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13 Sep Yukuo Takenaka Elected to the Board of the World Services Group

World Services Group (WSG) Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

Mr. Yukuo Takenaka has been elected as Director of World Services Group: “I would like to assist Japanese companies in further globalization.”

World Services Group (“WSG”, a global organization headquartered in Houston, Texas) has appointed Mr. Yukuo Takenaka, President and CEO of Takenaka Partners LLC (headquartered in Los Angeles, California) as one of its new Directors. Mr. Takenaka is the Founder, CEO and President of the Japanese-American investment banking firm Takenaka Partners LLC and has been an active member of WSG since his firm joined in 2013. He has participated as an expert panelist in both annual and regional meetings and has been a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Council since 2014. Mr. Takenaka has successfully worked in conjunction with several legal members of WSG and has been active in the Investment Banking Task Force both in the recruitment and development of new WSG members.

Joined by Mr. Takenaka are Francesco Gianni of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners (Italy); Rand Hannun of Nabulsi & Associates (Jordan); and Jeffrey M. Jones of Durnham Jones & Pinegar (Utah, USA), also announced at WSG’s 14th Annual Board of Directors’ Officers Meeting in New York City. In addition, Gary Assim of Shoosmiths was elected as Chairman; Larry B. Pascal of Haynes and Boone LLP as Chair Elect; Alejandro Antillón of Pacheco Coto as Treasurer; and Mark Harty of LCS & Partners as Secretary.

World Services Group is a global network whose members are among the top providers of professional business services, including accountants, investment bankers, and lawyers. There are 140 member firms representing worldwide clients, with members operating in more than 115 countries and throughout the United States. WSG member firms are well connected with Fortune 500 companies and have extensive professional expertise in accounting and taxes, cross-border M&As and strategic alliances, and law. New member nominations are very selective, with only one member eligible from each country and each state in the US.

This is the first time WSG has selected a representative from Japan and also the first time they have selected an investment banker. Understanding that Japanese companies have been and will continue to be very active in cross-border M&As and strategic alliances, WSG chose to appoint a Director to represent Japan. Although WSG’s Board of Directors typically consists of lawyers and legal advisors, Mr. Takenaka’s expertise and ability as an investment banker was well recognized and highly desired.

Mr. Takenaka is very proud of WSG’s extensive global network as well as its strong professionalism. He commented, “My appointment means that great benefit will be brought to the consulting business in Japan. By utilizing WSG’s extensive global network, we will be able to assist Japanese companies in their further globalization goals, including M&A and alliance, anywhere in the world. Please contact us for more.”

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