Northleaf expands business development team with the addition of Hidefumi (Ray) Ban as a Managing Director in Japan

TORONTO and TOKYO (November 13, 2023) – Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hidefumi (Ray) Ban as a Managing Director, Business Development in Japan. In this new role, Ray will lead Northleaf’s Japanese business development and investor relations activities from the firm’s Tokyo office and will further develop relationships with institutional investors, gatekeepers, consultants and advisors.

“We are delighted to welcome Ray to the Northleaf team,” said Jeff Pentland, Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific at Northleaf. “Ray brings expertise in both relationship building and consultative client service, enhancing our capabilities to provide investors with access to highly differentiated mid-market infrastructure, private credit and private equity investments globally.”

Ray most recently served as a Senior Advisor/Managing Director at Crosspoint Advisors where he advised international fund managers on their capital raising strategies and activities in the Japanese market.  Ray has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles at Barclays Capital Japan Limited in Tokyo, Deutsche Bank Group in New York/Tokyo, and JP Morgan Securities in Tokyo. 

“I am excited to continue to develop Northleaf’s presence in Japan, and to execute the firm’s focused client servicing strategy,” said Ray “This is a unique opportunity to join a world-class private markets investment manager with an impressive track record and compelling growth strategy and to enhance Northleaf’s position worldwide.”

Northleaf’s growth trajectory continues on multiple fronts, demonstrating strong global investor interest in the firm’s innovative, mid-market private markets strategies, long-standing responsible investment framework and well-established track record. Northleaf raised its first third-party capital in 2002 and currently manages US$24 billion in private equity, private credit and infrastructure capital on behalf of more than 250 institutional and family office investors across Asia, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Australia.