Michael Kao

Michael Kao

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Michael Kao has over 30 years of investment business experience analyzing and investing in many markets and asset classes, spanning commodities to credit to convertible, capital structure, event arbitrage to distressed debt and equity investing. He was the CEO and Portfolio Manager at Akanthos Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on asymmetric opportunities and event options across capital structures and asset classes. Prior to forming Akanthos in 2002, he worked at Canyon Capital Advisors where he co-founded the Canyon Capital Arbitrage Fund, directing investments in various arbitrage strategies. He also focused on firm-wide portfolio hedges using index options, interest rate instruments, currency options, and commodity options. Kao stopped actively managing external capital in 2019 and now invests primarily in the  Kao Family Office.

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