Aki Watanabe is a Representative Director of GCA Savvian Corporation, the Director of GCA Savvian India Investment Advisers Private Limited and the Director of GCA Savvian China Co.,Ltd. He has more than 25 years of investment banking experience, providing advice in over 1,000 M&A transactions. Notable deals include: consolidation of the thermal power business between Hitachi Ltd and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Advantest’s acquisition of Verigy, capital alliance between Nikko Cordial Group and Citigroup, JVC and Kenwood merger, Ricoh’s acquisition of IBM printing solutions subsidiary, Japan Tobacco’s acquisition of Torii Pharmaceutical and Katokichi, Sankyo and Daiichi Pharmaceutical merger, Green Cross and Yoshitomi Pharmaceutical merger, Matsushita Electric’s (currently Panasonic) acquisition and subsequent sale of MCA, delisting of Matsushita subsidiaries, restructuring of Matsushita Investment & Development, US On Semiconductor’s acquisition of Sanyo Electric semiconductor division, Carlyle’s sale of the pharmaceutical capsule business to Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, TDK’s sale of its US semiconductor company to Texas Instruments and TDK’s acquisition of Headway, Itochu’s acquisition of Leilian, Sankei’s acquisition of apparel brands, among others.
Mr. Watanabe is a board member and chairman of the auditing committee at Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (owned by Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical) and outside director of US oil & gas company Samson Investment Company (owned by KKR and Itochu) and Qualicaps Co Ltd the second largest global producer of pharmaceutical capsules (owned by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council and the advisor to NTT Docomo’s oversea headquarter unit. He is a visiting professor at the MBA program of Kobe University, postgraduate law school of Hitotsubashi University and Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management of Chuo University (M&A strategy).
He is also well published on M&A and related topics. He received his BA in Commerce and Accounting from Chuo University. He is a CPA in Japan and US.
1980/ Heiwa Auditing Corporation, 1982/ Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (current KPMG LLP) NY Office, 1994/ Representative Director of KPMG Corporate Finance K.K., April 2002/ Founded GCA K. K., 2006/ Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market (advanced to First Section status in September 2012), 2008/ Management integration with US Savvian, assumed Representative Director of GCA Savvian Corporation.