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ABOUT

Skylands Global LLC is a English-Japanese bi-lingual consulting agency, specializing in providing advisory and agency support services in marketing, business development, investor relations (IR), and compliance. Our customers are global companies, investment management and financial services companies worldwide targeting to initiate, grow and maintain their businesses in Japan, US and other world regions.
Each client is managed by our team of seasoned bi-lingual consultants with cross-border business experience and credentials including nationally-licensed governmental documentation agents* in Japan. *We do not provide legal, tax or investment advise and services. Our services do not necessarily require to hold any license. Some of our representatives may hold such credentials as part of personal dedication to our professional standards.
 
Examples of our customers' business needs include, but not limited to:
 
Non-financial Industry Clients seeking:
  • Implementation and support services of clients' activities targeting Japan, US and other markets customized to local industry standards
  • Product Certification of Food Utencils, Containers and Packaging Materials including synthetic resins, additives and colorants under the Japan's Revised Food Sanitation Act and the Self Regulatory Standards of Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association (JHOSPA)
  • Designated Japan liaison and agency services for member manufacturing companies of JHOSPA  
Financial Industry Clients seeking:
  • Implementation and support services of clients' activities targeting Japan customized to local industry standards
  • Outsourcing non-legal aspect of work that needs to be executed for time and cost efficient manner including, e.g. document preparation, inbound and outbound communications as designated contact persons/liaison, marketing and business development 
  • Seamless coordination with clients' business operation and compliance departments in provision of our support services
  • Conducting exempt, non-registered and/or registered businesses under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan ("FIEA") including:
    • Specially Permitted Businesses for Qualified Institutional Investors ("SPBQII")
    • Specially Permitted Investment Management Businesses for Qualified Institutional Investors ("SPIMB")
    • Investment Manager, Investment Advisor, Type I and Type II Securities Businesses (broker/dealer)

 

Mami Ogawa-Erber, CFA
Founder & Managing Partner

     Mami has over 25 years of experience in financial services having held executive positions in management consulting, institutional sales and marketing of investment management fund business, public and private securities, and securitization and structured finance solutions. Her passion and expertise in developing cross-border businesses led to the establishment of Skylands Global LLC with a mission to help its clients implement their own best practices in entering and doing business in and with Japan and vice versa. She offers the practical solutions in developing and implementing compliance, investor relations, business development and marketing programs. Her track record included programs for investment management companies and public corporations for their business development, institutional sales, investor targeting and relationship management, public disclosure and communications, regulatory and financial reporting including filing and registration with the US SEC and the Financial Services Agency (‘FSA’) of Japan.

     Prior to forming Skylands Global, she was an owner and Managing Director of Alpha Dialogue Advisors LLC, a consulting firm providing investor targeting and capital introduction services to investment managers including private equity and hedge fund groups. She served as the Head of Asia-Pacific Corporate Consulting practice at Thomson Financial; equity analyst and institutional sales at Nikko Securities (predecessor to SMBC Nikko Securities). Mami holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and currently serves as Managing Director of Lord Capital LLC in New York.


Yoshinori Kawasaki
Chief Compliance Officer & Legal Administrative Scribner

     Yoshinori has over 25 years of experience with the expertise in the financial regulatory compliance, related to the Financial Instrument & Exchange Act (the “FIEA”) of Japan, the Securities & Exchange Law of Japan, and the Investment Advisory Law of Japan.  He has served as the Head of Compliance at BNP Paribas Securities Japan Limited and Shinsei Securities, a group entity of Shinsei Bank; and held senior positions as a compliance officer at Sumitomo Trust & Banking and an Asset Management Firm. 


     Yoshinori is a licensed judicial administrative scriber or documentation agent in Japan. As an accomplished compliance expert and a published author of books on the FIEA for the financial instruments business operators, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the compliance professional seminars across Japan.