Practice Areas

Corporate Transactions

Cross-border corporate acquisitions and dispositions, equity investments, strategic alliances and joint ventures

Other corporate transactions, including real estate investments, technology licenses and executive employment and compensation arrangements

Ongoing management as “external general counsel” of regulatory, contractual and compliance matters for Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies

Recent Engagements

  • Advised major financial institution in connection with acquisition of aircraft leasing business
  • Represented Japanese manufacturing company in connection with sale of chemical business to European company
  • Advised US medical equipment manufacturer in connection with distribution and licensing arrangements with Japanese medical equipment manufacturer
  • Advised US film production company in connection with acquisition of film rights from Japanese author
  • Establishment of marketing and distribution joint venture between two large multi-national pharmaceutical companies
  • Acquisition of multi-national educational services company by Japanese investment fund

Corporate Governance and Investor Relations

Assist foreign funds and other institutional shareholders regarding communications strategies with Japanese portfolio companies

Advise foreign shareholders in connection with shareholder proposals, proxy fights and campaigns in relation to Japanese portfolio companies

Recent Engagements

  • Shareholder proposal by foreign shareholder to raise dividend, resulting in negotiated commitment to increase payout ratio
  • Defense of Japanese financial services company against hostile bid by foreign hedge fund

Special Projects

  • Assisted listed US company replace senior management of Japanese subsidiary
  • Managed investigation of employee fraud and misconduct, and litigation in Southeast Asia and South America
  • Restructured incentive compensation structure for sales force of Japanese subsidiary of US pharmaceutical company