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Highlights: October 2005 Issue

SPECIAL REPORT: Private Equity in Japan

When we last surveyed the private equity scene in Japan in spring 2003, the market was still at an embryonic stage.  Two-and-a-half years later, the situation has changed markedly, according to a wide variety of market participants, many of whom preferred to speak on background for this article.  Not only are well-known players like Lone Star, Cerberus, Colony Capital and Wilbur Ross already past their first exits from investments initiated years ago, but a wide variety of additional players, many from the local market, are bringing new models to private equity investment in Japan and re-inventing it 'Japan-style'.  Our report includes references to the Japan private equity activities of Advantage Group, JAFCO, Carlyle Group, CVC Asia/Pacific, MKS Partners, Nomura Principal Finance, Japan Private Equity (JAIC), Unison Capital, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Longreach Group, Inspire Corporation, JPMorgan Partners, CSFB, Ripplewood, Newbridge Capital, and 3i Group as well as others, as we examine the funds, the deal structures, and the exit strategies across the spectrum of sizes and industry segments.  Among our exclusive findings: Innovative ways of sourcing deals, new-to-Japan deal characteristics, and a much wider variety of exit strategies than is commonly thought.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "Tapping Into the Japanese Mobile Economy" (Part One)

There's an overwhelming amount of material available to executives these days about Japan's mobile phone market and the wide variety of opportunities it offers beyond simple voice calls.  That's why we turn to Craig Will, the former head of Palm Japan.  In Part One of his two-part specialist contribution, Will puts Japan's mobile market ecosystem in proper perspective for companies both in and out of the mobile arena.  He also offers specific advice on how your company can transform its business by better understanding what the opportunities are and how to tackle them.  This is a two-part article not to be missed by anyone interested in where Japan's mobile market has been, and also where it's headed, as a wide variety of private companies offering innovative applications and solutions make their presence felt.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Partnership with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani helps billionaire Israeli investor open doors in Japan: a closer look at the Japan private investing activities and strategy of the Sage Capital Growth/Giuliani Partners alliance; Etc.

From the Editors

The Future of Japan is Beyond Tokyo...

Plus much more...

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