DC Advisory, Daiwa Securities’ global corporate finance business, today announces new US leadership to accelerate its ambitious growth strategy to become a top tier mid-market M&A advisor, globally.

The move comes after the formation of DC Advisory US in 2019, following Daiwa Securities’ acquisition of boutique investment banks Signal Hill and Sagent Advisors.

The new leadership team comprises: 

  • Hiroki Ikeda, Daiwa Securities’ Global Head of M&A, who will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors to provide shareholder governance and oversight for the strategy’s implementation
  • Scott Wieler, current Chairman of DC Advisory US, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, to lead the strategy and operational delivery of the US growth plan
  • Bill Kohr, current co-President of DC Advisory US, will become President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, specifically to drive Asian cross-border business, and build on the entrepreneurial culture of DC Advisory’s market-leading European and Asian businesses
  • In planning for the future, five next generation leaders – US Managing Directors Justin Balciunas, David Dolan, Matt Fiore, Chris Oliver and Eric Wagner – will work with Scott and Bill serving on committees, leading teams, driving culture, best practice and talent development

“The firm’s integration activities having been completed allows us to look forward to sharpen our focus on market share and productivity growth. The appointment of Scott and the new leadership team is testament to our commitment to make a difference in the US market – providing new and existing clients internationally with an experienced, integrated global platform.”

Hiroki Ikeda
Global Head of M&A, Daiwa Securities

“The depth of expertise across the US business, combined with the unique offering of our global team, provides a real opportunity for us to make a difference to the US mid-market – with existing and new clients. I’m delighted to be a part of the new leadership team and will be focusing on creating a culture of transparency, proactivity and new business idea curation. I’m excited for this next stage in DC Advisory US’ journey!”

Scott Wieler

All new roles will be effective April 1, 2021.