HONG KONG (HedgeWorld.com)–Refco Alternative Investments LLC hired Edward C.K. Chin as general manager and head of its Asian operation.

Mr. Chin will work out of the firm’s Hong Kong office, according to a news release from Refco. There, he will oversee both direct distribution of the company’s alternative investment products and development of distribution partnerships with other Asian investment firms.

Previously, Mr. Chin was a country manager with Man Investments. It was unclear by press time who, if anyone, had been named to replace him.

“Edward’s skill set is a perfect fit for RAI’s current expansion in Asia,” said David Henritze, Refco Alternative Investments president, in a statement. “We are confident that he will be an integral part of our growth strategy as we distribute our platform of alternative investment opportunities to sophisticated investors in Asia.”

Refco and Abbey Capital Ltd. announced in November they would collaborate on a series of multi-manager managed futures funds (see Previous HedgeWorld Story). The firms recently launched the first of those funds (see Previous HedgeWorld Story).

CClair@HedgeWorld.com