Donald van Deventer

Donald van Deventer

Formal First Name
1951 - present

Donald van Deventer is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Kamakura Corporation. Dr. van Deventer has been involved in financial advisory assignments including both risk management and mergers and acquisitions. His primary financial consulting and research interests involve the practical application of cutting-edge financial theory to solve critical financial risk management problems.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • At Lehman Brothers, he was responsible for 27 major client relationships including Sony, Canon, Fujitsu, NTT, Tokyo Electric Power Co., and most of Japan's leading banks.
  • He completed three of the first four mergers and acquisitions assignments for a Japanese client by Lehman Brothers and the first domestic Japanese corporate straight bond underwriting by the firm.
  • He also served as a senior planning officer for acquisitions, new ventures, and corporate strategy, participating in the 1986 attempted take-over of Bank of America.
  • He has worked on assignments for the municipalities affected in the Orange County bankruptcy
  • He worked in a major derivatives dispute between JPMorgan and a Korean securities firm, for Bank Negara Malaysia, the Department of the Treasury of the United States, governments of three of the OECD countries, and many of the world’s largest financial institutions. 
  • He speaks Japanese and English.
  • His specialties include: