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Panda’s Raper sees star fund merged away

Panda’s Raper sees star fund merged away

Comgest has merged David Raper and Chakara Sisowath’s Panda fund into their Growth Asia ex Japan fund.

All the assets and liabilities of the £69 million Panda fund have been transferred into Growth Asia ex Japan, which held £8.5 million of assets before the merger.

The firm stated: ‘The merger of the Panda fund and the Asia ex Japan fund forms part of a rationalisation of the range of funds offered by the Comgest group.’

Panda enjoyed a strong run in 2013, returning 13.1% while its benchmark MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Ex Japan index gained 3.4%. This placed Panda in the top decile of its 367-strong Asia Pacific excluding Japan Citywire sector for the year. Growth Asia ex Japan returned 8% through the year.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is the largest holding in both funds, with China the highest country weighting and information technology the predominant sector exposure.

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