Chris Wells (2019 Annual)
Managing Director, Tokyo, Japan
Chris has established STJ Japan as the leading independent equity capital markets advisor in Japan. In the last 4 years Chris has advised on TSE listings with a value of almost $7bn. Chris has advised on all the major international IPOs on behalf of international private equity houses on the TSE in that time, including acting for leading private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Carlyle and CVC. These included Skylark Restaurants, Japan’s largest full service restaurant chain; TechnoPro the leading IT staffing company; BellSystem24 the messaging centre company jointly owned with Itochu, Tsubaki Nakashima the precision ball bearing maker and Arteria, Japan’s largest independent optical fibre network jointly owned by Marubeni. Prior to returning to Japan in 2009, Chris’s IPO experience includes landmark deals such as British Telecom, Astra Zeneca, BSkyB, Alsthom and many others including listings in the US, Tokyo, London and Paris. Previously in Japan Chris has also run the equity research department for Barclays Securities in Tokyo and prior to that was rated as a top UK analyst in the Telecom sector by Institutional Investor. STJ’s clients in Japan say STJ adds genuine value by bringing an international perspective, combined with a deep understanding of the Japanese market.