Senior Industry Professionals
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Toshiyuki Kumura joined Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd in 1983. After 10 years in sales division, he moved to investment division in 1993, where he covered oversea lending, corporate bonds and currency & interest swaps.
In 1997 he led newly created team to start to invest in private equity funds, hedge funds, emerging markets and other alternative products.
In 2002, he transferred PE fund investment team to Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd (“TMAM”), and as a Head of Private Equity, he has provided investment advisory services and Fund of PE Funds products to institutional investors and pension funds as the first Asset Management Company in Japan to provide such products.
In November 2019, he joined Japan Investment Corporation (“JIC”). He became CIO, a member of the board of JIC in December 2019.
From 1997 to the middle of 2000s, which are early days of private equity in Japan, he contributed to build up Ecosystem of Japanese PE market by investing into the first funds of many domestic buyout managers and investing into many VC funds as the first institutional investor; advising many GP of best practice in asset class which he gets from knowledge of world class PE funds; and together with a handful seasoned investment professionals, creating LP study group among many institutional investors to share knowledge of PE fund investment by holding study session periodically.
Toshiyuki Kumura has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management CMA.
Mr. Beaton is a Partner of Lexington Partners where he leads the firm’s Asian activities and manages Lexington’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Beaton is engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of non-U.S. private equity and alternative investments as well as raising capital for Lexington funds from investors in the region. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2011 to open the Lexington office, he 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 Managing Director and heads Fund Investment Team at Japan Investment Corporation (“JIC”).
Ms. Hata joined JIC in July 2020 in order to build and support Japan’ private equity / venture capital ecosystem as well as to provide the risk capital with the investment funds which bring Japan’s industry to the next stage. Prior to joining JIC, as a co-head of private equity, Ms. Hata worked for Nissay Asset Management where she was mainly responsible for European small-mid buyout, GP stake investments, secondary and Japan’s VC funds. She also worked for Nomura Asset Management (or Nomura Private Equity Capital) and managed fund of funds focused on Asia market as a member of Investment Committee.
Ms. Hata is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan., and received a B.A. in Environmental Information from Keio University and an M.B.A. from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales-HEC in Paris.
Noriko Hayashi is Managing Director, Head of Private Equity at ORIX Life Insurance Corporation.
She has been involved in framework building, implementing, portfolio construction and management of a global private markets program for institutional investors with primary focus on Private Equity; currently at ORIX Life, previously at Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and firstly at Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd., since 2000. She started her career at Mitsubishi Bank, Ltd. (MUFG Bank, Ltd.) where she covered Corporate Finance and Operational Improvement in commercial banking business.
She received a B.A. in Law from Kyoto University.
Masashi Kataoka is the Head of Venture Investment Center of Alternative Investment Department at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company where he heads the venture direct and fund investment team. Prior to his current role, he had led various teams since 2014; hedge fund team, PE / infrastructure / venture team. He worked 4 years until 2014 at Dai-ichi Life’s NY office and led the manager selection / due diligence practice as well as strategic activities with US asset managers. Since joining Dai-ichi Life in 1997, he has about 20-year-experience in investment related sections including Investment Planning Department where he engaged in the asset allocation of entire Dai-ichi Life’s general account asset. He also has an experience working at an US based hedge fund as a trainee in 2007. He earned Bachelor of Economics in Keio University.
Yasunobu Kawahara joined HarbourVest in 2021 and focuses on investor relationship in Japan. Yasunobu has 20+ years of financial experiences across banks, consulting firms and asset management companies. Yasunobu joined the Firm from Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he served as a Director of Asset Management Distribution team. His responsibilities included investor and consultant relations, originating and executing transactions across a variety of alternative strategies. Most recently he was Head of Asset Management Products Japan and led the firm’s product specialist team. His prior experience includes Director of Sales and Product Development role at Japan Alternative Investment, and as a Pension Consultant at Watson Wyatt (Willis Towers Watson). He began his career as a banker in Sumitomo Banking Corporation (SMBC). Yasunobu received Bachelor of Law from Waseda University. He is a native Japanese speaker.
Chris is global co-head of the firmwide Alternatives Capital Markets & Strategy (ACMS) Group, which oversees institutional capital markets, capital raising and client strategy for alternative investments, across both direct investing and open-architecture solutions in private equity, credit, real estate, infrastructure, growth equity, ESG and absolute-return strategies. Chris serves on the Partnership Committee, the Merchant Banking Division Corporate Investment Committee, the Americas Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the Hedge Fund and Private Equity Screening Committee and the Board of Advisors of Launch With GS, the firm's commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership.
Prior to the formation of the ACMS Group in 2019, Chris was global head and chief investment officer of the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection Group, leading the group since its formation in 2008. He first joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 in the Leveraged Finance Group, and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Chris is vice chair of the board of The Juilliard School, director of The New York Philharmonic and trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts. He serves on the investment committees of Collegiate School and The Juilliard School. Chris is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School.
Chris earned a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and is admitted to the New York Bar. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
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.
Tadashi Nishizawa is an Executive 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 and is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
At Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mr. Numata is responsible for selecting and monitoring private funds, incl. Private Equity, Private Debt and Private Infrastructure as a gatekeeper to public and corporate pension funds in Japan. Prior to joining to Mizuho Trust in2014, he worked at Partners Group and was responsible for fund raising, sourcing private equity direct transactions and selecting private equity funds in Japan. Prior to that, he worked at Sony Life Insurance, where he started and expanded PE investment program.
Isamu is a Partner and a member of the Client Service Team. He works closely with clients in the management of their portfolios, including providing assistance in the development and monitoring of their private equity programs. Additionally, he is actively involved in the portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring of the various fund of funds programs and separate accounts. Isamu is also involved in the development of consultant relationships.
Isamu spent 15 years with UBS Global Asset Management as a Managing Director and Head of Pension Funds Marketing. As a senior member of the Tokyo team, he was responsible for business development and relationship management of large institutional clients/consultants in Japan.
From 1990 to 1998, Isamu worked for LTCB, a Japanese bank for FX administration, corporate finance including company due diligence for loan lending, client relationship management and business development.
Isamu is a certificated member of the Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
Soichi Sam Takata has been with Tokio Marine Asset Management since the creation of the private equity investment team in 2002. Before that, Mr Takata was at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (Tokio Marine) working in their alternative investment team from 1997 to 1998, and again from 2001 onwards, managing a global portfolio of private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, CDOs/CLOs and other alternative assets.
Mr. Takata spent three years at Tokio Marine Capital, Tokio Marine's private equity investment arm, working on management buyout and development capital transactions in Japan. During this period, he also spent time at private equity houses in the US and the UK. Prior to that, he spent over two years on secondment to the Export-Import Bank of Japan (now the Japan Bank for International Cooperation) working on project finance transactions around the world.
Mr Takata began his career in the international investment department of Tokio Marine overseeing an international portfolio of managed assets. He has a BA in economics from Harvard College.
Masashige Ueno joined MUTB in 2016. He is responsible for private fund investments, such as private equity, private debt, infrastructure and real estate, in its asset management business unit. Before joining MUTB, he spent more than 20 years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and SMBC Nikko Securities where he was engaged in various banking and securities businesses, including principal investments in private funds and investment product development for institutional investors. Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering from Kyoto University. MBA, Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Atsushi Akaike is a Partner, joined CVC in 2015.Mr. Akaike is a member of CVC Japan team and is based in Tokyo. Prior to joining CVC, he spent over eleven years at Advantage Partners as a Senior Partner, he led Management and Leveraged Buy-Out transactions. Prior to this, he worked for McKinsey & Co., Tokyo, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Atsushi holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The University of Tokyo.
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.
Ryo Fujii joined Permira in 2015 and is Head of Japan. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Akindo Sushiro and John Masters Organics.
Prior to joining Permira, Ryo was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for 9 years, where he took a leadership role in the private equity in Asia and was involved in a number of investments including Intelligence Holdings and Panasonic Healthcare. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo working on financial advisory and principal investment activities. Prior to that, he served as the government official at the Ministry of Finance, Japan.
Ryo currently is a partner at Permira and serves as Head of Japan at Permira Advisers KK and Member of the Board at Japan Private Equity Association. Ryo previously served as a director at John Masters Organics Group Inc., Sushiro Global Holdings, Panasonic Healthcare Holdings, Intelligence Holdings and KKR Capital Markets Japan.
Ryo received a Bachelor in Law from the University of Tokyo, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
James joined Permira Credit in June 2007 and has led the business as Chief Executive Officer since January 2009. He is a member of all Permira Credit investment committees.
James has over 30 years of European credit experience. In his early career he spent time at Continental Bank, Bankers Trust, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Merrill Lynch, where he was a Managing Director in Leverage Finance.
He then joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as co-head of European Leverage Finance, before moving across to the Financial Sponsor Coverage group in 2005.
Yuki Kashiyama's responsibilities include aki-japan, Genex, Shirayuki, Nakai Industrial, MWT Holdings, Sun Smile, Kugami Seiki, Tokai Trim and Primagest. Prior to joining J-STAR, Mr. Kashiyama exited from his business as founder of a biotechnology company in the U.S. and Chile, He has extensive experience in strategy, innovation management, business development and international operations. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”), where he worked on projects for business strategy, business development, marketing, business process re-engineering and post-merger integration in various industries such as technology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods. He received the “Consultant of the Year award” from BCG Japan. Mr. Kashiyama received an MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo.
Mr. Kita joined Advantage Partners in 2003 and leads all activities for the Japan Buyout team. Mr. Kita has also directly led many investments including Actus, MEI/Nippon Conlux, CommunityOne, Interac and Katitas. He currently serves as a Director on several investments including Wavedash, United Precision Technologies, MP Kitchen, Net Protections, Material Group, Yaruki Switch Group, Cosmolife and Dental Holding.
Prior to joining Advantage Partners, Mr. Kita was at Bain & Company Japan and focused on projects in the auto, finance, telecommunications, food products, trading houses, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Kita holds an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
Kathy is the former Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan and Chief Japan Equity Strategist. Her groundbreaking ʻWomenomicsʼ research spurred the Japanese government to promote gender diversity, and she has advised corporations on governance and diversity best practices. She has an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB from Harvard.
Rob Petty is Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital (Asia). Since founding the Clearwater Funds in 2001 along with Amit Gupta, they have invested profitably across credit market cycles, investment sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the oldest and largest credit investing firms in the region. Today, Rob leads an Asia-dedicated credit investment team, with broad expertise in Asia incorporating strategies across direct lending, secondary credit and special situations through multiple pools of capital.
Rob is responsible for Fiera Capital’s Asian Credit business, along with Amit Gupta. Prior to founding Clearwater, for fifteen years, Rob worked as a capital committer for international and Asian credits at Lehman Brothers, Peregrine Fixed Income, and with Marc Lasry at Amroc Investments.
Rob lives in Hong Kong and holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Brown University. Rob has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards over his 35-year career and currently sits on the board of two China-based portfolio companies and EngenderHealth, a non-profit organization that focuses on women’s health worldwide.
Mr. Wong is Managing Partner and CEO of Ares SSG. He serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee. He additionally serves as the chair of Ares SSG Investment Committee, is a member of the Secured Lending Funds Investment Committee and is a Director of Ares SSG Hong Kong. Mr. Wong primarily focuses on investment activities, as well as overseeing strategic matters and business operations of Ares SSG. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Mr. Wong founded SSG Capital Management in 2009 and served as its Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, where he focused on special situations and private debt investments across Asia-Pacific. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2008, where he ran their Asia Special Situations Group and other credit businesses. Mr. Wong started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994, and went on to join JP Morgan Securities Asia in Hong Kong. He is a founding member of the APAC Alternative Credit Council (ACC), which helps in developing the private credit markets in the region. Mr. Wong holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School and the University of Wales.
Kazuhiro Yamada is a Managing Director and Head of the Carlyle Japan 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., Simplex Inc., ARUHI Corporation and WingArc1st Inc.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yamada was a Senior Vice President of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co. Ltd., where he engaged in cross-border mergers and acquisitions 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 Sunsho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Money Square Holdings, Inc, SANKYO RIKAGAKU CO., LTD, and WingArc1st Inc. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Japan Private Equity Association.
Mr. Yamada received a BS from Doshisha University.
Eiji Yatagawa (Tokyo) joined KKR in 2006 and is a Partner on the Private Equity team. He is currently on the board of directors of PHC Holdings (formerly Panasonic Healthcare), Transphorm, Koki Holdings (formerly Hitachi Koki), From Scratch, and SY Holdings (Seiyu), and NETSTARS. Mr. Yatagawa was also previously involved with KKR’s investments in Unisteel (Singapore), Intelligence, AlphaTheta (formerly Pioneer DJ), Marelli Holdings (formerly Calsonic Kansei), and Kokusai Electric (formerly Hitachi Kokusai Electric). From 2010 to 2012, he worked in KKR's Hong Kong office. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Yatagawa was with Goldman Sachs & Co.'s investment banking team, based in New York and Tokyo, where he focused on the telecommunications, media, and technology sector and was involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions as well as financing projects. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Tokyo.
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, Kohikan, Fujitsu Component and Japan Systems. 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.