Nicholas Benes Speaks at the DJW Working Group “Finance” Meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Working Group Finance“ within the DJW (Japanese-German Business Association)

It is my pleasure to invite you and your acquaintances to the next meeting of the Working Group “Finance” within the DJW (Japanese-German Business Association).

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12th 2014, 5:30pm-7pm (JPT) at the Tokyo Stock Exchange building, 2-1 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, 103-8220 Tokyo.

Please find the detailed agenda below and the registration form that is attachedandavailable here (please click).

The meeting is open to corporate and individual members of DJW (Japanese-German Business Association) as well as non-members who are interested in the activities of DJW and are considering membership in the future.

Special Presentation:

“Whither Corporate Governance– In the World and in Japan”, Mr. Nicholas Benes, Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute, Japan (BDTI)

After almost seven years of economic malaise and failures in corporate governance, compliance and ethical around the world, what does the future hold? What has changed, if anything? There’s lots of talk about “corporate social responsibility”, but what should be the societal goal of good corporate governance, and why? How should Japan’s governance system be compared to other nations, what is it like to sit on a Japanese company board, and what aspects will still need attention after the upcoming amendment of the Company Law? Our speaker will address these issues, and will explain what he himself is doing to address them.

Nicholas Benes leads the non-profit, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI), which provides training and seminars about corporate governance and related management topics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at IUJ and Chair of the Growth Strategy Task Force at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), where he was a twice-elected Governor and is also Vice Chair of the Labor Force Diversification Task Force. Mr. Benes has many years of experience as an external board member at different Japanese companies, including that of Livedoor Holdings after the scandal. He previously was an investment banker at JP Morgan for 11 years, after which he founded JTP Corporation, K.K., a path-breaking M&A advisory boutique in Tokyo. Mr. Benes has served as a member of the FSA’s Corporate Governance Liaison Committee, and on the Experts Committee of the Japan Investment Council. He has written many articles in both Japanese and English in leading media such as the Wall Street Journal and Japanese newspapers, on topics related to corporate law and governance, Japan's economy and capital markets, and M&A and investment. (B.A., Stanford University; JD-MBA degree from UCLA; inactive member of the bar in California and New York. BDTI:

About the DJW WG Finance:

The goal of the meeting is to bring together interested parties with specific knowledge in financial matters and establish a regular body of members to the “Finance” working group within the realms of the Japanese-German Business Association in Tokyo in order to exchange information with regards to the Japanese and the German financial markets, provide a networking platform for cross-border financial knowledge sharing and facilitate potential business relationships as well as an expertise platform across all areas in the financial sector.

The DJW Working Group “Finance” shall be a platform for regular information sharing as well as quarterly or semi-annual meetings at one of the members’ premises (rotation basis). Going forward, the working group’s goal is to become a first point of contact for financial expertise to corporations in either Germany or Japan which are involved in financial cross-border transactions (M&A, stock purchase/sale, listing, trading, LBO, MBO, MBI etc.). Official working language shall be English.

I would appreciate your kind attendance of this special meeting. Please also kindly forward this invitation to colleagues, co-workers and further potentially interested parties at your discretion.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 7, 4:45pm JPT (using the attached registration form in word format) to:

Peter Babucke, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.

DJW Working Group “Finance” (= Working Group “Finance” within the Japanese-German Business Association)

In cases of further questions, I can be reached during Japanese business hours via phone:



I am looking forward to your attendance.

Best regards,

Peter Babucke

DJW Working Group “Finance” – Regular Meeting

Time: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc., Room 254

(Please enter the TSE building from the South Entrance at 5:15pm – 5:25pm.)

2-1 Nihombashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku

103-8220 Tokyo, JAPAN (Map)

Agenda (starts 5:30pm sharp; please note that you will be subject to a security check at the entrance):

1.Gathering at TSE Building (before 5:30pm), South Entrance (facing Kayabacho Sta.)

2.Opening Address: Mr. Peter Babucke, TSE, Vice President & Coordinator of the DJWWorking Group “Finance”

3.Organization: Sign Up of members for the DJW Working Group “Finance”

4.Special Presentation:

“Whither Corporate Finance – In the World and in Japan”, Mr. Nicholas Benes, Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute, Japan (BDTI)

5. Q&A Session (Japanese, English)


– The entire meeting will be conducted in English, spontaneous Japanese-English interpretation during the Q&A session will be provided if necessary

– Please bring your business cards for registration

– Should you be interested but not be able to attend yourself/personally, please assign a representative

The Board Director Training Institute (BDTI) is a "public interest" nonprofit in Japan dedicated to training about directorship, corporate governance, and related management techniques. It is certified by the Japanese government to conduct these activities as a regulated nonprofit. Read a summary about BDTI here, and see a menu of its services for both corporations and investors here.

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