The Trend Toward Outsourcing

A Case Study of Japan

June 2013

Japan's asset managers are becoming increasingly receptive to outsourcing investment servicing functions to help them stay competitive in the face of continuing economic challenges. While regulatory and cultural factors have typically discouraged wide-scale adoption of outsourcing, the environment is changing.

By outsourcing back- and middle-office functions, Japan's asset managers can seek to reduce long-term investment in infrastructure and stay sufficiently agile to react to future opportunities. Outsourcing also provides the tangible benefit of allowing asset managers to focus on their core competency of investment.

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Japan’s outsourcing market has begun its evolution from a domestic focused service to one that is more aligned with global best practices.