Sparx Group To Launch Green Hedge Fund

Asia’s largest hedge fund firm is going green. Sparx Groupis planning a new vehicle to invest in environmental technologies as itstrives to turn things around following its first-ever annual loss.

The Tokyo-based firm, which manages about ¥650 billion, plansto raise ¥20 billion for the fund as soon as January. It will invest inbetween 20 and 30 Japanese companies, as well as an investmentpartnership led by Japan Wind Development Co., into which it will pour¥1 billion. The fund will focus on “smart grid technologies,” Bloomberg News reports.

“Our biggest challenge going forward is how we rebuild ourinvestment strategy on Japan; it’s the key to our revival,” CEO ShuheiAbe told Bloomberg. “And we have embarked on an investment plan for a future green energy society—those with the technology will survive.”