Nao Fukutani is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation, Chairman & CEO of GCA Savvian China Co., Ltd., and the Director of GCA Savvian India Investment Advisers Private Limited. He has been involved in many large-scale cross-border transactions in Asia, the U.S. and Europe over his 20-year career in investment banking and international business. He brings significant insight and expertise to the transactions between Japanese companies and companies located around the world; meanwhile, he has specialized experiences in executing complex “intra-Asia” deals including financial restructurings and sales/purchases of distressed assets.
Prior to joining GCA, Nao Fukutani worked for Daiwa Securities SMBC in Singapore, where he was in charge of Asian M&A deals for the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Daiwa Securities Group as the Head of Corporate Finance Department. He advised Japanese firms such as Ajinomoto, Kyocera Mita and NYK Lines in the region as well as local companies in both public & private sectors in the semiconductor manufacturing, cement, banking, and retailing industries in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, HK, and Korea. In addition, he supervised a number of Asia Pacific listing projects including Singapore Post's POWL (Public Offering Without Listing), the first Singaporean company to do such an offering in Japan.
In 1997, Nao Fukutani closed the landmark 350 billion yen asset sale of Crown Leasing Corporation, a subsidiary of Nippon Credit Bank (currently known as Aozora Bank), that went bankrupt with over 1 trillion yen in debt (the largest bankruptcy in history at that time). In 1999, he had the opportunity to work in New York as Sakura Bank's (current SMBC) Chief Representative of Investment Banking Division Company and he was responsible for planning and executing M&A transactions of large multi-national companies such as Mannesmann and Motorola. He has also executed M&A deals for Japanese companies such as Toshiba, Brother Industries, Nisshinbo, Orix and Daiwa House Industry. Recently, he has been involved in developing a takeover defense strategy for a number of TSE listed companies.
Nao Fukutani performed as a guest lecturer at many prestigious universities such as Hitotsubashi, Waseda, Kyoto, Kobe, Chuo, etc. He is also a frequent contributor to M&A publications. He jointly published "Case studies: M&A White Book for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Japan," “A complete guide for Hostile Takeover Defense,” “Invisible risks in Asia,” and so on.
Nao Fukutani received his MBA from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in political science from Ohio State University and an LLM from University of Tsukuba. He received his undergraduate liberal arts degree from International Christian University (Tokyo).