Reech Corporations Group launched a new merchant banking and capital markets division, and appointed Christopher Yoshida to head up the newly launched entity as CEO.

The new specialist division will deliver bespoke financing needs to the wider Reech Corporations Group as it looks to invest in and grow companies across finance, real estate and technology. Through its portfolio companies, eech Corporations Group aims to disrupt industries and create long-term value for the group and its investors. The new merchant banking and capital markets division will originate financing from a range of sources, including structured debt, equity and credit, and deploy this for the Reech Corporations Group business.

The new division will enable Reech Corporations Group to finance transactions appropriately, ensuring access to capital that can be converted into opportunities for the group, its portfolio companies and its partners. The division is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Yoshida has more than 20 years of experience across financial markets, private capital and fintech. Previously, he was senior advisor at The Carlyle Group in London, focusing on the international strategy of the global private credit business with specific emphasis on leading the expansion of the Carlyle Capital Solutions platform into Europe. Before that, he served as chief strategy, sales and marketing officer at fintech platform trueEX, where he managed all external aspects of the company’s business operations.

Yoshida also has experience in senior management positions within global banking groups, where he has held roles including global head of interest rate distribution, listed derivatives and markets clearing, head of securitized product sales – Americas and a member of the global ICG executive committee at Deutsche Bank; head of interest rate distribution in EMEA at Morgan Stanley; and debt capital markets and structured credit sales roles Goldman Sachs.

“Access to capital is any company’s lifeline and in today’s challenging and tumultuous markets, a functioning financing division can be the difference between success and failure,” Christophe Reech, group chairman and CEO of Reech Corporations Group, said. “Christopher’s unique mix of experience in private capital, banking and fintech operations and strategy means he has an innate understanding of our world that will be critical for us as we look to scale and grow rapidly.”

“The depth and vision of Christophe and the Reech Corporations Group team is attractive to me given my experience to date,” Yoshida said. “At a time when the corporate financing environment in Europe is changing significantly, I’m looking forward to helping the group and its companies access and deploy capital through a range of means and channels to achieve its long-term goals and growth trajectory.”