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HarbourVest names Matsuo as MD and co-head of Japan office

HarbourVest Partners has appointed Tadasu Matsuo as a managing director and co-head of the firm's Japan office.

HarbourVest Partners has appointed Tadasu Matsuo as a managing director and co-head of the firm’s Japan office. Prior to joining HarbourVest, Matsuo worked at Japan Post Insurance where he was head of alternative investments.


BOSTON – April 14, 2020 – HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Tadasu Matsuo has joined the firm as a managing director and co-head of the firm’s Japan office. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Matsuo will be responsible for enhancing and building relationships with institutional investors and general partners in Japan.

“HarbourVest established our office in Tokyo nearly 10 years ago and we continue to broaden our presence in Japan,” said John Toomey, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners. “Matsuo-san’s deep experience in the financial sector and his longstanding institutional relationships in the region made him an ideal candidate for this role. We are excited to have him join our team and work alongside fellow Tokyo co-head and managing director Tatsuya Kubo.”

Mr. Matsuo has more than 30 years of experience in finance and has spent the past decade focused on private equity and alternative investment strategies. Prior to joining HarbourVest, he was Head of Alternative Investments at Japan Post Insurance (JPI), where he oversaw their global alternatives investment program, which included private equity, infrastructure and real-estate funds, as well as hedge funds. Before joining JPI, Mr. Matsuo served as Senior Managing Director at Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a leading private equity FOF manager and gatekeeper in Japan, where he engaged in private equity fund investment and led business development.

Mr. Matsuo received a B.A. from The University of Tokyo and a M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with over 35 years of experience and more than $68 billion in assets under management, as of December 31, 2019. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 600 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $40 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $24 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $17 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.