Our People

Introduction of key members of Mercuria.

Toshihiro Toyoshima


He joined DBJ in 1985 where he has led a number of innovative projects at Electric Office, Project Finance Department, Planning Dept for Investment Banking including pioneering project finance deals and real-estate securitization deals in Japan as well as introduced PFI and turnaround management. He also worked at the World Bank as a senior deputy director in charge of the private sector and was responsible for the privatization of state-owned enterprises in African nations.
He joined MIC in 2005 while leading the Growth Cross-Border Investment Group at DBJ supervising all the growth sector investment. He was elected CEO of MIC in October 2008.
Graduated from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in law and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in real estate studies and urban planning.

Hideya Ishino

Executive Director, Head of Asset Investment Dept.

He joined Salomon Brothers in 1986 and played a leading role in marketing financial derivative products in their early years in Japan and delivered many innovative structured deals. After 2000 he was engaged in venture financing mainly in internet-related sectors as well as in management at venture companies where he led a cross-border JV and M&A.
He joined MIC in 2008 and is a director since April 2010.
Graduated from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Kiyoto Koyama

Executive Director, Head of Business Investment Dept.

He joined DBJ in 1990 and through his career at Electric Office, Information & Communication Dept., Project Finance Dept., Turn-around Dept. and Planning Dept. for Investment Banking, he has led and executed many innovative projects which range from project financing, real-estate securitization, PFI, to turnaround management.
He is a director at MIC since October 2005.
Graduated from Tohoku University with a bachelor’s degree in law, and from Columbia University Professional Fellow Program.

Ryoma Nakai

Executive Officer, Head of Client Investor Relations Dept.

He joined Salomon Brothers in 1988 where he played a leading role at the fixed income arbitrage proprietary trading desk. He also has been managing fixed income products and funds at Tudor Capital Japan, Nikko Citi group and Asuka Asset Management.
He joined MIC in 2014.
Graduated from Tokyo University with a bachelor’s degree in law.

Xiaolin Xu

Executive Officer, China Business Leader

He has been engaged in many Japan-China M&A deals at KPMG (Shanghai), Lehmann Brothers (Tokyo), KPMG (Tokyo) and Cast Consulting, and has provided thorough consulting services related to legal issues, tax and general business practice, among others.
He joined Mercuria Investment in 2008, and leads the China Bureau.
Graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, College of Economics and Management, and from Hitotsubashi University with a master’s degree in business administration.

Nobumasa Saeki

Executive Officer, Head of Spring REIT Dept.,

Started his career at JP Morgan as a fixed-income derivative sales in 1993, he has been engaged in wide range of investment products at various financial institutions.
After joining MIC in 2008, he has been responsible for all property investment projects. In 2013, he was appointed as one of the executive director at Spring Asset Management Limited and was seconded/stationed at this subsidiary in Hong Kong from the year 2014.
Graduated from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Yusuke Takigawa

Executive Officer, Head of Finance & Control Dept., CPA

Yusuke Takigawa joined PwC in 2003 after starting his career in Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank.
Prior to joining Mercuria, he played roles in providing financial advisory services, such as due diligence, valuation and turnarounds, on buyouts and M&As for private equity funds and business corporations for more than 10 years. He was also engaged in investments targeting domestic and overseas SMEs while he was seconded to a financial institution for 2 years.
After joining Mercuria in 2014, he has been engaged in internal control operations, such as formulating business plans, structuring a consolidation closing system and planning capital policies.
BA in Commercial Science, Hitotsubashi University

Toru Aratani

Managing Director

He joined Sumitomo Trust Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank) in 1987 and was responsible for loans for business corporations and M&A advisory and also involved in the establishment of the Corporate Information Department.
He also managed a wide range of projects such as revitalization, carve-out, and business succession.
In addition to his experience in the real estate asset finance field, he has engaged in LP investments, LBO loans, M&A etc in recent years to have a broad network with domestic and overseas funds.
He Joined us in 2019.
Graduated from Osaka University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics

Akira Kambe

Chief Compliance Officer

After working at a patent firm, Akira Kambe joined Asuka Asset Management and American Express.
Before joining Mercuria, he was engaged in regulatory compliance under the Installment Sales Act and the Moneylending Business Act, handling of anti-social forces, and AML/KYC controls in AMEX. Prior to this position, he gained experience in regulatory compliance under the Financial Exchange and Instrument Act and responding to SESC inspection for overseas hedge funds in Asuka.
After joining Mercuria in 2015, he was engaged in internal audit and now oversees the compliance function of Mercuria.
JD in Law, Sophia University
BFA in Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Minoru Momota


Minoru Momota joined ORIX in 1995 where he was engaged in proposal–based selling for SMEs, structured finance, NPL investment and reconstruction funds. Since 2005, he served for offshore investment (real-estate and PE/VC) for the greater China area at ORIX Asia Limited (Hong Kong). In 2011 he joined in Parco Co,. Ltd.(Hong Kong resident office) which is one of an alliance partners of DBJ and engaged in business development of eastern Asia. He has twelve years of overseas work experience.
He joined in Mercuria in 2017.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell with a master’s degree in Business Administration
Bachelor in law, Keio University

Takashi Sasaki


Started his career at The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in 1993. After working for MUFG, HSBC etc., he joined Mercuria in 2018.
He has been engaged in PE investment, M&A finance/advisory and turnaround business in both Japan and U.S. since 2000 and led large number of tough deals.
Graduated from Keio University with a bachelor’s degree in law.
CIIA(Certified International Investment Analyst), CIA(Certified Internal Auditor)

Atsuki Kaneko


Atsuki Kaneko joined Nishimura & Partners (currently known as Nishimura & Asahi) in 1999 where his specialty included fund formation, project finance, capital markets, real estate securitization, finance leasing and, while seconded to a financial institution, he was engaged in investments targeting domestic and overseas SMEs.
After joining Mercuria in 2018, he has dealt with global investment activities generally and provided various legal supports.
The University of Southern California with Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Waseda University with Bachelor in law
Lawyer (Japan and New York State)