Akira Yamamoto, CAIA, Chapter Executive

Executive Officer, Head of Risk Management, SMBC Nikko Securities

Akira Yamamoto joined SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. in September 2021. He delivers his insights and solutions with regard to the optimized risk return in a wide range of risk assets including Structured Finance, Leveraged Loans, Real Estate, Funds (PE, HF), Commodities in addition to the traditional assets (Equity, Fixed Income) from the perspectives of credit and market risk.

As a senior risk manager with +30 years of experience in the commercial and investment banking industries as well as a global rating agency, he has obtained an enhanced recognition among Japanese and non-Japanese institutional investors and made contributions to the public sector through the advisories specialized in Structured Finance and Alternative assets.

Prior to joining SMBC Nikko Securities, Mr. Yamamoto spent more than ten years working at MUFG Bank until 2000 being engaged in the corporate loan underwriting. After that, he spent five years at Standard & Poor’s as a lead analyst specialized in Structured Finance, and Morgan Stanley as a head of Corporate & Structured Finance Credit Risk covering the alternative assets such as securitization, real estate, leveraged loans, hedge funds and commodities in addition to the traditional assets such as equity and fixed income. He also spent seven years at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings by leading various projects in relation to Structured Finance and enhancement of market credit risk management framework.

Mr. Yamamoto is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst - Certified by CAIA Association, and a Financial Risk Manager - Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.