Global investment firm KKR appointed Hidekazu Harada as a Managing Director on KKR’s Private Equity team based in Tokyo.
Mr. Harada brings over 20 years of investment banking experience to KKR.
He joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he worked for 16 years and was most recently a Board member and Co-Head of Japan Investment Banking. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Harada was primarily responsible for financial sponsors, TMT, mergers & acquisitions, management buyouts, and leveraged finance.
Prior to his time at the bank, Harada spent four years at Daiwa Securities SMBC’s Tokyo and London offices where he focused on mergers & acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Harada worked on transaction services at ChuoAoyama PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC Japan Group).
KKR established an office in Japan in 2006, and since then, has invested or committed more than US$2.2 billion of equity into high-caliber companies. Current and former Private Equity investments in Japan include, but are not limited to, PHC Holdings (formerly Panasonic Healthcare), AlphaTheta (formerly Pioneer DJ), Magneti Marelli CK Holdings (formerly Calsonic Kansei), Koki Holdings (formerly Hitachi Koki), Kokusai Electric (formerly Hitachi Kokusai Electric), and Persol Career (formerly Intelligence).