Tokyo – Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, has announced that Akihiko Asami has joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance, Investment Banking Japan. He is based in Tokyo.
At Barclays Capital, Asami will lead the firm's industry client coverage in Japan as well as develop and manage relationships with key clients. This follows the recent hiring of Naoki Toyoizumi as Managing Director and Head of M&A, and Katsuhiko Hatazawa as Director to lead the Corporate Finance Department's Healthcare and Chemical coverage effort.
Asami brings 15 years of investment banking experience and has focused on the coverage of the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors for the majority of his career. He joins from Deutsche Securities in Japan, where he was a Managing Director and Head of the Technology, Media and Telecom Group as well as Head of the Healthcare Group within the Global Banking Division since 2009. Prior to joining Deutsche Securities Japan, Asami spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs Japan's Investment Banking Division in a similar role.
During his investment banking career, he has been involved in various transactions including M&A advisor to NTT DOCOMO, Softbank, KDDI, Hitachi, Rakuten, Fuji Television, Sumitomo Mitsui Credit Card, Promise, EMOBILE and KKR, as well as fund raising advisor to NTT DOCOMO, NTT and others. He started his career with Fuji Bank in 1985.
'Mr. Asami brings with him valuable experience in the advisory business, and an excellent track record. He will significantly enhance the firm’s strong investment banking platform and our ability to serve our clients in Japan and outside Japan', said Eiji Nakai, President and CEO of Barclays Capital Japan Limited.
'With more than 15 years of coverage and advisory experience, Mr. Asami brings strategic vision across all segments of the business as well as vast knowledge, expertise and relationships to our global investment banking franchise', said Tetsuya Kawano, Vice Chairman and Head of Investment Banking Japan.
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