Akito Fund, a Japan-focused hedge fund set up by former UBS AG bankers, has returned 14% since its July start, beating benchmarks on investments in smaller companies including Geo Corp. and Yellow Hat Ltd.

Koichiro Yamaguchi and Tetsuya Hamano, who formerly worked at UBS Securities Japan Ltd. and various hedge funds, in March set up Akito Capital Co., which advises the Cayman Island fund.

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