Japan Eyes LSE in 2018

March 19, 2018 18:30 - 20:30


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While the world adjusts and readjusts to global financial trends - including the rise of Private Equity and the increasing importance of Institutional Investors - Tokyo continues to modernise its capital markets and the UK remains a strong influence on the world stage.

Last year, a record one hundred firms floated on the London Stock Exchange - 51% higher than in 2016 and more than anywhere else in Europe. More than £14.8bn was raised through IPOs, nearly 4 times higher than the next European competitor.

Closer to home, recent rumours suggest that Japanese tech giant Softbank will list its mobile phone business on both the London and Tokyo Stock Exchanges in 2018. As yet unconfirmed by the firm, this move would be a major boost to the City, becoming the LSE's tenth largest listing.

So, how is the LSE maintaining European dominance, despite Brexit? What is the attraction of a London dual-listing for Japanese companies in particular? And what's on the cards for Japanese IPOs in 2018?

Join us on the evening of March 19 to explore these timely questions and more.

Chris Wells, STJ Advisors

In 2009, Chris Wells was the representative of the LSE in Japan when the TSE picked London as its JV partner for a global style exchange. On December 4 2017, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the City of London signed an MOU to help boost Tokyo as a global financial centre. As Representative Director of STJ Advisors in Japan, Chris has a firm grasp on why Japan keeps picking the UK, lessons learned from historical UK-Japan IPO activity, and what lessons still need to be learned.

Jon Edwards, London Stock Exchange 

Head of Asia Pacific for the Primary Markets team and Chief Representative of LSEG’s China office.  As head of Asia Pacific (PMK), Jon is responsible for developing the London Stock Exchange's equity and debt listing business in the region, spending a majority of his time working with companies and advisors interested in London Stock Exchange Group’s markets. Prior to taking up his current post in Beijing, he was co-head of Emerging Markets, looking after business development activities in Russia, CIS & Asia Pacific.

Emi Onozuka, Goldman Sachs

Emi is the Head of Stewardship Responsibility Group in GSAM Japan and is responsible for ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) research and company engagement activities. Previously, she has held various roles in the distributions, infrastructure, and investment teams since she joined GSAM in 2000. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer in Asia Pacific for GSAM portfolio management teams (Global Fixed Income and Liquid Management, Fundamental Equity and Quantitative Investment Strategies) until Aug 2016. Before joining Goldman Sachs, she was at JP Morgan since 1998 and received a B.A. from the Sophia University in 1997, majoring in International Business and Economics.

This session is co-hosted by BCCJ Corporate member STJ Advisors.



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