FOR U.S. AND EUROPEAN PENSION FUNDS AND other institutions, gaining access to emerging hedge fund managers in Asia is no easy task. Jeroen Tielman, former head of commerce, strategy and innovation for Cordares (now a subsidiary of Dutch asset manager APG), wants to change that. Tielman has come up with a novel approach to researching and potentially seeding managers half a world away.

In January the founder and CEO of Amsterdam-based IMQ Investment Management, which runs the hedge fund seeding vehicle IMQubator, announced that his firm was forming a partnership with Hong Kong fund-of-hedge-funds shop Synergy Fund Management. IMQ will advise Synergy on the business of seeding emerging managers; Synergy will counsel IMQ on sourcing start-ups throughout Asia. “We decided to take this first step because we see an increasing number of exceptional managers emerging in Asia, and we see rising interest among investors in Asia for new talent,” says Tielman, 49.

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