Michael Marshall has focused exclusively on value creation in the financial sector for more than twenty five (25) years in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Australia. Mr. Marshall is the founder of Atago Asset Management and was the founder President and CEO of the minority owned, middle market, Tokyo based, buy out firm, PineRidge Partners in 2003. PineRidge Partners was one of the first middle market buy out firms established in Japan to focus on asset back (real estate) buy outs of publicly listed or privately held operating companies. While managing PineRidge, Mr. Marshall was intimately involved in transactions with major Japanese corporates including: Hitachi, Denon, Columbia Music Entertainment, Sammy Sega and others, all of which included real estate as a core component of the investment thesis. Prior to PineRidge Partners, Michael was a team leader with Soros Real Estate Investors in Japan, working with leading Japan corporates such as Seibu, Daiei (MSREF) in Los Angeles, New York, Japan and Australia during 1996 through 2000. Mr. Marshall was responsible for investments of almost $10 billion in market value as a Vice President and senior investment banker in these regions, additionally he participated in the development of leading Japan real estate firms, such as Pacific Management (PMC) and helping to launch Da Vinci. Mr. Marshall also spent ten years with AEW, a Boston based investment advisory firm and Security Pacific bank in Los Angeles both as Vice President in the principal investment, asset management and acquisitions and work-out groups. Mr. Marshall has a graduate degree from the Anderson Graduate School at UCLA and an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has published several investment reviews under the title, The Industrial Real Estate Brief.