After joining the Long-Term Credit Bank, Ltd. (currently Shinsei Bank) in 1980, Haraguchi was sent to New York University Business School to study finance and business and returned in 1986. Subsequently, he joined LTCB’s Corporate Finance Team to engage in M&A and cross-border finance before he moved to the Capital Markets division to cover the US and Asia. In 1999, he became head of LTCB’s Corporate Advisory division to run the M&A advisory business. In2003, he joined Orix Corporation to create Orix M&A Solutions (Orix’s subsidiary focused on M&A Advisory business) and assumed the role of President before he became chairperson in 2012. In 2013, he became an on-executive director at Daiko Denshi Tsushin, Ltd and PCI Holdings respectively. In 2017, he became an auditor at Blue Planet-works (and also became an independent director in March 2019). In December 2017, he became President and COO at PCI Holdings. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Law School.
After joining Recruit Co., Ltd. (currently Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.) in 1988, Shogo Ikeuchi spent his first two years working on a supercomputer project. He subsequently worked in the Corporate Planning and Recruitment Advertising Departments before transferring to the Human Resources Department in 1993. There he was involved in the design of the company’s personnel management system. From 2000, he worked at the Office of Corporate Planning, where he engaged in the formulation of mid- and long-term growth strategies, promoted new business development, and facilitated overseas business expansion with a focus on Asia. He subsequently was in charge of corporate planning and human resources as an Executive Officer, a role which he assumed in 2005 and which contributed to Recruit’s overseas business expansion and R&D efforts. After being appointed Corporate Executive Officer and Board Director in 2012, he was based in New York as Representative Director of Recruit USA, Inc. from January 2014 through the end of March 2016. In April 2016, he assumed the positions of Senior Managing Corporate Executive Officer and Board Director and has been in charge of human resources and general affairs.
Dr. Ishigaki specializes in antitrust, intellectual property, transfer pricing, securities and finance, commercial litigation, and energy. His areas of expertise include microeconomics, game theory, industrial organization, and applied econometrics.
In his antitrust practice, Dr. Ishigaki has analyzed the competitive impacts of many merger cases in a wide range of industries, including mining, beverages, paper products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals, petroleum, computer products, semiconductor devices, machinery, automobiles, wholesale, retail, securities exchanges, and auction, among others. He has addressed liability and damages issues involving bid rigging, cartels, predatory pricing, monopolization, abuse of superior bargaining position, and other antitrust violations in various industries. He has frequently presented his analyses to competition agencies and courts. He is included in the Competition Antitrust Experts by the Expert Guides, and has been included in the "Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists" by Global Competition Review.
Dr. Ishigaki also performs economic assessments in intellectual property, transfer pricing, securities and finance, commercial litigation, and energy matters. He has evaluated damages in various patent disputes, and reasonable compensation in employee invention disputes. He also has experience in helping license agreement of intellectual property rights. He has analyzed the price premium resulting from industry protection policies, marketing, and R&D intangibles in transfer pricing disputes; the liability claim and damages in securities litigations; and performed risk analysis in relation to foreign direct investments in power plants.
Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Ishigaki served as an economist in the Mergers and Acquisitions Division of the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), where he advised on and conducted economic analyses of many merger cases in a wide range of industries. His work at the JFTC included the revision of the Commission's Merger Guidelines in 2004, and the Competition Policy Research Center's studies on various antitrust issues. Before working for the JFTC, Dr. Ishigaki was an Associate Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Aomori Public College, where he taught courses in microeconomics, industrial organization, and statistics, among others.
Dr. Ishigaki frequently speaks and lectures on antitrust & competition policy, intellectual property, securities litigation, and damages analyses. He has published articles in various journals, including Economics Letters, Metroeconomica, Jurist (in Japanese), NBL (in Japanese), Kosei Torihiki (in Japanese), Kokusai Shoji Houmu (in Japanese), Bijinesu Houmu (in Japanese), Kagaku Keizai (in Japanese), Shukan Kinyu Zaimu Jijyo (in Japanese), and Kokusai Zeimu (in Japanese)..
Dr. Ishigaki received his PhD and MS in economics from Purdue University, his MA in economics from the University of Tsukuba, and his BA in political science from Aoyama Gakuin University.
Mr. Koh joined Japan Tobacco Inc. (“JT” hereinafter) in 1999 and thereafter played a part in the growth of the JT’s Domestic Tobacco Business by engaging mainly in business planning and marketing planning at the Tobacco Business Unit. In 2007, he was seconded to JT International (JTI), which oversees the JT’s International Tobacco Business, where he undertook internal audits, corporate strategy-building, and M&A activities. Since 2011, Mr. Koh has undertaken multiple M&A deals, thereby contributing to a greater geographical footprints and expanded portfolio of its international tobacco business. After returning to the Tokyo headquarter in 2016, Mr. Koh started to supervise M&A deals and business development of the overall JT Group, including tobacco, pharmaceutical, and processed food businesses, at the Business Development and Corporate Strategy Division and has assumed the incumbent post since April 2018.
Heads Japan Post Bank's nascent private equity investment programand is responsible for all aspects of its creation and construction. Prior tojoining Japan Post Bank in February 2016, spent most of his career at NipponLife Insurance Company, where he was portfolio manager establishing and leadingNippon Life's private equity operations out of its US subsidiary and also wasHead of Product Development at Nissay Asset Management Co. the asset managementsubsidiary of Nippon Life just prior to joining Japan Post Bank, among othervarious roles he held there.
He has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo,LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, has passed the New York BarExam and also is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association ofJapan.
Mr. Sayama, a founding Partner of Integral, and one of the most well-known investment bankers in Japan, has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and corporate turnarounds. Mr. Sayama began his M&A career in 1987 with Mitsui Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation).
After a 11+ year career with Mitsui Bank, Mr. Sayama jointly established Unison Capital as a representative director and partner. Unison Capital was one of the first Japanese buyout funds which at the time was a new concept in Japan. In April 2004, he jointly established GCA and listed the firm in October 2006 as the first among M&A advisory companies in Japan. Prior to his investment banking career, he worked for Teijin, a chemical company, as an engineer and was involved in manufacturing technology development for polymerization of polyester as well as new product R&D.
He is a specially appointed professor of Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability and an adjunct professor of Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University. He is also a visiting professor of Business School of Business Administration at Hitotsubashi University.
Mr.Watanabe joined the Nippon Credit Bank, Ltd. (currently renamed as Aozora Bank, Ltd.) after he graduated from the Department of Social Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982. He was sent out by the Bank to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the U.S. where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business and Administration (MBA) in 1987. He then worked for the Capital Markets Dept., New York branch office, and other divisions until his resignation of the Bank in 1989.
Upon the foundation of Cerberus Japan, K.K., a subsidiary of the U.S. investment fund Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., he joined the company as a Managing Director, responsible for pricing of non-performing loans (NPL) and financial sponsoring of the deals for companies under the proceedings related with theCorporate Rehabilitation Law.
In 2003, he took the post of Executive Officer/Managing Director of the IndustrialRevitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ) upon the establishment of this public fund aimed at revitalizing Japan’s businesses with its government financial backing. He was responsible for the deals to rehabilitate 14 local companies in its regional mid-markets and home-grown business sectors.
After IRCJ dissolved its operation in 2007, Mr. Watanabe joined KAGOME CO., LTD. In2008, he became Executive Officer/General Manager of the Corporate PlanningDepartment, and in 2009, Director and Executive Officer/General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division. Since 2016, he has served as Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer/Director of the Corporate Planning Division, overseeing the Corporate Planning Div., Finance & Accounting Div., HumanResources Div., Quality Assurance Div., and the Great East Japan Earthquake Revitalization Support Office while chairing the Investment Committee. His services included promotion of the optimization of management resource allocation, work style reform, and earnings structural reform. Since October 2017 to date, he has been shouldering the responsibility for the entire corporate management as Assistant to the President.
In 2013, he became an associate member of the Regulatory Reform Council (now called as the Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform) and since then has been a member of the Working Group specializing in Agricultural (currentlyAgriculture and Forestry) field.
Nick is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in ORIX Corporation’s Global Legal Department. Nick primarily focuses on ORIX’s outbound investment opportunities, and has recently been involved in transactions in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining ORIX in 2016, Nick worked at Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo office (including a lengthy secondment to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) and Allen and Overy’s London and Tokyo offices. Nick has experience on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional corporate, commercial and finance matters including M&A transactions, JVs and other minority investments, project finance and other financing transactions, structured finance and other debt capital markets transactions.
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.
Norie Hata is chief correspondent for Dealreporter, an Acuris company, based in Tokyo. At Dealreporter, a sister product of Mergermarket, Norie analyzes live, expected and special sit situations of Japan’s major M&A deals. She has written numerous stories on such high-profile deals as Toshiba Memory, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Asatsu-DK, PanaHome and Alpine Electrics.
Norie joined Dealreporter in 2005. Previously, she was a senior correspondent for Thomson Reuters’ IFR where she covered mainly fixed income and banking consolidation, and Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)’s English language newspaper.
Noz joined Mergermarket in July 2008 to run financial services, TMT and private equity fields. He has covered non-core divestitures by Japanese blue-chip firms, cross-border M&A as well as PE buyouts and exits. Prior to joining Mergermarket, He had worked for various news services and foreign banks, including International Financing Review (Thomson Reuters’ capital market magazine) as well as AFX News (financial news unit of Agence France-Presse) to cover a variety of topics ranging from Japanese corporates global fundraising via equities and syndicated lending, Japanese government bonds, corporate earnings to macro-economic news. At Mergermarket, he has broken scoops on Calsonic Cansei, Hitachi, Panasonic, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Toshiba, JT, Fujitsu, Accordia Golf, Wanbishi and Clarion.