Masaaki Ikeda joins FTI Consulting in Tokyo office

08 March 2023 Consultancy.asia 2 min. read
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Consulting veteran Masaaki Ikeda has joined FTI Consulting in its Tokyo office, as a Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring division.

Ikeda brings more than three decades of management consulting and deal advisory experience across various industries to the firm. In his new role, he will focus mainly on transactions and deals related work, serving both corporates and financial investors.

“I am very excited to be part of FTI Consulting’s. From initial strategy to exit, our clients depend on us for our deep knowledge and local expertise to help them navigate their business imperatives and provide them with mission-critical insights and to help create and enhance enterprise value,” said Ikeda.

Masaaki Ikeda, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting’s M&A team helps Japan-headquartered with domestic and cross-border deals, and provides support to international clients that are seeking to expand their operations in Japan (often in conjunction with experts from other FTI offices).

“Masaaki’s extensive knowledge of and deep experience in the Japan market will enable us to advise clients locally on transactions when they face financial difficulties, building on our existing presence in major commercial capitals around the world,” said Kenneth Smith, a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring division of FTI Consulting.

Ikeda previously held partner roles at Arthur Andersen, KPMGEY and Accenture. He began his career at Daiwa Securities Group.

Before joining FTI Consulting, Ikeda worked for NJS, where he led the industrial company’s Regional & Energy Development department. During this time, he established a new business subsidiary involving unmanned aerial vehicle technology (drones) for infrastructure and an official development assistance project in India.

According to Vincent Fok, Asia Leader of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring division, the high-profile hire in Japan comes in response to “growing demand for the firm’s services” in the world’s third-largest economy and “renewed interest by Western multinationals that view Japan as a stable market in the Asia region.”

Earlier this year, FTI Consulting also added Tadashi Yamazaki to its Corporate Finance & Restructuring division in Japan.