Welcome New AJBCC Members!

Welcome New AJBCC Members!

The AJBCC is delighted to welcome our new members Daiwa Capital Markets, EX-Fusion, Holan Group Pty Ltd, Kohei Consulting, Pacific Partnerships, The University of Melbourne and DLA Piper.  See all our members here.

Daiwa Capital Markets

Daiwa Securities Group Inc. is one of the largest brokerage and financial services groups in Japan, recently celebrating 120 years in business.

Its Australian subsidiary, Daiwa Capital Markets Australia Limited, has been an active participant in Australian financial markets since 1985.

We provide a range of cross border financial services to Australian and Japanese institutional clients in equity and bond sales, investment banking and, more recently, providing loans to Australian property developers through our Principal Investment Division.

Key businesses in Australia are:

  • Global Equity Sales
  • Investment Banking
  • Principal Investment


Daiwa Securities Group focuses on its SDGs businesses globally. In Australia, we continue to pursue new business opportunities such as investments in startups and clean energy projects.

We have an extensive global network throughout Oceania, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and America and more than 14,000 staff as a group.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Susumu (Steve) Handa – CEO, Daiwa Capital Markets Australia Limited.

EX-Fusion will build and power the first laser-powered commercial nuclear fusion reactor.  By positioning ourselves as a Japan-based fusion energy startup, we are able to seek private capital, accept higher risk tolerance and accelerate the development of necessary technologies for successful commercialisation.

Japan is also home to several world-leading technologies around nuclear fusion and lasers. By leveraging and aggregating those partnerships, and building our proprietary technology on top of it, EX-Fusion plans to capitalise on the QUAD framework and the greater Australia-Japan relationship to further explore the Australian Business environment. We are also expanding the research and commercialisation of other High Energy Laser applications capitalising on novel components and solutions already developed and are currently in-development. Such applications expand into advancement of the space industry, semiconductor manufacturing, and global energy security framework.

EX-Fusion is currently in the process of establishing an Australian entity, EX-Fusion Australia, with the assistance of KPMG.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Mack Wilson – Australia Business Manager, EX-Fusion.

Holan Group

Holan Group Pty Ltd is an Australian owned professional services firm based in Canberra, Australia that operates across Australia and throughout Asia and the Middle East. Our vision is to be a trusted partner, known for providing timely and cost-effective capabilities to drive mission focused outcomes for the Defence and National Security domains.  To do this we acknowledge our mission cannot be achieved via scale – it needs to be through demonstrating trust, agility, and value for money.

Holan Group has a proven ability to blend industry and domain knowledge and multifunctional expertise in comprehensive programs to produce superior outcomes for our clients. We connect the dots between strategy and implementation, and pride ourselves on using a collaborative teaming approach to gain broad stakeholder acceptance and generate meaningful and sustainable outcomes.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Johnathan Holmes – Managing Director, Holan Group Pty Ltd.

Kohei Consulting is a boutique consultancy that, inter alia, works between Japan and Australia to keep existing connections strong and to help create new opportunities. Whilst maintaining a broad approach, Kohei Consulting has a particular focus on the Security, Defence and Supply Chain sectors of the broader bilateral relationship.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Carl Herse – CEO, Kohei Consulting.

With a proud local history, Pacific Partnerships is Australia’s most successful infrastructure developer, established in 2014 to draw together the development and investment capabilities of CIMIC Group – the largest diversified infrastructure group in Australia and New Zealand.

CIMIC has a long and successful history of working with Japanese businesses extending back to the 1950s. Sir Leslie Thiess – the founder of Thiess – imported the Toyota LandCruiser to Australia for the first time in 1958.

Japanese banks are involved with most of the PPPs delivered by our organization:

  • In ACT, our companies UGL, CPB and Pacific worked with Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to deliver a light rail for Canberra. We now operate the network, providing reliable public transport down one of Canberra’s busiest corridors.
  • In New South Wales, we worked with Marubeni Corporation through its participation in Sydney Metro Northwest, Sydney’s brand-new railway network and Australia’s biggest public transport project.
  • In New Zealand a major motorway project, Transmission Gully, was designed and constructed by CPB Contractors and financed by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and others.


Hitachi Australia, and our companies Pacific, CPB, and UGL, currently have an unsolicited proposal with the New South Wales Government for the Westmead Hybrid Particle Therapy and Research Centre

  • Our consortium – called Nichigo Health – would provide cancer patients with an advanced form of precisely-targeted radiation therapy, improving patient outcomes.
  • As the first significant infrastructure project where a Japanese entity is the proponent, the Centre will be the catalyst for further investment and partnership with Hitachi and other Japanese businesses.
  • Its particle accelerator technology could also be used to conduct research in manufacturing, space and education, promote innovation and collaboration and contribute to the economy through job creation.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Simon Nicholls – Managing Director, Pacific Partnerships.


Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is one of the oldest universities in Australia and the first in the state of Victoria. The University of Melbourne is an internationally engaged university with a global outlook and growing global reach. As an institution, we’re leading, convening and collaborating through strategic partnerships on a global scale. We aspire to become a hub of knowledge and research for the Asia Pacific region, to lead on grand challenges where we can make a significant contribution to the world and develop centres of excellence that are global in reach, ambition and impact. Our international community of scholars, partners and alumni are our priority, and we’re building a curriculum that is informed by a global range of perspectives. The University of Melbourne has significant and growing engagement with Japan, including 25 formal partnerships with leading institutions, strong research collaborations, growing student mobility partnerships and an active alumni community.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Professor Michael Wesley – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global, Culture & Engagement) at The University of Melbourne.

DLA Piper is a full-service global business law firm based in the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We have an international presence in more than 90 offices and 40 countries, representing more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice areas than any other law firm. We help clients succeed in international business through innovative and pragmatic legal solutions. Leading businesses across the world trust us with their most complex matters and rely on our seamless cross-border prowess and sector knowledge. Wherever you are, and whatever your challenge, we speak your language. As Australia’s second largest source of foreign investment and its third largest trading partner, Japan continues to be of considerable importance to Australia. This is why DLA Piper Australia is focussed on working with and investing in our Japanese clients. The DLA Piper Japan Group is established in a number of jurisdictions, including in Australia, and was formed to advise and service Japanese-owned companies for the delivery of legal services for domestic and international matters across the full range of practice areas.

The AJBCC nominated representative is Lionel Meehan – Partner at DLA Piper.