The Group of EastGate | EGW is a team of 53 staff (as of July 2023). All are professionals committed to providing best in class comprehensive real estate investment and advisory services.

In June 2011, EastGate | EGW was established by Shozo Sekine, (by rebranding an asset management platform he originally co-founded in 2006).

Before founding EastGate in 2011, Shozo Sekine spent fives years at the helm of a specialist asset management company. Before this Shozo worked at Morgan Stanley and its Australian affiliated asset management company. Here, he was involved in Japanese/Australian asset sourcing for the Morgan Stanley Fund and establishing real estate fund projects. In addition, he previously worked for MID managing a total of US$1 Billion worth of projects (mainly offices and retail), conducted US$400 Million worth of development projects, and was involved in asset sales transactions in Japan, England and Australia valued at approximately US$1 Billion.

Yuichi Ohata joined EastGate in July 2012 as a Managing Director (Head of Investment Advisory). Yuichi previously worked for a Real Estate Fund Management Company, Silverpeak Real Estate Japan, as a Managing Director for three years. He was responsible for its North Asia Business including Japan, Korea and China. Prior to this, Yuichi worked for Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, as a Principal, conducting real estate fund management and asset management in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and Thailand. Concurrently, Yuichi led a hotel management company, Weekly Mansion Tokyo Co., Ltd as an Executive Director, managing more than 5,500 hotel rooms throughout Japan. Yuichi has more than twenty-four year's experience in the real estate industry in Japan and outside of Japan.

Reid Mackay joined in November 2015, establishing the EastGate Singapore office. Reid has known and worked with the Principals of EastGate for more than 15 years. Prior to joining, Reid enjoyed more than 18 years with CBRE the world's largest commercial real estate advisory group. During this time, Reid established a leading Tokyo Investment Properties team capturing and dominating market share across multi sectors year after year. He has an unmatched investment advisory track record, sourcing and closing approx. $USD 12 Billion in transactions. Reid brings to EastGate a depth of global marketing expertise and compelling execution track record both in Japan and Globally.

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Hiroyuki Oki joined EastGate in January 2017 as a Managing Director (Head of Asset Management). Hiroyuki previously worked for Solare Hotels and Resorts, as the Deputy President. He was responsible for asset management and hotel operations for all assets managed by the company. Prior to this, he was at Hudson Japan and Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was involved in various commercial property development and management. He also has a working experience in overseas (Australia and Indonesia) for more than ten years, mainly as asset & project manager.

Eddie Kurokawa joined EastGate in 2011 when the company was founded. Eddie, as a Managing Director, is responsible for the administration and accounting department. Eddie previously worked for MID for more than 13 years in US and Australia, as the Director of the Accounting Services. Here, he was responsible for middle office based on the experiences of the asset management and refinancing etc.

Takafumi Sako joined EastGate to lead and oversee the asset management team. Prior to Eastgate, he led the AM team at PAG Japan for their opportunistic funds for over nine years. He has managed more than 350 properties totalling USD 10 billion of value across all asset classes including office, residential, retail, logistics, hotel and data centres. Prior to this, he worked at the real estate investment division in Deutsche Securities in Japan for 6 years and prior to this built experience in condominium development projects during his time at Sumitomo Corporation.

Nobukazu Sawamura is a bilingual professional, experienced in wide array of real estate finance and principal investments. Prior to joining EGW, Nobu was with CBRE Japan overseeing its Asset Services Division as Managing Director, and prior to this with a boutique PE Fund responsible for debt and equity finance as principal, at Merrill Lynch Japan. He was responsible for structuring, finance, and execution of its principal investments with focus on real estate backed financial instruments, and with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (n/k/a MUFJ) was in charge of non-recourse real estate finance in US.

Junko Asai is a Managing Director of EastGate and joined in EastGate EGW in 2012. As a highly experienced acquisition and investment executive, Junko has completed more than USD 3.5 billion in real estate transactions during the last ten years. Together with other members of the EastGate investment team she brings many years of knowledge in transaction structuring and closing. Before joining EastGate, Junko was also working for RISA Partners Inc where she led the fund management department.

Shigemi Nonaka ensures corporate governance as the statutory auditor of the company's management and accounting systems. He is a licensed Japanese Tax accountant with more than 30 year's experience working in the Japanese National Tax Agency. EastGate takes priority in corporate policies and practices, improved due diligence and legal and financial compliance in order to assure stakeholders a smooth transaction and long term investment success.

In total, we now consist of 53 (as of July 2023) professionals sourced from property companies and fund management companies providing asset investment and management services in Japan. Collectively, the EastGate team has extensive experience managing multiple property classes locally and abroad, proven with the total value of assets in excess of over US$7.5 Billion.