Yasu Hatakeyama is a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking (Global) and Head of Investment Banking (Japan). He is also a member of the firm’s Deputy Chairmen’s Committee. Yasu has about 30 years of M&A experience. Having spent 16 years in New York from December 1989 through July 2005, Yasu is currently based in Tokyo.
Prior to joining Lazard in 1991, Yasu worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of First Boston (current Credit Suisse) both in New York and Tokyo.
Before returning to Tokyo in 2005, Yasu was a New York-based generalist banker focusing on a variety of U.S. and European M&A transactions. Selected transactions include: Pfizer’s acquisition of Warner-Lambert, AlliedSignal’s hostile tender offer for AMP, the sale of Conrail to CSX and Norfolk Southern, the merger of Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific, and the sale of Paramount Communications to Viacom.
Among the selected Japanese transactions Yasu has been involved in are: Toshiba’s restructuring of Westinghouse (ongoing), the restructuring of Takata (ongoing), Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal’s enhancement of strategic partnership with Vallourec (France), Canon’s acquisition of Axis (Sweden), the formation of a metals technology JV between Mitsubishi Heavy and Siemens, the sale of Landis+Gyr (Swiss) to Toshiba, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s investment in and strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley, Panasonic’s acquisition of Anchor Electricals (India), Nippon Sheet Glass’ acquisition of Pilkington plc (UK), Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group’s merger with UFJ Holdings, and adoption of the Rights Plan by Nippon Steel.
Yasu has also advised Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (“METI”) on the devolvement of hostile takeover defense guidelines in Japan. In addition, he is a member of the Corporate Value Study Group (METI); the Working Group for the Reform of Tender Offer Rules (Financial System Council); a guest speaker of Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy; a former member of the Board of Directors of The American School in Japan; and a member of the Board of Directors, Special Adviser to the President (Planning) of the Japan Tennis Association.
Keio University (Tokyo), B.A. in Economics