Establishment of and Commencement of Operation of MSD 2nd Investment Limited Partnership—Supporting the Growth of Companies in Japan

Oct. 28, 2021

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", President and CEO: Kenichi Hori), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation ("SMBC", President and CEO: Makoto Takashima), and the Development Bank of Japan Inc. ("DBJ", President and CEO: Hajime Watanabe) (hereinafter referred to collectively as the "Three Sponsors"), have today invested in and begun to manage MSD 2nd Investment Limited Partnership ("MSD2 Fund"), a fund formed by MSD Investments Ltd., an investment company established by the Three Sponsors. Going forward, the scale of the fund will be expanded through the attraction of a wide range of new investors, including financial institutions, in addition to the Three Sponsors.

MSD Investments was established in September 2015. In October of the same year it formed the MSD 1st Investment Limited Partnership ("MSD1 Fund"). As a partner for investees, founders, and others, MSD Investments has worked from a long-term perspective to help companies reach their next growth stage with the aim of realizing sustainable growth and materializing their full potential by utilizing the expansive networks and knowledge of the Three Sponsors.

Specific examples include support for Nippon Denkai, Ltd., a carve-out from a major corporation, and United Corporation and Kaiyodo Co., Ltd., both of which have been taking on new business challenges in partnership with their founders.

The MSD2 Fund will continue the activities of the MSD1 Fund. It will support the growth of companies from a long-term perspective by partnering with them to tackle management priorities, and by supplying the capital needed.

Mitsui has continually invested in both ventures and mature companies directly or through affiliated companies. In recent years, Mitsui has been accelerating the extension of the scope of its investments in mature companies and expansion of investment scale. Similar to MSD2, Mitsui has been engaging in fund formation activities and making investments in funds with leading partners, both in Japan and overseas. Mitsui will use this initiative as an opportunity to employ business know-how accumulated through similar past experiences, as well as its domestic and overseas networks, to contribute to the growth of MSD2 Fund investees through business expansion, management improvement, and overseas expansion.

Profile of MSD Investments Ltd.

Trading name MSD Investments Ltd.
Address 19F, Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube, 9-2, Ohtemachi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Capital ¥49.5 million
Shareholders Mitsui, SMBC, DBJ
Establishment September 1, 2015
Representatives Hiroshi Yasuda (Representative Director and President)
Contact for inquiries Telephone: 03-3285-3622
Activities Management of investment partnerships, provision of management consulting services
Basic philosophy As a private equity firm established by Japanese companies to invest in Japanese companies, we will strive to maximize value for all stakeholders, including shareholders, suppliers, and employees, by helping companies to overcome issues and achieve growth.

Profile of Managed Fund

Fund name MSD 2nd Investment Limited Partnership
General partner MSD Investments Ltd.
Limited partners Mitsui, SMBC, DBJ
Formed October 27, 2021
Term 10 years
The SponsorsThe Sponsors

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