Makoto Egami joined Comgest’s Tokyo office in 2013 as a Japanese equity analyst and is today a portfolio manager, identifying quality growth stocks for the Comgest Japan and Comgest Growth Japan funds. He started his career in 2001 at JP Morgan Chase in Tokyo as a credit analyst and went on to work for US‐based Taiyo Pacific Partners as an investment professional before moving on to Macquarie as a Japanese small‐mid cap analyst. Makoto also held the position of senior industry analyst at Google Japan. He graduated from Keio University with a BA in economics and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (USA), as well as the CMA from the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.
Richard Kaye joined Comgest in 2009 as an analyst and portfolio manager, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Japanese equities. Upon joining Comgest, he became co‐lead manager of the Comgest Japan and Comgest Growth Japan funds. Starting his career in 1994 as an analyst with the Industrial Bank of Japan, Richard joined Merrill Lynch in the same role in 1996. In 2005 he moved to the Wellington Management Company in Boston as a portfolio manager of Japanese TMT stocks. Richard graduated from Oxford University where he majored in oriental studies.
Chantana Ward joined Comgest in 1998. Based in Paris, she is an analyst and portfolio manager within the Japanese equity team and travels regularly to Japan to research companies and spend time with the Tokyo‐based team members. Chantana has been co‐leading the CG Nouvelle Asie fund since 2002 and also co‐leads the Comgest Growth Asia fund. Since 2008 she has been co‐lead on the Comgest Japan and Comgest Growth Japan funds. Chantana holds an MSc in finance from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in New York, a dual diploma with The American University of Paris.
The fund aims to generate capital over a medium/long term horizon by investing in Japanese securities through a discretionary selection of large, medium and small capitalization companies, depending on specific characteristics of the enterprises. The fund is always invested and / or exposed by at least 60% of its assets in equities and reserves the right to hold debt securities and money market instruments by up to 20% of its net assets.