Privately owned. Personally managed.
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 propretary 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 research, investments and consulting. The firm was founded by Stefan Nilsson and is owned by its management.
The HFC Advisory Group team is led by Stefan Nilsson.
CEO, Founder and Board Member
Stefan Nilsson, a former hedge fund executive who has also worked in asset management and prime brokerage at JP Morgan and Bear Stearns, is an experienced business development, capital introduction and product specialist with an extensive network of Japanese and Asian institutional investors and regional and global alternative investment fund managers. He has worked with both start-up managers and some of the world’s biggest and most famous hedge fund managers. He has also developed close relationships with Japanese firms active in natural resources, including steel mills and trading firms. In addition to his HFC role, he is also a director of Terrasias Capital, a single family office. He has been working with the alternative investment industry since 2000 and has worked with Japanese and other Asian investors on the ground since 2004. Prior to relocating to Tokyo he spent more than 10 years in London. He is the Founder and President of the Hedge Funds Club, Asia’s largest network of hedge fund managers and investors, and a former member of the executive committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Japan. He currently serves as Chairman – Japan and member of the global board of trustees of SNS – Centre for Business and Policy Studies and as a board director of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Japan-Sweden Society and Ljusdals Bandyklubb. MBA from Leicester University.
Director and Board Member
Ikuko Yamanaka has had a long and distinguished career in investment banking in London, Singapore and Tokyo. She has spent the bulk of her career with ABN AMRO/Royal Bank of Scotland but has also worked at Kokusai Securities, Daiwa and Sakura Dellsher. 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.
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 the UK, France, Sweden, Japan 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 currently 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.
John Inamine has been an investment professional in Japan and Asia for over twenty years, most recently as Head of Alternative Investment Strategies at SPARX Asset Management where he oversaw the company’s Japan hedge fund group in Tokyo. Prior to that, he spearheaded the growth and development of the SPARX fund of funds business from a startup into an institutional platform specialising in Asia-focused hedge fund managers and strategies. For much of his tenure, SPARX was Asia’s largest hedge fund management company. Before joining SPARX in 2000, John spent over ten years trading equity derivatives with Deutsche Bank and Swiss Bank Corporation/O’Connor & Associates.
Toru Ueda was most recently the CIO of Firebrick Capital Management, an Asian equity long/short fund. In 2004 he founded Hachiman Capital Management and TY Advisers in Singapore and Japan, and managed the Hachiman Japan Fund, an equity long/short fund. Earlier in his career he was Japan CEO of PPM, part of Prudential plc, where he hired 30 people and managed $5 billion in Japanese equities and fixed income. He was also Partner and CIO at Prosperity Capital Management where he supervised the Russian Prosperity Fund, which was rated best large offshore fund by Business Week in 1997. He started his career at S.G. Warburg in 1985 and then became a Japanese equity portfolio manager at Mercury Asset Management in Japan where he led the institutional team with over $2 billion in assets. Additionally, Ueda established Liquidmetal Technologies in Japan in 2002 after having been an angel investor in the US parent company.
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.
HFC Advisory Group’s community involvement
HFC Advisory Group is a proud sponsor of Ljusdals Bandyklubb (www.ljusdalbandy.se) 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 into the local community. In addition to sponsoring the club, HFC’s Stefan Nilsson also serves as one of the club’s board members.