Japan > Directors
- Ro Umeda
- Masanori Kobayashi
- Hiroaki Ota
- Takeshi Nagashima
- Hiroaki Tamura
- Keisuke Saito
- Junichi Komada
- Masakazu Dobashi
- Shin Murai
- Michio Suzuki
- Teruyasu Kushima
- Shuichi Kondo
- Tomoya Okada
- Masanao Matsushima
- Mikiko Abe
Ro Umeda is Director of GCA Savvian Corporation and Director of GCA Savvian India Private Limited (India Office). He has been involved in financial advisory and corporate finance for over 10 years. He has significant expertise in cross-border M&A transactions between Japanese and Asian corporations, and has accumulated extensive industrial and regulatory knowledge and experience in Asian countries.
Prior to joining GCA, he worked in the cross-border M&A Advisory department at Daiwa Securities SMBC. He also has experience with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), where he was involved in corporate financing for various clients. While at SMBC, he was stationed in Bangkok supporting new investments and business expansion for Japanese corporations.
Advisory deals include TOB in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand by Japanese corporations, equity participation in family businesses in Thailand by several Japanese corporations, sale of the Embassy Suites of LA, TOB by a Korean PE to a Japanese listed firm, sale of a Thai subsidiary of a Japanese electric manufacturer and others. Ro Umeda received a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University and concurrently assumes the position of Director of GCA Savvian India Private Limited (India Office) from the Tokyo office.
Masanori Kobayashi is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. His experiences include due diligence of debtor corporations in association with disposals of nonperforming loans of financial institutions and credit valuations. They also include multiple advisory experiences in corporate revitalization due diligence and organizational restructuring from an accounting and tax perspective. He began his career at Mitsubishi Bank (currentｌｙ Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) in 1994. He joined Chuo Coopers & Lybrand International Tax Office (currently Price Waterhouse Coopers) in 1997 and then joined Value Management Institute Inc. in 2000. Prior to joining Due Diligence Corporation, he co-established Brain Link Corporation LLC and assumed Representative Director in 2001. The company was reorganized as Brain Link Corporation (active position) in 2002. He joined GCA Savvian Group in April 2008. Japanese CPA
He received B.A. in Economics from Kwansei Gakuin University.
Hiroaki Ota is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been engaged in M&A advisory services in Tokyo and New York since 1993. Prior to joining GCA Savvian Group, he headed the Strategic Advisory Department covering the general manufacturing and technology sectors at Daiwa Securities SMBC. He has extensive experience in both Japanese domestic and cross-border transactions for both public and private companies covering a broad range of industries. In Japan, he advised acquisitions for public and private companies, business integration, corporate restructuring and others. In cross-border deals he was involved in a Japanese company’s acquisitions of a listed US/Asian company, a Japanese company’s acquisitions of an unlisted company in Europe/US/Asia, sale of a US subsidiary, sale of a hotel in Europe/US/Asia, among others. His recent advisory experiences include Kanebo’s sale of its cosmetics business to IRCJ, Yamazaki Baking’s acquisition of Fujiya shares, U-SHIN’s third party allotment to a private equity fund and the sale of Hotel Nikko Saipan. He started his career at Mistui Bank (present Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) where he worked in the Tokyo and New York offices of the M&A division. He joined GCA Savvian Group in February 2009.
Hiroaki Ota received a BS in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Takeshi Nagashima is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been providing M&A advisory services and principal investment services since 2000.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian Group, Takeshi Nagashima worked in principal investing at GE Real Estate and Lehman Brothers Real Estate Ltd. during which time he closed the acquisition of a real estate company group, a real estate business transfer transaction and co-investment with a Japanese company in real estate portfolio. Takeshi Nagashima worked for 4 years as an M&A advisor at Daiwa Securities SMBC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. He focused on and closed both domestic and cross-border transactions in industries such as real estate, retail and transportation. His major advisory experience includes the sale of a hotel portfolio and the hotel, sport stadium and retail business owned by a large-sized GMS, the arrangement of DIP financing to a large retail company under Japan’s Civil Rehabilitation Law, the sale of hotels in Asia and Europe owned by a Japanese construction company and the sale of a golf course managed by Japanese conglomerates.
Takeshi Nagashima also worked at Singapore Branch of Sakura Bank (currently known as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) where he spent several years leading the restructuring the bank’s non-performing loans to non-Japanese corporations which were related to the 1997 Southeast Asian region economic crisis.
Takeshi Nagashima graduated from Waseda Univesity where he majored in Political Science and Economics (1987) and received MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (1996).
Hiroaki Tamura is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been engaged in the M&A advisory business since 1997. He has significant experience in executing M&A transactions in manufacturing industries such as heavy industry, automotive parts, general machinery, electric machinery, semiconductor, precision instrument machinery and others.
Before joining GCA Savvian Group, Hiroaki Tamura worked in the Strategic Advisory Department of Daiwa Securities SMBC. Prior to joining to Daiwa, he worked in the M&A Group at Sakura Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation).
His advisory deals include the merger of Minolta and Konica, the 100% consolidation of JIDECO by Mitsuba, the sale of the car electronics business of NEC to HONDA, the MBO of an automotive parts maker, the sale of Kiriu to Sumitomo Corporation, the 100% consolidation transactions by Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries, the sale of Sanyo Electric Credit, the acquisition of a shipbuilding business of Niigata Engineering, the business transfer of Okura Shoji and the consolidation through TOB of People (currently Konami Sports) by KONAMI.
Hiroaki Tamura received a B.A in Commerce from WASEDA University.
Mr. Saito is an M&A advisor and focuses on sourcing and executing deals for companies in a broad range of industries. He provides lead advisory M&A investment advisory services as well as additional transaction related valuation related services such as business enterprise valuation, intangible asset valuation and the calculation of share exchange ratios. Mr. Saito also has his experience in executing cross-border transactions between Japanese companies and companies located around the world.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian, Mr. Saito worked for BearingPoint, formerly Asahi Arthur Andersen. While at BearingPoint, he was responsible for various types of transactions including private and listed company deals, simple share or asset deals and liquidation. He is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
Key advisory deals include the sale of SonoSite, Inc. to FUJIFILM Corporation, strategic JV establishment between Dr.Reddy's Laboratories and FUJIFILM Corporation for generics manufacturing in Japan, sale of a portion of ownership in NITTO DENKO (SHANGHAI) ELECTRO-ENERGY Co., Ltd. to TDK Corporation, acquisition of the polyvinyl alcohol resin (PVA resin) business of Celanese Corporation by Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., acquisition of American Diagnostica Inc. by Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., the acquisition of XenoTech L.L.C. by Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., the acquisition of Hauzer Techno Coating B.V. by IHI Corporation, the business tie-up and capital participation (TOB) to Mercian Corporation by Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd., the corporate restructuring of Kyoshin Corporation to be made a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nitto Denko Corporation, the acquisition of Tropian’s intellectual property and technologies by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., the acquisition of Shionogi Qualicaps Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shionogi & Co., Ltd. by The Carlyle Group, the capital participation in Paul Smith Group Holdings by ITOCHU Corp. and acquisition of sales agencies in the Oceania area by FUJIFILM Corporation.
Mr. Saito received his BA in Policy Management from the Keio University.
Junichi Komada is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. A graduate of Kyoto University, he majored in Law. Prior to joining GCA Savvian Group in February 2005, he spent 14 years at Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) where he focused on large scale corporate deals. From 1998 to 2002, he worked in the Singapore branch and was responsible for serving the needs of Japanese clients, including financing, management of funds, cash management, and overseas start-up activities. He joined GCA Savvian Group in February 2005.
Masakazu Dobashi is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He graduated from Saitama University, where he majored in Economics. He joined KPMG Century Corporation (currently Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC.) in October 1997 and joined GCA Savvian Group in October 2004. He is a Japanese CPA.
Shin Murai is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has been engaged in M&A advisory business and tax structuring for more than 10 years. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, he worked at Zeirishi-Hojin PricewaterhouseCoopers where he engaged in corporate tax advice related for M&A in various industries, corporate reorganizations and tax issues for cross-border transactions. He also engaged in consulting services related to consolidated tax system. He is a Japanese CPA.
At GCA Savvian, he engages in transactions mainly in technology, chemistry, materials and clean technology industries. He advised, Advantest Corporation on its acquisition of Verigy Ltd., Advantest Corporation on its acquisition of Credence Systems Europe GmbH Automotive ATE Operations, INAX Corporation on the purchase of stocks of eight companies that manage Asia-Pacific businesses of Ideal Standard International Holding SARL, Askul Corporation on tender offer for the repurchase of its own shares, ITOCHU Corporation on business combination of two solar subsidiaries (Solar Depot and US Solar Net), ITOCHU Corporation on its acquisition of Ecosystem Japan Co.,Ltd. and Biofermin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. on its tender offer of common stock by Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd..
Michio Suzuki is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. A graduate of Kyoto University (Department of Agriculture), he joined Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) in 1997. At Sanwa Bank, he worked on large corporate transactions as well as provided systems development consulting. Additionally, his role involved supporting Japanese companies entering overseas markets. He joined GCA Savvian Group in April 2006.
Teruyasu Kushima is a Director at GCA Savvian with a primary focus on oil & gas, energy, cleantech, water and infrastructure sectors. Teru has over 10 years of corporate finance experience in Tokyo, Paris and New York, including 7 years in investment banking. Teru received his BA in Economics from Keio University.
Shuichi Kondo is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has over 11 years of experience in China, providing advisory services related to China during his time at Mizuho Bank and Mizuho Corporate Bank. His advisory experiences include market entry to the China, business development in China, M&A advice and investments to Chinese companies to many listed and unlisted companies of various industries.
He started his career at The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Limited in 1987, and in June 1995 studied abroad at the National Taiwan Normal University to learn Chinese. In February 1996 he was stationed at the Shanghai Branch of The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (after integration, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Shanghai Branch). From February 2005, he worked at the International Business Division of Mizuho Bank, Ltd. From July 2007 he worked at the Mizuho Corporate Bank,Ltd china business promotion division and from February 2009, at the Chinese Advisory Division of the Mizuho Corporate Bank (China) Co., Ltd. He joined GCA Savvian in June 2011. He is a graduate of the Department of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University.
Tomoya Okada is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation and the Director of GCA Savvian India Private Limited. A graduate of Aoyamagakuin University, he majored in International Politics, Economics and Business. After graduating, he began working for The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) as a corporate loan officer, and in 2003 he joined Mitsubishi Securities (currently Mitsubishi UFJ Securities) in 2003, where he since when he has specialized infocused on advisory on M&A advisory and Corporate Finance. He has worked with companies in many notable transactions so far cover industries such as including food service, logistics, transportation, and electric machinery and others, and he has in which he has advised on various types of transactions including acquisitions (including Tender offer bids), divestitures, and group restructurings. He joined GCA Savvian Group in July 2007.
Masanao Matsushima is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been engaged in the M&A advisory business since 2004 after being engaged in lawmaking as a government officer at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology. He has significant experience / achievements especially in cross-border M&A transactions in Asian regions.
Before joining GCA Savvian Group in June, 2012, he belonged to the Strategic Advisory Department of Daiwa Securities SMBC from 2007. Prior to joining to Daiwa, he worked at ORIX M&A Solutions, an M&A advisory arm of ORIX Corporation.
Advisory deals include the takeover of a Singapore-listed electric meter manufacturer, the acquisition of a waste management company group in southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore), the business transfer of a factory automation equipment maker / distributor group in India, the share subscription in a Chinese curtain wall company, the share purchase of a Singapore-listed Chinese pharmaceutical company, the share subscription in a Singapore-listed system integrator, the share subscription in a software company in the United States, the sale of a semiconductor R&D company in the UK and others.
Masanao Matsushima received his MBA in 2003 from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. He also earned a master degree in 1997 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He passed the USCPA exams in 2003.
Mikiko Abe is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. A graduate of Keio University, Mikiko Abe majored in Economics and obtained an MBA in Financial Strategy from the International Corporate Strategy of Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University. After graduation, she joined the Japan Real Estate Institute, where she provided real estate valuation advisory services. She joined GCA Savvian Group in July 2004. She holds a Real Estate Brokers License and is a certified Real Estate Appraiser.