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The Polar Capital Japan Team

The Japan team was the first OEIC to be launched by Polar Capital back in 2001. The team is now led by Gerard Cawley who joined the firm from Schroders in 2005 and has been manager of the Japan Value Fund since its launch in 2012. Chris Smith joined the team in 2012 as an analyst before becoming co-manager of Japan Value in 2018.

Total AUM (as at 30.06.2022)




Combined years of experience


Team members


Gerard Cawley, CFA

Fund Manager

Chris Smith, CFA


Gerard Cawley, CFA

Gerard joined Polar Capital in January 2005 and is Head of the Polar Capital Japan Team.

He has been manager of the Polar Capital Japan Value Fund, formerly Japan Alpha Fund, since its launch in 2012.

Prior to joining Polar Capital, Gerard worked in the Japanese equity team at Schroder Investment Management.

  • BA in Business Studies, Dublin City University Business School
  • CFA Charterholder
  • 22 years
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Chris Smith, CFA

Chris Smith is co-manager of the Japan Value Fund. He joined Polar Capital in January 2012 as a Japanese equity analyst, prior to which he gained five years’ experience working in accountancy.

He holds a BSc (1st Class Hons) in applied accounting and is a chartered accountant and a CFA charter holder.

  • BSc (1st Class Hons) in Applied Accounting
  • Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder
  • 10 years

Funds managed by the Japan Team

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