The Wall Street Journalに弊社副主任研究員のコメントが掲載されました。
［タイトル］Fortress Shares Surge, but Few Clues on Next Asset-Management Deal
［掲載媒体］The Wall Street Journal（2017年2月15日）
［対応者］ 情報通信総合研究所 副主任研究員 佐藤 仁（研究員紹介）
Hitoshi Sato, senior analyst at InfoCom Research in Tokyo, said the move is the clearest indication yet that SoftBank, which makes a bulk of its revenue from its telecom operations in Japan and the U.S., is transforming itself into an investment company. It also comes after Mr. Son pledged $50 billion in investments and the creation of 50,000 jobs in the U.S. at a meeting with President Donald Trump in December.
By acquiring Fortress, SoftBank, which already has an investment portfolio of hundreds of tech companies, can energize its soon-to-be-closed Vision Fund by sharing intelligence on potential investment targets and expertise on how to run such a vehicle. Mr. Son has said that managing the Vision Fund will insulate SoftBank, which is under heavy debt, from risk, while allowing it to make big and bold bets necessary to remain at the forefront of emerging technologies.
（The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 15, 2017より引用）