Hirofumi Otsuka is Co-Head of the Specialized Finance Department for the Americas at SMBC. In this capacity, he is responsible for project finance and public finance activities in both North America and Latin America. He leads over 60 professionals with teams based in New York, São Paulo, Bogotá, Lima, and Mexico City. His teams are structuring some of the largest, most complex transactions in the market and consistently placing among the top project finance banks in the relevant league tables.Mr.Otsuka joined SMBC (former Sumitomo Bank) in 1990 and has been in the US since 2003. He has gained extensive experience in structured/project finance throughout his career assuming various positions at departments covering real estate, public private partnerships, leasing, energy & natural resources and emerging markets.Prior to his current position, he was Joint General Manager of Planning Department Americas Division, Deputy General Manager for Specialized Finance Department and Executive Vice President of SMBC’s US leasing subsidiary, SMBC Leasing & Finance.He has also served as Chief Representative of the Houston representative office spearheading SMBC’s Energy & Natural Resources business from 2006 to 2007.Mr. Otsuka holds a BA in Engineering from The University of Tokyo and was seconded to Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division from 2003-2004.
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