FTI Consulting Strengthens Corporate Finance & Restructuring Segment in Japan with Appointment of Masaaki Ikeda
Expands Transactions and Business Transformation Expertise
Tokyo, 7 March 2023 — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) today announced the appointment of Masaaki Ikeda as a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance &smp; Restructuring segment.
Mr. Ikeda, who is based in Tokyo, joins FTI Consulting with more than 30 years of consulting and transaction advisory experience across various industries, including retail and consumer products, manufacturing, financial services and utilities. In his role at FTI Consulting, he will help clients navigate complex cross-border transactions and business transformation initiatives involving Japanese companies and inbound multinationals.
“I am delighted to welcome Masaaki, who brings deep industry expertise to FTI Consulting,” said Vincent Fok, Head of Asia Corporate Finance &smp; Restructuring. “The expansion of our Corporate Finance &smp; Restructuring segment in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, will enable us to better assist Japan-headquartered clients in expanding outside their domestic markets, as well as address the renewed interest by Western multinationals that view Japan as a stable market in the Asia region.”
Mr. Ikeda’s appointment follows FTI Consulting’s expansion of its Corporate Finance &smp; Restructuring segment across Asia, with the recent appointments of Senior Managing Directors Kenneth Smith in Tokyo and Martin Wong in Singapore, and Managing Directors Tadashi Yamazaki in Tokyo and May Yee Koay in Singapore.
Kenneth Smith, a Senior Managing Director and Leader of the Corporate Finance &smp; Restructuring segment in Japan at FTI Consulting, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Masaaki to FTI Consulting. Masaaki’s extensive knowledge of and deep experience in Japan will enable us to advise clients locally on transactions when they face financial difficulties, building on our existing presence in major commercial capitals.”
Throughout Mr. Ikeda’s career, he has held partner roles at Arthur Andersen, KPMG, EY and Accenture. Before joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Ikeda worked for NJS Co., an industrial company, where he led the Regional &smp; Energy Development department. During this time, he established a new business subsidiary involving unmanned aerial vehicle technology for infrastructure and an official development assistance project in India.
Prior to this, Mr. Ikeda was a Managing Director at KPMG, leading strategic corporate planning, new business development, M&smp;A due diligence, post-merger integration, restructuring and turnaround, organizational transformation and business process re-engineering projects. Mr. Ikeda is also experienced in global business process outsourcing, having supported a number of major Japanese clients with their operations in China and other offshore sites.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Ikeda said, “I am very excited to be part of FTI Consulting’s Asia and Japan expansion, and especially looking forward to joining our seasoned team of transaction and business transformation experts. Our inbound clients are seeking deep local expertise in Japan and likewise for Japanese companies that have increasingly complex needs overseas. From initial strategy to exit, our clients depend on us for our deep knowledge and local expertise to help them navigate their business imperatives and provide them with mission critical insights and to help create and enhance enterprise value.”
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Source: FTI Consulting, Inc.