Hitotsubashi ICS and Gimv (Belgium)
The relationship between ICS and Gimv, one of Europe's largest private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms, has ended amicably after 14 productive and enjoyable years.
The relationship began when former Dean Hiro Takeuchi joined Gimv's Asian Advisory Council in 2003. In 2006, Professor Sherman Abe replaced Dean Takeuchi on the Council for another seven years.
From 2008 to 2012 Gimv created the Gimv Chaired Professorship, the first non-Japanese company to fund a chair at ICS.
In 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding between Gimv and ICS established broad ranging areas of cooperation, including four month student internships. Since then five ICS students have experienced the European PE world from Gimv's Antwerp headquarters.
Photo(Left) : Jean-Claude Deschamps, Gimv Representative, receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Dean Kaz Ichijo on April 11, 2017.
Photo(Right): Former Gimv interns dinner on April 11, 2017: (L-R) Kevin Kwan (2014), Catherine Li (2011), Ken Yoshida (2012), Jean-Claude Deschamps, and Sherman Abe)