People Digest: Carlyle names MD in Japan; Rhône Group appoints senior advisor for Asia

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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.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.