Blackstone Taps Kuki To Lead Continued Growth In Japan

Aug 29 2017 | 6:43pm ET

Global alternative asset manager Blackstone has named former J.P. Morgan Japan senior executive Katsuyuki Kuki as will join as chairman and representative director for the country.

In his new role, Kuki will advise and support Blackstone’s investing and capital raising efforts in Japan as the firm continues to expand its presence in the country, Blackstone said in a statement. 

Prior to Blackstone, Kuki was the chairman of banking at J.P. Morgan in Japan and spent nine years at the company in various leadership roles within their investment banking division. He began his career at the Japan Development Bank and at Shearson Lehman Hutton in New York, and has also held senior leadership positions at UBS Securities and Lehman Brothers in Japan. 

“Katsuyuki Kuki brings a wealth of insight to Blackstone from his 30 years of experience as a senior leader in Japan’s financial services industry,” said Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, in the statement. “We look forward to his leadership and expertise in the country and greater Asia Pacific region, which is an increasingly important part of our business.”

Founded in 1985 by Schwartzman and Peter Petersen, Blackstone is the world’s largest alternative asset manager, active in global hedge funds, private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds. The firm manages more than $370 billion.

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