Masakazu Azumi joined Kanematsu Corporation in 1991, and was in charge of the trading of “raw material for steel making”. Subsequently, he worked for Cargill Inc.. and continued to be involved in steel businesses. In 2001, he joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation and engaged in financial strategy planning as well as M&A projects. In 2005, he moved to the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. In 2009, he joined Sharaku Partners Co., Ltd. and was appointed as Executive Partner (Head of M&A and the corporate strategy group).In 2015, he joined Frontier Management Inc. and was appointed as Managing Director.
During his tenure at Kanematsu Corporation and Cargill Inc., Mr. Azumi was involved in the domestic, import and export and third-country trade of “raw material for steel making”. He chiefly handled steel scrap, pig iron, coking coke, and iron ore and undertook business with large-scale steel manufacturers both in Japan and overseas.
At Toyota Tsusho Corporation, he provided financial strategy planning, implementation of the planning, and was involved in M&A projects. In terms of financial strategy, he engaged in a number of tasks, including the introduction of EVA, bulk sale of non-performing loans, the acquisition of overseas credit ratings, corporate bonds issuance, stock public offering and the merger with TOMEN Corporation.
At Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, he was involved in a number of projects, including the restructuring of business segments both in Japan and overseas, cross-border projects, defense planning against hostile takeovers and the development of takeover defense measures.
At Sharaku Partners Co., Ltd., he was involved in projects including the restructuring of business segments in Japan, business reconstruction and finance projects.
Mr. Azumi's major projects include the merger of Toyota Tsusho Corporation and TOMEN Corporation, the purchase of Millenium Retailing, Inc. by Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., the merger of AEONMALL Corporation and DIAMOND CITY Co., Ltd., the acquisition of Magnesita (Brazil) shares by Krosaki Harima Corporation, and the sale of Intelligence, Ltd., which was a reconstructed subsidiary company of USEN CORPORATION. In addition, he was also involved in numerous undisclosed projects.
Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Law