Hong Kong-based Olympus Capital Holdings Asia has hired former Nomura Securities managing director of investment banking Shunji Katayama to bolster the executive ranks of its Tokyo office, according to a statement.
Katayama, who joined Nomura following the firm’s acquisition of Lehman Brother’s Asia Pacific operations in 2008, will join the Olympus team as a managing director.
Prior to joining Nomura, the 48-year-old was co-head of investment banking coverage at Lehman Brothers Japan. He had also spent eight years as a senior banker in the General Industry Group at Goldman Sachs in Japan. As an investment banker, he was involved with advising Japanese companies in the chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer, retail and entertainment sectors.
“We look forward to Katayama-san’s leadership in further leveraging our pan-Asian platform to help Japanese companies expand into other markets in the region to reach their growth potential,” said David Shen regional managing director of Olympus Capital.
Olympus Capital Holdings focuses on investments in Asian middle market companies. The firm’s offices are located in Tokyo, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai and New York.
Recent investments include cement producer Sichuan Emeishan Special Cement, outsourcing company Quatrro BPO Solutions in India, kimono maker and distributor Kyoto Kimono Yuzen, and aluminium and vinyl manufacturer China Zhongwang Holdings.
Since it was founded in 1997, the firm has invested in over 30 portfolio companies throughout Asia, and currently manages over US$1.2 billion in assets.