Dubai, UAE – August 18, 2022: Novus has further expanded its team with the appointment of Mitsuru “Brian” Koguchi. Koguchi, who joined the company on 8th August 2022. Novus has an established and strong track record in Japan including successful franchises such as the Ortus operating lease funds in partnership with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and its leading mezzanine debt product with the Development Bank of Japan. Misturu will be focused on continuing to expand Novus’s presence in Japan and the company’s offerings.

An aviation industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Mitsuru joins Novus from Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank “SMTB”, where he most recently held the position of General Manager, Structured Finance.

“We are delighted to welcome Mitsuru to our team. With his extensive involvement in various segments of the industry, Mitsuru will contribute to widening our footprint in Asia Pacific, specifically Japan and our offerings to our various stakeholders,” said George Ai, Global Head of Equity Markets.

For his part, Koguchi said: “Having worked in the aircraft leasing platform in the earlier part of my career, joining Novus has brought me full cycle during an exciting time to contribute to building the business and presence in Japan. As I have worked closely with Novus on the Ortus funds for many years, my understanding of Novus’s culture, philosophy and people should help me have a quick transition in my new role.”