Philip P Blythe, Finance Expert in Tokyo, Japan
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Philip P Blythe

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Tokyo, Japan
Toptal Member Since
May 23, 2022

Philip is a former PwC partner with over 30 years in Japan. He is one of the most experienced cross-border mergers & acquisitions (M&A) professionals in Japan. Phil founded and led the PwC cross-border M&A and PMI business and was a member of the global leadership team and creator of a worldwide integration methodology. Phil is bilingual and bicultural, bridges both language and cultural issues, and knows how to deliver in Japan and around the world.

Career Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience


2018 - PRESENT
Crossborder PMI Advisors
  • Advised various foreign companies in Japan regarding market entry, including the turnaround of their existing Japanese operations.
  • Created an e-learning program for corporate Japan on cross-border M&A matters. Covered all aspects of cross-border M&A in 20 modules, including a business cultural analysis of six of the G20 countries.
  • Managed a global strategy project for fast growth in the pure chemical and semiconductor-related sector. Created a comprehensive horizontal expansion plan in the nano-tech sector.
Focus areas: Cross-border M&A, PMI, Culture

Partner - Head of Crossborder Deals and PMI

1991 - 2018
  • Founded and led the PwC Crossborder M&A practice, the first of its kind in Japan, growing the business to a team of 300 professionals with a market-leading position in the Japanese market. Supported between 20-50 cross-border deals a year.
  • Founded and led the PwC Japan PMI practice, growing the team to a dedicated group of over 60 professionals. Served as a member of the PwC global leadership team and developed a unique PMI methodology for cross-border integrations.
  • Led over 200 integrations of cross-border deals relating to Japan as a PwC partner, including inbound and outbound sales, involving over 30 territories.
  • Undertook extensive cultural training using the Geerte Hofstede cultural model and applied that in practice in crossborder PMI.
Focus areas: Carve-out Analysis, Cross-border M&A, PMI, Operations, Culture, Due Diligence Consultant
1982 - 1985

Master's Degree in Natural Science

University of Cambridge - Cambridge, UK



Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales


Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A (Sell-side), Chartered Accountant (CA), Pro Forma Financial Statements, Cross-border M&A

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint


PMI, Culture, Buy-side, Change Management, Governance, People Management, Human Resources (HR), Finance, Carve-out Analysis, Deal Execution, Transition Management, Price Negotiations, Integration, Communication, Corporate Culture, Facilitation, Workshops, Divestiture Planning, Operations, Due Diligence Consultant

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