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Tadasu Matsuo leads JST’s alternative investment from January, 2022.
Before joining JST, he led HarbourVest Partners Japan as a managing director and co-head from April, 2020. As a head of alternative investment, he oversaw 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.
Jesper Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986.Over the past two decades, Jesper has been recognized as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, having worked as Chief Strategist and Head of Research for U.S. investment banks J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. He currently serves as Expert Director for the Monex Group and the Japan Catalyst Fund (Japan’s 1stretail investor based corporate engagement/activist fund). His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government and corporate advisory committees, including Governor Yuriko Koike’s Advisory Board. Jesper serves as Board Director of OIST, the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology and is a Founder of the Asia Society Japan and heads their Policy Committee. He is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He has written three books in Japanese and, in 2021, created the video/pod-cast series “Japan - Capitalism that works”.
Jesper is an economist, angel-investor, patron; and yes, a Japan Optimist.
Heads Japan Post Bank’s $30B private equity investment program and has been responsible for all aspects of its creation and construction. Prior to joining Japan Post Bank in January 2016, worked at Nippon Life Insurance Company, where he established and lead Nippon Life’s private equity operations in the US, and was also Head of Product Development at Nissay Asset Management Co. the asset management subsidiary of Nippon Life.
He has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo, LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, has passed the New York Bar Exam and also is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts
Association of Japan.
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.
Karen Simeone joined HarbourVest in 2018 and focuses on investments in senior and junior private credit transactions.
Throughout her career, Karen has managed all aspects of the private credit investment process including sourcing, evaluating, structuring, underwriting and managing secured debt securities of middle market companies. Prior to joining the Firm, Karen was a managing director at TCW in the Direct Lending Group (formerly Regiment Capital’s direct lending team). Karen previously worked at Stairway Capital and HVB Group. Karen began her career at J.P. Morgan as part of the leveraged finance group and later became a member of the high yield research team.
Karen received a BS from Georgetown University in 1998 and studied at the London School of Economics.
Hiroaki Saito is a Head of Private Investments and Chief Investment Officer at Asset Management One Alternative Investments, Ltd. (“AMOAI”). He has more than 20 years of private investments and banking experience. Prior to joining AMOAI in 2013, he was a Vice President in Investment Management at Capital Dynamics where he managed Asian private equity investments and developed an investment platform in Japan. Earlier in his career, he also worked at Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, one of the largest trust bank in Japan, and Alternative Investment Capital Ltd, an investment advisory firm in private equity investments. Hiroaki holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from The University of Tokyo.
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).
Apr. 1988 Joined The Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. (“STB”)
Oct. 1996 London Branch, STB
Oct. 2000 Credit Investment Management Department, STB
Apr. 2007 Credit Products and Investment Department, STB
Apr. 2012 Credit Products and Investment Department, SMTB (“SMTB”, formerly STB)
Apr. 2013 General Manager, Investment Products Development Department, SMTB
Oct. 2015 Corporate Officer and General Manager,
Investment Products Development Department, SMTB
April 2017 Corporate Officer, Alternative Investment, SMTB
General Manager, Investment Products Development Department, SMTB
General Manager, Wholesale Asset Management Business Planning Department, SMTB
April 2018 Executive Manager, Alternative Investment, SMTB
General Manager, Investment Products Development Department, SMTB
General Manager, Wholesale Asset Management Business Planning Department, SMTB
April 2021 Executive Officer, Alternative Investment, SMTB
John Yong Suk Lee is a Partner responsible for the Asia business of Lexington Partners. Based in Hong Kong, he is primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of private equity investments in Asia.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2014, Mr. Lee was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, where he executed numerous transactions for Asian corporate and financial sponsor clients as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team.
Mr. Lee graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics.
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.
Chris Kojima is a Partner of Goldman Sachs, where he is global co-head of Client Solutions Group within Goldman Sachs Asset & Wealth Management. Leading a team of over 1,000 professionals across 37 offices, Chris oversees the global client franchise and capital formation activities for the firm’s alternative investments and public market investing platforms, which today represent over $2.5 trillion in assets. Across 28 years at Goldman Sachs, Chris has led several of the firm’s global investing businesses, including its open-architecture platforms in private equity, private credit, real estate, hedge funds, OCIO, and secondary-market strategies. He serves or has served on many of Goldman Sachs’ firm-wide commercial, people, or investment committees, including the Partnership Committee, the Global Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and the Firmwide Client Franchise Committee. Chris also leads firm’s worldwide Asian Network. Chris is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served as Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, and is a frequent commentator and writer on alternative investments and asset management. Actively engaged in education and the arts, Chris also serves on the boards of Cambridge in America, The Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and Collegiate School. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Manitoba, an M.Phil. in Economics from The University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Originally from the Canadian midwest, he today lives with his family in New York City.
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 Insurance Corporation, 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.
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.
Managing Partner, Co-Head of Japan, joined CVC in 2015. Atsushi is based in Tokyo and leads our private equity activities in Japan. He is a member of the Asia Private Equity Board and the Asia Executive Committee, a sub-committee of the APEB that oversees and drives our investment activity in the region. Prior to joining CVC, he spent over eleven years at Advantage Partners as a Senior Partner, he led Management and Leveraged BuyOut 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.
Rahul Bhargava joined Advantage Partners in December 2022 as Co-Head of Asia.
Prior to joining Advantage Partners, he spent over 2 years as Head of Southeast Asia at ADV Partners, and 5 years as a Director at KKR & Co. He has invested across multiple verticals in the alternative investments space including buyouts, growth minority investing and special situations. Rahul started his career at Henderson Global Investors as a founding member of the pan-Asian equity team, where he spent 12 years, with his last role being head of the Singapore office. Rahul is a CFA Charterholder, earned his MBA from the AGSM at the University of New South Wales and graduated from the University of Calcutta with a BSc in Economics. He is an Indian national and a permanent resident of Singapore.
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.
Edwin Chan joined iCapital in 2021 as Head of Asia and Head of Client Solutions APAC. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including a strong track record in private markets in the Asia Pacific region.
Before joining iCapital, Edwin successfully founded and spent a decade building the Probitas Partners business in Asia. He has worked with many private market firms across different alternative investment strategies as well as with institutional and family office investors in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, Edwin worked with AIG Global Investments, Citi, and HSBC based out of Hong Kong in various regional roles covering clients across the broad Asian geography.
He holds a MBA and a BA from the University of South Australia and is a Certified Practicing Accountant of CPA Australia.
Kiichiro is a venture capitalist at WERU Investment, the oldest university affiliated venture capital firm in Japan. He leads investment research at the firm, covering a broad range of technology and industry domains. He serves on the board of multiple portfolio companies including LeoLabs and Confidencial, leading startups in the space and cybersecurity domains.
Prior to joining WERU Investment, Kiichiro led technology-focused business development efforts at startups in the US and Japan. He began his career as an aerospace engineer working on spacecraft development at NASA/JPL and industry. Kiichiro holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Highest Honors from Georgia Tech
Chaim Estulin has been covering Asia for more than two decades, including as Debtwire senior editor since October 2007. He helps oversee more than two dozen reporters and analysts in the region focused on corporate distress and restructurings as well as the primary issuance of high-yield bonds, loans and private debt. Before joining Debtwire, Chaim was a business editor at the South China Morning Post and a Hong Kong-based reporter at Time magazine covering politics, culture and business.
Mr. Ferrier is a Managing Partner of Navis Private Credit. Mr. Ferrier has more than 30 years of experience, which includes more than 20 years as a credit investor, portfolio manager and business leader.
Previously he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he played a pivotal role in building BlackRock’s Asian-Pacific Private Credit business, growing AUM to $700m and developing a successful regional strategy focusing on Southeast Asia and Australia.
Prior to BlackRock, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Myo Capital. The fund delivered 14% gross returns. Prior to Myo Capital he was a Director / Investment Committee Member with ADM Capital and a Corporate Finance Executive with Peregrine Capital and SG Warburg Group.
Mr. Ferrier holds an MBA, majoring in Finance and Accounting from Monash University and a Bachelor in Science from the University of South Australia.
Satoshi Fukushima is Partner at Globis Capital Partners (GCP). He leads investments in problem-solving startups with a focus on healthcare and life-style sector as well as fund-raising of GCP 7th fund (JPY 73B). His track record includes Medley (4480) and acting as a board member of AI Medical Services (Endoscopy AI), Kakehashi (SaaS for pharmacies), SDP (Clinic group specializing in surgery), justInCase (Mobile&AI based insurance), White Plus (Online dry cleaning) and Yoriso (Online platform for seniors). Prior to joining GCP in 2014, he worked at Deutsche Securities Inc. where he was acting as FA for SoftBank and other tech-companies’ fundraising and cross-border M&A transactions. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 2007.
David is a managing director within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, leading the Australia and New Zealand alternative equity strategies, including growth capital and corporate private equity investing. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2022.
Prior to joining the firm, David was a managing director at Pacific Equity Partners in Sydney and before that, he worked at Bain Capital in Boston.
David earned a Bachelors of Economics in 1993 and a Bachelors of Law in 1995 from the University of New South Wales and a Master's of Business Administration in 2001 from Stanford University.
Takanobu Hara is a Partner in the BPEA EQT team. Takanobu worked for BPEA from 2019 until 2022, when the company joined forces with EQT and was renamed BPEA EQT.
Prior to joining BPEA, Takanobu worked at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo. He brings wealth of experience in both investment banking and private equity in Japan which includes his tenure at Advent International and Ripplewood Japan. Takanobu began his career at the Industrial Bank of Japan (currently Mizuho Bank). In addition to his professional background, Takanobu has unique experience in public services having served as a Special Adviser for a Japanese municipal government in the area of culture and international relations.
Takanobu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Keio University.
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Hideyuki has broad experience of corporate finance practices, mainly M&As and leads M&A deal originations and execution at KPMG. So far He has led major Japanese companies‘ overseas acquisitions, multinational companies‘ investments into Japan, business divestitures for PE funds, industry consolidation transactions as well as tailor-made solutions for important corporate matters. His broad industry experiences range from technologies, consumer products, industrials, business services, autoparts, renewable energy, real estate, financial services, etc.
Before joining KPMG in 2016, being a senior member at a boutique M&A firm based in Japan, he built and led an Asia-Japan cross border M&A team and created overseas partner networks.
From 2002 to 2013, he was an investment banker at UBS in Tokyo and New York, mainly covering major financial institution clients as well as multinational clients.
Before 2002, he was a senior sell-side research analyst at Goldman Sachs in Japan after he started a professional career at Mizuho Bank.
LLM and Wharton Certificate, University of Pennsylvania Law School, US
Bachelor of Laws, Keio University, Japan
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 CommunityOne, Katitas, Net Protections, Yaruki Switch Group and Cosmolife. He currently serves as a Director on several investments including Material Group, Energywith, NFC Holdings, Net Japan and Daiho Industrial.
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.
Megumi Kiyozuka currently serves as the President & Representative Director 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 MUFG Bank, Ltd., 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.
Kazushige has approx. 30 years’ experience in private equity (PE) business. Kazushige is handling a couple of PE related business in parallel, including running a fund of funds program of Tokyo Metropolitan Government at MCP Asset Management and advisory roles as an independent consultant for global GPs.
Until 2020, he was Managing Director – Head of Primary Investments at Capital Dynamics (CD), a global private asset management company. He oversaw CD’s PE investments in Asia and also served as a member of Global PE Investment Committee and Executive Committee.
Prior to joining CD in 2010, he was President and CEO of Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a private equity advisory firm in Tokyo. He joined AIC when it was established in 2002 and has grown AIC as globally recognized PE investor. Before AIC, he worked for Mitsubishi Corporation and handled various types of PE related business in Tokyo and London.
In addition, he is a board member of Social Investment Partners, the manager of Japan Venture Philanthropy Fund (JVPF), the first venture philanthropy fund in Japan.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
Takahisa has experience in corporate finance at Yamaichi Securities, M&A advisory at RECOF, and turnarounds and LBO loans at GE Capital. Building on his experience in both equity and debt he moved on to a Japanese buyout firm I-Sigma Capital where he participated in the launch and operation of their inaugural mid-cap buyout fund. Later he also acquired managerial experience as the CEO of a portfolio company. He established Phronesis Partners in March 2013 to comprehensively support small & mid cap companies’ growth.
Bachelor of Economics, Keio University
University of Virginia, Colgate Darden School of Business, MBA
T.J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He has managed a number of investments in Japan since Unison’s first fund, then led Unison’s expansion to Korea as its founding member. Today, he serves as a member of both Japan and Korea Investment Committee. He has been involved in Unison’s investments in Drug Eleven (Japan), Mine-Mart (Japan), UCOM (Japan), Nexcon Technology (Korea), Gong cha (Korea)/Royal Tea Taiwan (Taiwan), and Forbes (Japan). In addition to investment role, he oversees Unison Group’s investor relations functions. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan.
Mr. Kono has a B.S/B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Matthew Michelini is Partner, Head of Asia-Pacific at Apollo and a member of the Firm’s Leadership Team. Matt joined Apollo in 2006 in Private Equity and has played a pivotal role in the creation and success of many of Apollo’s largest growth initiatives, including Athene, Hybrid Value, Apollo Dedicated Insurance Program, Natural Resources, and the development of the Financials Group. Matt serves as Investment Chair for Apollo’s Hybrid Value business and on the board of directors of Athene Holding Ltd. and Venerable Holdings, and previously served on the boards of Aleris Corporation, Metals USA, Noranda Aluminum, One Main Financial, and Warrior Met Coal. Previously, Matt was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lazard Frères & Co.
Hiroyuki Otsuka is a Managing Director and Deputy Head of the Carlyle Japan advisory team, based in Tokyo.
Mr. Otsuka spent the first decade of his career at Sumitomo Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation), primarily focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions advisory business. He joined Carlyle in 2001 as a Vice President responsible for the Industrial sector. In 2002, he joined Lazard as Director (promoted to Managing Director in 2006), where he worked in the New York headquarter and Tokyo office and contributed to the completion of about 25 cross-border and domestic M&A transactions.
Mr. Otsuka rejoined to Carlyle in 2006, and he is currently responsible for overall Carlyle Japan operations and advisory services for new investments and portfolio companies in respect of all of carveout transactions. He initiated advisory services for Chimney Co., Ltd. (listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section), Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd. (listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section), CxS Corporation (former Diversey Co., Ltd.) and Senqcia Corporation (former Hitachi Metals Techno, Ltd.). He was also a board member of Qualicaps Co.Ltd and Walbro Co., Ltd., a Carlyle portfolio company. He is currently a board member of Carlyle invested companies including Enewill Inc. (former JAG Energy Co., Ltd.), Kokusai Kogyou Co., Ltd. and TOTOKU Inc.
From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Otsuka served as an independent external board member for DeNA Co., Ltd. (listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section).
Mr. Otsuka graduated from Waseda University in 1992 and from Oxford University in 1998.
Bruce is a Managing Partner of GroveStreet and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for a number of the firm’s client relationships and leads fund and direct investments across all segments of private equity and venture capital.
Prior to joining GroveStreet, Bruce was with the Monitor Group, a leading strategy consulting firm, where he focused on M&A, due diligence, corporate finance and strategy engagements for both corporate and private equity clients in carve-outs, investment diligence, growth initiatives, balance sheet optimization and strategic turnarounds. His engagements spanned the US/Canada, China, the UK, and Israel.
BA, Economics and Asian Studies, Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude)
MBA, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Tuck Scholar with High Distinction)
Azusa Owa is an expert in our Private Equity practice.
She has extensive consulting experience across a range of industries and business topics in Japan, the United States and Australia.
Azusa graduated with a master's degree in international education policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in education from International Christian University.
She earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring to earn a master of international studies (in Mandarin Chinese) from the university's Lauder Institute.
Maxence Radix is Managing Partner at CAPZA, the leading pan-European private investment platform specialized in small and mid cap companies. Maxence joined CAPZA at the inception and played an instrumental part in building the Flex Equity franchise.
CAPZA’s Flex Equity strategy offers flexible financing solutions to support small and mid cap companies' developments. CAPZA has performed more than 90 transactions through its Flex Equity strategies and more than 60 exits since 2004. Maxence has extensive relationship and experience in the small and mid-cap market, particularly in France and a deep expertise in tech (software and services). Since 2021, he has been a member of the Management Board, Supervisory Board and Executive Committee of CAPZA.
Maxence holds an International Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Market Finance from EDHEC BBA (EDHEC Group, France).
BT Slingsby is Founder and Managing Director with Catalys Pacific.
He founded Catalys Pacific to transform life-sciences innovation in Japan using transpacific bioventure. He is a physician-scientist and biotechnology entrepreneur leading the company creation efforts for the firm. Prior to Catalys Pacific, he founded the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund – the world’s first public-private fund focused on the development of new medicines for low- and middle-income countries. In his role as CEO and Executive Director at the GHIT Fund, he deployed over 100 investments and grew the fund to $350M in capital. Previously, he was global head of access strategy at Eisai Co., Ltd. where he led market access strategy for global products and managed a portfolio of anti-infective clinical programs.
He graduated from Brown University with honors, earned his M.P.H. and Ph.D. from Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo, and received his M.D. with honors from the George Washington University. In recognition of his contributions to global health, he has been awarded a Foreign Ministry Commendation from the Government of Japan. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on medicine and public health and currently lectures at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University.
Jim Verbeeten is a partner in Bain & Company's Tokyo office. He is an expert in Bain's Private Equity and Strategy practices.
He has more than 15 years of management consulting experience, working with senior executives and management teams to address their most pressing strategic issues.
Jim advises private equity clients on commercial due diligence assignments in a variety of industries and has supported clients with fund strategy and performance improvement of their portfolio companies. He also advises clients in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors on topics including strategy, customer experience improvement and R&D strategy.
In addition to his consulting responsibilities, Jim plays an active role in Bain's worldwide training and has served several times as program manager and trainer for various corporate training programs. He was a recipient of Bain’s annual Bright-Dix award for outstanding coaching, mentoring and people development.
Jim first joined Bain's Amsterdam office in 1999 and has worked in Europe, North America and Asia. He has been based out of the Tokyo office since 2007.
Prior to joining Bain, Jim worked as managing editor of a biweekly magazine on chemistry and the chemical industry in the Netherlands.
He obtained his MBA at Harvard Business School. He also studied at the University of Twente, where he obtained a Master's degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society as well as a cum laude Master's degree in Chemical Engineering.
- Hiroaki Wakashita (“Hiro Wakashita”) is Partner of Orchestra Private Equity and manages Orchestra’s Tokyo Office.
- Hiro was one of the initial members of Riverside Asia Fund, established in 2007.
- 19 years of working experience. 15 years in private equity where he was involved in buyout deals at The Riverside Company and Oak Capital. Also 4 years as a management consultant at Accenture.
- Prior to joining Orchestra Private Equity, Hiro was the first hire for The Riverside Company’s Asia operations, starting off in San Francisco Office in 2006 to help transition the culture and processes to Asia.
- While with Accenture’s Strategy & Business Architecture Unit, he focused on the telecommunications & high-tech sector, conducted projects including CRM strategy and new business strategies for mobile carriers.
- Received his Bachelor’s degree from Keio University in Japan and is fluent in English and Japanese.
Mr. Walton is a Partner and Head of Private Equity in the Ares Secondaries Group. Mr. Walton serves as a member of the Ares Private Equity Group's Energy Opportunities and Extended Value Investment Committees, the Ares Infrastructure Group's Climate Infrastructure Partners Investment Committee, the Ares Secondaries Group's Private Equity Investment Committee and the Ares Sports, Media and Entertainment Investment Committee. He joined the Firm in 2006. Mr. Walton holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Politics and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Edmond is an operating partner of iGlobe Partners. He has over 26 years of venture capital experience investing in early-stage startups, venture funds, and funds of funds in Silicon Valley, the northeastern corridor of United States, Israel, and in Asia. Prior to joining iGlobe, Edmond was the executive vice president of Juniper Capital Ventures, the CVC arm of a Singapore listed company, and in Accenture Asia. Having been through multiple business cycles, Edmond brings a unique blend of venture investing, M&A transactions, and operating experience.
Mr. Yamazaki has engaged in private equity investment since the early 2000s consistently.
In addition to investment analysis and execution, he has a wealth of experience in participating in the management of portfolio companies for value-creation on hands-on basis and in fund-raising from institutional investors.
He joined Integral Corporation in 2009, and has been mainly responsible for investments in Yohji Yamamoto, FiBest, Aderans, Toyo Engineering, Sanden Retail Systems, JRC, Primo Global Holdings, and Toppan Photomask.
Prior to joining Integral Corporation, he worked at Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ) from 2004 and was mainly involved in corporate revitalization project of small and middle-sized manufacturing company.
Before joining IRCJ, he worked at Strategic Business Transformation division of Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (now known as Abeam Consulting) and was involved in several business process transformation projects.
BA Economics, the University of Tokyo, MBA, Harvard Business School
2001 Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting(now known as Abeam Consulting)
2004 Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan
2009 Integral corporation
2020 Promoted to Partner at Integral Corporation
Eiji Yatagawa (Tokyo) joined KKR in 2006 and is a Partner on the Private Equity team. He is on the Board of Directors of PHC Holdings (formerly Panasonic Healthcare), Koki Holdings (formerly Hitachi Koki), Seiyu Holdings, dataX (formerly From Scratch), NETSTARS, Transphorm, and Yayoi. 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.