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Nikko AM appoints Ross Long as chief legal officer


Nikko Asset Management has appointed Ross Long as its chief legal officer with effect from 24 June 2013.

Long will join the senior management team and be responsible for all legal functions globally at Nikko AM.
Long’s legal and regulatory experience, which spans multiple jurisdictions globally and across the Asia Pacific region, will be instrumental to propel Nikko AM’s growth as it continues with its expansion plans and prepares for a future IPO as Asia’s leading independent asset manager. In addition, Nikko AM’s strong commitment to the principles of corporate governance will be further enhanced by Long’s expertise. 
Long will report directly to Charles Beazley, chairman, president and CEO of Nikko AM.
Long has been involved in the law and finance industries for nearly 30 years, including more than 15 years as Group Counsel at the CLSA Group, where he held a number of senior management and board member roles. As a core member of the CLSA Group’s global executive management committee, he helped oversee the group’s business expansion, with significant growth across the Asia Pacific region. He is a strong corporate governance advocate and is known for having instilled a culture of compliance and corporate governance best practice across global and Asia Pacific companies that he structured and set up. Long has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.
Beazley says: “Ross has a detailed understanding of the complex legal frameworks of Japan and many Asian countries, as well as a real comprehension of the cultural and linguistic practices that successful firms need to observe. His talents are an unusual combination and one that fits in very well with the multi local approach that Nikko AM deploys. As we accelerate our growth plans, the addition of Ross as CLO greatly strengthens our executive management team and governance.”

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