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Tokihiko Shimizu is Chief Executive Officer at Japan Post Investment Corporation, the direct private investment subsidiary of Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance, established in February 2018. He is also Senior Managing Director at Japan Post Bank. He served as Visiting Professor at Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science since June 2016. From 2007 to 2015, He spent seven and a half years at Government Pension Investment Fund, mainly as Director-General of Research Department and Investment Policy Actuary. He was responsible for investment strategy including strategic asset allocation and implementation of alternative investment. He had been served as Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology from April 2015 to March 2016. He has 28 year experiences in the public and private pension fund management since he joined Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1987. Between 1998 and 2001, he was deeply involved in the revamp of Japanese pension system, by legislating Defined Benefit Corporate Pension Act and Defined Contribution Pension Act. He is Certified Pension Actuary and holds BS in Mathematics from Sophia University.
Kirk M. Beaton is a partner of Lexington Partners and manager of Lexington’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Beaton is engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of Asian private equity and alternative investments, and sourcing Asian co-investment opportunities for funds managed by Lexington. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2011 to open the Lexington office, Mr. Beaton spent eight years as an investment professional in London with Lexington. Mr. Beaton was previously an analyst in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Beaton graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with an LLB (Honors) and Universität Hamburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a European masters in economics and law.
Yuka Hata is a chief portfolio manager for the alternative & fund investment group. She joined Nissay Asset Management in 2016 and has more than 16 years of private equity industry experience.
Prior to joining Nissay, Ms. Hata spent 9 years with Nomura Asset Management and Nomura Private Equity Capital (NPEC) culminating in her tenure as an Executive Director and a member of NPEC’s Investment Committee, and as a head of Asia, was actively involved in investing in Asia. Before joining Nomura, Ms. Hata worked for Mizuho Corporate Bank in London where, as an Associate Director, she was engaged in investing in private equity partnerships in Europe and Asia. She also worked for JAFCO where sourced and managed direct venture capital investments in Japan as well as global venture capital funds investments.
Ms. Hata received a BA in Environment and Information Studies from Keio University and MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales-HEC in Paris.
Akito Hattori joined HarbourVest in 2018 and focuses on business development in Japan. Akito joined the firm from J.P. Morgan Securities, where he was an executive director covering institutional clients and new business development across Japan and South Korea. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse in the Capital Services group where he supported sales and focused on managing relationships and introducing a variety of investment offerings to global hedge fund investors. His prior experience also includes positons at The Sumitomo Trust & Banking, where he covered the proprietary investments in global hedge funds. Akito received a BA in Economics from Keio University in 2002.
Richard Hope is a Managing Director on Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Richard is based in the firm’s London office and focuses on both co-investment and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Mr. Hope worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments. Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments.
Mr. Hope received a B.Com. from the University of Edinburgh.
Tomoko Kitao is a Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Tokyo office, where she is primarily responsible for management support and development of the firm’s client relationships in Japan. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in October 2012, Ms. Kitao was with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, most recently as Chief Manager in the International Credit Division. Previously, she was Senior Manager in the Structured Finance Division, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of global private equity fund investments. She also has extensive experience in the Credit Division, having worked out of the bank’s New York and London offices. Ms. Kitao received a B.A. from International Christian University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Japan. Ms. Kitao currently holds a Sales Representative Qualification Class 1, 2, and an Internal Administrative Qualification with the Japan Securities Dealer Association.
Tatsuya Kubo joined the Firm in 2010 as a managing director. He focuses on enhancing and building relationships with institutional investors and general partners in Japan. Mr. Kubo joined the Firm from Fortress Investment Group Japan, where he served as Managing Director and Head of Business Development after launching the Japan-based business. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years as a senior manager at Norinchukin Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in Japan, where he built and managed an alternative investment portfolio. He received a BA in Economics from Waseda University in 1988 and an MBA from Duke University in 1994. Mr. Kubo speaks fluent Japanese and English.
Toru Masuda, Corporate Officer (Alternative Investment), joined the Bank in 1988. Prior to responsible for private equity investment in 2000, Mr.Masuda was responsible for managing corporate and emerging market investment portfolio for the Bank in London since 1996. Prior to London Branch, Mr.Masuda spent four years for M&A Advisory, direct investments in and business support for venture companies in Japan and business matching. Also he has spent a few years for international business and administration. Mr.Masuda graduated Osaka University.
Tadasu Matsuo oversees Japan Post Insurance’s alternative investment, ranging from private equity and infrastructure funds to real estate and hedge funds since September 2016.
Before joining JP Insurance, he headed Daido Life’s alternative investment. Served as Senior Managing Director, he also engaged in private equity fund investment and headed a business development of Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a leading private equity FOF manager and gatekeeper in Japan. Before seconded from Daido Life to AIC, he managed Daido Life's private equity and other alternative investment for five years. Previously he was in charge of group's business development and investor relations at T&D Holdings, a listed holding company of Daido Life.
Prior to joining Daido Life, Mr. Matsuo held such posts as Director and Managing Director and served as an M&A advisor to various insurers' transactions at PwC Financial Advisory Services Japan from 1999 to 2002.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Nippon Life Insurance Company for 13 years, where he managed overseas sovereign credit loans and investments.
Mr. Matsuo received his MBA from Duke University and BA in Economics from The University of Tokyo. He passed the US CPA exams.
Masashi 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 privatisation of Japan Post Group.
Mr. Nakamura has a B.A. in Economics from Waseda University and M.B.A from University of Pennsylvania.
Tadashi Nishizawa is a Director of Private Equity Investment Department of Japan Post Bank (JPB). He has over 15 years of private equity investment experience. Before joining JPB in 2016, he was the Head of Private Equity Division of Daido Life Insurance Company between 2013 and 2016. Prior to that, he spent about 8 years at Alternative Investment Capital Ltd (AIC), an investment advisory firm in private equity investments, where he was most recently Senior Vice President and involved in the management of more than 100 private equity funds portfolio globally. Earlier in his career, he was with Daido Life Insurance Company where he had been in charge of private equity investments since 2002 as well as foreign government bond investments since 1997. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hokkaido University.
Hiroko Oda is Assistant General Manager of Financial Solutions Dept.
Ms. Oda joined Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co.,Ltd. (presently Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co.,Ltd.) in 1991. She was in charge of personal loan for first three years, and was in charge of financing assessment for companies from 1994 to 2000.She proceeded to Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Co., Ltd. from 2000 to 2004 and was in charge of Equity research as a Japan stock analyst for food, medical, healthcare, chemistry sector.
She returned to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co.,Ltd. in June 2005, and has been in charge of investment to Japan PE fund. She established a co-investment buyout fund in September 2005 and invested deals.
After that, she was in charge of personal loan in Osaka and Tokyo. She presides over corporate finance, LBO loan, project finance and Japan PE investment from 2017.
Ms. Oda graduated from Keio University, Science and Technology in 1991. She is a charter member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan(CMA) and CIIA(Certified International Investment Analyst).
Yar-Ping Soo is a Partner primarily specializing in Asian pan-regional leveraged buyouts as well as country focused funds, specifically in Greater China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. She leads the Asian practice, and actively participates in all fund investment decisions at Adams Street and is responsible for managing relationships with several of Adams Street's managers. Ms. Soo is a member of the Adams Street Primary Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Yar-Ping was a Senior Vice President of GIC Special Investments (GICSI), which is the private equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. She spent more than a decade at GIC and worked in their New York, Redwood City and Singapore offices. Ms. Soo was the Head of Asia/Emerging Markets based out of Singapore, leading GICSI’s investments in leveraged buyout funds, growth capital funds and co-investments.
Ms. Soo is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Malay.
Joji Takeuchi joined one of Asset management One’s predecessor companies, Mizuho Asset Management, as Co-Head of Private Asset in September 2015. Mr. Takeuchi established Brightrust PE Japan in 2007 to assist investors in the diligence and selection of private asset funds. Brightrust PE Japan also provided research on Japanese private equity funds to Japanese and non-Japanese investors. Mr. Takeuchi engaged in M&A advisory at Konomi, Inc. (2002-06) and for Mizuho Corporate Advisory as an advisor. In 1990s Mr. Takeuchi co-headed global derivatives trading at General Re Financial Products and oversaw its Asia Pacific operation. He started his professional carrier at Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan in 1983. Mr. Takeuchi is a member of PE Study Group at Institute of Strategic Solutions for Pension Management. He holds BA from Tokyo University and MA from Sydney University.
Mark Bivens is a Silicon Valley native and currently a venture capitalist with over 15 years experience in Europe. Before becoming a VC, Mr. Bivens founded 3 technology startups in the U.S., including BirdView Technologies which was acquired by Constellation Software (TSX: CSU).
In his spare time, Mr. Bivens authored two books on blockchain in Japan and also pretends to be a triathlete.
MBA from Kellogg. BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Shane Chesson is Founder and Partner of Openspace Ventures (formerly NSI Ventures), a Singapore-headquartered VC focused on Series A and B investments in Southeast Asia-based technology companies. Selected Openspace investments overseen by Mr. Chesson include Go-Jek, Chope, Tradegecko, CXA, Topica, Oway, HaloDoc, Sale Stock and Pathao. Mr. Chesson was previously Managing Director and Co-Head (Technology Investment Banking, of Citigroup Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Chesson has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD Singapore where he was a recipient of the IAA Asian Campus scholarship.
Jonathan Epstein is an angel investor in the Cloud and Fintech spaces in Japan and the U.S.
Mr. Epstein got his start supporting Masayoshi Son as Softbank’s director of strategy and was directly involved in acquisitions, JV formations, and start-ups ranging from the initial $20m investment into Alibaba, a $300m investment into E*Trade and the creation of Nasdaq Japan. He has served on various boards, including Korea 1st Bank, Ziff Davis, and Softbank Emerging Markets.
In addition to investing experience at Softbank, Mr. Epstein’s direct, founding and early-stage investments include: Moneytree K.K., PlusAMP, Cloudian, and Guidewire (NYSE: GWRE).
His operational experience includes:
• Credorax Country Manager (Japan)
• PayPal Country Manager (Japan)
• Asurion Japan Chief Risk Officer
• AIG Japan & Korea Regional Vice President
• Nasdaq Japan Chief Financial Officer
• Softbank Director of Strategic Planning
Mr. Epstein has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 1994) and graduated from Princeton in 1988, Cum Laude with a major in Philosophy. He is fluent in Japanese and French and conversational in Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew.
Batara Eto is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of East Ventures, a VC focused on early stage investments in Japan and Southeast Asia particularly Indonesia. Prior to that, he co-founded Mixi and served as CTO until 2008.
Paul Ford is a Partner in the KPMG FAS Co., Ltd. Deal Advisory practice in Tokyo. Paul specializes in cross-border transaction due diligence and deal execution, with a focus on private equity and technology transactions for both buy- and sell-side mandates.
Paul joined KPMG in 1994 and worked in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and Japan before leaving KPMG in 2006 to join his client PineRidge Partners, a middle-market Japan buyout fund focused on the resort, manufacturing and media sectors. Paul returned to Canada in late 2007 to take on the role of Vice-President Finance for an early stage Canadian lif sciences software company, where he was responsible for raising several rounds of private equity and debt financing. Wanting to apply his private equity and technology industry experience in an advisory role, Paul returned to KPMG Tokyo in 2011 and has since supported inbound and outbound transactions in the retail, technology, manufacturing, resource and other sectors.
KPMG provides a full range of advisory services to private equity and corporate clients in Japan, including transaction due diligence, post-acquisition and portfolio company integration, restructuring support, financial advisor services, forensic analysis, and business performance improvement services.
Senior Executive Advisor of CVC Japan. Yoshiaki Fujimori joined CVC in 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Tokyo Electric Power Company, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific. Previously he spent 5 years as CEO at LIXIL Group Corporation. Prior to that he was Chairman and CEO of GE Japan and Senior Vice President of General Electric. He spent 25 years at General Electric for various CEO roles including GE Plastics, GE Healthcare Asia and GE Money Asia. Mr. Fujimori holds an engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as board of trustee.
Uli Grabenwarter, is Deputy Director - Equity Investments at European Investment Fund (EIF). In this capacity he oversees EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds Investment platform in that space. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space and in this context has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a 20 months research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practices for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University. He regularly publishes articles and white papers on venture capital and impact investing. Mr. Grabenwarter is also chair of the European Impact Investing Luxembourg think-tank platform (www.eill.lu) and member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Mr. Grabenwarter holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
Hiro Hirano (Tokyo) joined KKR in 2013 and is a Member and Chief Executive Officer of KKR Japan. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Hirano worked at AlixPartners as Japan Representative and Head of Financial Service in Asia. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Hirano led the principal investment arm of Nikko Cordial Group (now known as SMBC Nikko Securities) and became Chairman of Nikko Principal Investments. Mr. Hirano was directly involved with investments such as Tower Records Japan, Nikko Asset Management and Seibu Railways where he served as board member for these companies. Mr. Hirano graduated from Keio University and holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Tony Jiang is a co-founder and partner at Ocean Link, a private equity firm with a focus on travel and leisure related industries. He leads all of Ocean Link's investments, and he currently serves on the board of eLong, Mafengwo, Yitiao, New Century Kaiyuan Hotels, Ruby Hotels & Resorts, and Mind Education. Prior to founding Ocean Link, Mr. Jiang was with The Carlyle Group from 2006 to 2016 focused on private equity investments in Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jiang worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Soichi Kariyazono is a partner at Globis Capital Partners, having joined GLOBIS Corporation in 1996 as a fund manager of firm's first venture capital fund. In 1999, established Apax Globis Japan Fund, a joint venture with Apax Partners. His major track records are Gree, Works Applications and Netage Group. Prior to joining GLOBIS, he worked for the Management Consulting Division of Sanwa Research Institute Corporation.
Mr. Kariyazono serves as chair of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA) since July 2015.
He received a BA in Law from Keio University in Japan and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.
Tatsuo Kawasaki is one of the founding Partners of Unison Capital founded in 1998. His investment experience ranges from retail, service, food, financial service, to manufacturing sector. Prior to joining Unison, he worked for Goldman Sachs Japan, McKinsey, and NextCard, an online credit card venture based in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Leonard L. Kim is Co-Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner (Asia) of CGPM with primary responsibility for Asia. He has personally led many of the team’s largest and most successful investments and developed and oversees the Asia leg of the global emerging markets team. Leonard currently serves or has served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies including Mankind Pharma and ITQ in India, the Strategic Business Council of ABS-CBN in the Philippines and the boards of Hite Brewery, ON*Media Corporation and LG Card Co in Korea.
Prior to joining the CGPM team in 1997, Leonard was an investment banker with Credit Suisse in New York and with Peregrine Capital in Hong Kong. Leonard holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Megumi Kiyozuka currently serves as Managing Director (Head of Japan) of CLSA Capital Partners Japan. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall investment activities of the firm and serves on the board of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Kiyozuka was a Director focused on Japanese buyout opportunities in the consumer, healthcare, and industrial sectors with The Carlyle Group in Tokyo. He spent 6 years at Carlyle and was one of the founding members of Carlyle Japan. Prior to his tenure at The Carlyle Group, he was a Senior Manager at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where he accumulated over 10 years of experience in M&A and syndicated loans across various countries in Asia. Mr. Kiyozuka received a B.A. in Economics from Shiga University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
T. J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He is a founding member of the Seoul office, and is leading Unison's Korea initiative for portfolio company value creation as well as sourcing new investment opportunities. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan, where he was responsible for M&A advisory operations.
Anthony Miller joined PAG as partner and Chief Executive Officer of PAG Japan in June 2009. He is also a director of PAG Holdings, Ltd. and a director of Universal Studios Japan, a PAG portfolio company. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miller was a partner of alternative asset manager Ramius LLC, where he was in charge of its business in Asia. He previously worked as managing director and head of the Hong Kong office for The Carlyle Group and as managing director and head of corporate finance for Bear Stearns Asia.
Mr. Miller graduated with honors in economics and urban studies from Brown University and with honors from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Keiji Mogi joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and was Member of Board of Directors prior to joining Sony Life Insurance to start PE Fund investment program. After Sony Life Insurance he has been playing actively various function in PE Fund universe such as Professor, Teikyo University to lecture PE Fund Practice for 5 years from April 2007, Independent Director, University of Tokyo Edge Capital in June 2007 and Senior Executive Advisor, Brightrust PE Japan in Oct. 2012 to write “Feasibility Study on Alternative Investment” mandated by GPIF.
Hideo Nagatsuyu joined Advantage Partners in May 1998. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BA in Economics, concentrating in Management Administration. Subsequently, he joined the Tokyo office of McKinsey & Company, where he spent 5 years as a consultant working on a number of client projects, including channel/distribution strategy, new product development, operational improvement, and reorganization strategies, across a broad range of industries, including food, products, machinery, telecommunications, software, construction, engineering and consumer products.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Naofumi Nishi worked at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo office and Frankfurt office mainly on global strategy development and M&A engagements for strategic and financial investors in various industries. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked as Director at Foreign Affairs Japan , publishing company in Tokyo, for growth strategy.
Mr. Nishi earned his MBA from Stanford University, his masters and bachelors degrees in International Relations from the University of Tokyo.
Tetsuro Onitsuka is the Head of Special Situations and Managing Director of Buyout at Japan Post Investment Corporation, the captive direct investment vehicle of Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance. Prior to joining Japan Post, he was the Head of Japan and Principal at TPG, and before that, worked at Morgan Stanley where he started his career. Mr. Onitsuka received his BS in economics from Harvard College, and his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Robert Petty is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners and a member of the Firm's Investment and Management Committees. Since founding the Firm in 2001, Mr. Petty and his partner Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his nearly 30-year career, Mr. Petty has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, stressed credit and special situations strategies. Mr. Petty’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Mr. Petty worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for Marc Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years. Mr. Petty sits on the Board of four Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and EngenderHealth. Mr. Petty holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.
James Riney is the co-founder and head of 500 Startups’ $35m fund for Japan, and recently listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30. Prior to 500 Startups, Mr. Riney covered early stage investments for DeNA's venture arm, focusing on Silicon Valley and Asia. He drove DeNA's first investments in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and India. His notable investments include SmartHR, Infostellar, Coins.ph, Within, and Penrose VR.
Before investing, he was the founding CEO of ResuPress (now Coincheck, Inc), and the creator of STORYS.JP, the "Medium.com of Japan.” In another life, he worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and Tokyo.
In the late 80’s, when Bill Gates needed momentum to make Windows, the global de facto standard, it was Tom’s work to sign up over 20 Japanese PC OEMs as the Japanese Windows Product Manager. He, then went to Silicon Valley to start his own E-Commerce startup. Serial entrepreneur and international BizDev expert, authored “Microsoft War Stories: How to Create a De Facto Global Standard”.
Tomoya Shiraishi co-founded Phronesis Partners, a Japanese private equity firm focusing on small-cap control investments with its differentiated strategy for value creation by supporting further growth of portfolios companies. Since the firm launched the first fund in 2015, it has built a promising investment track record. Its portfolio includes T.N., a leading nail polishing salon chain and FLAVA, a leading online men’s apparel company.
Mr. Shiraishi started his career at JAFCO in 1986. He gained experience in venture capital in Silicon Valley and Asian countries for more than ten years and he led the buyout investment team in Japan as CIO until he left the firm in 2005. Early venture portfolio included ResMed, a U.S. developer of medical equipment for sleep-disordered breathing, which is now listed at $8.0 billon market cap. The buyout portfolio included metal coatings specialist Tocalo, the first privatization in Japan led by a financial sponsor. The company went public with $250 million market cap.
Prior to co-founding Phronesis, Mr. Shiraishi was the head of Japan office of Permira, a leading global private equity firm. At Permira, he led the acquisition of Arysta LifeScienece at $2.2 billion.
He also has a profound knowledge about social impact investment. He founded Social Investment Partners, the first full-scale venture philanthropy organization in Japan. He is also a member of the national advisory board of G8 Impact Investment Task Force.
Mr. Shiraishi holds a bachelor of law from Hitotsubashi University in 1986.
Mitchell Stack joined Bain Capital Credit in 2013. He is a Managing Director and Head of Bain Capital Credit Australia. Previously, Mr. Stack was the Head of Debt and Alternatives at the Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund. Prior to that, Mr. Stack was the head of the Australian investment team at the global fixed income specialist Western Asset Management and its predecessor organization Citigroup Asset Management. Mr. Stack also worked at J.P. Morgan in credit and corporate finance in Melbourne and New York. Mr. Stack received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder.
Before joining ICG, Jun Suzuki was a Principal with the Longreach Group, a pan-Asian private equity buyout fund. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director with UBS Investment Bank in Japan, advising clients on M&A, equity and debt financing, and corporate strategy for 11 years. Mr. Suzuki started his career in the commercial banking with the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and worked in Japan and the United States.
Mr. Suzuki holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and BA in Political Science from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
Henry Wang joined as part of the creation of BCP Credit, having formerly been a Partner at Stonerise Capital Partners where he spent over five years. Previously, he worked for over seven years at Goldman Sachs in its Special Situations Group and Investment Banking Division. Mr. Wang also worked for Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen’s investment firm, co-founder of Microsoft) and Thomas Weisel Partners. Mr. Wang has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS/BA from Boston University.
Kazuhiro Yamada is a Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan buyout advisory team. He is based in Tokyo.
Since joining Carlyle in 2001, Mr. Yamada has played a leading role in several of Carlyle’s successful investments, including Asahi Security Co. Ltd, Kito Corp., Rhythm Corp., Gakusei Engokai Co. Ltd, Covalent Materials Corp., AvanStarte Inc., Walbro Co., Ltd. and Simplex Inc.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yamada was a Senior Vice President of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co. Ltd (“Daiwa”) where he engaged in cross-border M&A deals along with Lazard Freres. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking for five years, project finance for five years, and commercial banking for five years at Sumitomo Bank (currently "Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation").
Mr. Yamada is a board member at Kito Corp., AvanStrate Inc., ARUHI Group Corporation, and WingArc1st Inc.
Mr. Yamada received a B.S. from the Doshisha University in Kyoto, and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010.
Reijiro (Ray) Yamamoto, a founding Partner of Integral has over 20 years of experience in investment banking activities including domestic and cross-border M&A, MBOs, LBOs, going-private transactions, debt-restructuring, workouts of multi-national insolvent companies and sales of non-performing loans in Japan, Europe and the US. He is extremely knowledgeable on deal financing issues, having arranged, structured, negotiated financing for numerous transactions.
Mr. Yamamoto began his career with Mitsui Bank (the current Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)) in 1984. In 1990, he joined AT Kearney as a management consultant in Chicago and subsequently, he moved to London in 1991, where he engaged in Sakura Bank’s (currently SMBC’s) structured finance. After 7+ years in London, he returned to Japan in 1998 and joined Sakura Bank's Mergers and Acquisitions Department (currently SMBC’s M&A firm) where he was in charge of the cross-border M&A group. In 2000, he joined Unison Capital, one of the first buyout funds in Japan. When he was with Unison Capital, he played a key role in the success of Unison’s first fund. He provided advisory services to his portfolio companies often taking on the director role at the companies in which the fund invested.
While at GCA, he structured and closed the MBO of World Co., Ltd., the largest MBO in Japan and also led a lot of landmark M&A deals of Japan such as a US$19 billion worth merger between Hankyu and Hanshin railway companies. He was also an investment committee of Fund I of Mezzanine Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of GCA and the first independent Mezzanine investment firm in Japan.
Yoshinobu Yarita joined PAG in 2016 as Managing Director. Previously, Mr. Yarita worked with Nomura Securities for more than 29 years and engaged various business such as private equity investment, investment banking, wealth management and research. He was formerly Managing Director and Head of Business Development of Nomura Principal Finance, private equity investment arm of Nomura, where he led the company’s investments into Skylark, Millennium(Seibu and Sogo), Sliontech and Daikuma, among others. Mr. Yarita is Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst(CAIA). BA from Yokohama National University.
Koichiro Yasuda is Chairman and Managing Director based in Tokyo. Before BDA, Mr. Yasuda worked at Deutsche Securities Japan as Head of Investment Banking, Managing Director, and Vice Chairman. Prior to that, he was Head of Advisory and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Japan, Co-Head of Advisory at Nikko Citigroup, and Head of M&A at UBS Warburg (Japan). Mr. Yasuda began his career in 1981 at Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, where he went on to be Head of M&A. Mr. Yasuda has closed more than 100 transactions across multiple industries. He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University, a MPA from The Kennedy School at Harvard University, and a MA in Economics from Yale University.
Masa Yoshizawa is Representative Director and Partner of The Longreach Group, Inc. (“LGI”) which he co-founded in 2003. LGI is a Tokyo based consulting firm that provides investment consulting services in Japan with a focus on the mature industrial and technology, business services, consumer related sectors, and financial services.
Mr. Yoshizawa’s lead responsibilities include investment strategy, advisory on business development, research, and execution of opportunities in Japan. Mr. Yoshizawa has had key origination and advisory roles in conglomerate divestitures such as the acquisition and exit of OCC Corporation, SANYO Electric Logistics, Hitachi Via Mechanics, Sol-Plus Group, Primo Japan, Nippon Outsourcing Corporation, and Kohikan. He is involved in management of the businesses he advises and is a member of the board.
Before founding LGI, Mr. Yoshizawa was Managing Director and Head of Technology and Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in Japan, where he focused on advising large Japanese conglomerates on execution of major carve-outs of non-core businesses in the semiconductor, computer industrial technology and other healthcare related areas. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he spent seven years at Robertson, Stephens & Company as Managing Director and Head of the Tokyo office where he established its start-up operations in Tokyo including investment banking, equity sales and asset management business. Mr. Yoshizawa started his banking career at The Sumitomo Bank, Tokyo.
Mr. Yoshizawa holds a Bachelor of Laws from Hokkaido University and was Valedictorian of his class of 1984. He served as the Chairman of Japan Private Equity Association for two years from September 2015. Mr. Yoshizawa is also a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Emre is Principal at Globis Capital Partners, leading investments mainly in Fintech, AI, Blockchain, drones and internet media. His track record includes GLM (Electric vehicle startup, acquired by O-Luxe Holdings in Hong Kong) and he sits on the board of V-Cube Robotics Japan (drone service), MFS (mortgage and personal credit scoring), Global Mobility Service (auto loan, IoT), Tabi Labo (vertical digital media) and also work closely with Money Design (roboadvsior) and other unannounced investments.
Prior to joining Globis Capital Partners, Emre worked for Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo) and KPMG Management Consulting (Tokyo), where he specialized in overseas expansion and Post Merger Integration.
Emre graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Ohio State University (magna cum laude).