Minerva Growth Partners is established by Kei Nagasawa, former Mercari CFO, and Kensuke Murashima, former Head of Japan for Global Internet Banking/Global Software Banking Group at Morgan Stanley, together with Pleiad Investment Advisors*.
※Pleiad Investment Advisors is an independent asset management company established in Hong Kong in 2014 and is an approved asset management company by the Securities Futures and Exchange Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong. It invests in public companies in the Asia Pacific region (mainly Japan, China, and South Korea) through in-depth and extensive research, and specializes in a long-term, fundamental investment approach characterized by a relatively small number of concentrated holdings. As of the end of December 2021, it manages approximately 360 billion JPY (3 billion USD) and has a track record of investing in a variety of newly-listed growth stocks among Japanese start-ups. http://pleiadadvisors.com
After working in the investment/M&A advisory division mainly in energy, retail, and food sector at Mitsubishi Corporation, he joined Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Department in 2007 where he was responsible for financial advisory services including M&A and IPOs, mainly in the technology sector in Tokyo and San Francisco. Nagasawa became CFO at Mercari, Japan’s first private unicorn to raise capital twice, and took the company public in June 2018. He resigned as CFO in September 2020. Graduated from Keio University, and an MBA from University of Chicago.
After engaging in new business development and corporate venture capital focused in the technology sector in Japan and overseas at Mitsubishi Corporation, Ken joined Morgan Stanley in 2007. Since then, he had been solely in the technology investment banking in its Tokyo and Silicon Valley (Menlo Park) offices with focuses on financing of public and private companies, IPO, and on M&A and strategic investment advisory. He led a series of landmark IPO transactions including LINE, Mercari, Raksul and freee as Head of Japan for Morgan Stanley’s Global Internet Banking and Global Software Banking Group. Graduated from Keio University, and an MBA from Duke University.
After his career at TPG Capital (private equity investment in Tokyo), Tiger Asia Management (Asian equity investment in New York), and Soros Fund Management (Asian equity investment in New York and Hong Kong), he founded Pleiad in 2014 and became Chief Investment Officer. He has a wealth of experience in research and investment in Japanese companies, both private and public, as a fund manager. Graduated from Yale University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He played as a professional ice hockey player for Oji Paper in Japan for two years after graduating from Yale.
After his career at TPG Capital (private equity investment in Hong Kong), Tiger Asia Management (Asian equity investment in New York), Sequoia Capital (public and private equity investment), and Soros Fund Management (Asian equity investment in New York and Hong Kong), he founded Pleiad in 2014 and became Chief Investment Officer. He has a wealth of experience in research and investment in Asian companies, both private and public, as a fund manager. Graduated from Amherst College, and an MBA from Harvard University.
He is a Senior Research Analyst at Pleiad Investment Advisors. Before Pleiad, he was an analyst at Key Value Partners Co, Ltd., a boutique private equity firm in Japan for two years. He graduated with a B.A. in International Liberal Studies from Waseda University. During his university days, he had extensive internship experiences in private, public and civil society sectors in Japan, Germany, Israel, Myanmar and Mongolia.
Prior to joining Minerva in March 2022, Ryuto was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking Department, where he focused on financing of public and private companies, IPO, M&A and strategic investment advisory for Internet, Media, and Technology companies both in Tokyo and New York office. Graduated from Waseda University.
Prior to joining Minerva in February 2022, Kanji was an analyst at Japan Growth Investment Alliance (J-GIA), where he was part of the private equity team working on buyouts/growth investments. Kanji started his career at Credit Suisse in the equity research department, focusing on both the autos/auto components sectors. Graduated from Keio University.
After his career at GSAM (head of product development for Asia Pacific), SPARX Group (Group Chief Operating Officer), and Goldman Sachs (Managing Director) in Hong Kong , he founded Pleiad in 2014 and became Chief Operating Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the asset management industry both in Japan and in Hong Kong, and is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Graduated from University of Kyoto, and holds a Masters degree in Law from the University of Tokyo.
Minerva Growth Partners welcomes the following members (listed in alphabetical order), who have experienced IPOs with growth capital funding as well as managing global businesses. As Advisory Board Members, they will provide support for our portfolio companies based on their wealth of management experience.
President, Mercari, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, Kashima Antlers FC
Chief Executive Officer, freee K.K.
Chief Financial Officer, Raksul Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Hatoyama Soken Corporation