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Akihko Mizuno, Ari Druker hired to leadership roles for Japans Capital Markets
SINGAPORE, JULY 7th, 2010— Jones Lang LaSalle has hired two Capital Markets experts to further enhance its 185 strong Capital Markets professionals in the region, in a move which will help drive further expansion of the firm’s overall Asia Capital Markets business.
Mr. Akihiko Mizuno will join the firm in August as head of Capital Markets Japan from Spring Investment Co. (formerly Babcock and Brown). He brings with him a deep understanding of market dynamics and has a proven track record in buy and sell side having previously worked within the real estate arm of foreign investment banks Merrill Lynch and Citibank.
Mr Mizuno has an Economics degree from Keio University and a Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management and has accumulated over 25 years of real estate experience covering development, acquisition, sale and leaseback, advisory, asset management and M&A.
Ari Druker will be joining as an Associate Director in the Regional Corporate Finance team in Tokyo. Mr Druker has spent the past 10 years at Deutsche Bank in Tokyo, with the last 3 years in the Commercial Real Estate finance group as Portfolio Manager. He will be focused on executing debt and equity related mandates as well as supporting the regional corporate finance business, advising capital domiciled in Japan on offshore indirect investment opportunities.
These appointments follow the recent hire of Alistair Meadows who will take on the role of Director, Asia Pacific International Capital Group (ICG) and Dr. Megan Walters who joined the firm to head up the Asia Pacific Capital Markets research capability. Both will be based in Singapore.
Alastair Hughes, Chief Executive Officer for Jones Lang LaSalle Asia Pacific comments, “With Asian economies first to emerge from the downturn, we are seeing increased demand for advice from both potential sellers and buyers. The investment we continue to make in our Capital Markets business has enabled us to grow our cross border capability and further strengthen our position.”
“Our business is growing and we are winning more mandates and closing more landmark deals. These appointments will further strengthen our capability, driving performance and growth so we can maximize market share and leverage on gradually improving market conditions,” added Mr Hughes.
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