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Algebris, Soros Join Global Hedge Funds in Raising Bets on Asia

When a magnitude-9 earthquake struck Japan on March 11, Ivan Vatchkov, who moved to Singapore from London last year to run the Asian assets of Algebris Investments LLP, adjusted the hedge fund’s bets within minutes.

“There have been a number of occasions when being here has made a critical difference,” said Vatchkov, the chief investment officer at the Asian unit of London-based Algebris. “You’re in a better shape to react to events in real time.”