Chris WellsRepresentative Director

Chris has established STJ Japan as the leading independent equity capital markets advisor in Japan.

In the last 3 years Chris has advised on TSE listings with a value of over $6bn. Chris has advised on all the international IPOs on behalf of international private equity houses on the TSE in that time, including acting for leading private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Carlyle, Permira and CVC. These included Sushiro, Japan’s largest conveyor belt sushi company, Macromill the online data mining and research company, Skylark Restaurants, Japan's largest full service restaurant chain; TechnoPro the leading IT staffing company; BellSystem24 the messaging centre company jointly owned with Itochu and Tsubaki Nakashima the precision ball bearing maker.

During this time many commentators say that STJ has contributed to positive changes in the Japanese capital markets.

Prior to returning to Japan in 2009, Chris’s IPO experience includes landmark deals such as British Telecom, Astra Zeneca, BSkyB, Alsthom and many others including listings in the US, Tokyo, London and Paris. Previously in Japan Chris has also run the equity research department for Barclays Securities in Tokyo and prior to that was rated as a top UK analyst in the Telecom sector by Institutional Investor.

STJ’s clients in Japan say STJ adds genuine value by bringing an international perspective, combined with a deep understanding of the Japanese market.

Years of experience
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Senior Director Market Development Tokyo ProMarket
Collins Stewart
Head of Corporate Broking
Lehman Brothers
Head of UK ECM
Managing Director Corporate Broking
Managing Director Corporate Broking
BZW Tokyo
Head of Equity Research


Shingo started his career in investment banking at UBS Securities Japan in 2007. Engaged both in origination/execution of Initial Public Offering, Follow-on equity financing and Convertible bond offering for Japanese blue-chip companies.
Moved to Citigroup in 2010 and promoted to Vice President where built strong relationship with the managements in client firm and was responsible for pricing for Convertible bond proposal.
He experienced elephant equity transactions in this 10 years, like Japan Post HD, Seibu HD, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited's Global IPO, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Orix's Global follow-on offering, Euroyen Convertible Bond offering by Kansai Paint.
Bachelor of Economics, The University of Tokyo, Mar.2007

Years of experience
Equity Capital Markets Vice President
Equity Capital Markets Analyst

Yun GuanAssociate

Years of experience
University of Sheffield
LL.M in Commercial Law
Shanghai University of Finance and & Economics: LL.B Commercial Law, B.A. Accounting