Benjamin Bystrom

Benjamin Bystrom
  • Instructor of Finance
  • Director of UH Asian Field Study Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Financial Management Association
  • Faculty Advisor, CFA Research Challenge


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Academic Background

  • MBA, The Wharton School, Finance Major, Lauder Institute Fellow, 1991
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, East Asian Studies and Japanese Language, 1991
  • University of Tokyo, Research Fellow, Economics Department, 1989
  • BA, University of Hawaii, Bachelors, Quantitative Methods and Business Economics, 1983

Awards & Honors

Seventeen-time Professor of the Semester.

Dennis Ching Award for Teaching Excellence 2011, 2015 and 2021

Professional Background 

2000-2003 Morgan Stanley, Tokyo, Executive Director

  • Developed and executed solutions for restructuring Japanese banks, finance companies and insurance companies – JPY300 billion+ in transactions completed.
  • Headed Asian capital markets team -- generated annual profits of up to $35 million per year.

1998-2000 Merrill Lynch, Tokyo, Vice-President

  • Managed team responsible for structuring and closing asset-backed debt financings.
  • Advised major Japanese financial institutions such as Honda Finance and Aozora Bank on management and financing of their consumer, corporate and mortgage loan portfolios.
  • Provided valuations and structuring to successfully execute AXA’s acquisition of Nichidan and Renault’s acquisition of Nissan Motors.

1996-1998 Moody's Investors Service, New York, Senior Credit Analyst

  • Lead analyst on a variety of debt products backed by corporate bonds, consumer installment loans, equipment leases, and commercial real estate.
  • Analyzed major finance companies throughout the U.S. and Japan using cash flow modeling, pro forma financial forecasting and stress testing techniques.
  • Lectured at major conferences in Asian, Europe and the U.S. and published leading research on consumer credit, asset-backed finance, financial/credit modeling and real estate markets.

1991-1996 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, New York, Vice-President

  • Specialized in asset backed financings for fortune 500 US and Japanese corporations -- expanded business to over US$8 billion.
  • Worked in the Capital Markets and Corporate Credit Groups.

1983-1986 Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu, Trader/Risk Manager, Head Office

  • Managed retail and inter-bank foreign exchange for all 165 branches.
  • Management Trainee handling letters of credit, documentary collections, CDs and a wide variety of the bank’s products and services.