24 September 2012

Chicago-based Advisory Research Inc. opens representative office in Tokyo, Japan

- Fumie Kikuchi to serve as ARI's Representative in firm's Tokyo office

Chicago – 24 September 2012 (PRNewswire) - Advisory Research Inc. announced today that the Chicago-based company has opened its first office in Tokyo to strengthen its investment research platform and establish an on-the-ground presence in the Japanese market. 

Fumie Kikuchi, who worked in Advisory Research's headquarters in Chicago for the last year, will serve as ARI's Representative in the firm's Tokyo office. Ms. Kikuchi, a Japanese national, worked at JP Morgan Asset Management for five years before coming to Advisory Research. She began her career at Daiwa Securities and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Keio University in Japan. 

"Our Tokyo office will broaden our ability to research and invest in the Japanese market, as well as increase the amount of support we can provide our Japan-based clients," said Brien O'Brien, Chairman of Advisory Research. "As a Japanese national with expertise in the Japanese market in general and Advisory Research's Japan strategies and overall business in particular,Fumie Kikuchi is the ideal candidate to facilitate our expansion efforts in this very important economy." 

In her new role, Ms. Kikuchi will focus on conducting local market research to support the portfolio management and research team in Chicago, and on supporting Japanese clients. Advisory Research manages over $8.5 billion in total assets across various value-oriented strategies, including Japan equities, U.S. equities and global equities strategies. 

"Advisory Research's value-based, disciplined investment style and process, along with the firm's unwavering commitment to client service, have built a strong foundation of trust and satisfaction among clients in the Japanese market," said Ms. Kikuchi. "This office gives us the ability to provide greater support to our Japanese clients and enhanced local market research to our portfolio management and research team." 

Advisory Research, Inc. is a leading investment firm with over $8.5 billion in assets under management. Advisory Research is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies, an international middle market investment bank. Founded in 1974, Advisory Research is a value-oriented firm, providing U.S. and non-U.S. equity strategies through mutual funds and separately managed accounts. The firm's core investment strategies include Small Cap Value, Small/Mid Cap Value, International Small Cap Value, Global Value, Japan Value, and Master Limited Partnerships. 

Source: Advisory Research Inc.