➤ In this interview Eric talks with the Head of CEO Office of Quoine, Katsuya Konno about starting and growing a crypto exchange in Japan.
➤ Katsuya talks about regulation in Japan and making sure the exchange is following the correct guidelines.
➤ He talks about fake trading volumes and how to combat them.
➤ He speaks on bringing blockchain mainstream and getting big tech companies involved.
Katsu spent close to eight years at SoftBank Group. In his time at SoftBank, Katsu worked on many large M&A and venture deals worth over USD60 billion, including the acquisition of Sprint (US mobile carrier), Brightstar (global distributor of mobile devices), investments in Coupang (largest e-commerce platform in South Korea) and Snapdeal (largest e-commerce platform in India). In 2011-2013, Katsu led the establishment of SoftBank’s venture capital arm in the US and Southeast Asia. He has also driven many financing deals, including financing for the acquisition of ARM Holdings Plc. (world’s largest chip architecture developer), issuing mandatory exchangeable bonds backed by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (largest e-commerce company in the world), hybrid bonds, and more.