable us to further enhance the value that we aim to offer to our partners and clients, in a region that is set to benefit from the heightened volatility and unpredictability affecting other key geographies,” Khoo said.

AXA IM – Real Assets said that the appointment of Hayafuji forms a key part of its ongoing strategy to expand its Asia-Pacific presence. The firm operates in the region through offices in Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore. Last year, it acquired Eureka Funds Management, an independent real estate fund and investment manager based in Sydney.