London, 26 April 2022 – Impax Asset Management (“Impax”), the specialist asset manager investing in the transition to a more sustainable global economy, today announced the appointment of Yasumitsu (Yasu) Iwasa as Head of Japan.
Yasu has nearly thirty years of investment banking and fund management experience in Japan. Prior to joining Impax in March 2023, he was Head of Japan at Fullerton Fund Management, an asset management arm of Temasek Group. Before that he was with PIMCO where he led wholesale business development. Yasu began his career at Goldman Sachs where he spent 12 years in equity derivatives and structuring. He holds an MIA in International Economics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Essex.
Yasu’s role at Impax is split across executive duties as Country Head and as a Product Specialist within Impax’s Distribution team. He reports to Paul Voûte, Head of Distribution, Europe & Asia-Pacific.
Paul Voûte, Head of Distribution, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Impax said: “We are delighted to welcome Yasu to Impax to lead our new team in Tokyo. Yasu has extensive asset management experience and a well-established network among the asset owner community in Japan; he will be invaluable to strengthening our presence in the country.”
Yasu Iwasa, Head of Japan, Impax added: “I am thrilled to join Impax and to lead its growth in Japan. Impax’s focus on investing in the transition to a more sustainable global economy is well aligned with the considerable demand for this area among Japanese asset owners.”
Yasu’s appointment follows the announcement in March that Impax would be opening a Japan office, following its selection by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to receive a Green Finance Subsidy Program for Tokyo Market Entry.
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Founded in 1998, Impax is a specialist asset manager, with £40.1bn/US$49.5bn AUM as of 31 March 2023, in both listed and private markets strategies, investing in the opportunities arising from the transition to a more sustainable global economy.
Impax believes that capital markets will be shaped profoundly by global sustainability challenges, including climate change, pollution and essential investments in human capital, infrastructure and resource efficiency. These trends will drive growth for well-positioned companies and create risks for those unable or unwilling to adapt.
The company seeks to invest in higher quality companies with strong business models that demonstrate sound management of risk. Impax offers a well-rounded suite of investment solutions spanning multiple asset classes seeking superior risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term.
Impax has approximately 280 employees across its offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Hong Kong and Japan, making it one of the investment management sector’s largest investment teams dedicated to sustainable development.
Impax Asset Management Group plc includes Impax Asset Management Ltd, Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd., Impax Asset Management Ireland Ltd, Impax Asset Management LLC, and Impax Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited (together, “Impax”). Impax Asset Management Ltd, Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd and Impax Asset Management LLC are registered as investment advisers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), pursuant the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”). Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training.
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