FinCity.Tokyo event in London on Thursday 2 Feb 2023: Tapping into the asset management market in Japan

12 JANUARY 2023

Asset management is a focus area of Tokyo’s strategy with its ability to channel Japan’s financial assets into solving societal challenges such as decarbonization, disruption of supply chain and an aging demography as well as generating financial returns. Both the national and Tokyo governments have strengthened their support to overseas asset managers in order to develop a more diverse asset management landscape.  

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is planning to bring a trade delegation to Tokyo in March to support asset managers wishing to develop business in Japan.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the market and start planning how to make your entry. We very much look forward to meeting you.


The Investment Association (Camomile Court, 23 Camomile Street, London EC3A 7LL)


15:30-15:35 Opening remarks and housekeeping by Jack Knight, Deputy Chief Executive, The Investment Association

15:35-16:00 Opportunities in the Japanese Asset Management Market, Tomoko Kenny, Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman

16:00-16:30 Support to accelerate your entry into Japan, Hideki Takada, Director of Strategy Development Division, Financial Services Agency, Gauri Gupta, Department for International Trade, Naomi Takegoshi, FinCity.Tokyo and others (tbc)

  • Invest Tokyo programme
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government grants
  • Financial Market Entry Office (Financial Services Agency)
  • Department for International Trade (UK)

16:30-16:50 Running a financial services business in Japan by Laurent Depus, FinCity.Tokyo Ambassador

16:5017:15 Q&A and discussion

17:15-18:00 Networking over drinks


Please  register by 27th January. The seating capacity is 30 and seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.


■Laurent Depus, FinCity.Tokyo Ambassador

Laurent Depus, FinCity.Tokyo Ambassador, began his banking career in 1987 at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Luxembourg before moving to Tokyo in 1988 and London in 1995.

He returned to Japan to join Societe Generale in 2001 and served in various roles, including COO of Corporate Investment Banking Japan, President & CEO of Societe Generale Securities North Pacific Japan, President & CEO of Societe Generale Private Banking Japan Ltd. and Chief Country Officer, Societe Generale Group Japan. 

In 2013, he joined SMBC Trust Bank as Chairman and Director upon the acquisition by SMBC of the Societe Generale Trust Banking license. He has served as a Director of the Board at SMBC Trust Bank since  its establishment. From late 2014 until October 2021 he served as Natixis Senior Country Manager for Japan, President & Representative Director of Natixis Japan Securities Co., Ltd. and member of the Executive Committee of Natixis CIB Asia Pacific. He is the Representative Director of Escapade Japan Co. Ltd. supporting financial institutions on governance and organizational matters.

■Gauri Gupta, Sector Lead, Asset Management, Department for International Trade (DIT)

Gauri Gupta, Sector Lead, Asset Management, Department for
International Trade (DIT), 
and DIT’s global lead for the
Global Investment Futures asset management campaign, is responsible for promoting the UK as a global investment management centre, driving inward investment and export through focused engagement with asset managers, asset owners, and investors, and partnering across the UK Government and overseas on conferences, events, and Ministerial engagement with the industry, regulators, and trade associations.

Previously, Gauri co-led the EMEA Client Services team for Aladdin at BlackRock UK. Prior tothis, she held various roles in Retail Banking at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and in Asset Servicing Global Custody at RBC Investor &Treasury Services. Gauri has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Strategy from Bayes Business School, City University, London.

■Hideki Takada, Director for Strategy Development, Financial Services Agency 

Mr. Takada joined the Ministry of Finance in 1995 and has worked on various policy areas including public finance, tax and financial services. He also has numerous secondment experiences including: study in the UK (1997-99); HM Treasury (the UK finance ministry, 2003-06); and the OECD, Paris, where he worked on green finance (2015-18). Currently Mr. Takada works as the Director for Strategy Development at the JFSA responsible for financial market policies including promotion of international financial centres and sustainable finance. From 2018, in his private capacity, Mr. Takada also runs the Green Finance Network Japan, an informal network that brings together key players on green finance in Japan. Mr. Takada received a Bachelor degree in Law (University of Tokyo), a Master degree in Law (Cambridge University) and an MBA (Imperial College London).

■Tomoko Kenny, Vice President, Asset Managers, Cross Border Fund Services, Investor Services, Brown Brothers Harriman

Tomoko Kenny is responsible for Japanese business engagement in Europe. She has extensive experience in financial product launches and strategic marketing and distribution, across APAC and Europe. She joined BBH in April 2016 from AXA Investment Managers in the UK, where she was Client and Product Director responsible for fixed income, equities, and alternative investment funds, and bespoke product offerings.

Prior to that, she worked for various multi-national financial firms, such as Barclays Wealth UK, and Goldman Sachs UK.She holds an MBA from Imperial College, London, a Bachelor of Law in Japan, and a Chartered Marketer status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

■Naomi Takegoshi, Relationship Manager, FinCity.Tokyo

Naomi Takegoshi joined JIAM in May 2019 and FinCity.Tokyo in October 2019 after a 25-year long career at the British Embassy in Tokyo in supporting UK companies develop their business in Japan in a wide range of industries (consumer goods, financial services, business services, tech etc) with an aspiration to bring her experiences to contribute to the internationalization of Tokyo.

In her work to promote UK financial services and fintech in Japan, she built an extensive network of contacts both in Japan and in the UK. Prior to her career at the UK Embassy, she worked as a Researcher for the think tank division of MKI (Mitsui Knowledge Industry), BA Economics, Keio University.

Emma Wegoda, Head of Asia Pacific and Asset Management, The City of London Corporation

Emma Wegoda is Head of Asia Pacific and Asset Management in the Innovation & Growth Department at The City of London Corporation

Emma has worked at the City of London Corporation for 3 years where she leads the work in the Asia Pacific Region with a particular focus on Japan.  Emma is also the lead for the Global Investment Futures (GIF) initiative.  GIF is a three-year initiative to promote internationally the expertise of the UK’s investment management industry and to show the value to investors of operating from the UK and providing mandates to UK-based managers.  Emma previously spent 6 years in HM Government both in the Department for International Trade and the former Department for Business.  Her roles there were Head of Investor Relations for Asia Pacific attracting investment into infrastructure and energy projects and Senior Project Manager in the Financial Services Team leading on the Asset Management sector.  Having been posted to New York to spend 6 months with the financial Services Team at the British Consulate Emma was also the US market lead.  During her time in Government Emma also spent some time working in Singapore and Australia.

Prior to joining Government, Emma spent the earlier part of her career as a Chief of Staff in Parliament to a former Minister and Prime Ministerial Envoy.

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