Hedge Funds

Softly, softly approach has put Taiyo in the activism driving seat

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Where others have failed, Taiyo made its mark in the Japanese alternatives space through friendly activism and a deep understanding of the culture

In the early 2000s, Japan seemed to be a prime target for activist investors, but as the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the aggressive style of activism that was successful elsewhere was doomed to fail in Japan. Yoshiaki Morukami’s M&A Consulting, TCI, Tower and Sparx, to name but a few, have either retreated entirely or shifted their strategy away from activism. It is against this backdrop that Taiyo Pacific Partners launched its first friendly activist Taiyo Fund in 2003, and since then has launched two more and has gone from strength to strength with