GAO Capital is an alternative asset management firm with family office roots. The GAO team believes in a rigorous investment and risk management process with a strong alignment of interest with our investors. The firm brings together best practices from prior experience at financial institutions including J.P. Morgan, GIC, Macquarie, Goldman Sachs and Citadel.
GAO Capital is a Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
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GAO Capital was founded in August 2008 by Chauwei Yak. Prior to founding GAO, Chauwei was the Director of Research for Ortelius Capital, which managed the hedge fund portfolio for a multi-billion family office based in New York. Prior to that, she was in investment banking in J.P. Morgan and UBS in New York and Tokyo.
The firm focuses on producing superior risk-adjusted returns to its employees and investors, with all senior team members investing personally in the firm's Funds. The women-led firm remains 100% employee owned and maintains its independence from other financial institutions.
In July 2020, the firm launched its first Fund, ASV (Always Seek Value) Fund, which is a long-only equities Asia-focused fund. In December 2020, the firm launched BAA (Balanced Alternative Assets) Fund, which invests across strategies and portfolio managers with low correlation to equities and in particular, to complement our flagship equities fund. In February 2021, the CAP (China A-Shares Plus) Fund was launched to monetise structural inefficiencies in the Chinese A-Shares market by combining differentiated, quantitative investment strategies across a diversified pool of fund managers.
The firm is based in Singapore where all the senior team members spent a formative part of their education and careers in.
Background Image of Iconic Shophouses in Tiong Bahru, Voted the Coolest Neighbourhood by Qantas and British Vogue
GAO's office is based in the Tiong Bahru district which is the oldest housing estate in Singapore. Today, it has transformed into one of the most 'hipster' areas where heritage mingles with the modern world.
Image created with a generative AI art tool in line with GAO's use of cutting edge technology and data analysis to make informed decisions.