Masanori “Masa” Sugiura is the Partner, focusing on servicing Japanese businesses located in the ASEAN region.

Prior to joining the firm, he was Chairman and CEO of JP Latex Technology, Inc., an integrated latex processing company in Bukidnon, Philippines.

Masa was a Partner at R.B. Investment & Consulting Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) handling advisory services, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&As). He was also the Vice President in charge of cross-border M&As at Chase Manhattan Bank (New York) and at Drexel Burnham Lambert (Tokyo and Los Angeles). He started his career at the Bank of America NT & SA (Tokyo) where he worked at the Corporate Planning section of Asia Division, Credit Analysis, Lending and Funding departments. He was eventually assigned to San Francisco as the Vice President of Investment Banking Division in charge of private placement and M&As.

Masa graduated with a degree in Economics from Meiji-Gakuin University in Tokyo and obtained his Master of Business Management degree from Asian Institute of Management.