Vestar Capital Partners, a US private equity firm with European presence, has ventured into Asia with the opening of an affiliate office in Tokyo.
Daniel O’Connell, founder and chief executive officer of Vestar Capital Partners, said: “We believe that Japanese companies are becoming increasingly accepting of private equity as a financing alternative.” He added that the firm has known Saji since 1990.
Prior to joining Daiwa in June 2002, Saji was a director at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, formerly Sumitomo Bank.
Appointed president of Vestar Japan Advisers, Saji will lead a local team that will include Taro Sumitani and Shinji Sunochi, also former Daiwa executives. Joining the team is John Woodard, a long-time Vestar Capital Partners managing director.
In December last year, Vestar closed its fifth fund on $3.7 billion. It specialises in mid-market management buyouts and growth capital investments in companies valued between $100 million and $5 billion.
Founded in 1988, it has completed more than 50 investments with a total approximate value of $17 billion in US and Europe. In the US, it has offices in New York, Denver and Boston.