Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, announced it had successfully completed registration for an Investment Advisory and Agency Business license in Japan and would commence business on 1 October 2021.
Columbia Threadneedle’s Tokyo office will serve existing institutional clients and partners in Japan and will allow the firm to develop new relationships. The decision reflects Columbia Threadneedle’s commitment to continue its international development and is in response to demand for its capabilities in the Asia Pacific region. Yoshihisa Kojima, who has been with Columbia Threadneedle for 10 years servicing clients in the region, will be Representative Director and CEO, Head of Japan.
Yoshihisa Kojima, Representative Director and CEO, Head of Japan at Columbia Threadneedle Investments said: “We see Japan as a key growth market and opening a Tokyo office signals a long-term commitment to our clients in Japan. It is one of the largest and most important markets in Asia Pacific. Columbia Threadneedle Investments has a long history of managing institutional client assets in Japan and this is an important step in helping us to better serve our partners and clients. We are grateful to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office and The Financial Market Entry Office for helping us understand the local market requirements. This made the application and set-up process a smooth experience, despite COVID-19 related disruptions. We are confident that our investment management capabilities are well-positioned to meet the demanding requirements of the Japanese market.”
Jon Allen, Head of Asia Pacific at Columbia Threadneedle Investments said: “We are very pleased to be opening an office in Tokyo and establishing a more permanent presence in Japan. As a leading global asset manager with a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region, we are committed to serving the needs of our existing and new Japanese clients. This is an important step for the firm.”