UPDATE 1-Sweden's Brummer launching Asia hedge fund-sources

* Fund has $80 mln, most of it seed money from parent

* New Singapore team led by ex-Amaranth manager Chia Ee Toh

* To charge 1 pct management fee, instead of usual 2 pct

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By Kevin Lim

SINGAPORE, July 1 (Reuters) - Brummer & Partners, Sweden’s largest hedge fund manager, has set up an office in Singapore and is launching a long-short fund focusing on Asian ex-Japan equities, sources familiar with the firm said..

The fund, called Karakoram, will be launched on Wednesday and has an initial capital of $80 million, most of which is seed money from the parent firm, the sources said. The fund hopes to notch an annual net return of 15-20 percent.

Brummer is one of the more high profile hedge fund launches seen in Singapore over the last few months. The company declined comment on the launch of the fund.

Karakoram is a large mountain range spanning the borders between India, Pakistan, and China.

Brummer is a privately-owned hedge fund manager with about $5.2 billion in assets under management spread over several funds. Its portfolio managers typically have fairly large stakes in the funds they manage.

Karakoram is charging an annual management fee of 1 percent plus 20 percent of returns that exceed a pre-agreed target, which is lower than the traditional 2 and 20 percent charged by most funds in the past, according to company documents seen by Reuters.

Brummer's venture into Asian equity comes during a rally in Asia ex-Japan stocks .MIAPJ0000PUS which have risen 34 percent so far this year, outperforming the 1.8 percent gain in the S&P 500 .SPX and the 2.2 percent rise in European stocks .FTEU3.

The improvement in investor sentiment has slowed redemptions at global hedge funds, and many industry players expect Asian and other emerging market funds to see net inflows in the current quarter [ID:nSIN246358].

Brummer’s five-man Singapore team is led by Chief Investment Officer Chia Ee Toh, who was previously with Amaranth Advisors and Schroder Investment Management.

According to Lipper, a unit of Thomson Reuters, Brummer also operates a fund of hedge funds structure that invests in the firm’s various funds. The Swedish firm has been looking to bring in new investment teams to broaden the range of strategies it offers clients. (Reporting by Kevin Lim; Editing by Anshuman Daga)