Ex-PCA manager Lin preps Excella long/short pan-Asia fund

March 12, 2014  

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Another portfolio manager from the recently shuttered PCA Investments operation in Hong Kong is understood to be preparing to launch a new hedge fund vehicle.

Industry sources say that Xiao Lin has approached several investors in recent months for her planned pan Asia-focused long/short fund Excella and has attracted significant interest for the initiative.

AsiaHedge recently reported that Eddie Lau, former PCA Investments founder and portfolio manager, is launching his own fund under the newly established hedge fund platform, Square Mile Advisors. Lau’s fund will focus on capital structure opportunities.

While Excella’s mandate would be to invest around the region, sources say the strategy will mostly focus its firepower on Greater China markets. Lin did not respond to AsiaHedge emails.

Lin started working at PCA in September 2011 and left in late January this year. PCA was forced to shut down following the decision of its sole seeder and investor, the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp, to redeem its investments from the group.

Before her time at PCA, the Amherst-educated Lin worked as a portfolio manager at the Aegis hedge fund group in Hong Kong for over a year, and before that was at JANA Partners Asia.

Lau co-founded PCA Investments in 2011 with Beijing-based Hang Hu, who served as the fund’s CIO, after the duo received a substantial amount of seed money from China Investment Corp.

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