Metzler Asset Management names new Japan head

Metzler Asset Management has appointed Hiroto Makino managing director of its operations in Tokyo, starting this week.

The Japan subsidiary of Frankfurt-based Metzler Bank previously had Mitsuyuki Kobayashi as managing director, since 2002. He is taking on the position of chairman.

Gerhard Wiesheu, member of the partners’ committee at B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding, said Kobayashi had earned the thanks and respect from his colleagues, for his work for institutional asset management and the Asian business of the German bank.

Kobayashi will also be a consultant for real estate and corporate finance projects for Metzler, which has Germany’s oldest private bank.

Makino has worked for T&D Asset Management since 2001. It is a subsidiary of the fifth largest life insurer in Japan, T&D Life Group.

Early on he was responsible for the marketing department, then became director of the entire product development area.

He has also worked for Deutsche Trust Bank and Japanese insurers Chiyoda Life Capital Management and The Chiyoda Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Metzler’s staff in Tokyo focus on services for Japanese pension funds and institutional clients.

The group has also been represented in China through B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Beijing, and a representative office there since 2009.

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