We seek intelligence to identify and address compliance and ethical issues in operations and transactions.
We track political and regulatory developments to mitigate impacts and maximize opportunities.
We identify opportunities for engagement, dialogue and partnerships.
We enhance policies, improve practices and increase preparedness and resilience.
SIPA Partners provided reputation risk assessment and mitigation services to a Japanese engineering corporation with assets in Southeast Asia. This included the mapping of external issues and stakeholders, a benchmarking exercise, a review and upgrade of internal risk management policies and practices, a series of training, as well as strategic and ad hoc advisory support.
SIPA Partners conducted a human rights risk assessment of an Indian company and its manufacturing assets across five Indian states, to inform decision-making in the context of a potential transaction, and to complement the legal, financial, reputational and environmental due diligence undertaken by the client, a Japanese food corporation.
SIPA Partners developed a market entry strategy for an Asian mobility company seeking to establish its presence in Japan. The strategy was informed by a review of the policy, regulatory, market and competitive environment and included a policy advocacy and government affairs component as the client sought to enter an innovative sector whose regulations were still being shaped by local stakeholders including industry associations.
SIPA Partners was retained by a global technology firm to map its policy and regulatory issues and stakeholders in Japan and to support the development and implementation of a government affairs strategy. This included the crafting of talking points seeking to identify overlaps in interests and partnership opportunities, and to organize meetings with relevant decision-makers and influencers.
Romain Caillaud is a risk and reputation management consultant with more than a decade of experience providing public affairs and strategic intelligence services to corporations, law firms and nonprofits in Japan and Southeast Asia, with particular expertise in the technology, energy and manufacturing sectors. Currently located in Japan, Romain was based prior in Singapore and in Myanmar, and is originally from France.
Romain established in January 2021 in Tokyo, public affairs and strategic intelligence consultancy, SIPA Partners. He is also a 2023 Eisenhower Global Fellow, a member of the Japan Committee of the Temple University Law School Compliance Advisory Board, and an associate fellow in the Myanmar Studies Program at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute).
Romain was earlier a senior director with a NASDAQ-listed multidisciplinary advisory firm, in its Tokyo and Singapore offices, where he led strategic communications and corporate intelligence teams across Asia. Notable mandates he oversaw in this capacity include advising a global technology firm on the development and implementation of its public policy and government relations strategy for Japan including intelligence gathering, issues analysis and stakeholder outreach; and advising a major Japanese manufacturing conglomerate on the management of a compliance, reputation and ethical crisis it faced having received allegations of modern slavery in its Southeast Asian supply chain. Romain also worked prior as a director with two Southeast Asia-focused government affairs consultancies, in Myanmar and in Singapore.
Romain holds a Master in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and a Bachelor of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies and Burmese Language from the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations. He also studied at Waseda University in Japan, Yangon University of Foreign Languages in Myanmar, and the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Romain is fluent in French and English, and conversant in Japanese and Burmese.
Kei Sakaguchi has four decades of experience as a corporate communications, external affairs and business development executive and advisor, having worked in-house at both Japanese and American global corporations, as well as at specialized consultancies. He most recently served as Japan Country Representative for Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk consultancy whose Tokyo office he established.
Kei started his career at Sony Corporation and spent more than 25 years with the company, serving both in Tokyo and New York in various managerial positions including Senior Director for Communications and External Affairs, and General Manager for Corporate Communications.
Kei then served with The Coca-Cola Company as Japan’s Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications. Before joining Eurasia Group, he was Japan’s Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships for Meltwater Group, the global online media monitoring and social intelligence software company.
Kei Sakaguchi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Keio University, and a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University’s School of Law.
Company name: SIPA Partners LLC
Incorporated: January 2021
Representative: Romain Caillaud
Member of: The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) ; The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AmCham Myanmar)
Address: Ebisu Green Glass Building, 3-Chome 1-1 Ebisuminami, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, 150-0022, Japan