Mr. Takao Ohara is the founder and president of Hilltop Capital Co., Ltd. Mr. Ohara has more than 20 years of experience in the financial markets with the focus on investing in the corporate restructurings, real estate properties, distressed properties/companies, special situations as well as arranging financings and securitizations, and advisory and brokerage services. Leveraging Mr. Ohara’s expertise and market experiences, Hilltop Capital, Japan’s Financial Services Agency registered investment advisory company, helps companies raise capital both debt and equity, source/dispose of hard assets as part of restructurings, real estate related financings as well as brokerage services.
Prior to founding Hilltop Capital, Mr. Ohara was a partner at Merchant Capital that invested in Japanese income-producing properties, in charge of portfolio management as well as guiding the company in sourcing, deal structuring and capital raising.
Prior to Merchant Capital, he was in Global Principal Investment group at Merrill Lynch in Japan, which was then one of the most profitable desks in the Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific region at the time. He was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and pricing as well as trading Japanese banks’ non-performing loans, real estate properties and securitized products.
Mr. Ohara received a B.Sc degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney in 1996 and a MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University in 1998.