Soleil Global Advisors LLC ("Soleil"), a marketing and consulting firm specializing in bridging the Japanese and the global investment markets with the offices in New York City and Tokyo, Japan, was founded by Somer Hatano in October 2015. Soleil's unique edge leverages the founder's strong relationships with a wide network of market participants that she developed over 20 years of experience in the alternative investment industry. By setting its foundation on the three pillars of cross-cultural, bilingual and geographical advantages, Soleil seeks to narrow market gaps.
Founder & Managing Partner
Somer Hatano is Founder and Managing Partner of Soleil Global Advisors LLC. Somer is also a registered representative of IVP Capital, LLC ("IVP"), a SEC registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA. IVP is third party marketer for various financial services providers and entities.
Before she founded Soleil, she was Director at Citi Global Markets where she led its Japan Capital Introductions Program. Her role at Citi became one of the most unique and outstanding services on Citi's platform and was offered exclusively to a select group of its blue-chip clients.
Somer first challenged in 2006 as an entrepreneur when she founded Alpha Dialogue Advisors LLC, a marketing consulting firm advising some of the world's leading alternative investment managers build marketing strategies in the Japanese institutional market.
In 2004, Somer joined Morgan Stanley Japan in Tokyo as the first dedicated Capital Introductions specialist. In this role, she acted as a liaison for Morgan Stanley's key hedge fund clients in and outside of Japan, introducing them to Japanese institutional investors as well as investors based outside of Japan.
One of her notable and unique accomplishments in the alternative investment industry in Japan is the launch of "AL-IN" Magazine with Soken Inc., the only alternative investment periodical dedicated to Japanese institutional investors. Today, 7,000 copies are circulated throughout Japan and read by the vast majority of the public & private pension plans and institutions that service Japanese pension funds.
Somer has been featured in many leading industry publications on the Japanese hedge fund market. Her article "U.S. Hedge Fund Managers Need Patience, Understanding to Attract Japanese Investors," (FINalternatives, May 2010) helped many hedge fund managers understand the cultural differences in Japan to achieve an effective marketing strategy in Japan.
Since the inception of Abenomics in December 2012, the economic policies advocated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Somer has been one of the most active advocates of the Japanese markets in the alternative investment industry, and hosted a series of educational forums for the world's leading hedge fund CIOs and institutional investors by inviting Japanese policy makers, economists and leading fund managers as well as institutional investors as speakers.
On the philanthropic front, Somer has passion for professional women's and disadvantaged children's advancement. Since March 2017, Somer has been Chairing the Operating Committee of the Financial Women of Japan Initiative ("FWJI"), an industry group founded by a group of senior professional women in Japan, which aims to achieve career advancement support and better infrastructure for working women through education, networking and mutual-support.
Somer received B.A. in International Relations from the State University of New York College at New Paltz in 1997. She was an accomplished pianist and pipe organist.
President & CEO
Soleil Global Advisors Japan Co., Ltd.
Shin Kubo is President and Chief Executive Officer of Soleil's Japan subsidiary, Soleil Global Advisors Japan Co., Ltd. Shin's career history can be described as "a long journey in search of investment excellence."
Shin started his investment career at Sumitomo Life Insurance Company in 1985, where he eventually managed an international equity book as a sole portfolio manager for nearly 10 years. While working as a portfolio manager explaining his strategy to fund analysts and investment consultants, Shin began to turn increasingly interested in investment manager research. In 1998, he joined Russell Investment Group (f.k.a. Frank Russell), one of the global top-tier managers of multi-manager funds including fund of hedge funds, as a senior research analyst, and switched his role to the other side of the table; from being the subject of investment research to the one who conducts investment research. At Russell, Shin covered both long-only and long-short hedge fund research throughout the 11 years of his tenure, traveled around the world and met over 1,000 managers as a member of Fund-of-Funds team. Shin also played an important role as a leader of Russell's global research team.
In March 2010, Shin joined Mizuho Global Alternative Investments ("MGAI"), a dedicated alternative investment arm of Mizuho Financial Group, as Chief Investment Officer and was one of the key founding members. By leveraging his leadership and investment research expertise, Shin successfully lead the start-up business to achieve AUM of over $3 billion in five years, and turned MGAI into one of the most recognized gatekeepers in the world.
Shin is married with one daughter. He enjoys country life including gardening and wood chopping.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief US Analyst
Soleil Global Advisors LLC
Michiyo Ikeda joined Soleil Global Advisors LLC in September 2017. She supports Soleil's clients with investor relations facing Japanese institutional investors from translation of various reports into Japanese to planning user-friendly investment structures by Japanese investors. From Soleil's head office in New York City, Michiyo supports its sales team in Japan with production of sales and marketing tools.
Furthermore, Michiyo also supports Soleil's efforts to be the true bridge between Japan and the global capital markets by providing US investors market intelligence, and often helps conduct research where Japanese language skill is required.
Since Soleil's business model is purely institutional in nature, as Chief Operating Officer, Michiyo ensures that its operations and infrastructure are solid and strengthens as its business grows.
Prior to joining Soleil, between 2016 and 2017, Michiyo worked for the Government Pension Investment Fund in New York (GPIF) as researcher, where she met Somer. During her tenure at GPIF, she spent significant time on research of alternative investments in the US pension industry. She contributed articles for monthly publication for Japanese pension funds in Japan called "Kigyo Nenkin" (i.e. Corporate Pension Funds) with the themes including "ESG Investment and Gender Diversity," "Trump Administration and Fiduciary Duty," and "Emerging Managers in US."
Prior to the GPIF NY, between 2008 and 2013, Michiyo worked at Next Capital Partners, a Japanese business restructuring fund. As IR manager, she was heavily involved in Next's overseas fundraising activities as well as documentation of offshore investment structure for non-Japanese LPs. She was also in charge of daily operation of the offshore fund.
Michiyo started her career at Nippon Life Insurance as a credit analyst of corporate lending. After 8 years at Nippon Life, she moved on to Paris to obtain MBA from Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), and started to develop her knowledge and credit analytical skills in business restructuring at PWC FAS in London. She was in charge of Enron's administration, reorganization of British Power company.
After PWC, she joined Mizuho London as Director of Non-Japanese Corporate Finance Division where she was in charge of corporate finance transaction in Mizuho's European Branches.
Michiyo has B.A. in French Language and Literature from Ochanomizu University in Japan in 1989 and also holds MBA from HEC Paris (majored in International Finance) in 1997.
Soleil Global Advisors Japan Co., Ltd.
Yoshi Sakakibara joined Soleil Global Advisors Japan Co., Ltd. in December 2017. At Soleil, Yoshi's proprietary research on the Japanese economy and the global financial markets supports the marketing team's efforts to promote Japan-focused investment products and strategies to the investor base it covers by helping deepen their understanding of the market.
Prior to joining Soleil, Yoshi was the Economist at JPMorgan Asset Management (Japan) Ltd., for almost 15 years. He was involved in a wide range of buy-side business as having the responsibility of the macro in the Japanese equity investment team, assuming the local chair of the Asset Allocation Committee, and being engaged in the investment and products strategies for the Global Multi-Asset Solutions team. During this time, Yoshi met Somer in New York, and had since cooperated indirectly to pursue the shared goal of bridging between global investors and investment information on Japan. In order to leverage his communications capacity with global investors as a macro expert to full advantage, Somer and Shin formally invited him to join the Soleil team to promote Soleil brand globally.
Before JPMAM, Yoshi spent nine and a half years as a sell-side economist, starting his career at Solomon Brothers Asia Limited. Moving to Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, he learned the methodologies of the leading US-based global financial institutions, deepened his understanding of the relations between the macro environments and the asset class performance, and added hands-on business experiences through discussions with global investors. His latest book, "A New Angle on the Japanese Economy," co-authored with his long-time economist friend, Takuji Aida of Chief Economist at Societe Generale Securities Japan, attracted much attention among investors, economics professors and policymakers (unfortunately available only in Japanese as of this writing).
Yoshi has B.A. (Liberal Arts) in Social Sciences from International Christian University <ICU> in Japan, and also holds Master of International Affairs <MIA>, in Economic Policy Analysis, from School of Global Policy and Strategy <GPS> at University of California, San Diego <UCSD>.
Takuo (Allan) Koyama
Soleil Global Advisors Japan Co., Ltd.
As Compliance Officer, Takuo makes sure that the company is conducting its business in full compliance with all national and international laws and regulations, as well as professional standards, accepted business practices, and internal rules and standards. Moreover, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company's operations including accounting, administration, human resource and IT operations.
Before joining Soleil in July 2017, Takuo worked at Synergy Capital Management in Tokyo where he supported its alternative investment sales team. Takuo first found his interest in alternative investments when he was a summer internship analyst at Tages Capital LLC, a fund-of-funds in London in 2015. Takuo graduated from Whittier College in California in 2016 where he majored in Business Administration. Moreoever, Takuo was a member of the Executive Committee of 67th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). JASC is entirely student-run and the oldest student exchange program between the U.S. and Japan dating back to 1934.
Currently, Takuo is volunteering as a member of staff supporting the Operating Committee of Financial Women of Japan Initiatives as known as FWJI, a fast-growing not-for-profit group supporting the career and personal advancement of the women in the financial industry in Japan. He is fluent in Japanese and English.