Carlyle Japan: Looking Past Public Perception for Buyout Opportunities in Japan

May 15, 2008
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Takeshi Isayama, Chairman, Carlyle Japan

Alicia Ogawa, Director of the Program on Alternative Investments; Associate Director for Program Development, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Carlyle Japan Chairman Takeshi Isayama brings his vast business experience in the public and private sectors – 33-year career in MITI followed by Vice Chairmanship of Nissan Motor Company – to the world of Japanese private equity. The popular perception guiding U.S. investors suggests that current private equity opportunities in Asia are concentrated outside Japan, in China and India specifically. Mr. Isayama takes issue with this belief, and in his discussion of the underlying strength and competitiveness of Japan’s economy, he explains why Carlyle Japan’s buyout funds produce the greatest ROI of any of the firm’s buyout funds worldwide. Carlyle Japan’s second buyout fund raised $1.9 billion in 2006, making it the largest ever Japan-dedicated buyout fund. Also, despite a spate of unfavorable court decisions and media attention recently, Mr. Isayama highlights the many opportunities awaiting foreign buyout firms in Japan.

12-12:30 pm
Registration & reception



Admission: Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Additional corporate registrants and Japan Society individual members at the Patron level and above pay the discounted corporate member rate of $45 for lunch and lecture, $10 for lecture only. Nonmember admission: $65 for lunch and lecture, $15 lecture only. The academic and government admission rate is $30 for the luncheon and $10 for lecture only. When payment is required, prepayment must be made, or registration secured, with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome.

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008
  • 12:00 pm