Japan’s Diam International appoints Europe chiefs

Hidetoshi Yanagihara DiamDiam International, the UK arm of Tokyo’s Diam Group, has appointed Hidetoshi Yanagihara (pictured) and Eiichi Watatani as chief executive officer (CEO) and chief investment officer (CIO), respectively, after splitting the previously combined roles. Hideto Yamamoto, who held both positions, has left the group. The firm says the two appointments highlight Diam’s focus on its Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) client base. Both Yanagihara and Watatani have moved to London from Diam’s offices in Japan and the US and join a team of six directors. Yanagihara had been leader of the corporate planning group at Diam in Tokyo since 2011. Watatani is a long-standing employee of Diam Group and was previously executive vice president of Diam USA, where he led new business initiatives and managed US credit portfolios. Prior to that he was president and CEO of Diam USA. Martin Pattinson, head of relationship management, Emea, says Yanagihara and Watatani will fortify Diam as a specialist provider of Asian strategies to UK and Emea clients. Diam Group has total assets under management of $141 billion (€126.8 billion) globally. ©2015 funds europe

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Put your money where your mouth is

Jun 10, 2016

At Kempen Capital Management, they believe portfolio managers should invest in their own funds. David Stevenson talks to Lars Dijkstra, CIO of the €42 billion manager.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: ‘Volatility is the name of the game’

May 13, 2016

Axa Investment Managers chief executive officer, Andrea Rossi, talks to David Stevenson about bringing all his firm’s subsidiaries under one name and the opportunities that a difficult market...


ROUNDTABLE: Beyond the hype

Oct 13, 2016

The use of smart beta investing continues to grow. Our panel, made up of both providers and users, discusses what the strategy actually means, how it should be used and the kind of pitfalls that may arise when using this innovative investment technique.

MIFID II ROUNDTABLE: Following the direction of travel

Sep 07, 2016

Fund management firms Aberdeen and HSBC Global meet with specialist providers to speak about how the industry is evolving towards MiFID II.