As a managing director, Matsumoto will work with Baird’s investment bankers across a range of industry verticals to coordinate the firm’s M&A activity between Japanese businesses and companies based in the US, Europe and other parts of Asia.

He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office and will be responsible for accessing potential Japanese buyers as a part of Baird’s global sellside processes.

Matsumoto is a veteran having nearly 20 years of banking experience to Baird.

Most recently, he was a managing director and head of Japan consumer/retail investment banking at Barclays Capital in Tokyo and prior to it, he had spent more than ten years in global M&A and industry coverage roles at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris McMahon, Baird’s head of global mergers & acquisitions said: "We are very excited that Satoshi has decided to continue his career at Baird. He has a proven track record of success, and we’re confident of his ability to enhance Baird’s already strong, global sellside process by deepening our reach into Japan for potential buyers."

Steve Booth, director of Baird’s Investment Banking group added: "Accessing buyers in all parts of the world has become a critical ingredient for any successful sellside process. Japanese corporations have become increasingly interested in growing their businesses through international M&A, and we expect this interest to continue to drive a meaningful amount of overall global deal flow."