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Yoshinobu Agu is the Head of M&A at Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc. He also has leadership responsibilities for the global asset managers group, real estate group and public sector group in Japan. He has worked on various M&A advisory roles in various sectors/industries, including cross-border transactions involving Japanese corporates in various geographies, as well as domestic transactions and restructuring deals. He joined Citi in 1998 after working for Nikko Securities. He holds a BA from the School of Commerce at Waseda University and MBS from Boston University.
Mai Mizuta is the Asia-Pacific Editor for Mergermarket and oversees the management and editorial content of seven bureaus across Asia. She leads a team of dedicated journalists in the Asia-Pacific region covering mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Mai, who is also concurrently Japan Bureau Chief, has spearheaded private equity and live mid-market coverage in Japan. She has written a number of high-profile scoops involving blue chip companies such as Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba, Takeda, Asahi, and Fujitsu. Mai has 15 years’ of reporting and writing experience and has been based in Tokyo since 2008.
Yoichiro Shimizu is responsible for Datasite’s business development strategies and growth in Japan, as well as management of the local team.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in IT solution sales with major IT consulting firms and system integrators (SI). Shimizu began his career as a sales and marketing executive in New York to develop new opportunities for finance, high tech, automotive, manufacturing, and other verticals where he built strong and long-term relationships with channel accounts, SI partners, and C-level executives.
With extensive knowledge of country risk management and macroeconomics, Shimizu has worked with German, UK and US companies based in Japan. He also managed a startup company as CEO for more than 9 years and lead it to profitability.
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