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Eurazeo opens Tokyo office for “fastest growing investor base”

Eurazeo has opened a Tokyo office, which focuses on investor relations and fundraising. Mathieu Teisseire, Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Eurazeo, expects Japan to be “the fastest growing investor base” in Asia over the next year, according to a report by Private Equity International. 

Speaking to PEI, Teisseire noted “a general interest across platforms, both private equity and private debt”, though the firm’s focus in the short term would most likely be on the latter. 

Teisseire added that the French private equity firm would be willing to offer private wealth solutions to Japanese investors due to “significant demand from banks and insurance companies”. 

In April, DealStreetAsia reported that Eurazeo planned to establish an investor relations office in Tokyo, marking Eurazeo’s fourth in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The new Tokyo office will be led by Ken Hu, previously a director at Strategic Value Partners, where he focused on developing the firm’s Japan business in fundraising and investor relations. There is currently no set headcount target for the new North Asia branch. 

Eurazeo’s target investors in Japan include local pension funds, insurance companies within Japanese conglomerates and banks, which either invest via their balance sheets or distribute products to private wealth clients. 

Previously, the Japanese market was served by Eurazeo’s Seoul office under Solomon Moos, who oversees the firm’s pan-Asian coverage. 

Teisseire’s comments follow those of Hiro Hirano, Head of KKR Japan, who told Bloomberg earlier this month that the private investment major was also weighing up a move into the country’s private credit market, describing it as a medium to long-term initiative”. Japan currently makes up 40% of the firm’s investment activity in Asia.

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