Nobuhiko (Nick) Masuto
CEO GCA Partners Corporation, Representative Director - GCA Partners Corporation
Nobuhiko (Nick) Masuto is the Representative Director and CEO of GCA Partners Corporation. For over 25 years, he has been involved in a wide range of finance, investment banking and private equity (PE) activities in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. He has extensive experience in M&A advisory, PE investment and PMI value up management. Prior to joining GCA, he worked respectively for Ripplewood Japan and Japan Equity Capital, a private equity firm sponsored by Daiwa SMBC, Sumitomo Corp. and GE, where he was responsible for origination and execution of buyout transactions and post-acquisition management. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker for Sumitomo Bank Tokyo and London, where he focused on cross-border M&A and structured finance transactions. He also experienced in working for Robertson Stephens & Co. in San Francisco. In the M&A advisory field, he led various Japanese domestic and cross-border deals such as the acquisitions of Goodman Global by Daikin Ind., the medical & chemical business in Mercian by Mitsui & Co., the investment of All Nippon Airways in Skynet Asia Airways and the sale of Mikihouse to the supplier consortium by Tokyo Marine Capital. In the PE field, he completed buyout transactions such as the acquisitions of Meisei Electric from NEC and Asahi Tec Corp. from NGK Insulators, where he also conducted post acquisition value-ups through his management roles. He completed his Masters in Finance degree at the London Business School and graduated from Keio University, where he majored in Law. He is a visiting instructor on the MBA course of Kobe University and he also acts as a member of the investment related study committee in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.