Tikehau Capital, a global alternative asset management group, and Nikko Asset Management, one of Asia’s largest asset managers, have entered into advanced discussion to form a business and capital alliance.

The contemplated strategic partnership would involve Tikehau Capital and Nikko Asset Management entering into distribution agreements in Japan and elsewhere in Asia, as well as establishing a joint venture dedicated to Asian private markets investment strategies, Tikehau Capital said in a statement on Monday.

Within this partnership, Nikko Asset Management would also acquire an equity stake in Tikehau Capital through acquisitions that could increase over time, but which will remain below the first applicable statutory disclosure threshold.

It is noted that Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, with $219.2 billion under management, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income and multi-asset strategies.

With its Japan roots and stronghold across Asian markets, Nikko Asset Management would bring a wealth of experience and market intelligence to the contemplated strategic partnership.

It is expected that the contemplated collaboration would deepen Tikehau Capital’s presence in the dynamic Asian market, capitalizing on Nikko Asset Management’s extensive network and established reputation.

“This strategic partnership would be a game-changer for Tikehau Capital in Asia,” said Antoine Flamarion and Mathieu Chabran, Co-founders of Tikehau Capital.

“It would not only expand our global footprint but would also align perfectly with our vision of delivering exceptional value and innovation to our clients,

“The combined strengths of Tikehau Capital and Nikko Asset Management would undoubtedly create synergies that bring added value to industry landscape in Asia,” he added.

Stefanie Drews, President of Nikko Asset Management, said the firm has been looking for a strong partner in the private asset space that fits into its strategic global growth plan,

“Asia is a critically important market for this asset class, and we are delighted that we are now progressing to this stage with a firm of the calibre of Tikehau Capital, with its long history of excellence and innovation,” she added.

Tikehau Capital is a global alternative asset management group with €42 billion ($46.04 billion) of assets under management as at September 30, 2023.

Tikehau Capital has developed a wide range of expertise across four asset classes (private debt, real assets, private equity and capital markets strategies) as well as multi-asset and special opportunities strategies.

The firm which is listed in France, has offices across Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management is providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies.

The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions.

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