Member Introductions

Member Introductions

Yasuhiro Ishikawa

Title President and Representative Director
Career summary Joined the Sanwa Bank, Ltd. (currently MUFG Bank, Ltd.) in 1988.
Was assigned to Business Development Department, the section promoting M&A advisory services, in 1992.
Has been consistently involved in M&A advisory activities throughout his assignments in Securities Sales Department and Corporate Finance Department. Has handled a wide range of deals from advising an owner-operated company on planning business succession and buyout of a listed company to supporting the business transfer from a bankrupt company to a sponsor company, mainly in the distribution and service sectors.

Joined Global Management Directions, Ltd. (currently KPMG FAS Co., Ltd.) in 2000. Handled cases including merger of a financial institution, joint incorporation-type company split by a trading house, acquisition of a listed construction company by a subsidiary of a non-ferrous metals company, integration of a subsidiary by a pharmaceutical maker, complete merger of a subsidiary department store operator by a railroad company through stock swap, establishment of a joint venture by transport equipment makers, sale of a restaurant chain by a food maker, acquisition of a software development company by a private education business company, sale of hotel operation by a real estate company, etc. He has provided advice on M&A deals that restructured businesses and industries.
Joined Synergy Capital Co., Ltd. in 2005. Engaged in private equity operations and took charge of the exit of six investee companies.
Left Synergy Capital in November 2006, as the company's operations came to a close.

Founded Amidas Partners, Inc. in December 2006.
Has been consistently engaged in M&A advisory activities for 25 years since his early career with the bank.

Hokuto Hoshi

Title Director (part-time)
Career summary Medical doctor
President of Hoshi General Hospital Foundation
President of Polaris Nursing School
Former executive board member of Japan Medical Association

Kenji Hayashi

Title Senior Manager
Career summary Joined the Fuji Bank (currently Mizuho Financial Group) in 1997 where he worked as a relationship manager for corporate clients. Then, he joined CIBC World Markets Tokyo office in 2000 and worked on cross-border M&A advisory transactions in mining, energy and other diversified industries for more than 14 years, before joining Amidas Partners, Inc.

MBA (University of Cambridge, Judge Business School), CFA, CMA

Tomoya Gokaku

Title Senior Manager
Career summary

Joined government-affiliated financial institution in 2004 and engaged in bank loan business. Then, joined KPMG FAS Co., Ltd. in 2007 and engaged in M&A advisory, valuation, modeling activities. Moved on to Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan (REVIC) in 2014, he worked on turnaround activities, before joining Amidas Partners, Inc.

Lei Yang

Title Principal for Asia and Oceania Region
Career summary

MBA (National University of Singapore),
Joined Mitsui Corporation in 2007, where he specialized in logistics and international trading for 7 years. After MBA in 2015, he joined a management consulting firm and was involved in cross-border M&A advisory activities as well as strategic alliance projects, before joining Amidas Partners, Inc.

Masato Kasahara

Main affiliation Kasahara Accounting Firm
Career summary

Engaged in statutory audit and financial research at Asahi Audit Corporation (currently KPMG AZSA, LLC), and moved to Global Management Directions Limited (currently KPMG FAS Co., Ltd.) as Arthur Andersen spun off its corporate finance section. Moved on to PricewaterhouseCoopers Financial Advisory Services Co., Ltd. (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers Co., Ltd.) then to KPMG Corporate Finance LLC (KPMG FAS Co., Ltd.), eventually setting up his own auditing firm.

Has been engaged in corporate evaluation for over a decade.
Has provided valuation services in numerous deals for merger and acquisition, group reorganization, accounting purposes such as purchase price allocation, business revitalization, business succession and other purposes in a wide array of industries including retailing, finance, real estate, trading house, precision machinery, energy and information services.

Yasuyuki Nishikoori

Main affiliation Maori Inc.
Career summary Before offering his services to Amidas Partners, Mr. Yasuyuki Nishikoori worked in several listed companies including Softbank Corp, Carview Corp, Index Corp, and Proto Corp, where he was been involved in the business development, establishing of joint ventures, and acquisitions. Mr. Nishikoori also has experience as a CEO of a mobile IT company.

Masahiro Midorikawa

Main affiliation President and Representative Director of The Mid Group
Career summary Registered as CPA in 1980
Registered as certified tax accountant in 1996
Main activities Expert member at JICPA's Corporate Taxation Subcommittee of the Tax Examination Committee
Belongs to the following working/study groups:
The tax law study group hosted by Professor Emeritus Masasuke Takeda of Seikei University
The Nippon Keidanren's company split/consolidation taxation system study working group
Dual income taxation working group
Limited liability company study group
Advisor to the Japan Medical Association
Representative director of TFR Research Center
Main publications Issues in Assessment of Inheritance Property (coauthored), Gyosei Corporation
Explanation of Key Points in Corporate Reorganization Taxation (coauthored), Okura Zaimu Kyokai
Taxation Regarding New Merger, Split and Investment in Kind (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Explanation of Key Points in Consolidation Taxation (coauthored), Seibunsha
Practical Knowledge of the Equity Section (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Practical Knowledge of the Equity Section, Revised (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
The New Companies Act and Accounting/Tax Handling: with Emphasis on the Equity Section (coauthored) Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Assessment of Inheritance Assets, Theory and Practice, Gyosei Corporation
The New Companies Act and Taxation Issues (coauthored), Zaikei Shohosha
Administration in Corporate Reorganization (coauthored) Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Administration in Corporate Reorganization, Revised and Expanded (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Case Studies: Corporate Taxation Suits and Review Requests (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Q&A Handbook on Administration for a New Charitable Organization: Transition, Establishment, Management, Accounting, Taxation (coauthored), Seibunsha
New Coporate Group Taxation and Practical Measures (editor), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
Amended Companies Act and Accounting/Tax Handling (coauthored), Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing
About Amidas Partners, Inc.