SPEAKERS
Subject to change | In order of appearance

Edward J. Rogers

Chairman, AIMA Japan & Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer Rogers Investment Advisors

Edward J. Rogers is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Tokyo-based Rogers Investment Advisors K.K and Chairman of the Japan Branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association Ltd. (AIMA). Rogers Investment Advisors (“RIA”) is a specialist in performing intensive hedge fund due diligence and managing Asian hedge fund strategies. RIA is the founding company of the Wolver Hill group which includes Wolver Hill Asset Management Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong and Wolver Hill Advisors in the United States.

 

Mr. Rogers has over 25 years of experience in Asia and financial services. Prior to launching Rogers Investment Advisors, Mr. Rogers was a member of Deutsche Bank Tokyo’s Equities Management Committee and Head of Prime Services sales for Japan. Mr. Rogers previously worked as a proprietary trader at Merrill Lynch in London, specializing in yield enhancement and corporate action arbitrage trades and also spent eight years in foreign exchange trading at M. W. Marshall in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

 

Mr. Rogers’ Asian career began in 1987 when he was awarded a Princeton in Asia Fellowship for Japan and worked for two years at NKK, the then second largest steel company in Japan.

He received a BA in History from Princeton University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Jack Inglis

Chief Executive Officer, AIMA

Jack Inglis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), a role he has held since February 2014. He has been in the financial services industry and closely involved with hedge funds for over 30 years. He has held senior management positions at both Morgan Stanley, where he served for 16 years, and Barclays, where he was prior to joining AIMA. From 2007 to 2010 he was CEO of London based hedge fund manager, Ferox Capital Management. He served as a Non-Executive Director of London Capital Group PLC from 2007 to 2010 and currently sits on the board of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). He began his career in 1983 at UK stockbrokers James Capel (which was subsequently acquired by HSBC) and has extensive experience in origination, distribution, financing and trading across the fixed income and equity capital markets. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University.

Thomas Granger

Partner, Walkers

Thomas Granger is a Partner in the Investment Funds Group in Walkers' Singapore office. He specialises in corporate work with an emphasis on investment funds and private equity. Thomas has extensive knowledge of the hedge fund and private equity market in Asia and has extensive experience with the structuring, formation and placement of investment funds, such as hedge funds, private equity funds and infrastructure funds, for Australian, Indonesian, Japanese and other Asia-Pacific clients. Thomas is consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Christopher P. Wells

Partner, Morgan Lewis

Named one of the most influential people in Asian hedge funds by AsianInvestor magazine, Chris Wells has one of the leading international investment funds and financial regulatory practices in Japan. He focuses on establishing, operating, registering, and licensing investment funds and fund related investment intermediaries in Japan, including banks, securities companies, asset managers, investment trust management companies, and moneylenders.

Additionally, Chris advises multinational financial groups on issues related to regulatory compliance and license qualification matters in Japan. He also represents companies in connection with forming and operating numerous multijurisdictional joint ventures and other investments in Japan.

Chris is ranked as a Band 1 leading individual for foreign investment funds and banking and finance regulatory work by Chambers Asia. He is currently the co-chair of the Alternative Investments Subcommittee of the American Chambers of Commerce in Japan and a co-vice chair of the Executive Committee of the Japan Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA Japan).  He served as the AIMA-Japan Chair from 2010 to 2013. Chris also led the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 2007, where he coordinated various subcommittees covering the securities, banking and finance, investment management, insurance, private equity, real estate finance, pension and securitization, and ratings industries in Japan. Additionally, Chris was supervising editor of Japan Financial Translations, Inc., and he frequently speaks on investment topics in Japan.

Han Ming Ho

Chair, AIMA Singapore / Partner & Co-Head, Asian Investment Funds Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

Han Ming is a partner and co-head of Sidley Austin’s Asia Investment Funds practice and is based in Singapore. He focuses on fund formation of open-ended and close-ended entities and related regulatory matters as well as regularly advises fund managers on the establishment of business operations in Singapore, together with the establishment, structuring and registration of investment funds in Singapore and various other Asia-Pacific jurisdictions.

He is the Asia-Pacific Board (Council) Director and Singapore National Group Chairman of AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association), a member of the Advocacy Committee of SVCA (Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association), a member of the Regulatory Committee of IMAS (Investment Management Association of Singapore), a member of the Fund Management Working Group, IBF (The Institute of Banking & Finance) and a member of the Regulatory Committee of ANREV (Association for Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles).

Robert Humann

Director, Head of Hedge Fund Sales, APAC, SS&C Fund Services Asia Limited

Robert is responsible for leading the sales and client management effort in Asia Pacific for the alternative investment fund sector which includes alternative asset managers, hedge funds, and fund of funds.

Robert joined SS&C Technologies as part of the acquisition of Citi Hedge Fund Administration business in March 2016.

Prior to this Robert spent 11 years at Citi in Asia in various roles within global markets, securities services, investment banking, and transaction banking. Prior to joining SS&C, Robert was part of Citi’s Prime Brokerage sales effort for Greater China. Robert was also a key member in helping establish the Agency & Trust business within Transaction Banking at Citi up to 2010. 

Robert has been in Asia for the last 18 years.  Prior to joining Citibank Hong Kong, he also worked at Bear Stearns Securities in New York and Hong Kong and JP Morgan in Hong Kong. 

Robert graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Finance, and Investments.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Hong Kong.

Norm Champ

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Norm Champ is a Partner in the Investment Funds Group in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Previously, Norm was the Director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While at the SEC, Norm played a key role in the SEC’s completion of landmark reforms to strengthen the $3 trillion money market fund industry, and he led important structural and policy changes in the Division of Investment Management. He was a leader of the agency’s work with the Financial Stability Oversight Council as the Council turned its attention to whether asset management firms are “systemically significant.” He also worked on crisis management efforts at securities firms to protect customers of those firms. Norm headed the creation of IM Guidance Updates and the Division of Investment Management’s Senior Level Engagement Initiative, both of which were established to provide transparency to the industry about the priorities and goals of the SEC and to create a dialogue between policymakers and the senior management of asset management firms. Norm has an A.B., summa cum laude, in History from Princeton University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  He was a Fulbright Scholar at King’s College London where he received his M.A. in War Studies. Norm’s book, Going Public, about his experiences at the SEC was released from McGraw-Hill last year.

Seth H Fischer

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Oasis Management

Seth Fischer founded Oasis Management in 2002 and leads portfolio management as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Prior to founding Oasis, from 1995 to 2002, Mr. Fischer managed the Asia investment portfolio for Highbridge Capital Management. Mr. Fischer served in the Israel Defense Forces after graduating from Yeshiva University, New York in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a Board Member of the Karen Leung Foundation and the Carmel School in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the Ohel Leah Synagogue Management Committee in Hong Kong.

Grant Suttie

Head of Service Delivery, Alternative Investment Services, Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon

Grant Suttie is Head of Service Delivery for the Alternative Investment Services team in the Asia Pacific region.  He has ultimate responsibility for the service delivery of Fund Accounting, Transfer Agency, Middle Office and Prime Custody services to alternative investment clients including hedge funds, QFII/RQFII, HFoF and Private Equity Funds.

 

From October 2011 until September 2013, Grant was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a Hong Kong based Hedge Fund, running a Pan Asian (including Japan) Long/Short Equity fund focusing on fundamental investing. From May 1996 until March 2011, Grant worked at various positions at Martin Currie Investment Management Limited (“Martin Currie”), a specialist investment management business headquartered in Edinburgh.

 

Grant obtained a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.

John Pellew

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Othera

John is the founder and CEO of Othera, a leading fintech that is leveraging blockchain to revolutionize the issuance and trade of alternative assets and to facilitate liquidity and transparency for originators and investors. John has over 20 years experience in business and banking and has worked in industry, business finance and international trade finance in Australia and the U.K. with companies such as CBA, NAB Group and RBS.


Othera provides originators and asset managers with tools to create and issue fixed income investment products from a range of alternative asset classes such as loans. These tools allow customisation of investment products of variable sizes and profit profiles, whilst retaining full asset provenance and lowering cost of sales through issuance on a digital asset exchange to retail or institutional investors. Othera is one of few blockchain companies delivering enterprise grade software to the global financial services market.

Roger Ver

Chief Executive Officer, Bitcoin.com

After founding several successful companies in Silicon Valley, Roger began his Bitcoin journey in February 2011. Years before traditional venture capital firms became involved, he became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related-startups, nearly singlehandedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses.

His current investments include Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, and many many others. In his free time, he enjoys competing in Brazilian Jujitsu tournaments.

Yuriko Koike

Governor of Tokyo - Tokyo Metropolitan Government

  • July 2016 Elected Governor of Tokyo

  • October 2011 Director, Committee on Budget, House of Representatives

  • September 2010 Chairperson, General Council, Liberal Democratic Party

  • July 2007 Minister of Defense

  • September 2006 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs

  • September 2004 Minister of the Environment and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs

  • September 2003 Minister of the Environment

  • July 1993 Member of the House of Representatives

  • July 1992 Member of the House of Councillors

Kathy Matsui

Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co Ltd

Kathy is vice chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, co-head of Macro Research in Asia and chief Japan equity strategist. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Committee. Kathy joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000.

 

Kathy has been ranked No. 1 in Japan Equity Strategy by Institutional Investor multiple times. She was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "10 Women to Watch in Asia" for her work on the "Womenomics" theme and was also named to Bloomberg Markets magazine’s “50 Most Influential” list in 2014.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Kathy was chief Japan strategist for Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities for four years and worked at the Export-Import Bank of Japan’s Washington, DC office for two years. She is a policy commentator for Japan’s Cabinet Office and has served on numerous Japanese government committees aimed at promoting gender diversity.

 

Kathy is a board member of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Support Foundation, chair of the Board of Councilors (Japan) of the US-Japan Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of Keizai Doyukai and a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Japan Society Fund Against Breast Cancer.

 

Kathy earned an AB, magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard University and an MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She has conducted research on Japanese foreign policy at Kobe University Graduate

Peter Douglas

Director, CAIA Foundation

Peter is a director of the CAIA Foundation, having served on the CAIA Association Board of Directors from 2006 to 2014. He is an inaugural-cohort CAIA charterholder, and was the first charterholder in Singapore. Peter was the inaugural Council Member for Singapore for the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), and was one of the founders of the Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS). Prior to founding his own company in 1998, Peter worked for Aberdeen Asset Management Asia in Singapore, after 10 years at the F&C group of asset management companies, in London and Tokyo. Peter holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Exeter, and an MBA from INSEAD.  He is a Singapore Distinguished Financial Industry Certified Professional.

Shinichiro Shiraki

CEO & CIO, Akebono Asset Management Ltd

Mr.Shiraki founded Akebono Asset Management Ltd. in 2015.


He has over 20 years of experience investing in private equity, venture capital funds, and hedge funds in Japan and globally.  Prior to Akebono Asset Management Ltd. he is a founding member of Monex Alternative Investments (“MAI”), and serves as its CEO and CIO. At MAI, part of Astmax Co., Ltd since 2012, Mr. Shiraki has launched and managed as CIO six funds of funds investing in private equity, hedge, venture capital, and property funds. At Astmax, Mr. Shiraki also has had mandates to sell hedge fund and private equity stakes on behalf of pension funds. Separately, Mr. Shiraki co-launched MGM Innova Capital, a private equity and venture capital investment firm focused on energy efficiency, for which he now serves as an advisor. He founded Mitsui Asuka Investments, as a joint venture between Mitsui Corporations and Asuka Asset Management in 2005 and managed CTA business as COO. Prior to Astmax and MAI, Mr. Shiraki launched and managed several portfolios of hedge funds and private equity funds for Sanwa Bank, now part of the Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Group. At Sanwa, Mr. Shiraki was also in charge of liquidating portfolios of private equity and hedge fund portfolios in the late 1990s at a time when Japanese banks had a lot of pressure on their balance sheets.  Mr. Shiraki started at Sanwa Bank in 1993, trading fixed income. 


Mr. Shiraki has been a board member of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Japan (AIMA Japan) since 2001 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman.


Mr. Shiraki holds a BA in Economics from Keio University. He also graduated from London Business School with a Masters in Finance.  


He is a Chartered Member of the Security Analyst Association of Japan.  


He is the author of a book titled “All about Investment Funds (Kinzai)”, published in 2006 and revised in 2014.

Mark Nelligan

Managing Director, Head of Alternative Investment Services and Structured Products, Asia Pacific - BNY Mellon

Mark is Head of Alternative Investment Services & Structured Products (AIS/SP) for BNY Mellon in Asia Pacific and leads the overall strategy and execution for AIS/SP in the region. He is also a member of BNY Mellon’s Asia Pacific Leadership Council and has over 25 years of financial services experience.

 

Mark joined BNY Mellon in October 2002 from ING Barings, Singapore, where he was the chief operating officer with responsibility for the bank’s commercial and investment banking operational support platform in South East Asia, Vietnam and India. Prior to this, he held several senior operational roles in Hong Kong, India and London.


Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA, ICAEW) and a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge University.

Masaharu Sakata

Senior Advisor - AlpInvest Partners

Masaharu Sakata is a Senior Adviser to AlpInvest Partners, The Carlyle Group’s dedicated primary fund, co-investment, and secondary solutions platform.

 

He retired from Pension Fund Association (PFA) in Japan in Mar 2018 after spending 10 years as Head of Private Equity and then Head of Infrastructure & Income Investment.  

From 2000 to 2008, he was General Manager of Private Equity and Hedge Fund investment at Daido Life Insurance.  

 

Prior to that, he was with UBS Asset Management and Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and worked in Tokyo, London and Brussels.

Tokihiko Shimizu

Chief Executive Officer, Japan Post Investment Corporation

He is Chief Executive Officer at Japan Post Investment Corporation, the direct private investment subsidiary of Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance, established in February 2018. He is also Senior Managing Director at Japan Post Bank. He served as Visiting Professor at Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science since June 2016. From 2007 to 2015, He spent seven and a half years at Government Pension Investment Fund, mainly as Director-General of Research Department and Investment Policy Actuary. He was responsible for investment strategy including strategic asset allocation and implementation of alternative investment. He had been served as Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology from April 2015 to March 2016. He has 28 year experiences in the public and private pension fund management since he joined Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1987. Between 1998 and 2001, he was deeply involved in the revamp of Japanese pension system, by legislating Defined Benefit Corporate Pension Act and Defined Contribution Pension Act. He is Certified Pension Actuary and holds BS in Mathematics from Sophia University.

Yusuke Watanabe

Director - The Carlyle Group

Yusuke Watanabe is a Director advising on buyout opportunities in Japan. Mr. Watanabe is based in Tokyo.

 

Since joining Carlyle in 2006, Mr. Watanabe has been actively involved with Carlyle’s investment in current portfolio company Covalent Materials Corporation, CxS Corporation and Meisui Bijin Factory Co., Ltd. (formerly Kyushu GGC Ltd.). He was also involved in the transaction and monitoring of Carlyle’s investment in AvanStrate, Inc., and the transaction of Carlyle’s investment in Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd. Mr. Watanabe serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of CxS Corporation and Meisui Bijin Factory Co., Ltd. (formerly Kyushu GGC Ltd.).

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Watanabe was a project manager at Mitsubishi Corporation involved in principal investments and turnarounds in the food ingredients, nutraceuticals, plastics and chemical sector.

Mr. Watanabe received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He received a B.A. from Keio University majoring in economics.
 

Shunsuke Kasuga

Executive Consultant, Fiduciary Management Department, Fiduciary Service Research Center, Nomura Securities Co Ltd

Shunsuke Kasuga joined Nomura Securities in 1998 and experienced quantitative analyst, fund analyst and consultant in financial research center. From 2004 to 2006, he was a senior researcher at the Research Institute for Policies on Pension & Aging. From 2006 to 2009, he was a senior quantitative analyst at Nomura Hong Kong. Currently he is in charge of investment consulting for public pension funds. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of ICS.

Yasuko Hirabayashi

Vice president, Capital Introductions Japan, Prime Finance Group, Nomura Securities Co Ltd

Yasuko Hirabayashi joined Nomura Securities in 2008 as Asia ex. Japan institutional EQ sales and spent almost 10 years in Nomura International Hong Kong covering Japanese and Global clients. She made transition to prime brokerage business and joined Prime Finance Group, Capital Introduction team in April 2017 and returned to Tokyo in July 2017 as a dedicated Japan Capital Introductions. Prior to that, Yasuko worked at Lehman brothers Japan as non-Japan institutional EQ Sales and Mizuho securities Ltd., as sales at Corporate business development department, Equity Group.

François Fillon

Partner, Tikehau Capital/Prime Minister of France, 2007-2012

François Fillon joined Tikehau Capital in 2017 as a Partner.

Mr Fillon entered the French Parliament in 1981 as the youngest MP of the new assembly.  He was elected as Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Chairman of the Sarthe General Council, Chairman of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council and Senator for Sarthe at that time.

Mr Fillon had been appointed as Minister in different governmental functions such as Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research; Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity; Minister for Information Technology and the Post Office; and Minister Delegate with responsibility for the Post Office, Telecommunications and Space.

 

In 2007, Mr Fillon was appointed to Prime Minister of France by President Nicolas SARKOZY and served in that position until the defeat to Mr François HOLLANDE in the 2012 presidential elections.  In June 2012, Mr Fillon was elected as Member of Parliament for the 2nd district of Paris.  In November 2016, he won the primary race that designate the right-wing candidate for the 2017 French presidential election and finished third in the first round.

 

Mr Fillon holds a Master’s degree in public law from University of Maine in Le Mans; a Master of Advanced Studies in public law from Paris Descartes University; and also a Master of Advanced Studies in international law from Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques.

Chris Blackerby

Chief Operating Officer, Astroscale

Chris Blackerby is Group Chief Operating Officer for ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD, a venture-backed company that is planning to remove debris from space in order to create a more sustainable orbital environment.  In this role Chris oversees all activities, from strategic planning to internal management, for the growing global company. 

 

Prior to joining ASTROSCALE, Chris was the NASA Attaché in Asia and the senior space policy official at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2012-2017. In that capacity he identified opportunities for cooperation, served as strategic space advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and negotiated agreements and resolved disputes with partners.

 

Chris began working for NASA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003.  While at NASA he was a leader in forging international cooperative partnerships around the world in the fields of Earth science, space science and human space exploration.  From 2005-2007 Chris was the Executive Director of the NASA Advisory Council, a group of senior officials that provides feedback to the NASA Administrator on future policies and plans.

 

Chris received a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1995 and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.  In 2009 Chris earned an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Simon Coombes

Global Sales Director, DXC Fixnetix

Simon Coombes was elected to the AIMA Japan board in January 2015, and has been instrumental in organising AIMA Japan seminars and networking events for the Alternatives community.

 

Simon runs Global Sales at DXC Fixnetix, facilitating low latency, resilient and secure trading access, liquidity venue connectivity, pre-trade risk and execution management for Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Proprietary Trading Firms globally.

 

Prior to joining DXC Fixnetix in 2016, Simon spent 9 years at TORA Trading, 3 years at SWIFT in Japan, and 7 years with Thomson in London and Tokyo.

 

Simon holds an International Business and Japanese degree, is fluent in Japanese & French, has lived in Asia for 21 years, and has 20 years of financial industry experience from across Europe, the US, and Asia.

Goki Sakaguchi

Vice President, Client Relations, Tokyo Stock Exchange

Goki Sakaguchi is in charge of business development at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, dealing mainly with overseas market makers, hedge funds and asset managers. After joining Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008, Goki filled various roles in the Listing Department, New York Representative Office and Market Business Development Department before joining the Equities Department in April, 2016. He earned a BA in Economics from The University of Tokyo in 2008.

Matthew Hassan

Head of Platform Sales, Nomura

Matt Hassan is the Head of Platform Sales for Nomura Securities in Japan. Prior to his role at Nomura, Matt was in the low latency space at Lehman Brothers Japan where he solidified the client coverage offering. Following the bankruptcy of Lehman, Matt was instrumental in moving clients to Nomura and was key in expanding the electronic offering at the firm.

In his 20 years of industry experience, Matt has held a variety of senior positions within the electronic trading world both in the US and Asia. With extensive contacts throughout the broker and hedge fund community, execution venues, technology and service vendors, Matt is regularly sought out as a thought leader in the electronic execution space.

Shinya Uchida

Head of Compliance & Counsel, Two Sigma Japan

Shinya Uchida joined Two Sigma Japan, Ltd. in August 2016 as Head of Compliance and Counsel.  As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Uchida also covers compliance of Two Sigma Asia Pacific, Limited as Head of Compliance.  Mr. Uchida comes to Two Sigma from Neuberger Berman East Asia Limited, where he served as an associate general counsel. In this role, he handled general legal and regulatory matters that arose from asset management business and day-to-day business operations in Japan, as well as negotiating and performing legal documentation for offshore investment funds. Prior to this, he was an associate at Nishimura & Asahi (during this period, he seconded to Dechert LLP, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and JP Morgan).  Mr. Uchida holds an L.L.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2014), a J.D. from Hitotsubashi University School of Law, Japan (2006), and an L.L.B. from Chuo University Faculty of Law, Japan (1999).

Yuki Sako

Associate, K&L Gates

Ms. Sako advises global financial institutions and other businesses on a number of Japanese financial services regulatory and compliance issues. She counsels clients on offering and structuring various investment products and services, and represents clients before Japanese regulatory agencies.

She also advises banks and other financial institutions on U.S. financial services regulations including issues under the federal banking laws involving various deposit and investment products and services such as sweep programs and advisory services.

She assists various businesses in monitoring U.S. policy and regulatory developments and developing advocacy efforts, and advises U.S. federal political ethics compliance issues.

Ayumi Sakurai

Representative Partner, Yukon Capital Partners

Ayumi Sakurai is Co-Founder and Representative Partner of Yukon Capital Partners, an independent private equity investment firm, which was founded in 2014 to focus on providing solutions to small and medium size Japanese companies.
 

As of today, Yukon’s 1st fund, launched in 2015 with total commitment of 12.5 billion yen, has made three investments; Tanaka (manufacturer of geo-synthetic products for civil engineering in Osaka), Toshin Kotetsu (processor of customized steels/metals in Nagano) and Shonan Seminar (operator of tutoring schools in Kanagawa).  All three investments required business succession solutions.

 

Ayumi started his career in 1988 at Shiseido Co., Ltd., a Japanese cosmetics giant, where he experienced various responsibilities from domestic sales & marketing, M&As, to management of foreign affiliates.  In 1998, Ayumi joined MKS Partners, one of the pioneer buyout firms in Japan, and led wide range of transactions from buyouts, growth capital investments to turnarounds in eight years. In 2006, Ayumi co-founded Valiant Partners and successfully managed 17.5 billion yen fund by making four business succession-related investments.

 

He received his MBA from The Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Keio University majoring in economics.

Gregory Rokuro Hara

Chief Executive and Managing Partner, Chairman of the Investment Committee, J-Star

Mr. Hara oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Hara has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 2006 when he, together with other founding Partners, formed J-STAR Co., Ltd. Before that, Mr. Hara was a Senior Manager of Tokyo based JAFCO Co., Ltd., the largest private equity investment firm. Before that, he was a Vice President of Lehman Brothers Inc, based in Tokyo, and prior to that a Vice President of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, based in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Chicago.

Mr. Hara graduated KEIO University in 1987 in Tokyo with an LL.B in Political Science. He is a C.P.A (Illinois, inactive) and a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.

Reijiro Yamamoto

Founding Partner - Integral Corporation

Reijiro Yamamoto, a Founding Partner of Integral and GCA, has over 20 years of experience in investment banking activities including domestic and cross-border M&A, MBOs, LBOs, going-private transactions, debt-restructuring, workouts of multi-national insolvent companies and sales of non-performing loans in Japan, Europe and the US. He is extremely knowledgeable on deal financing issues, having arranged, structured, negotiated financing for numerous transactions.

Reijiro Yamamoto began his career with Mitsui Bank (the current Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)) in 1984. In 1990, he joined AT Kearney as a management consultant in Chicago and subsequently, he moved to London in 1991, where he engaged in Sakura Bank’s (currently SMBC’s) structured finance. After 7+ years in London, he returned to Japan in 1998 and joined Sakura Bank’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department (currently SMBC’s M&A firm) where he was in charge of the cross-border M&A group. In 2000, he joined Unison Capital, one of the first buyout funds in Japan. When he was with Unison Capital, he played a key role in the success of Unison’s first fund. He provided advisory services to his portfolio companies often taking on the director role at the companies in which the fund invested.

While at GCA, he structured and closed the MBO of World Co., Ltd., the largest MBO in Japan and also led a lot of landmark M&A deals of Japan such as a US$19 billion worth merger between Hankyu and Hanshin railway companies. He was also an investment committee of Fund I of Mezzanine Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of GCA and the first independent Mezzanine investment firm in Japan.

Reijiro Yamamoto is a frequent speaker at seminars regarding M&A and buyouts at Waseda University, Hitotsubashi ICS and other forums. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Masters from the Lauder Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hitotsubashi University, where he majored in Economics.

R.G. Manalac

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Eze Software

R.G. serves as Managing Director in Asia Pacific and is responsible for all new sales, business development, and client service in the region. He joined the company in 2003 as a consultant based in San Francisco and was promoted to Director of Consulting for the Western U.S. in 2005. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2008 to launch Eze Software’s first Asia Pacific location and since then has overseen the opening of offices in Sydney and Singapore. Under his leadership, Eze Software’s Asia-Pacific presence has grown from one locally-based client to 175, and the sales and support staff has expanded from two employees to 53.

Before joining the company, R.G. was a trader for a hedge fund. R.G. graduated from Pomona College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and passed his CFA Level 3 exams in 2011.

Ashmita Chhabra

Managing Director, Business Development - APAC, Apex Fund Services

Ashmita Chhabra is Managing Director at Apex Fund Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., overseeing business development strategy for Asia Pacific with the 5 offices in the region. 

Prior to joining Apex in 2015, Ashmita spent a decade building the business at Eurekahedge, a subsidiary of Mizuho Bank. As Director of Global Sales, she oversaw the entire sales function with teams based out of Singapore and New York. She was responsible for key relationships with global institutional investor groups, family offices, advisory firms, fund of funds and investment banks.

Melvyn Ford

APAC Business Development Director, NEX Optimisation

As Head of Sales for the APAC region, Melvyn is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for overseeing and managing client expansion for NEX Optimisation, with a heightened focus on establishing and supporting ENSO and Traiana business initiatives. Prior to joining NEX Optimisation in 2017, Melvyn established his own consulting company, Camford Advisors, providing consultancy services to Segantii Capital Management with specific focus on financing, costs, structure and regulations. He has  over 15 years of experience building and  running Equity Prime Brokerage at major banks including, HSBC, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

Rory Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Rogers Investment Advisors KK (RIA)

Rory joined RIA in 2009 and oversees the business functions of the firm including Operations, legal, finance, human resources and technology. He is also a member of the investment committee as head of Operational Due Diligence.  Rory was previously Chief Operating Officer for United Managers Japan Inc (UMJ), a multi-manager hedge fund platform from Jan 2006 until Aug 2009. Prior to joining UMJ, Rory worked for Deutsche Bank for almost 9 years in their Operations Division in its Tokyo and London offices. His financial product experience encompasses Equities, Equity Derivatives, Futures & Options, OTC Swaps and Fixed Income / Repo as well as a variety of alternative investment products including Hedge funds and Private Equity.  Rory Kennedy is a founding committee member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (“CAIA”) Japan chapter.

Takahiro Tajiri

Senior Director for Strategic Projects, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning - Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Takahiro Tajiri is Senior Director for Strategic Projects at Office of the Governor for Policy Planning since 2016. Before joining the TMG, he had a long career in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, now METI) back in 1994, and he served as Director of Global Environmental Affairs Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Tajiri also worked as Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in the United States from 2010 to 2013.

Marian Rajanathan

Manager - Asian Investors, Preqin

Marian joined Preqin in 2013, where she initially focused on hedge funds research. In her current role, Marian manages a team of researchers focusing on the Asia-Pacific Investors’ market. The team has a wide variety of language skills, including Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese and Korean, allowing them to build relationships with investors.

Dan Kato

Senior Managing Director and Founding Partner, Strategic Capital Inc

Dan Kato is a Senior Managing Director and a founding partner of Strategic Capital, Inc. Strategic Capital, Inc., established in 2012, is entirely independent Japanese activist manager based in Tokyo. Prior founding Strategic Capital, Inc., Mr. Kato also invested and engaged as an activist of MAC Japan Active Shareholder Fund at M&A Consulting, a pioneer of Japanese activist fund, from 2004 to 2007.  Prior joining M&A consulting, Mr. Kato managed a wide range of alternative investment program, hedge funds, private equities, distressed assets and real estates at Norinchukin Bank.

Mr. Kato hold anMBA from UCLA Anderson School and a BA from University of Tokyo.

June-Yon Kim

Portfolio Manager, Rogers Investment Advisors KK

June is Chief Investment Officer/Portfolio Manager of the Azabu Value Fund.  Prior to joining RIA, he was a Portfolio Manager with FIL Japan (Fidelity International) from 2006 to 2015.  From 2003 to 2005, June was a Partner at Hachibushu Capital and Co-Portfolio Manager of the fundamental long/short portfolio of the Triloka Master Fund.  From 1996 to 2003, June was a Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst and Research Intern at Fidelity Investment Japan.  He received his MBA from the University of Chicago and BA from Cornell University.

Naoki Iwami

Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer (Global Macro Hedge Fund), Whiz Partners Inc

Mr. Naoki Iwami is an experienced portfolio manager who has over 30 years of experience in the fixed income and the foreign exchange markets. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the investment division at Whiz Partners Inc. Japan since March 2013. Prior to joining Whiz, Mr. Iwami was a portfolio manager and Managing Director at Millennium Capital Management Asia during June 2012 to February 2013. From May 2011 through May 2012, he served as the head of the Chief Investment Office department in JP Morgan Chase Asia. In 2002, Mr. Iwami began his career of managing pensions and institutional funds at Nomura Asset Management. As the firm’s Chief Investment Officer of fixed income investments, he was responsible for overseeing the global fixed income and currency strategies until 2011. Since his years at Nomura, Mr. Iwami has been notably known for his track records which delivered consistent returns for his clients, attracting many institutional investors from both domestic and abroad. In addition, Mr. Iwami has more than 20 years of experience as a trader of both fixed income and currencies at The Industrial Bank of Japan from 1981 through 2002. He has served numerous senior positions where he was responsible for leading the proprietary trading divisions in various locations including London, Singapore, Indonesia and Tokyo. He was a member of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee in 1998 during the Asian Crisis. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with B.A. in Economics in 1981.

Hiroki Yagi

Senior Portfolio Strategist Strategic Solutions Department, Nomura Funds Research and Technologies Co Ltd

Hiroki Yagi is currently Senior Portfolio Strategist in Nomura Funds Research and Technologies Co Ltd (NFR&T).  Before the current position, he was President & Chief Executive Officer in Nomura Funds Research and Technologies America, Inc (NFRATA) located in New York from October 2015 to September 2017.  Before joining NFR&TA, he was Senior fund Analyst as a Team Leader - Hedge Fund in NFR&T and responsible for evaluating hedge funds and alternative investment products from December 2009.  Before joining NFR&T, he has been in charge of product planning, due diligence and monitoring for alternative investment products since October 2000 in Mizuho Securities Co Ltd, the Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co Ltd and NFR&TA.  He receive a BA in Law from Sophia University.

Ken Hokugo

Director of Hedge Fund Investments, Pension Investment Department, Pension Fund Association

Ken Hokugo is the Co-Head of Hedge Fund Investments at Pension Fund Association.  Prior to joining PFA, he worked at the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s (“SMBC” or “Sumitomo”) Tokyo Head Office, responsible for designing and implementing the strategy for its global asset management business.  Until 2010, he was at Sumitomo’s New York Office for 15 years from 1995.  From 2005 to 2010, he was CFO of the Americas Division overseeing all investment – PE, HF, Structured Credit, ILS, etc. - and portfolio management as well as more than 1500 head counts in the Division.  From 1998 to 2005, as the Head of Financial Products Group, he was responsible for prop investment portfolio as well as assigned to negotiate and close the special projects by the Head Office Management including its CEO.  Mr. Hokugo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Keio University and MBA from Columbia Business School.

Naohide Une

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Investment Department, Market Division, Japan Post Bank Co Ltd

Naohide is a Managing Director at Japan Post Bank and is the Head of Strategic Investment Department, where the team focuses on HF investments and relevant investment strategy developments.

Prior to forming the new department in September of 2016, Naohide served as a Managing Director for the CIO office in the market division, where he served the CIO in organizational reform, business plan design, hiring & recruitment, and asset allocation decisions.

Before joining Japan Post Bank, he served as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Tokyo, where he was the Head of Equity Derivatives Trading in Tokyo and also was the head trader of Pan Asia Equity Flow Derivatives Trading.  He also served as a member on various committees including Global Equity Operating Committee, Global Securities Risk Committee, Pan Asia Risk Committee, and Japan Compliance Committee.

He holds a BA and MA from Tokyo University, MBA from Waseda University. Currently he is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Shigeki Muramatsu

General Manager, Credit & Alternative Investment Department, Mizuho Bank

Graduated from Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
 

History of Employment:

  • April 1991 Joined the Trust&Banking

  • April 1996 Assigned to Treasury Department, Head office, Trust&Banking

  • January 1999 Assigned to NY dealing Room of International Treasury Division

  • February 2000 Assigned to Treasury Department, Head office, Trust&Banking

  • April 2018 Assigned to Credit & Alternative Investment Department as General Manager

Richard Byworth

Chief Operating Officer, Diginex Limited

Richard is a 19 year finance veteran having held senior positions in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He built and ran a market leading derivatives business for Nomura post the acquisition of Lehman, and oversaw syndication for Nomura's multibillion dollar business in Convertible bonds. Richard was a leading member of Nomura’s Asia Fintech committee and is an established VC and angel investor. He joined Diginex as COO and Head of Financial Services in December last year. Diginex is fast becoming Asia's number one DLT services provider winning government and corporate mandates alike for Blockchain implementation.

Gerrit van Wingerden

Co-Founder & CTO, Caspian Tech

Gerrit van Wingerden is the CTO and co-founder of Caspian, an institutional grade crypto trading platform for hedge funds and sophisticated investors. Gerrit has served as the Representative Director for Tora Trading Services K.K. for the past 12 years. Prior to that Gerrit managed the development of high volume trading applications and analytical tools for various hedge funds and bulge bracket investment banks. Gerrit holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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