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Apollo Global Management eyes expansion in Japan, appoints a new head for alternatives

Friday, December 06, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Alternative investment firm Apollo Global Management plans to build out a private equity business in Japan, where it sees opportunities in alternatives market.

The global alternative investment manager announced the appointment of Tetsuji Okamoto as a Partner, Head of Japan, leading Apollo Private Equity's efforts in Japan.

Okamoto will play a lead role in building Apollo's Private Equity business in Japan, including originating and executing deals and identifying cross-platform opportunities.

He will report to Steve Martinez, Senior Partner, Head of Asia Pacific, and will begin in this newly created role on December 9, 2019.

"This appointment and the new role we've created is a reflection of the importance we place on Japan and the opportunities we see in the wider region for growth and diversification," Apollo's Co-Presidents, Scott Kleinman and James Zelter said in a joint statement.

"Tetsuji's addition signals Apollo's meaningful long-term commitment to expanding its presence in the Japanese market, which we view as a key area of investment focus as we seek to build value and drive growth for Japanese corporations and our investors and limited partners," Martinez added.

Okamoto, 39, brings more than 17 years of industry experience to the Apollo platform and the Private Equity investing team.

Most recently, Okamoto was a Managing Director at Bain Capital, where he was a member of the Asia Pacific Private Equity ......................

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