David Shirt has been in Japan for a total of 17 of the last 24 years and has worked in the equity market throughout at institutions such as JP Morgan Securities, Jefferies Japan and lately Macquarie Capital Securities Japan Limited.
In 2004 he became Head of sales at JP Morgan Securities in Japan and Head of Equity in 2009. Later in 2014 David became the Branch Manager and Representative for Jefferies Japan, and from 2015 onwards he was employed as Country Head of Macquarie Capital Securities, Japan Limited.
David majored in Japanese at the University of Sheffield in the UK and is proficient in Japanese.
David Gibson (Gibbo) has a wealth of experience in the equity business.
He joins Astris Advisory from Macquarie Capital Securities Japan where he held a number of roles over 18 years in both the US and Japan. His last role was that of Head of Research in Tokyo where he managed a team of 20 people, and he combined that with covering game software, media and Internet stocks, including Nintendo, SoftBank and Start Today amongst many others.
David has fund management experience having worked for HSBC Asset Management and National Mutual Funds Management, both in Australia, before joining Macquarie USA in 2000.
Taiki Kimura has held the role of distributing alternative products at institutions including Nomura, Barclays, Citi and Macquarie. In 2012 Taiki became Head of Pension Solutions at Citi Global Market, and in 2015 he became Head of Japan for Macquarie Investment Management.
He also has experience working in structured products and asset finance division of Nomura's New York office. Taiki graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a major in economics.
Kumiko brings 12+ years of IR advisory and arrangement experience at J.P. Morgan Securities Japan and UBS Securities Japan.
Also her expertise lies in event execution based on her carrier background at aviation company and rating company.
She is a multilingual speaker (Japanese, English, Spanish and Chinese) .
Akio Aoki began his career at Yasuda Trust and Banking (now part of Mizuho Trust and Banking), where he spent many years. Before joining Astris Advisory Japan as Chief Compliance Officer, Akio has held numerous roles as Chief Compliance Officer at foreign asset management companies in Japan. He has also helped many financial firms set up their businesses in Tokyo.
After graduating from Aoyama Gakuin, Shuji Iwase spend more than 30 years in corporate banking at National Westminster Bank, ABN Amro amongst others. Before joining Astris Advisory Japan as Chief Administration Officer, Shuji was employed at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Tokyo Branch as a compliance officer
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