Privately owned. Personally managed.

Established in 2005, HFC Advisory Group is a Tokyo-headquartered investment, consulting and research firm primarily focused on alternative investments and natural resources. HFC is a true boutique: privately owned, personally managed. HFC invests the firm’s proprietary capital in alternative investments. We also assist asset managers, investors and others with research and business development services. We choose to work only with a select group of partners. We work with them closely and for the long term. The firm traces its roots back to 2005 when we organised our first networking event in Tokyo. In 2011 the firm expanded into investment, consulting and research. The firm was founded by Stefan Nilsson and is owned by its management.


Stefan Nilsson

CEO, Founder and Board Member

Stefan Nilsson, a Tokyo-based investor and entrepreneur, is a former hedge fund executive who has also worked in asset management and prime brokerage at investment banks JP Morgan and Bear Stearns in Tokyo. His main expertise lies in alternative investments and natural resources. He is a director of Terrasias Capital, a single family office and founder of the Hedge Funds Club, Asia’s largest network of hedge fund managers and investors. He currently serves as Chairman – Japan and member of the global board of trustees of SNS – Centre for Business and Policy Studies. Additionally, he is a board director of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan and the Japan-Sweden Society. MBA from Leicester University.


H.S.H. Prince Andreas von und zu Liechtenstein

Senior Adviser and Board Member

H.S.H. Prince Andreas von und zu Liechtenstein is based in Europe and has been active in the global finance industry in Europe and South Africa since 1998. Prince Andreas founded SELLBA iNVEST and has also worked with firms such as FactSet, Carson Europe and Citigate Financial Intelligence. He is a former president of the Scandinavian Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM). MBA from Schiller International University.


Ikuko Yamanaka

Director and Board Member

Ikuko Yamanaka has had a distinguished career in investment banking in London, Singapore and Tokyo over the past two decades. She has spent the bulk of her career with ABN AMRO/Royal Bank of Scotland but has also worked at Kokusai Securities and Daiwa Securities. In addition to her role at HFC, she currently serves as CEO and CIO of Terrasias Capital, a single family office in Japan. MBA from Leicester University.


Joakim Nilsson

London Representative, Vice President – Europe

London-based Joakim Nilsson has worked with the global investments industry in a variety of sales, marketing and business development positions since 2003. His career has included stints at Dow Jones, Financial News, Insolvency Today, Hedge Funds World and Clear Path Analysis. He is the European vice president of the Hedge Funds Club and manages the Hedge Funds Asia Networking Club on LinkedIn.



Social responsibility and community involvement

HFC Advisory Group is committed to being a socially responsible partner in the local communities where we operate. We aim to contribute to a positive future and lead by example.


HFC Advisory Group is a proud sponsor of Ljusdals Bandyklubb ( in Sweden since 2012. Together with Ljusdals Bandyklubb, a non-profit elite sports club in central Sweden formed in 1943, HFC is active in the local community in many ways, including encouraging youth to take up sports and integrating recent immigrants. In addition to sponsoring the club, HFC’s Stefan Nilsson also serves as its vice chairman.

Terrasias Capital

We have a long-standing commitment to take initiative by investing in and positively contributing to Okinawa’s future through our subsidiary Terrasias Capital ( We also make positive contributions to other regions in Japan, both through social investments and donations to worthy causes.

For more information about HFC’s social responsibility and community involvement programme, please contact us.