About Asymmetric

Asymmetric Advisors is an independent Japan equity advisory firm, with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, focused on servicing institutional investors with long-only and long/short mandates.

Asymmetric was conceived by a small group of highly experienced Japan equity market specialists with the sole mission of generating alpha for investors.

The concept is an extension of Investment Managers’ operations generating fresh, often non – consensus ideas from frequent corporate contact, market knowledge and investment instincts.

Our focus is on providing investment advice through insight into companies’ products or services, market positioning, management quality and strategic direction.

* Asymmetric Advisors Limited (CE No. BLV220) is licensed with the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) to carry out Type 1 (dealing in securities) and Type 4 (advising on securities) regulated activities under certain licensing conditions.

** Asymmetric Advisors Pte Ltd (“AAPL”) is an Exempt Financial Advisor in Singapore in accordance with section 23(1)(f) of the Financial Advisers Act (Chapter 110) read together with section 27(1)(e) of the Financial Advisers Regulations. AAPL is only able to deal with clients that are Institutional Investors as defined in Part 4A of Singapore’s Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289).

Our Focus

We look for secular growth ideas, uncovered gems, industry changes and disruption risks, M&A deals that will lead to synergy benefits, big restructuring plays and value names with potential catalysts.

We examine corporate capital, cashflow and profit structures to determine potential financing needs, equity dilution risks and share buy back prospects.

We use market data and extensive corporate and industry contacts to piece together our investment thesis across a company’s capital structure, including equity substitution and CB arbitrage opportunities.

Our Mission

Identifying secular growth opportunities and disruption risks based on new trends, technologies, legislative and geopolitical changes and those based on environmental concerns

Seeking value where we also see great opportunities in businesses that are restructuring and within sectors in need of consolidation

Generating non-consensus short sell ideas as one of our key mandates in servicing our hedge fund clients


Asymmetric was conceived by a small group of highly experienced Japan equity market specialists with the sole mission of generating alpha for investors.

Tim Morse

25 years specializing in Japan only, initially in fund management in Scotland, then as an analyst in Japan for 12 years and finally in sales/ research. Constant company contact through regular visiting and calls (now video calls) across many different sectors have built up a wealth of experience and individual company knowledge that few if any on the sell-side possess given the tendency to compartmentalize research by sector. Specialisms include identifying exciting small/mid ideas that have yet to get investor recognition, large corporate restructuring/ structural changes stories and value with a catalyst.

Michael Coates

20 years experience as an investment professional in both buyside and sellside roles at financial institutions in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. Michael worked at Kriya Capital & Principal Strategies at Nomura in Hong Kong and managed the hybrid sales team at KBC in Hong Kong and Tokyo focusing on balance sheet and corporate securities across the capital structure.

Amir Anvarzadeh

Over 30 years covering Japanese stocks with deep knowledge of technology trends and with strong focus on generating secular growth and short sell ideas. Amir ran the global Japan equity team at BGC Partners, and before that served as an executive director of the Japan equity team at KBC Financial Products in London. Previous to that he was the small cap market strategist at Towa Securities in Osaka, Japan.

Japan-based Support

Adds an additional 6 dedicated resources whom we have worked with in different forms for many years offering exceptional quality of company access.

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