Team Members

Takao Akaogi Managing Director, Executive Officer for Secondary Private Equity Investment and Asia Business Promotion

Mr. Akaogi joined Ant Capital in 2008 from Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, where he was the chief manager of the investment risk management group, and prior to that, the chief manager of the equity investment group, responsible for overall equity investments, including private equity. During the 20 years he spent at Sumitomo Life, he held several strategic positions, such as a company representative in Beijing, investment manager in the Hong Kong office, and asset allocation officer in the investment planning department of the Tokyo head office. He holds a B.A. in Law from Keio University, Japan.

Yoshinori Makino Partner

Mr. Makino co-leads the Tokyo investment team’s effort in developing investment opportunities, post-investment management, and exit-development activities. Prior to joining Ant Capital in 2004, he spent 11 years at Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, where he held several senior positions in Sapporo branch and International Corporate Division, including a group lead role in the financing business division of Cisco Systems (now Cisco Systems Capital). He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dokkyo University, Japan.

Norimasa Tanabe Partner

Prior to joining Ant Capital Partners in 2009, Mr. Tanabe was a vice president at Marsh (Tokyo), where he specialized in providing risk management due diligence services to private equity firms and Japanese corporations in a variety of M&A transactions. Prior to that, he was a consultant at Marsh helping to develop new business for consumer-based industries, such as education, mobile phone, and automobile. He started his career at a Japanese insurance company in 1998. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Aoyama University, Japan and an MBA in Finance from Chuo Graduate School of Accounting, Japan.

Fumiki Otokuni Director

Mr. Otokuni joined Ant Capital in 2009 from Goldman Sachs, where he was engaged in sales of financial instruments to private companies and investors. Prior to that, he was engaged in marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He started his career at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in 2003. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Gakushuin University and an MBA from St. Andrew’s University.

Shunsuke Nakao Director

Mr. Nakao joined Ant Capital in 2014. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he was engaged in private equity investments related to business succession, carve-outs and international expansion at Mitsui & Co., Principal Investments. Prior to that, he was engaged in MBO and turnaround investments at Nihon Mirai Capital and Advantage Partners, as well as investments in small to mid-cap Japanese equity at Blackrock Japan. He started his career at PWC Consulting in 1999. He holds B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Kei Ando Principal

Mr. Ando joined Ant Capital in 2015. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he worked at Japan Industrial Solutions, engaged in private equity investments. Prior to this, he worked at KPMG AZSA LLC, engaged in financial advisory services related to business turnarounds including turnaround ADR scheme, in addition to statutory auditing services for financial institutions. He started his career at IBM Business Consulting Services. He holds B.A. in business administration from Meiji University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Japan).

Yusuke Kawabe Principal

Mr. Kawabe joined Ant Capital in 2015. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he was engaged in M&A and corporate finance advisory at SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION (SMBC) since 2012. Prior to that, he was sent to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) from SMBC. At MHLW, he was engaged in business related to Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. He started his career at SMBC in 2008. He holds B.A. in Economics from The University of Tokyo.

Atsuhiko Inoguchi Principal

Mr. Inoguchi joined Ant Capital in 2017. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he was seconded from KPMG AZSA LLC to KPMG FAS where he was engaged in financial advisory services including financial due diligence etc. Prior to that, he worked in KPMG AZSA LLC as a manager after two year’s secondee to KPMG UK. He started his career in KPMG AZSA LLC in 2007. He holds B.A in Economics in Tokyo University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Japan).

Yozo Nakamura Principal

Mr. Nakamura joined Ant Capital in 2019. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he was engaged in private equity investments and mezzanine financing at Mizuho Capital Partners. Before joining Mizuho in 2017, he worked at Deloitte and provided financial advisory services in relation to M&A and accounting since 2012. He started his career at Bridgestone in 2009. He holds B.A in Economics in Tokyo University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Japan).

Hiroki Nakazawa Principal

Mr. Nakazawa joined Ant Capital in 2018. Prior to joining Ant Capital, he was engaged in private equity investments at Mitsui & Co., Principal Investments. Prior to that, he worked at Duff & Phelps, engaged in financial advisory, valuation and purchase price allocation. He started his career at the Norinchukin bank in 2013. He holds B.A. in sociology from Doshisha University.

Ayaka Igarashi Manager

Ms. Igarashi joined Ant Capital in 2018. Prior to joining Ant Capital, she was engaged in new development and investment business of energy assets mainly for domestic thermal power plants in IDI infrastructures Inc. She started her career in GE Capital in 2008. She holds B.A in Educations in Tokyo Gakugei University.