Mesirow Financial Hires Industry Veteran to Build South Korea/North Asia Relationships
Continues to strengthen global reach of firm's alternative investments platform

CHICAGO, March 4, 2013 — Mesirow Financial Hong Kong Limited, today announced that it has hired Chae-Joo "CJ" Lee as Head of Korea. In this newly established role, CJ will work in the firm's Hong Kong office and be responsible for client service and business development in Korea/North Asia for the firm's fund of hedge funds group, Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc.

Before joining Mesirow Financial, CJ served as CEO and Head of Korea for FRM Investment Advisory in Seoul, where he worked closely with clients in implementing multi-manager hedge fund portfolio strategies. CJ brings more than 25 years of capital markets experience with a strong focus on serving sophisticated institutional investors. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States from Indiana University.

"We take great pride in being a reliable partner for our clients, helping them design and implement strategic hedge fund programs," said Marty Kaplan, CEO of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. "South Korea is a sophisticated and growing marketplace for alternative investments. I am excited to bring our hedge fund solutions to this important part of the Asian market."

"We are thrilled to expand our team with the addition of CJ," said Muj Ali, managing director and head of the Hong Kong office. "CJ has the experience and background necessary to help guide South Korean clients as they build their hedge fund strategies. I am confident that he will serve Mesirow Financial and our partners well as we continue to bring innovative, customized, hedge fund solutions to the Asia marketplace."

Mesirow Financial Hong Kong Limited and Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. are both subsidiaries of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., a private, independent, employee owned, global financial services firm based in Chicago. Founded in 1937, the firm offers capabilities in Investment Management, Global Markets, Insurance Services and Consulting. Mesirow Financial is ranked among the top-five private alternative investment firms globally with $58 billion in alternative assets under management* and core competencies spanning hedge funds, private equity, real estate, currencies, commodities, agriculture and other alternative strategies.  Strategies are limited to suitable institutional investors. For more information about Mesirow Financial, visit its website at

* Of which $40.4 billion are in currency and commodities as of December 31, 2012

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