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U.S. firm White & Case has hired M&A and private equity expert Naoya Shiota as a partner in Tokyo from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto.
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White & Case has advised U.S. payments giant PayPal Holdings on its $2.7 billion agreement to acquire Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) firm Paidy, which was represented by Cooley and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto.
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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and Davis Polk have advised Japanese beauty company Shiseido on the 160 billion yen ($1.5 billion) sale of its personal care business to private equity firm CVC, which was represented by Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and White & Case.
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SoftBank Corp has announced plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with Korean messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to compete more effectively with local rival Rakuten and U.S. tech powerhouses.
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Tsuyoshi Ikeda, a former investigator for Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), has left Japanese Big Four law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to start an antitrust and consumer protection boutique called Ikeda & Someya.
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Japanese Big Four law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is set to continue its expansion across Southeast Asia after announcing an office in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
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Morrison & Foerster, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and AZB & Partners have been the top legal advisors by the volume of deals in APAC for acquisitive Japanese technology giant SoftBank since 2012, according to data from Mergermarket and AVCJ.
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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto – two of Japan's Big Four firms – scored big at this year's Japan Law Awards.
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Nishimura & Asahi advised U.S. buyout firm KKR on its $2.3 billion acquisition of Hitachi Kokusai Electric, the Japanese conglomerate’s chip-making equipment and video solution unit, which tapped Mori Hamada & Matsumoto for advice.
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Myanmar has seen its foreign direct investment drop sharply in the past year as investors adopt a wait-and-see approach following the last election. However, law firms remain undeterred about the country’s prospects after democratisation.