Investment Group

Hideto Nishihata

Partner

Hideto Nishihata

Mr. Nishihata joined Polaris in April 2012. Prior to Polaris, he was engaged in turnaround investments for medium-sized enterprises and post-investment hands-on turnaround support at the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan. Before that, he worked at the business revitalization department of PwC Advisory (current PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan) and was engaged in business plan formulation for medium-sized enterprises and monitoring support. And at Oracle Corporation Japan where he started his career, he was engaged in project management for ERP package installation and consulting for operational implement. Mr. Nishihata received a Bachelor of Engineering from Kobe University.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Auditor, BAKE, Inc.
Director, Eclasia HD Co.,Ltd.
Director, Social Inclu Co., Ltd.
Director, Sendenkaigi Co., Ltd.
Director, MASSMEDIAN Co., Ltd.

Naohiko Ohno

Partner

Naohiko Ohno

Mr. Ohno joined Polaris in February 2011. Prior to Polaris, he worked at RECOF Corporation and was engaged in M&A advisory services (sourcing and execution of M&A transactions) with a focus on mid cap companies in electronics, education, human resources and apparel. He also provided advisory services to private equity funds on the exits of their portfolio companies, and acted as a member of valuation committee. Mr. Ohno received a BA in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Director, NOVARESE, Inc.
Auditor, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, SPACE VALUE HOLDINGS K.K.

Tetsuhiko Yamamoto

Partner

Tetsuhiko Yamamoto

Mr. Yamamoto joined Polaris in April 2014. Prior to Polaris, he worked at Shinsei Bank and was engaged in leveraged finance including LBO finance for PE funds, and various finance transactions related to corporate acquisitions, restructurings and recapitalizations. Mr. Yamamoto received a BA in Engineering from Keio University.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Auditor, BAKE, Inc.
Auditor, i-PRO Co., Ltd.
Auditor, GeoTechnologies Inc.

Hidenori Kanbe

Principal

Hidenori Kanbe

Mr. Kanbe joined Polaris in July 2014. Prior to Polaris, he worked at a JV of Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. (currently Daiwa Corporate Investment Co., Ltd.) and was engaged in launching its buyout investment division and dealing with investment transactions in healthcare, sercives, restaurant/retails and electronics sectors. Mr. Kanbe received a Bachelor of Engineering from Waseda University and Master of Science from Waseda University Graduate School.

Toshitaka Tomioka

Principal

Toshitaka Tomioka

Mr. Tomioka joined Polaris in May 2016. Prior to Polaris, he worked at JP Morgan and was engaged in M&A advisory and capital raising in the automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, transportation and oil and gas industries, as well as for general trading companies, in the Investment Banking division. Prior to JP Morgan, he worked at A.T. Kearney and was engaged in mid-term business strategy development, marketing strategy development and cost reduction, mainly for companies in the beverage, real estate, IT and electronics industries. Mr. Tomioka received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and a M.S. in Engineering, Technology Management for Innovation, from the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Auditor, SPACE VALUE HOLDINGS K.K.

Keisuke Shimaoka

Principal

Keisuke Shimaoka

Mr. Shimaoka joined Polaris in August 2016. Prior to Polaris, he worked at Akindo Sushiro where he was engaged in new business development and oversaw the spin-off of the division into a separate company. Prior to Akindo Sushiro, he worked at Dream Incubator and was engaged in strategy development mainly for manufacturing companies, demonstration experiments for public-private partnerships and hands-on support for a pre-IPO company. Mr. Shimaoka received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Kyoto, and a M.S. in Engineering from the Graduate School of the University of Kyoto.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Auditor, O-net, Inc.
Auditor, i-PRO Co., Ltd.
Auditor, Eclasia HD Co., Ltd.

Masashi Matsumoto

Principal

Masashi Matsumoto

Mr. Matsumoto joined Polaris in April 2020. Prior to Polaris, he worked at Sumitomo Corporation’s Transportation & Construction Systems Business Unit where he was engaged in various corporate and business roles. Corporate roles include advisory for domestic and cross-border M&A deals in manufacturing, sales distribution, and financial services sectors, as well as strategy planning of mid-term business plan, business portfolio management, and HR strategy etc. Before that, he also held several business roles in automobile supply chain management in the Middle East, and ship trade & finance for the Americas and China. Mr. Matsumoto received a BA in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from Kellog School of Management of Northwestern University.

He concurrently holds the following positions:
Director, Lincstech Co., Ltd.
Auditor, Social Inclu Co., Ltd.

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