- Mikiko Abe
- Eiichi Ando
- Masakazu Dobashi
- Naohisa Fukutani
- Keiichiro Harada
- Shigeru Harada
- Shinsuke Hashimoto
- Akikazu Ida
- Kenichi Ito
- Yoshinori Kanazawa
- Ryuichi Kanemaki
- Hiroyasu Kato
- Ryosuke Kato
- Kenji Kimura
- Takehito Kobayashi
- Junichi Komada
- Shuichi Kondo
- Tomohiko Kubota
- Sachio Kuninori
- Fumitoshi Kusabuka
- Teruyasu Kushima
- Ko Maeda
- Hiroshi Maruyama
- Nobuhiko Masuto
- Masanao Matsushima
- Eiji Minaminaka
- Takashi Misato
- Shin Murai
- Hideo Nagura
- Shogo Nakamura
- Koki Nishimura
- Ritsuko Nonomiya
- Tomoya Okada
- Isao Okubo
- Hiroaki Ota
- Kou Sakai
- Kazuo Sakairi
- Koji Sasayama
- Masaaki Sato
- Michio Suzuki
- Gen Takahashi
- Hiroaki Tamura
- Shohei Taniguchi
- Ryohei Tsukinari
- Yoshio Tsutsushio
- Ro Umeda
- Hisanori Wakimaru
- Akihiro Watanabe
- Akinori Yamamoto
- Shingo Yatsui
- Yoshiaki Yoshida
- Toshio Yoshino
Mikiko Abe is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. Notable deals include:Advised Harbor Holdings Alpha Co., Ltd. (management) on the buyout and going-private transaction of World Co., Ltd., Advised Itochu Corp. on the sale of its stake in Tommy Hilfiger Japan to the parent company., Advised CRESCENDO Investment Corporation on its merger with Japan Single-residence REIT Inc., Advised HEIWA REAL ESTATE CO., LTD. on its Capital and Business Alliance with Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., Advised J-STAR Co., Ltd. on its sale of Iki Iki K.K. to NK Relations Co., Ltd., Advised Hayashibara on its reorganization., Advised Hayashibara on its sale of Kyoto Century Hotel Co., Ltd. to Keihan Electric Railway Co.,Ltd., Advised NAC Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of JIMOS Co., Ltd., Advised Next Capital Partners Co., Ltd. on its sale of FUJI MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS MFG. CO., LTD. to Japan Waste Corporation.
A graduate of Keio University (She majored in Economics).She btained 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. She joined GCA Savvian in July 2004.
Real Estate Brokers License/Real Estate Appraiser.
Eiichi Ando is an Executive Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been working as an M&A advisor for over 23 years.
He began his career with Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank in 1987 and began working as an M&A advisor in 1991. During his employment with DKB, he was assigned to Lehman Brothers as a trainee, where he worked on LBO transactions. He continued his M&A advisory career with Mizuho Securities in 2001. He subsequently joined BearingPoint in 2003 and then moved to J-Power in 2004, where he focused on principal investing. He joined GCA in 2005, has advised domestic deals. Eiichi Ando graduated from Keio University, where he majored in Economics.
Masakazu Dobashi is an Executive 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 in October 2004. He is a Japanese CPA.
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).
Keiichiro Harada is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has 10 years of experience in corporate turnaround and M&A. After graduating, he performed audit and financial due diligence at a major accounting firm. He also worked on multiple corporate turnaround projects at Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan. At GCA Savvian, he advised lots of M&A transactions, which include MBO of Omron Entertainment (currently Furyu), merger between JVC and Kenwood, business and capital alliance between Kikkoman and Riken Vitamin, acquisition of Mercian’s pharmaceutical and chemical businesses and JV establishment between TORAY by Mitsui Corporation and proxy fight in a TSE listed company.
He received his BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University. He joined Chuo Aoyama PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001 and was seconded to Industrial revitalization Corporation of Japan in 2004. He joined GCA Savvian in 2006. He is a Japanese CPA.
Shigeru Harada is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
At GCA Savvian, he engaged in domestic M&A transactions (business merger, turnaround, a civil rehabilitation etc.) and also many cross-border M&A transactions in Europe, the United States and Asia.
He graduated from the Science University of Tokyo, majoring in Technology in 1996 and received his MBA in Accounting and Finance from Georgia State University in 1999. Before joining GCA Savvian, he worked for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (currently The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) where he worked in various departments including business development, foreign exchange and treasury. Shigeru Harada joined GCA Savvian in May 2007. Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan（CMA）, Certified International Investment Analyst（CIIA）
Shinsuke Hashimoto is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
A graduate of Keio University, Shinsuke Hashimoto majored in Policy Management and received a Masters degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1998. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, he worked at Goldman Sachs and Nikko Citigroup as an investment banker and joined GCA Savvian in September 2005 with a focus on cross-border M&A.
Akikazu "Kaz" Ida is a Managing Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. He has more than 14 years of investment banking experience focusing on TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms) sector, and more than 27 years of Technology and Telecom industry exposure.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2013, Kaz was Managing Director and Head of Japan TMT Group at UBS Investment Bank where he was responsible in serving Japan’s leading technology/telecom/media companies, and led/executed a number of M&A and Financing transactions for Japanese and international clients.
Kaz has a wide range of M&A transaction experience, dealing with counterparts in more than 10 countries, and with types of transactions including acquisition, divestiture, merger, curve-out, public and private transactions, minority investment, leveraged buy-out, distressed and semi-distressed situations etc. On top of M&A advisory, he also has full range of Investment Banking services experience, and has led a variety of Equity and Debt financing transactions for Japanese TMT clients.
Before UBS, Kaz worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) where he focused on M&A advisory business. Earlier in his career, Kaz worked 13 years for NTT Data, a leading Japanese IT service provider, in various positions including corporate planning and new business development.
Kaz graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a BA, and received his MBA, with Dean's High Honor, from the University of Chicago.
Kenichi Ito is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation. He started his career with a Japanese listed telecommunications equipment trading company and was engaged in corporate planning ,venture investment and M&A activities. He joined GCA Savvian in September 2006.
He engaged in various types of M&A transactions for the retail, housing, construction, finance, electronics, IT, telecom and healthcare sectors.
He graduated from Doshisha University majoring in Economics and obtained an MBA in Financial Strategy from the International Corporate Strategy of Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University.
Yoshinori Kanazawa is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation. Yoshi has been specialized in the execution of PMI (Post-Merger Integration) with over 20 PMI project experiences in the consumer industry, pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing industry, finance industry etc.. His experience includes various forms of integration, such as cross-industrial integrations, large and global integrations, 3 companies' dynamic integrations, JV launch etc.. He also led PMI practice over 7 years at IBM Japan Yoshi graduated from Tokyo University of Science, received Master Degree in Development Studies at University of Bath, UK, and Environmental Development Studies at University College London, UK. Yoshi joined PwC Consulting in 2000.
Ryuichi "Rio" Kanemaki is a Managing Director at GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting focusing on Growth Strategy, Globalization Strategy , New business development, Digital Marketing Strategy, Post Merger Integration (PMI), at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and PwC Consulting (currently IBM global business services).
Prior to joining GCA Savvian Corporation, Rio spent the last 10 years at IBM as vice president in charge of Strategy Consulting Group and the Globalization Service "Go-Global" initiative lead.
IBM PC business divestment to Lenovo in 2004, he engaged in the program as Japan team lead and completed full scope tasks within 3 months. The PMI methodology developed at this effort has been utilized in following more than 20 PMI projects.
He engaged in lot of reinvention program at IBM. "BVA" (Business Value Accelerator), he invented is the brand new marketing model which made a lot of success in Japan business and applied to IBM globally as the standard marketing method and process.
Rio graduated from Waseda University and received master's degree in Operation Research from Waseda graduate school of science and technology.
Guest professor at Keio University, SDM graduate school Director at Universal Communication and Design Association Columnist at Nikkei Business on line.
He jointly published "The Curve out" , "The seven chapters for Innovation", "The Challenge to Smarter Planet" in Japan and so on.
Hiroyasu Kato is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation and the Partner of GCA Tax Corporation. In 1992, he started his career in audit in New York with KPMG, where he provided audit services to Japanese companies and also advised Japanese companies on the establishment of U.S. joint ventures. In 1998, he returned to Japan and joined KPMG Corporate Finance where he specialized in M&A and transaction advisory related services. He has extensive experience in all phases of the M&A transaction including business valuation, structuring, accounting & tax assessment, business restructuring, negotiation of terms and conditions and due diligence for domestic and cross-border acquisitions. Key transactions include the acquisition of the business such as Sankei, Leilian, Shanshan Group, Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group, Edwin, and the luxury brand business such as Hunting World, Bally, Chrome Hearts, Paul Smith and others by ITOCHU Corporation. He is a part-time instructor at Kobe University. Hiroyasu Kato graduated from Kansai University, where he majored in Commerce. He is a Japanese and US CPA.
Ryosuke Kato is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
After working for one of Big 4 accounting firms, He started his career in M&A advisory work from 2006. At GCA Savvian, he advised, Nikko Cordial Group to be acquired by Citi Group, Reorganization Trustee to select the financial sponsors for Hayashibara Group, and Daikin Industries to acquire Goodman Global. In 2012, he was seconded to The Quant Group, one of leading M&A boutique firms. Since then, he becomes in charge of South East Asia practice in GCA Savvian.
He graduated from The University of Tokyo, majoring in Economics. In 2002, he started his career in Deloitte. After mainly engaged in statutory audit, he moved to Deloitte’s M&A advisory department in 2006. He joined GCA Savvian in February 2007. He is a Japanese CPA.
Kenji Kimura is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He joined GCA Savvian in 2008 and has engaged in domestic and international financial institution deals as well as consumer/healthcare/technology cross-boarder deals.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian he worked as a manager in the Business Development department at GE Capital for 3 years, focusing on Merger and Acquisition opportunities for the retail consumer finance industry. Previous to this role, Kenji Kimura spent 2 years as a financial analyst in the industrial and capital service divisions within GE. He has also worked at SMBC as a banker and is a US CPA holder. He received his degree from the Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
Takehito Kobayashi is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has been engaged in the M&A advisory business and tax consulting for more than 10 years. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax where he engaged in corporate tax advice related for M&A in various industries and corporate reorganizations.
He advised on several transactions including the acquisition of American Standard Asia Pacific by INAX Corporation (LIXIL Corporation), Management Buyout of Culture Convenience Club, Hitachi’s business integration in the thermal power generation systems fields with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Management Buyout of 1st Holdings.
He received B.A. in Economics from Keio University.
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Junichi Komada is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. A graduate of Kyoto University, he majored in Law. Prior to joining GCA Savvian in February 2005, he spent 14 years at Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) where he focused on large scale corporate deals.
He joined GCA Savvian in February 2005.
Shuichi Kondo is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation and the Director of GCA Savvian China Co.,Ltd.
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.
Tomohiko Kubota is a Marketing Officer of GCA Savvian Corporation.
Has been responsible for M＆A advisory services with special expertise in the digital media space, both in Japan and in the U.S. Recent milestone transactions in digital media include: Nippon TV's acquisitoin of Hulu's Japan business, Hakuhodo's strategic capital and business alliance with overseas enterprise, NTT DOCOMO's acquisition of MAGASEEK, Gree's cash acquisition of Funzio; DeNA's stock acquisition of ngmoco; sale of Innovation Interactive to Dentsu; Dentsu's buyout of joint ventures in India; sale of Six Apart - the Japanese arm of SAY Media - to Infocom Corporation.
Advises both established media and digital technology companies especially in the US and Japan. He is a recognized expert in the internet and digital media sectors and is a popular speaker at industry conferences. Prior to GCA Savvian; Tomo was in new business development and corporate strategy at Sony Corporation; and the M&A group at UBS.He is a graduate of Keio University, where he majored in Economics.
Sachio Kuninori is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation.
Joined the firm in February, 2008. Mr. Kuninori has worked mostly on cross border transactions. Since he has joined GCA Savvian in February, 2008, he has completed transactions, which include Konica Minolta's acquisition of Fedex Kinko's businesses in Japan and in Korea, Olympus' acquisition of OP-1 business from Stryker, the sale of its subsidiary, AltaSens, to JVC Kenwood, the sale of Mobicrip to Nintendo, Nihon Kohden's acquisition of Defibtech and the sale of Fuji Iryoki's shares by Next Capital Partners to Japan Waste.
1977 received his BA in Law from Tokyo University
1982 received his MBA degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
1977 joined the Bank of Tokyo( now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)
2008 joined GCA Savvian
Fumitoshi Kusabuka is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has engaged in a number of M&A transactions such as business combination, divestiture etc. He majored in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Hosei University. After working for Ernst & Young Shin Nihon LLC, he joined GCA Savvian in 2006. He is a Japanese CPA and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (METI).
Teru Kushima is a Director with a primary focus on natural resources, energy, gas & power, cleantech, heavy industry, engineering and social infrastructure sectors. Teru has 17 years of corporate finance experience in Tokyo and New York. His selected financial advisory experience includes: a sale by ITOCHU of Ecosystems Japan, a photovoltaic system integrator, to Nippon COMSYS Corporation; Meidensha's investment in Prime Electric Limited, a power transformer manufacturer in India; Toshiba's investment in UEM India Private Limited, a water treatment engineering company; a sale by Carlyle Group of Qualicaps, the second largest pharma-grade capsule manufacturer in the world, to Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings; a capital raising by Coulomb Technologies, an operator of electric car charge stations in the U.S.; the business combination between Toppan Printing and Peeq Media in connection with their commercial printing businesses in the U.S.; an acquisition by Ricoh from IBM Corporation of its global production printing business; and a sale by Matsushita Electric of its stake in Vivendi Universal. He received his B.A. in economics from Keio University.
Ko has been engaged in M&A advisory services for 7 years since he joined GCA Savvian in 2007. His achievements include various transactions primarily cross-border transactions in Asia, North America and Europe. Before joining GCA Savvian, he worked as a venture capitalist at Aozora Bank in charge of sourcing, execution and monitoring.
Ko graduated from Ritsumeikan University and received M.A. in International Relations from American University.
Hiroshi Maruyama is an Executive Director at GCA Savvian with a primary focus on growth strategy and post-merger integration. Hiroshi has more than 10 year experience as a strategy consultant at several global consulting firms. He has covered wide-ranging space in management consulting such as growth strategy, new business development, operating model design and organizational transformation. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, Hiroshi was a Managing Director at Accenture Strategy. He started his professional strategy consultant career in PwC consulting, and then became a partner in IBM after their integration. He received an MBA from ENPC, Paris and a BA in Economics from Aoyama Gakuin University.
Nick Masuto is a Managing Director and Executive Officer of GCA Savvian Corporation. For over 25 years, he has been involved in a wide range of finance, investment banking and private equity (“PE”) activities in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. He has extensive experience in M&A advisory, PE investment and PMI value up management. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, he worked respectively for Ripplewood Japan and Japan Equity Capital, a private equity firm sponsored by Daiwa SMBC, Sumitomo Corp. and GE, where he was responsible for origination and execution of buyout transactions and post-acquisition management. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker for Sumitomo Bank Tokyo and London, where he focused on cross-border M&A and structured finance transactions. He also experienced in working for Robertson Stephens & Co. in San Francisco. In the M&A advisory field, he led various Japanese domestic and cross-border deals such as the acquisitions of Goodman Global by Daikin Ind., the medical & chemical business in Mercian by Mitsui & Co., the investment of All Nippon Airways in Skynet Asia Airways and the sale of Mikihouse to the supplier consortium by Tokyo Marine Capital. In the PE field, he completed buyout transactions such as the acquisitions of Meisei Electric from NEC and Asahi Tec Corp. from NGK Insulators, where he also conducted post acquisition value-ups through his management roles. He completed his Masters in Finance degree at the London Business School and graduated from Keio University, where he majored in Law. He is a visiting instructor on the MBA course of Kobe University and he also acts as a member of the investment related study committee in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
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 and other developing countries.
Before joining GCA Savvian 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 a takeover of a Singapore-listed electric meter manufacturer, an acquisition of a waste management company group in southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore), a merger of Taiwanese subsidiaries of Japanese and US semiconductor-related companies, a sale of a Polish subsidiary of a Japanese electronic manufacturer, acquisitions / business transfers of factory automation equipment makers / distributors in Turkey, Thailand, and India, a share subscription in a Chinese curtain wall company, a share subscription in a software company in the US 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.
Eiji Minaminaka is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has focused in Food industry M&A transactions.
A graduate of Ritsumeikan University, Eiji Minaminaka majored in Economics. In 2004, he joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu(currently Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC.) and was engaged in statutory audit for companies in various industries and Sarbanes-Oxley Act consulting services. He joined GCA Savvian in July 2007. He is a Japanese CPA and CMA
Takashi Misato is a Director of GCA Savvian with a focus on healthcare industry coverage. Takashi has over 10 years of investment banking experience focused on the biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and life-science tool sectors of the healthcare industry. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, Takashi worked for pwc engaged in investment banking. He also worked for a venture capital in the life science industry. Takashi received a M.A. in Engineering in Physical Chemistry from Waseda University.
He has been engaged in M&A advisory business and tax structuring for more than 13 years. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax where he engaged in corporate tax advice related for M&A in various industries, corporate reorganizations and tax issues for cross-border transactions.
At GCA Savvian Tokyo, he engaged in transactions mainly in technology, chemistry, materials and clean technology industries. He advised, Advised ASKUL Corporation on its business and capital alliance with Yahoo Japan Corporation, Advantest Corporation on its acquisition of Verigy Ltd., Advantest Corporation on its acquisition of Credence Systems Europe GmbH Automotive ATE Operations, INAX Corporation (LIXIL Corporation) on the purchase of stocks of eight companies that manage Asia-Pacific businesses of Ideal Standard International Holding SARL, and Biofermin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. on its tender offer of common stock by Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. From January 2013, he is stationed in Frankfurt, Germany and focusing on the originagtion of cross-border transaction between Japan and Europe (including Turkey).
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Hideo Nagura is a Managing Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. He has more than 18 years of investment banking experience in originating and executing diverse M&A transactions with a focus on cross-border deals in a wide range of industries and regions.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2013, Hideo was Managing Director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Sponsors Group at UBS Investment Bank. At UBS, he was also in charge of private equity funds and trading companies. Hideo's earlier experiences include working at Knox & Co., a US investment banking boutique, and at Montgomery & Co., an allied investment banking firm with Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group. Hideo started his career at the Bank of Tokyo in 1989, and after experiencing a number of domestic and overseas branches, transferred to the Bank's Corporate Advisory Division in 2005, where he became a Team Head in the Corporate Advisory Division, specializing in originating and executing cross-border M&A transactions.
He recieved his BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in 1988.
Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation.
From 1988 to 1992, he provided lead underwriting and equity finance services for both Japanese and non-Japanese OTC and other listed companies. In 1995, he headed the Investment Banking Business Development Department and was involved in M&A, securitization, investor relations and private banking. In 1997, he executed the then revolutionary 70% control premium TOB of Kanematsu and Unidax’s strategic alliance. Other major deal achievements during this time included the acquisition of Tokyo Biso Kogyo Corporation by U.S. Johnson Controls, the acquisition of Jareco by Hong Kong’s Pacific Century Cyberworks, and the capital participation in Kraft, Sugi Yakkoyku and Drug Eleven by Jusco (the current Aeon Group). As a General Manager of the Financial Development Division of Mitsubishi Securities (currently Mitsubishi UFJ Securities), he was responsible for overseeing and actively participating in M&A, acquisition financing and TOB transactions a year, as well as managing a team of over 100 people and deal flows of over 200 per year. Transactions during this time include: capital participation by Index to Takara, merger between Takara and Tomy, management integration of Coca-Cola West Japan and Kinki Coca Cola, capital participation by Acom to OMC card, capital participation by Sammy to Sega, and acquisition by Sammy of Nissho Interlife. In 2005, the company achieved the No.1 position in number of deals and No.3 in transaction volume. His later achievement includes Citigroup’s tender offer of Nikko Cordial Group, where he took a leading role in providing delisting advice as Nikko’s advisor. More recent achievements include the MBO of 1st Holdings, distressed sale of Index to Segami Holdings, carve-out sale of CRO business to Itochu Corporation by Intage Holdings.
Graduate of Doshisha University with BA in Economics. 1981/ System Master File Administrator at Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, 1988/ Financing for public companies at the Underwriting Department of Kokusai Securities Co., Ltd. (current Mitsubishi UFJ Securities), 1993/ Deputy General Manager of Capital Markets Division, 1996/ General Manager of IB Business Development Division, 2004/ General Manager of Financial Development Division I of Mitsubishi Securities (current Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd.), April 2006/ Partner of GCA K.K., March 2008/ Representative Director of GCA Holdings Corporation, March 2010/ Director of Mezzanine Corporation, April 2011/ Representative Director of GCA Savvian Corporation, December 2012/ Head of Operations of GCA Savvian Group Corporation (current GCA Savvian Corporation), March 2013/ Director of GCA Savvian Group Corporation (current GCA Savvian Corporation)
Koki Nishimura is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He started his career working for the Japanese government engaged in economic policy management. He then worked for A.T. Kearney as a consultant before joining GCA Savvian. He joined GCA in 2010. He advised on several transactions including the 100% acquisition of Verigy by Advantest, the 100% acquisition of Verigy by Advantestand, 100% acquisition of L&T Plastics Machinery Limited by Toshiba Machine, etc.
Koki Nishimura earned his master degree in Economics from Boston University and bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo. He is a US CPA registered in New Hampshire.
Ritsuko Nonomiya is a Managing Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. She has been focusing on M&A with 15 years of M&A advisory experience and 5 years of portfolio management track record as principle.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2013, Ritsuko spent most of the 5 years at General Electric (GE) as Business Development (BD) Leader for GE Capital Asia Pacific (regional HQ) responsible for strategic portfolio management and mergers & acquisitions/partnership. At UBS Investment Bank, as Managing Director of M&A, she advised clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions where responsibilities included advice on every aspect of M&A transaction, including acquisition financing, capital markets solutions, and developing equity stories.
Ritsuko started her career as USCPA at KPMG LLP New York where she eventually transferred to KPMG Corporate Finance to support Japanese clients going abroad.
Ritsuko graduated from Long Island University as Valedictorian and received her MBA from Columbia University.
Tomoya Okada is a Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. He has more than 10 years of M&A advisory experience in various sectors. Since September 2009 to March 2013, Tomoya Okada stationed at Mumbai to establish GCA Savvian’s India Practice. Tomoya Okada has advised various Japanese clients including Hitachi, Toshiba Machine, Mitsui, Kokuyo etc on their acquisitions of Indian companies.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2007, Tomoya Okada worked for Mitsubishi Securities (currently Mitsubishi Morgan Stanley Securities) where he focused on M&A advisory business. Earlier in his career, Tomoya Okada worked for Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (currently Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ), a leading Japanese commercial bank
Tomoya Okada graduated from Aoyamagakuin University with a BA.
Isao Okubo is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been engaged in the M&A advisory business since 1996 with significant experience in cross-border M&A transactions. Before joining GCA, he was a senior vice president in the Strategic Advisory Department of Daiwa SMBC. Prior to that, he worked in the M&A Group at Sakura Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). Advisory deals include the business transfer of a large leasing company, the sale of the premier hotel in Seoul, the sale of a US magnetic iron oxide manufacturer, the acquisition of a bankrupt shipbuilding business, the sale of a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, the acquisition of a LCD manufacturing machine maker, the sale of a financial consulting company, the acquisition of a German injection molding machine manufacturer, the acquisition of US ophthalmic treatment machine maker, the acquisition of the South East automotive parts manufacturer and the acquisition of Goodman Global by Daikin Industries. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree in law from the University of Tokyo.
Hiroaki Ota, Executive Director
Mr. Ota has been engaged in M&A advisory services in Tokyo and New York since 1993. Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2009, he consecutively headed the general manufacturing and technology sectors department, the financial and real estate sectors department and the cross border transactions department at a Japanese investment bank, originated and involved in various domestic and overseas deals.
Recent transactions which he led include Toray’s acquisition of Zoltek, Toshiba Machine’s acquisition of L&T Plastic Machinery (India), DeNA’s acquisition of ngmoco (first Japanese transaction which utilized cross border triangular merger using cash, stocks and options as a consideration), Dentsu’s buy out of 3 Indian JVs, Kanebo’s sale of cosmetics business to IRCJ. Mr. Ota also has extensive experience in the automotive sector, advising Isuzu’s partial acquisition of SML Isuzu (India) from Sumitomo Corp., U-shin’s capital alliance with Ripplewood, Unison Capital’s sale of Kiriu, Mitsuba’s acquisition of JIDECO.
He received a BS in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Ko Sakai is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He has strong experience in M&A Advisory business over 10 years and is focusing on execution of M&A. After joining GCA Savvian, he has been engaged in a various deals, such as Tender Offer(TOB) to YOSHIMOTO KOGYO, Acquisition of Cosmo Security by Iwai Security, Management Buy Out of Culture Convenience Club, Acquisition of a stationery company in India by KOKUYO S&T, subsidiary of KOKUYO and JV establishment of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the thermal power system business.
GCAS from Nov.2011 / Japanese CPA / BA in Law from Keio University
Board member of MEZZANINE Corp.
Kazuo Sakairi is a Managing Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He has over 20 years of experiences in M&A advisory with top-tier Japanese financial institutions. He started his advisory career at The Bank of Tokyo (currently Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ or “MUFJ") in 1988 where he worked on executing cross border transactions. In 1995, he was transferred to the Investment Banking Group in New York, where he mainly acted as a sell side advisor for major Japanese trading, electronics, and engineering firms which were divesting subsidiaries in the US. After spending seven years in New York, he was promoted to lead corporate advisory services for the construction, real estate, transportation and retail sectors of MUFG. He has been involved in numerous transactions including buy-side, sell-side and restructuring.
Kazuo Sakairi joined GCA Savvian in June 2006 and has advised on several transactions including representing Nikko Cordial Group on the tender offer transaction by Citigroup and representing Japan Tobacco for 100% acquisition of Katokichi (currently Tablemark) and, etc.
Kazuo Sakairi graduated from Keio University, where he majored in Political Science.
Koji Sasayama is a Managing Director of Mezzanine Corporation. He has had an extensive career in both investment banking and acquisition financing. He has been a pioneer of the acquisition finance business in Japan executing many transactions that were the first of their kind. For example, he conducted the first short-term bridge financing for the TOB of Daimon (the current Mine Mart) in 2000 by Unison Capital in Japan along with the long-term permanent financing to replace it after the target company went private and the inter-creditor agreement between mezzanine investors and senior lenders. He has structured and executed various types of financing arrangements and has worked on deals from origination, through evaluation, execution, and syndication. He continues to focus on developing and maintaining relationships with corporations and private equity funds in order to generate opportunities for the acquisition finance business.
Prior to joining Mezzanine Corporation, he worked at the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (Currently Shinsei Bank) where he began his career in the M&A division and was engaged in cross-border M&A advisory services related to the acquisitions of hotels and resorts abroad. In 1993, while he was in Chicago, he started providing corporate finance services to U.S. companies. He was transferred to New York in 1995 and became involved in acquisition financing for LBO and MBO transactions. He also took part in the investment of limited partnerships of private equity funds. Through his experience and involvement in the acquisition financing business in the U.S., he was exposed to many transactions across a diverse range of industries. Upon returning to Japan, he joined the Industrial Bank of Japan (currently Mizuho Corporate Bank) where he started the bank's acquisition finance business.
Significant financings include the 2003 acquisition financing of over 200 billion yen for the first Japanese mega LBO transaction, the acquisition of Japan Telecom by Ripplewood (the current RHJ International). He also led the financing arrangement of the acquisition of Shaklee Japan and Shaklee U.S., a multinational / multicurrency acquisition finance in 2004. In 2006, he provided one-stop services, providing both the mezzanine financing and senior debt financing, for the second MBO for Shinwa by CVC Asia Pacific.
He jointly published “M&A Finance ” in 2006, the first book in Japan related to acquisition financing.
He is a frequent lecturer on M&A financing and often contributes articles related to M&A financing. Koji Sasayama received his MBA from The Johnson School of Cornell University in 1993. He received B.A. in Economics from Keio University.
Masaaki Sato is a Director of GCA Savvian Corporation. He performed legal audit and IPO consulting work at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu beginning in 2003, and joined GCA in November 2005 and then joined Mezzanine Corporation in May 2006. Japanese CPA . He received M.S. of Engineering in chemistry and biotech from The University of Tokyo.
Prior to GCA Savvvian, he worked for Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, and he was in charge of mainly Japanese big companies, and provided various types of finance structure and the support of overseas advance. After joining GCA Savvian, the main M&A deals are that advised GP Network Corporation, on its sale to VISA, Inc., advised Tokio Marine Capital Co., Ltd, on its sale of 49.9% shares of Barneys Japan to Seven & i Holdings, ., advised NM Holdings Inc. (SPC) on its management buyout of WISEMAN CO., LTD., advised Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos Co., Ltd. on its 50% share acquisition of PAYGENT Co., Ltd., advised LAC Co., Ltd. on its business and capital alliance with KDDI CORPORATION., advised Monolith Holdings Inc. (SPC) on its management buyout of 1st Holdings, Inc., advised FamilyMart Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of SENIOR LIFE CREATE co., LTD., and advised Tokio Marine Capital Co., Ltd. on its sale of Miki Shoko Company to Nisshinbo Holdings, N.I. Teijin Shoji, Kondo Cotton Spinning, and other seven companies.
He graduated from Kyoto University, majoring in Economics of Agriculture. He started his career in Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ. He joined GCA Savvian in April 2006.
He has been engaged in the M&A advisory business since 1995 and has been involved in numerous M&A transactions, including; the integration between Hankyu Holdings, Inc. and Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., the tender offer of common stock of Biofermin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. by Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., the integration between Kenwood Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
He has significant experience in distressed M&A transactions. His main advisory experience includes: the sale of Crown Leasing (a leasing company affiliated with Nippon Credit Bank which was the first landmark restructuring deal in Japan), the sale of Okura Shoji to Marubeni Corporation, the sale of Hayashibara to NAGASE & CO., Ltd, and the capital increase of Washi-Group.
1987/ Graduated from Sophia University
1995-2005/ Worked in investing banking at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Daiwa Securities SMBC
2005/ Joined GCA Savvian Corporation
Hiroaki Tamura is a Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. Mr. Tamura 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, electronic device and others.
Before joining GCA Savvian, Mr. 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 MBO of an automotive parts maker,
the sale of Kiriu to Sumitomo Corporation, the 100% consolidation transactions by Sumitomo Heavy Industries,
the acquisition of Sanyo by Panasonic, the acquisition of Sanyo semiconductor by ON Semiconductor,
the acquisition of Clystal IS by Asahikasei, the sale of the car electronics business of HONDA to NIDEC
Mr. Tamura received a B.A in Commerce from WASEDA University.
Shohei Taniguchi is a Vice President at GCA Savvian Corporation. He has over 10 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2014, he worked at Daiwa Securities with a focus on advisory of M&A and IPO. His selected advisory experience includes a takeover by Osaki Electric of a Singapore-listed electric meter manufacturer, an acquisition by Funai Electric of Lexmark International’s Inkjet businesses in the U.S. and Philippine. Shohei received B.A. degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
Ryohei Tsukinari is a Director at GCA Savvian Corporation. He has been engaged in M&A advisory services and transaction service including due diligence and valuation since 2008.
Prior to joining, he was involved in statutory auditing and support for establishing internal control system based on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act at KPMG Azsa and Co.since 2000.
His selected advisory experience in GCA Savvian includes acquisition of Zoltek Companies Inc.by Toray Industries, acquisition of JEN Holdings Co., Ltd.by Itochu Enex Co., Ltd. and dissolving Joint Venture for Japan AE Power Systems Corporation.
He received B.B.A. from Yokohama City University.
Yoshio Tsutsushio is a Director at GCA Savvian with more than 15 years of experience in technology and ICT space plus corss border transactions, including 8 years in investment banking. Prior to joining GCA Savvian, Yoshio worked at Ernst and Young Shinnihon as an certified accountant. Previously, Yoshio worked at wireless communication division at NEC Corporation for 8 years. Yoshio is a certified public accountant registered in Illinois. He received an MSBA from San Francisco State University and a BA from Chuo University.
Representative Director of GCA Savvian India Investment Advisers Private Limited
Over 18 years experiences of corporate finance and M&A advisory.
At present, as a representative of GCA Savvian, physically station in Mumbai to originate Japan-India M&A transactions with the alliance partner, ICICI Securities.
Various deal experiences in South East Asia, supporting Japanese companies' acquisitions in the regions and having extensive knowledge in market and foreign direct investment regulations.
Having experience in Bangkok to work as an expats during Dec. 1996 - Jan. 2004.
Transaction experiences including;
- Tender offers by Japanese corporates in Singapore/Malaysia/Hong Kong/Thailand
- Acquisition of regional private companies by Japanese corporates in Thailand/Taiwan/India
- Divest of Japanese corporates' subsidiary/asset to US companies
1991 graduated from Keio University
1991 joined Taiyo Kobe Mitsui Bank (currently known as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)
2005 transferred to Daiwa Securities SMBC, an investment banking arm of SMBC
2008 joined GCA Savvian Corporation
Hisanori Wakimaru is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
Hisanori Wakimaru has over 10 years of M&A advisory experience involving in transactions ranging from media, consumer, real estate, financial and other industries. In particular, he has a track record of advising capital policies of listed companies (private placements and takeover defense) and privatization of listed companies (going private) for mainly MBO / LBO transactions including coordination of structuring and acquisition finance (LBO financing). His major achievements at GCA Savvian include privatization (LBO) of Yoshimoto Kogyo by a media coalition which included Fuji TV, TV Asahi, Nippon Television Network Dentsu, Hakuhodo, KDDI and Softbank, MBO of Culture Convenience Club, acquisition of Nissen Holdings by SEVEN&i group.
Prior to joining GCA Savvian, Hisanori Wakimaru was involved in M&A advisory services at Daiwa Securities SMBC and Morgan Stanley. He joined GCA in June 2008 and spent time in GCA Savvian India Private Limited from October 2012. He returned to Japan in May 2013. He graduated from Keio University, where he majored in Economics.
Aki Watanabe is a Representative Director of GCA Savvian corporation. Aki Watanabe 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. 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. He received his BA in Commerce and Accounting from Chuo University. He is a CPA in Japan and US. He 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.
Akinori Yamamoto is a Vice President of the GCA Savvian.
Mr. Yamamoto joined Deloitte in 2005 and engaged in statutory audits for US listed financial institutions. He joined GCA in April 2007. He advised on several transactions including Hitachi’s business integration in the thermal power generation systems fields with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the 100% acquisition of Goodman Global by Daikin industries, and etc. He executed several mezzanine investments on management buyout and leveraged buyout transactions as well.
He received a BS in Economics from The University of Tokyo.
Shingo Yatsui is a Director at GCA Savvian with a primary focus on technology. Shingo has over 15 years experience in technology & finance. From 2000 to 2013, he lived in San Francisco / Silicon Valley area where he provided M&A advisory service as well as made venture capital investments into emerging electronics & semiconductor companies.
Shingo received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA from Keio University in Japan.
Yoshiaki Yoshida is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
Mr. Yoshida has more than 10 years of M&A advisory and corporate finance experience in various sectors.
He advised on many M&A transactions in various sectors in Japan.
2002 / He received a BS in Economics from The University of Kwanseigakuin.
2002 / Worked in investing banking at Nomura Securities.
2008 / Joined GCA Savvian Corporation.
Toshio Yoshino is a Vice President of GCA Savvian Corporation.
He graduated from Keio University and received his MBA from Hitotsubashi University.
He started his career at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd (formerly known as Sanwa Bank). He joined GCA Savvian in March 2005.
Advisory deals include NITTO DENKO Corporation's acquisition of Kyoshin, the sale of Fusen-Usagi Corporation, the sale of BOBSON, the regional bank's acquisition of a security firm and KOKUBU & Co.,Ltd's capital subscription of a Chinese logistics company.