GCA Altium is now part of Houlihan Lokey


Koji Sasayama

Managing Director


Koji Sasayama is a Managing Director at Mezzanine Corporation. He has had an extensive career in both investment banking and acquisition financing. He has been a pioneer of the acquisition finance business in Japan executing many transactions that were the first of their kind. For example, he conducted the first short-term bridge financing for the TOB of Daimon (the current Mine Mart) in 2000 by Unison Capital in Japan along with the long-term permanent financing to replace it after the target company went private and the inter-creditor agreement between mezzanine investors and senior lenders. He has structured and executed various types of financing arrangements and has worked on deals from origination, through evaluation, execution, and syndication. He continues to focus on developing and maintaining relationships with corporations and private equity funds in order to generate opportunities for the acquisition finance business. Prior to joining Mezzanine Corporation, he worked at the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (Currently Shinsei Bank) where he began his career in the M&A division and was engaged in cross-border M&A advisory services related to the acquisitions of hotels and resorts abroad. In 1993, while he was in Chicago, he started providing corporate finance services to U.S. companies. He was transferred to New York in 1995 and became involved in acquisition financing for LBO and MBO transactions. He also took part in the investment of limited partnerships of private equity funds. Through his experience and involvement in the acquisition financing business in the U.S., he was exposed to many transactions across a diverse range of industries. Upon returning to Japan, he joined the Industrial Bank of Japan (currently Mizuho Corporate Bank) where he started the bank’s acquisition finance business. Significant financings include the 2003 acquisition financing of over 200 billion yen for the first Japanese mega LBO transaction, the acquisition of Japan Telecom by Ripplewood (the current RHJ International). He also led the financing arrangement of the acquisition of Shaklee Japan and Shaklee U.S., a multinational / multicurrency acquisition finance in 2004. In 2006, he provided one-stop services, providing both the mezzanine financing and senior debt financing, for the second MBO for Shinwa by CVC Asia Pacific. He jointly published “M&A Finance” in 2006, the first book in Japan related to acquisition financing. He is a frequent lecturer on M&A financing and often contributes articles related to M&A financing. Koji Sasayama received his MBA from The Johnson School of Cornell University in 1993. He received B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

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