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Nobi brings over 20 years of global experience in private equity, investment banking, strategy, operations, finance, business development, investments, intellectual property management and general management.
Nobi founded Global Reach in 2010 as an investment and advisory firm focused on helping startups and SMES successfully access global markets. Nobi’s work with companies of all sizes and stages of growth in various geographies throughout his career has provided him the foundation in both experience and insight to understand and recognize the strengths as well the needs of a wide range of companies.
From 2008 to 2010, Nobi was the General Manager and COO of the Japan and Korea operations of Intellectual Ventures, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the world’s largest investment fund management company dedicated to investing in inventions, patents and innovative technologies. Nobi was instrumental in managing the initial rapid growth in Asia of IV’s Invention Development Fund.
Prior to that, from 2005 to 2008, Nobi worked at Shinsei Bank’s private equity arm, specializing in mid-market buyouts in Japan. There, he succeeded in closing a landmark buyout deal, the spin-out of Narumi Corporation, a branded consumer goods subsidiary of Sumitomo Metals. Nobi worked on the negotiation, structuring, and execution of the deal, as well as on the post-acquisition global business plan development with the management team as a board member.
Prior to that, he worked for thirteen years at Sumitomo Corporation, one of Japan’s largest trading companies in their Tokyo, New York and London offices. He was mainly responsible for international trade and project financings, bank and capital market financings, and internal M&A advisory. He was also successful as an investor in Japanese startups with Sumitomo’s corporate venturing arm.
Nobi was also with Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division in New York. Notable deals include a highly complex project financing of a cross-border joint-venture between a U.S. oil major and a Latin American national oil company.
Nobi has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Economics from Columbia University.