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Pavel Alpeyev
For Pavel Alpeyev's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 16, 2021
SoftBank Vision Fund profit nears $30 billion on Coupang
Coupang's $4.6 billion offering was the second biggest this year and marks SoftBank's best return since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s listing in 2014.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 1, 2021
How Masayoshi Son’s ‘money guy’ Lex Greensill went from hero to zero
Greensill Capital was a key part of what Son dubbed his 'Cluster of No. 1's” strategy, taking noncontrolling stakes in the world's leading tech companies and encouraging them to cooperate.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 18, 2021
SoftBank loses global head of communications Gary Ginsberg
Masayoshi Son's conglomerate has lost a number of senior executives over the past several months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 12, 2021
Rakuten to raise $2.2 billion as Japan Post and Tencent buy stakes
The Japanese e-commerce pioneer has benefited from a boom in online shopping during the pandemic, but faces stiff competition from Amazon.com Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 10, 2021
SoftBank poised to reap $16 billion profit as Coupang boosts IPO
If Coupang succeeds in its public debut, SoftBank's windfall could exceed the $11 billion it reported from DoorDash Inc.'s December IPO.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2021
SoftBank’s Vision Fund posts record $8 billion profit on IPO boom
A global rally in technology shares has boosted the value of SoftBank's stakes in publicly traded firms like Uber Technologies Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 13, 2021
SoftBank sells $2 billion in Uber stock as services recover
Uber's food delivery business has surged during the pandemic, making up for losses suffered by its ride-hailing service.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 7, 2021
SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is poised for another IPO windfall in 2021
The IPOs could give Son another round of enormous gains after successful offerings from DoorDash Inc. and KE Holdings Inc. in 2020.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 19, 2020
Toshiba again seeks acquisitions after string of deal flops
Chastened by a string of disastrous overseas acquisitions, the industrial giant is once again looking to buy — this time more cautiously and closer to home.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 9, 2020
Japan's SoftBank positioning for ‘slow-burn’ buyout, sources say
Under Japanese regulations, founder Masayoshi Son could compel other shareholders to sell when he gets to 66% ownership, perhaps without paying a premium.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 3, 2020
SoftBank winding down options trading after investor backlash
SoftBank shareholders balked after SoftBank's foray into derivatives trading was first disclosed in September, cutting the company's market value by as much as $17 billion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 10, 2020
Masayoshi Son’s personal stake in SoftBank trading unit draws fire
Analysts and fund managers have pointed to the structure as a corporate governance concern.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 9, 2020
PlayStation inventor starts new career making robots for no pay
Ken Kutaragi, 70, wants to make affordable robots that can safely move around and do physical work alongside humans in factories and logistics centers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 5, 2020
At SoftBank, almost everyone thinks going private is a bad idea
No one has pulled off a buyout anywhere close to SoftBank's u00a514 trillion valuation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 8, 2020
SoftBank’s big options bet tests investors' faith in Masayoshi Son
The firm's position has injected a jolt of uncertainty into the market, with questions about exposure and plans for future trading.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 4, 2020
SoftBank reportedly considering bid for TikTok in India
TikTok is considering selling its operations in several countries after governments shut out the app, citing fears that user data was passing into the hands of China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 28, 2020
SoftBank Group to sell $12.5 billion of stock in mobile wireless unit
Some 927 million shares of SoftBank Corp. will be sold via a global secondary offering, with the unit buying back up to 1.68 percent of its shares for about u00a5100 billion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 19, 2020
SoftBank to dispatch executives to help stricken Oyo
Cuts in Japan by the online hotel operator come as it adapts to a much smaller tourism industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2020
SoftBank’s first Vision Fund may be its last after ¥1.9 trillion loss
Masayoshi Son conceded he is unlikely to be able to draw outside investors for another Vision Fund.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 3, 2020
SoftBank’s super-fast 5G network isn’t very useful just yet
SoftBank Corp.’s fifth-generation wireless service in Japan is living up to the hype in at least one respect — internet speeds that are blazingly fast even by the standards of one of the most connected countries in the world.

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