Partners Group appoints head of Japan

Former Ark Totan Alternative CEO Shunsuke Tanahashi is tasked with building out the Swiss investment manager’s relationships with Japanese institutional investors and distribution partners.

Partners Group has named Shunsuke Tanahashi as head of its Japan business.

Tanahashi joins the Zug-based private markets investment firm from Japanese placement agent Ark Totan Alternative, where he was co-founding partner and chief executive.

He joined Partners as senior vice president in its investment solutions team in April 2017 after leaving Ark Totan in November 2016 due to management differences, as first reported by PEI sister title Secondaries Investor. Tanahashi replaces Junichiro Kawamura, who headed up the firm's office in Tokyo since it was set up in 2007. In his new role, Tanahashi is mainly responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with Japanese institutional investors. 

Earlier in his career Tanahashi co-headed Ant Capital Partners’ investor relations team. He also previously worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Tokyo, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Bank, and the Research Institute for Pensions and Policies on Aging.

“I am very excited to take on this new challenge, which comes at a momentous time in the Japanese market,” Tanahashi commented on his appointment. “Institutional investors in Japan are increasingly turning to private markets asset classes such as private equity and private infrastructure as an attractive source of returns in a low-growth environment.”

Partners Group set up its Tokyo office in 2007 and employs six investment professionals. The firm teamed up with Mizuho Financial Group and its subsidiary Mizuho Trust & Banking Company in 2014 to offer private equity and infrastructure products to the Japanese pension market.