MUFG EMEA has today announced that Hide Yamamura, Deputy Regional Executive, EMEA, has been appointed Regional Chief Executive Officer (“RCEO") for EMEA, effective 1 April, 2024, reporting to Yasushi Itagaki, Group Chief Operating Officer - International.

Taka Sazaki, current RCEO for EMEA, will move back to Japan.

Taka Sazaki, RCEO for EMEA, MUFG, commented:

"I am leaving EMEA at a time when the company - and our region - are extremely well-placed for the future. I'm delighted by the positive difference we make for our clients by bringing them the best of MUFG. In this vein, we continue to be recognised for our outstanding client work through our market-leading capabilities in project finance, capital markets, trade finance and sustainable finance.*

As I look back on my two stints across five years at MUFG in EMEA, I feel extremely grateful to have had such an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, defined by the many wonderful relationships I have had with colleagues and with clients.

I'm delighted that Hide Yamamura, has been appointed to lead the region. His deep experience of the EMEA region and MUFG will help propel the EMEA franchise to new heights."

Hide Yamamura, Deputy Regional Executive for EMEA, MUFG said:

"I am proud to take on the role of Regional CEO of EMEA. I've had the privilege of working with Taka - and learning from him - for many years, and have benefitted, from his leadership and wise counsel. I thank him for all the support that he has given me and will continue to give me as I take on this role.

We are committed to empowering a brighter future for our clients, colleagues and communities by delivering sustainable, profitable growth. I look forward to leading our talented team in EMEA and I'm truly excited by the momentum and energy within our business and the opportunities that lie ahead of us."

*MUFG recent industry award wins include:

  • Global Capital Syndicate Awards 2024- MUFG acted as underwriter, bookrunner, mandated lead arranger and hedging bank on the deal on AviLease's $2.1bn one year term loan which was awarded Emerging Market Loan of the Year and Middle Eastern Deal of the Year.
  • PFI awards 2023 - MUFG won various PFI awards in 2023 including; Global Bank of the Year, European Power Deal of the Year: Moray West, European EV Deal of the Year: Gridserve, European Digital Deal of the Year: GD Towers and Middle Eastern Petchem Deal of the Year: Ras Laffan
  • Global Capital Corporate Bonds of the Year - MUFG was recognised for our role as bookrunner on IBM's multi tranche Euro 5.1 billion equivalent issuance
  • GAIA, a climate changed focused blended finance platform, originated by MUFG, was awarded Best Blended Finance Initiative National Determined Contribution by the African Investment Earthshot Leaders' Summit
  • Bonds, Loans and ESG Capital Markets Africa – MUFG was recognised in two categories. "ECA, DFI and IFI Deal of the Year" awarded to Afreximbank for its USD640m Samurai Loan for which MUFG EMEA acted as sole coordinator. "High Yield Debt Deal of the Year" awarded to Sasol for its USD1bn bond for which MUFG acted as Bookrunner.