The HarbourVest Tokyo Team

Ryota Kawai

河合 良太

Vice President


About Ryota

Ryota Kawai joined HarbourVest in 2020 and focuses on supporting investor relations and marketing services in Japan.

Ryota joined the Firm from AllianceBernstein Japan, where he was responsible for managing the Institutional client service team covering a wide range of Japanese institutional investors. Before joining AB, he was a member of the International Sales Planning department at Nikko Asset Management. Ryota also has experience at Citigroup and Nomura Securities as an operations specialist.

Ryota received a BA in Foreign Language (English) from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2009. He is a native Japanese speaker. 

Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).