Akira Fukuda is a Senior Managing Executive at Asahi Kasei Corporation.
He is currently in charge of the growth and business development of Asahi Kasei’s lithium-ion and lead acid battery separator business as well as post-merger integration of Polypore International, a former public company in the US. The acquisition of Polypore International was one of the projects he successfully completed while responsible for Asahi Kasei group’s mid-range growth strategy and corporate business development as General Manager, Strategy & Business Development. He joined Asahi Kasei in 1983. Mr. Fukuda received a Master of Science degree in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1995. He also holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from The University of Tokyo.
Mr. Kobayashi joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2008. He is a Managing Director in the Consumer, Retail & Dining and Healthcare Verticals and a member of the Asian Pacific Private Equity team. Mr. Kobayashi has played a leading role in building our deal sourcing activities in Japan.Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity, Mr. Kobayashi was a project manager at Accenture strategy group where he consulted in the consumer brands, retail, and pharmaceutical industries. Previously he worked in the consumer retail division in Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Kobayashi received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Keio University.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Tomioka worked at General Electric Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2003. While at GE, he served as Director and Representative at GE Equity Japan, a private equity arm of GE. He served at the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan from 1985 to 1998. He is currently a board member at Solasto Corp. (formerly N.I.C.Corp), Oyatsu Company Ltd., Sunsho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Meisui Bijin Factory Co., Ltd. (formerly Kyushu GGC Ltd.). Mr. Tomioka received his B.A. in law at Waseda University and his M.B.A. at New York University.
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.
Ken Kiyohara, an attorney admitted in Japan and New York, has more than 25 years of experience advising Japanese and non-Japanese clients on cross-border transactions and investment in Japanese companies. He is frequently quoted in the media and speaks at seminars on corporate governance and M&A issues. Currently, he is a member of the Disclosure Working Group of the Financial System Council of the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA), and the Advisory Group to the Investor and Other Stakeholders Working Group of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR). He was formerly a partner of a global firm until 2015.
Mr. Yuji Kato serves as COO&CIO at Cool Japan Fund Inc. Previously, he was the head of Japan office at Permira Advisers. He built his M&A career in global companies such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and GE Healthcare. He started his career at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication in 1990 then seconded to OECD in France. He holds an MBA at Yale SOM and has a B.A. in both Economics and Science at Kyoto University.
Kyohei (Kay) Hosono graduated from the Faculty of Letters of The University of Tokyo. He studied abroad at St. Petersburg State University in Russia and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan in the United States. Prior to joining DI, he worked for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and oversaw the projects for infrastructure development in the former Soviet Union Republics. After joining DI, Kyohei has been providing management consulting for many Japanese corporation, lived 7 years in Vietnam to run PE fund for Vietnam. Kyohei is currently in charge of global venture investments of DI in India, Japan, US and South East Asia.
Mr. Raj Kumar Srivastava joined the Ministry of External Affairs in September 1997. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has pursued further studies in Structural Engineering and Earthquake Science. Mr. Srivastava has served in Indian Embassies in Madrid (Spain), Yangon (Myanmar), Vienna (Austria), and Brasilia (Brazil). While at Headquarters in Delhi, he has worked in Foreign Service Institute, Americas (U.S. & Canada) Division, and Gulf (Persian Gulf) Division. In his last assignment in Delhi during 2015-2017, he was on deputation as Joint Secretary to National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Government of India, looking after the External Security. He assumed his current charge as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Tokyo on 28 August 2017. In his areas of responsibility in Japan, he takes special interest in promoting B2B (Business-to-Business) and P2P (People-to-People) cooperation between the two countries on the strong foundation of excellent G2G (Government-to-Government) cooperation.
Mr. Patterson held Senior Director for Japan, Office of Secretary of Defense, Director for Japan and Korea, National Security Council, the White House. After then he held Special Assistant to the President for Asia, Senior Advisor to Ambassador Howard Baker, Tokyo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.Mr. Patterson previously served for Raytheon Company, including as President, Raytheon International.
Reiko Aoki is Commissioner of Japan Fair Trade Commission. She has conducted research and published on economics of patents, patent pools, standards, innovation and intergenerational political economy. She had academic positions at the Ohio State University, SUNY Stony Brook, University of Auckland and Hitotsubashi University. She served as Executive Member of Council for Science and Technology Policy, Japanese Cabinet Office 2009-2014 and Member of Science Council of Japan 2014-2016. Prior to joining the JFTC, she was Executive Vice-President (International, Gender Equality, and Intellectual Property) at Kyushu University. She received her B.S. from University of Tokyo and PhD in economics and MS in statistics from Stanford University.
Mr. Nakamura joined Japan Post Bank in 2014 and is Managing Director of the Private Equity Investment Department. He participated in the launch of the private equity investment program and oversees investing to mainly domestic private equity funds. Prior to Japan Post Bank, he worked at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, where he was involved in a wide variety of roles including private banking, stock transfer agent and corporate finance. From 2006 to 2009, he was seconded to Japan Post Holdings to prepare for the privatization of Japan Post Group. Masashi Nakamura has a B.A. in Economics from Waseda University and M.B.A from University of Pennsylvania.
Shuhei Uchida is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. He focuses on international and domestic M&A transactions, with plenty of experiences in deals involving private equity firms. He was admitted to the Bar in Japanand New York. He was educated at the University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2002) and Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 2008). He worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from 2008 to 2009, and also at the Ministry of Justice of Japan from 2010 to 2013, where he drafted the amended Companies Act to introduce a new structure for squeeze-outs.
Takayuki Morita is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as well as serving as Member of the board at NEC Corporation, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that deliver benefits to businesses and people around the world. He is currently managing the financial strategy and operations of a company with 100,000 employees and total revenue of $25 billion. He is also responsible for Corporate Business Development functions including the oversight of M&A and other investments. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Global Officer, where he had P&L responsibility for a business organization with over 10,000 employee and $6 billion revenue.
Dr Hiroaki Ishigaki is managing director and head of NERA’s Tokyo office and the company’s operations in Japan. His economic research focuses on economic policy and the competitive effects of M&A raised in the context of antitrust merger reviews. At NERA, he has worked on many merger cases including Phase II and big merger cases. Prior to joining NERA, Dr Ishigaki served as an economist in the mergers and acquisitions division of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, where he advised on and conducted economic analyses of many merger cases. Before working for the JFTC, Dr. Ishigaki was an Associate Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University among the others. 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.
Seth H. Fischer is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Oasis Management, an international investment manager that invests globally across capital structures. Mr. Fischer founded Oasis in 2002 following a successful seven-year career at Highbridge Capital Management, where he managed the firm’s Asian investment portfolio. Prior to joining Highbridge, Mr. Fischer served in the Israel Defense Forces. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yeshiva University in 1993. He is a Board Member of the Karen Leung Foundation and the Carmel School in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the Ohel Leah Synagogue Management Committee in Hong Kong.
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.
Mr. Yarita joined PAG in October 2016. He formerly worked at Nomura Securities and has held senior positions across various business strategies for over 29 years, including head of business development of Nomura Principal Finance, where he managed large buyout transactions. Mr. Yarita graduated from Yokohama National University with a degree in international economics.
Tsuyoshi Maruki established Strategic Capital, Inc. in September 2012 which is today the only more confrontational Japanese activist investment manager based in Tokyo. Mr. Maruki first began activist investing in 1999 where he was one of the Founding Partners of Japan’s first activist investment manager. MAC Asset Management grew to manage approximately USD 4 billion at peak in 2006. Prior to MAC Asset Management Mr. Maruki worked for Nomura Securities for 17 years during which time he led hundreds of equity and debt financing deals including the privatization of national companies. Also he acted as an advisor to the Depository Insurance Corporation, the Financial Revitalization Agency, and to the American corporate to tender offer its subsidiary in Japan. Mr. Maruki is a BA Law graduate from Tokyo University.
Mr. Hiroyuki Abe is a Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations at Symphony Financial Partners (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Prior to joining Symphony, Mr. Abe was Vice President of Prime Brokerage Sales for global institutional investors and start-up hedge funds in Goldman Sachs Japan. Mr. Abe also held positions as Vice President and Executive Director of Global Securities Lending Trader in Tokyo and Hong Kong respectively. Mr. Abe graduated with a B.A in Business and Commerce from Keio University in Japan.
Masahiro Sasaki is Director of UIcommons Inc. from 2016 and Chairman of UIcommons Academy India Private Limited from 2018. He is also Chairman of Allied Inc., an independent M&A advisory firm he founded in 2004. Previously, he was Representative Director and Head of Investment Banking at Rothschild Japan. He joined Rothschild from The Chase Manhattan Bank (presently JP Morgan Chase), Tokyo, where he was Managing Director and General Manager of Investment Banking responsible for M&A. Prior to Chase, he served as Managing Director and General Manager of Corporate Finance at Smith Barney. He earned MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and BA in Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.
“Shin”ichiro joined Yahoo Japan Corporation in April 2013. From July 2013, he joined YJ Capital. He had served as COO of YJ Capital since January 2015, and now serves as CEO since November 2016. Prior to Yahoo Japan Corporation, Shin was General Director of Dream Incubator Vietnam from 2007 to 2012, managing US$50 million private equity funds in Vietnam. He was formerly a Project Manager at Dream Incubator Japan. He started his career at Future Architect as a system engineer. Shin received his bachelor’s degree in Policy Management from Keio University.
Yusuke Kurihara joined Intralinks in 2014. As a sales representative, he manages foreign major Investment banks and promotes Intralinks’ Software-as-a-Service solutions to enable the exchange, management, and control of documents and content between organizations securely and compliantly, maximizing productivity of deal professionals. He was promoted to the Japan Sales Team Lead in 2017. Prior to joining Intralinks, he was a sales representative at Bloomberg. He has nearly 10 years of experiences in software industry, working in Japan and Australia.
Born in 1940, Tokyo. Graduated from Tokyo University, Faculty of Law. Entry to Japanese Foreign Service in 1963. Studied in two French Universities. Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Assignments in Japanese Embassies in Italy, France, China, Belgium, USA, France, India. Among others Deputy Chief of Mission in USA, Ambassador to India, then to France. At home administration, Director of General Affairs and Policy Coordination, Director General of Economic Cooperation, Chief Cabinet Councilor for External Affairs. After retirement, External Director at four major Japanese companies such as Toshiba, Mitsui, Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Waseda University, Chief Executives at two research institutes. Currently, President of 116 year-old Japan-India Association, External Director at Toyoko-Inn Co.
Steven Hill is a partner at K&L Gates’ Washington, D.C. office. He has over 20 years of experience in a broad array of international trade regulation compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Hill routinely works with the firm’s public policy, corporate, securities, government contracts, and white collar/criminal defense areas to provide services to clients on international trade compliance matters. He also has substantial experience working with attorneys and experts in foreign countries to formulate effective advice in matters covering multiple national jurisdictions. As part of his services to clients on substantive international trade matters, Mr. Hill regularly advises on national security reviews of foreign acquisitions and investments in the United States conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). This includes analysis of proposed transactions for potential national security risk factors, development of effective strategies in approaching CFIUS and other relevant actors within the U.S. government, and submission of voluntary notifications and mandatory declarations to CFIUS.
Dr. Jochen Legewie is Chairman Asia of the strategic communications consultancy Kekst CNC and heads the firm`s Tokyo office since 2004. He advises Japanese and foreign multinationals on complex positioning mandates with a focus on cross-border M&A and shareholder activism. Jochen has worked in Japan for over 20 years. Prior to joining Kekst CNC he was Head of Communications at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and Vice Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. Since 2007, he is one of the few foreign trustees of Keizai Doyukai (Japanese Association of Corporate Executives). Fluent in German, English and Japanese, he has been widely published in German, English and Japanese publications and regularly appears as business commentator on Japanese TV and as a columnist in Nikkei Asia Review. Jochen studied at Hitotsubashi University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cologne. He serves on the Board of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Japan.
Toshiro Mochizuki is a partner in the Corporate practice. Toshiro’s practice comprises general corporate matters, with a particular focus on advising corporates and financial institutions on global offerings, SEC registrations and business combinations. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, he was an in-house counsel for six years at a leading international investment bank in Tokyo, where he covered capital markets transactions, cross-border M&A financial advisory engagements and regulatory matters. Toshiro also has experience representing clients on U.S. anticorruption, antitrust, economic sanctions and other compliance issues.
Karl Pires leads the Japan M&A practice. Karl has more than 20 years’ experience advising clients on a broad range of public and private cross-border M&A transactions, including strategic acquisitions, minority investments, divestitures and joint ventures. His practice focuses on representing Japanese clients on transactions outside Japan and assisting multinational clients with transactions in Japan, and he has worked with clients in the energy, infrastructures, industrial, automotive, healthcare and technology sectors.
Sridhar Gorthi is Partner, Trilegal and also serves as a Board Member of the firm. He is a part of the corporate practice group. His areas of expertise include M&A, joint ventures and private equity. Sridhar has been actively involved in several high profile cross-border transactions. Sridhar has represented international clients on inbound M&A in India as well as Indian companies on outbound M&A transactions in jurisdictions such as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Argentina, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The private equity funds that Sridhar regularly advises include CLSA and Morgan Stanley PE. Sridhar is an alumnus of National Law School, Bangalore India and the Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
Charandeep Kaur is Partner, Trilegal and is part of the corporate practice group. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, entry strategies and foreign direct investment. She has experience in various cross border transactions across sectors including in energy, IT & ITES, automotives, education, healthcare, hospitality, foods and logistics. Charandeep is engaged in diverse corporate practice advising clients on labour issues and enforcement issues, regulatory policy and requirements, prevailing government policies and regulations, statutory registrations, exchange control issues, investment structuring and corporate compliance.
Based in PaRR’s Mumbai office, Freny is highly skilled at reporting on, and analyzing developments across Asia identifying how global regulatory changes impact the Asian markets. She has an excellent track record in covering M&A antitrust cases in India and South East Asia.