“AIBJ” for cross-border M&A
AIBJ is an independent investment bank headquartered in Singapore and Japan, currently operating in 15 countries in Southeast Asia, Oceania and Europe, focusing on cross-border M&A advisory services. Currently, from among the 500 deals brought to us annually, we carefully select the best cross-border M&A deals for our Japanese corporate clients. We have an overwhelming number of project lines that no other company can match.
Company name:


Head office:


Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower 29F, 1-9-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan



20 Collyer Quay #23-01 Singapore 049319


TEL:+81 3-6277-7830
FAX:+81 3-6277-7143

Date of establishment:

1 February 2006

Representative Director:

Yasuko Maekawa

Number of employees:


Business activities:

Cross-border M&A
Cross-border M&A advisory business
Cross-border M&A platform business


Domestic M&A
Advisory business

Established as an operating subsidiary to provide M&A advisory services for the AFG Group.
Hong Kong office opened. Cross-border M&A advisory services commenced.
Singapore office opened.
Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane offices opened, expanding business across ASEAN.
Expansion of operations into Australia and New Zealand.
Expansion of business and projects in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Group holding company relocates to Singapore, and Singapore base becomes Group headquarters.
Offices opened in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing.
Sydney office opened.
Expansion into the wider European region (Germany, Switzerland, UK, Estonia), strengthening the European network.
The Group’s base is relocated to the Sengokuyama Mori Tower in Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Yasuko Maekawa

Representative Director, AIBJ Co.


Graduated from Hitotsubashi University, Faculty of Economics, 1991.
Joined Nippon Credit Bank (now Aozora Bank) in April 1991, where she worked in market operations and financial corporate sales. After leaving Nippon Credit Bank in 1999, Ms. Maekawa worked in corporate planning before joining the ATAGO Financial Group in 2001 as a founding member.

Kuninori Yamada

Senior Managing Director, AIBJ Inc.


Responsible for the sales departments of several operating companies, including listed companies. Mr. Yamada Joined AIBJ Inc. in October 2007 and is responsible for group-wide sales activities as head of the Corporate Sales division. He was appointed representative director of Aereer Inc. in September 2010 and expanded primary accounts dispatch services for listed companies.

Hideki Hayashihara

Managing Executive Officer (Head of Origination, Head of European Business, Assistant Head of Execution)


1989 Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Economics, 1996 Graduated from the Stern School of Business (MBA), New York University Graduate School.
Joined Nomura Securities Co., and, after obtaining an MBA sponsored by Nomura, began his career in overseas business at Nomura International PLC (London), where he was consistently involved in cross-border M&A advisory work from 1998. For 23 years, was involved in the management of cross-border M&A advisory work from sourcing to execution at three major bases in Japan, Europe and the US: the Corporate Information Department, Nomura International PLC (London) and Nomura Securities International Inc. Involved in the management of cross-border M&A transactions from sourcing to execution. In 2022, joined AIBJ Inc. as a cross-border M&A specialist and was appointed Managing Executive Officer.

Ichiro Abe

Executive Officer (Deputy General Manager, Sales Division)


1991 Graduated Department of Economics, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, 2001 M.A. in Law, Waseda University Graduate School.
Joined Nippon Credit Bank (now Aozora Bank) in 1991, where he was consistently involved in domestic and international financial corporate sales. In 2013, was appointed Senior Vice President of ORIX Corporation’s ERM Division’s Overseas Legal Department, and in 2019, was appointed Senior Director of a major healthcare service group. After assuming the position of Director, joined AIBJ Inc. in 2022 and was appointed as Executive Officer.

Ryuichi Ito

General Manager of Sales Management Department


1991 Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Economics.
Joined Nippon Credit Bank (now Aozora Bank) in 1991 and was involved in corporate sales and risk management until 2006 before holding corporate planning position in several companies.
Joined AIBJ Inc. in 2023 as General Manager of Sales Management Department.

Katsuhiro Okumura

Associate Director, Chartered Accountant, AIBJ Co.


Graduated from Yokohama National University in 2005 with a degree in information technology, and is a chartered accountant.
After working for a general company, joined GCA Corporation (formerly GCA Savvian Corporation) in 2010, worked for ATAGO Financial Group Singapore, the parent company of AIBJ Corporation, from 2015 to 2016, and then for KPMG as an M&A Deal Advisor. He then established his own firm, Okumura CPA Office, from 2020 to 2022, and joined AIBJ Inc. in 2022.

Seiichi Mano



1981 Queens College, CUNY Bachelors’ Degree.
1983 Pace University New York MBA.
1998 New York University Certificate in Human Resources Management.
Worked for Daiwa Securities Tokyo HQ as analyst for short-term financial market and corporate bond market before joining Toyo Keizai Inc. as editor of Asian Company Handbook.
Moved to New York in 1997 and worked for several Japanese financial companies before holding a position in human resource recruitment and benefits division at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences). Moved back to Japan in 2010 to build cross border real estate investment network. Joined AIBJ Inc. in 2016 and is in charge of business partner origination and networking.

Shoichi Oda



1979 SOKA University, Faculty of Economics.
Worked at Daiwa Securities from 1979 until 1989 and several securities firms in equity research sales for 12 years before joining IFIS Japan as head of financial information service department in 2001. After helping IFIS JAPAN expand greatly, joined cross border M&A advisory firm SXA as sales executive prior to joining AIBJ Inc. in 2023.

The AFG Group provides one-stop total support for clients’ financial and overseas strategies

AFG is a corporate group headed by Singapore-based company (AFGS APAC Pte. Ltd.), under the umbrella of which is the Japanese holding company AFG Holdings, Inc. and its main operating subsidiaries AIBJ Corporation, Aereer Inc., Avente Inc., and CROSS BORDERS Ltd., as well as Sengokuyama Accounting Office and Kamiyacho Labour Office. AIBJ, the Group’s main operating company, provides cross-border M&A advisory services, while Aereer provides specialist staffing and placement services for listed companies in relation to financial results and disclosure. Avente provides capital policy and stock listing support services for venture companies, and CROSS BORDERS operates a cross-border M&A platform.


AIBJ Corporation Tokyo Head Office

5 min walk from Roppongi-itchome station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

8 min walk from Kamiyacho Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line