Senior Industry Professionals
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yasuo Osawa is a Senior Deputy Manager of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. in charge of the Private Equity portfolio. Prior to his current position, he worked in the investment department of an insurance company for almost ten years on hedge fund investments, government bond trading, investment planning, and asset allocation. He joined Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. (now, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.) in 2007. He received a Bachelor of engineering from Sophia University, and is a chartered member of Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
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.
Yoshie Suzuki, General Manager of Alternative Fund Administration, Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd.(“TMAM”)
Ms. Suzuki joined TMAM in 2008 as Head of Monitoring of Multi-Manager Investment Department and in charge of middle back office operations and monitoring of private equity fund and fund of hedge funds. She previously worked for Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., a casualty insurance company in Japan, as an officer of compliance and legal in investment section for 8 years. She was also engaged in corporate accounting section as a business administrator for 4 years and in overseas loan and bond investment section for 6 years. She assumed her current position in 2016. She is now overseeing middle/back operations for alternative investments including infrastructure funds. Yoshie Suzuki is a graduate of the Tsuda College Faculty of Liberal Arts.
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Shinta Nurfauzia is the CEO & co-founder of Lemonilo. Lemonilo is the biggest LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) & Wellness meets CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) vertical startup in Indonesia, on a mission to build a healthier, happier society. Lemonilo enables Indonesian SMEs to formulate, produce and market healthy & natural products that will not break the bank, with technology as a core. Before co-founding Lemonilo, she graduated from University of Indonesia and Harvard Law School and worked as a lawyer and consultant. Her family diabetes history inspires her to live healthier and help others to do the same through Lemonilo.
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.
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.
David Huang is the head of Client Management at Strait Capital Investment Group. Prior to joining Strait Capital Investment Group, Mr. Huang was a VP at Chinatrust Commercial Bank responsible for Japan financial institution relationships. Prior to Chinatrust Commercial Bank, he worked at Bank of Nova Scotia focused on structure finance deals in Tokyo. Mr. Huang received a BS from University of California Riverside, and an MS from Waseda University.
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.
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.
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.
Bobby Pauly is a founding member of the Tata Opportunities Fund, a USD 600 million third-party private equity fund that invests in attractive off-market transactions leveraging the network and relationships of the Tata group. Based in Mumbai, Bobby champions new investment opportunities and drives value creation as the fund's nominee on the Board of select portfolio companies. Bobby joined Tata Capital in 2007 and has helped conceptualize, nurture and build the firm's private equity franchise, which today manages about USD 1 billion in AUM.
Prior to this, for 7 years, Bobby served at a strategy consultant at Tata Strategic Management Group, where he helped establish his firm's private equity practice. Bobby started his career with the TVS Group.
Bobby secured his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program of College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. In the year 2000, the Confederation of Indian Industry honoured Bobby as a Young Business Leader of Tomorrow.
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.
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.
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 the Japanese industrial technology sector. 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 and Nippon Outsourcing Corporation. 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 has been serving as the Chairman of Japan Private Equity Association since 2015. Mr. Yoshizawa is also a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives.