Global investment firm The Carlyle Group has appointed Reiji Terasaka as a Managing Director of the Carlyle Japan advisory team while private equity firm Rhône Group has named Kazushige Kobayashi as a senior advisor for Asia.
Carlyle appoints managing director in Japan
Global investment firm The Carlyle Group has appointed Reiji Terasaka as a managing director of the Carlyle Japan advisory team, effective from June 1, 2020, according to an announcement.
Terasaka returns to Carlyle, where he worked from 2003 to 2013 after serving in a number of senior executive positions in Japan and the U.S.
In this role, Terasaka will focus on investments in general industries and consumer, retail, and healthcare sectors. He will work closely with Hiroyuki Otsuka, Deputy Head of Carlyle Japan, to further accelerate the firm’s corporate carve-out investments in Japan, one of the major areas where Carlyle sees growth opportunities.
“Terasaka’s diverse industry knowledge and strong investment experience will bring significant value to our team and our investment activity as we continue to see an increasing number of carve-out opportunities and seek to deploy more capital in Japan,” said Carlyle Japan head Kazuhiro Yamada.
Terasaka started his career at the Ministry of Finance in Japan, before joining the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in 2002. He was also previously a Director at Carlyle Japan, spending 10 years at the firm from 2003 to 2013.
He subsequently held several senior management roles in various industries, including Senior Vice President of Business Management and M&A at Marelli Corporation (formerly Calsonic Kansei Corporation), Chief Operating Officer of ELS Educational Services in the U.S., and Vice President of Strategic Planning Development at Japan Display, Inc.
The Carlyle Group is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: corporate private equity, real assets, global credit and investment solutions.
The investment firm has $217 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020.
Rhône Group appoints senior advisor for Asia
Global private equity firm Rhône Group has named Kazushige Kobayashi as a senior advisor for Asia, per his LinkedIn page.
He was previously a senior advisor and managing director for Capital Dynamics, where he also led its Tokyo office.
Earlier, Kobayashi was president & CEO at Alternative Investment Capital for eight years and senior manager at Japan’s largest general trading company Mitsubishi Corporation for over 18 years.
Rhône Group is a mid-market private equity firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions leveraged buyouts, recapitalization and partnerships with particular focus on European and Trans- Atlantic investments. Rhone also offers financial advisory services, strategic alliances, joint partnerships, and business valuation services.
Rhône was founded in 1995 by billionaire financiers Robert Agostinelli and Steven Langman. The firm is headquartered in New York with additional offices in London and Paris. It has total assets under management of $8.5 billion and employs over 100 business professionals.