Table: Eastward Ho!
A number of U.S. investment firms have joined Ripplewood in trying to profit from Japan's troubles
13 deals, spanning consumer finance, credit cards, and leasing, valued at $35 billion. Steers clear of banks and may be more selective
W.L. ROSS & CO.
Launched a $2 billion New York-based fund that has sunk $600 million into Japan, including stakes in regional Kofuku Bank and auto parts firm Nikko Electric.
APOLLO REAL ESTATE ADVISORS
New York outfit has pumped $200 million into 15 Japanese office buildings.
Picked up failed Yamaichi Securities in 1998. The brokerage has racked up huge losses and may be shut down as part of Merrill's global restructuring.