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Mercer acquires BFC Asset Management in Japan


Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth, and career, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), has acquired BFC Asset Management Co (BFC), one of Japan’s leading independently owned multi managers, focused on alternative investment strategies.

The acquisition strengthens Mercer’s presence in Japan and enhances the firm’s ability to address the growing alternative investments needs of Japanese institutional investors. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
“BFC is a truly client centric firm and one of Japan’s successful providers of alternative investment solutions focusing on hedge fund and private equity strategies. They are an ideal complement to Mercer’s nearly 40 year history of strength and success in the provision of strategic investment advice in Japan,” says Tatsuya Kamoi, CEO Japan and Far East Zone for Mercer. “The combination of our firms will ensure Japanese investors have access to world class delegated investment solutions, including a spectrum of traditional and alternative investments, research and advice capabilities.”
BFC Asset Management Co, established in 2006, specialises in investing in performance-enhancing solutions to deliver positive absolute returns to well-diversified portfolios, while reducing volatility and risk.
“For more than 10 years we have worked hard to deliver the highest client service, and today’s announcement will enable us to continue to deliver on this commitment,” says Noriyuki Kawana, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BFC. “We will be able to further support our clients based on Mercer’s world class investment manager research across all asset classes and strong delegated implementation capabilities. Mercer’s powerful resources will further empower our ability to deliver quality client solutions across Japan – which remains our highest priority.”

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