Yuuichiro Nakajima first came to the UK as a four-year old boy when his father was posted to his Japanese company’s London office. Over the next four years Yuuichiro lived in London and the experience led him to return to the UK as a graduate student and then to work in the City; to date his working life has been spent almost equally between London and Tokyo.
Having studied economics at Keio University, Yuuichiro started his career with the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund in Tokyo. In 1985, he enrolled in the MBA course at the London Business School as a British Council scholar and in 1987 joined S.G.Warburg’s corporate finance department in London. After 16 years of working for City firms, in 2003 Yuuichiro established his own advisory boutique Crimson Phoenix in Tokyo to advise corporate clients on cross-border M&A (mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, etc.) and corporate finance transactions involving Japanese companies. Crimson Phoenix opened its London office in 2012 where Yuuichiro is now based.
Yuuichiro was an active member of the Japan-British Society when he lived in Tokyo, serving as a board member and chairing its Younger Members’ Group and later Centenary Awards Committee. He joined the Japan Society in 1985 and was soon thereafter elected to its Council, later serving on the Centenary Review Committee, which sought to modernise the Society’s constitution, and the Awards Committee.
Yuuichiro is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (serving on its Executive Committee until 2012) and a Council Member/Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the U.K. He is a non-executive director of J.P.Morgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust plc and Japan H.L. Limited, which operates the Japan House London. In addition, he is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee of FIFA, a Finance Committee member at the Asian Football Confederation and on the Advisory Board of the Japan Football Association.
He shares his interest in choral singing with his wife Wendela.