Mark O’Friel shared his views on the Japanese “activist experiment” at Japan Investing Summit 2012.
About the instructor:
Mark O’Friel is the Managing Partner of MOF Capital, an alternative investment fund focused on investments in Japan and China. Prior to starting MOF Capital, Mark O’Friel was with Steel Partners Japan G.K. as Managing Director and head of the Tokyo office in 2008 and 2009. Previously, Mr. O’Friel jointly led Morgan Stanley’s U.S. proprietary trading business in North America from 2002 to 2005. There he directed a multi-strategy long short group with two quantitative market neutral portfolios and six sector long short portfolios. Mr. O’Friel formerly directed Morgan Stanley’s Equity Division in Japan, acting as both senior equity risk manager and as a member of the firm’s Global Equity Operating Committee from 1996 to 2002. Under his leadership, Morgan Stanley achieved leading market share in the Japanese equity market and received Institutional Investor’s top ranking for equity research in Japan. Mr. O’Friel served on the committees of the Tokyo Stock Exchange that wrote the regulations and guidelines for program trading, options trading and new technologies. He also represented Morgan Stanley on the board of the Osaka Stock Exchange. He began his Morgan Stanley career as an equity derivatives and program trader, introducing some of the first quantitative trading strategies in the Japanese market. Mr. O’Friel began his career in Japan as a market strategist for Sanyo Securities. Mr. O’Friel serves on the board of the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York City. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health. He is active with the Harvard School of Public Health China Initiative which partners with the Chinese Ministry of Health to advance health and social development in China, Room to Read, Math for America and Harvard College. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
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