Isamu Inohara

Isamu Inohara


University of Michigan (B.S., 1993)
University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 1997)

Bar Admissions

Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Isamu (Sam) Inohara is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department, and based in the Tokyo office. Mr. Inohara’s practice focuses on complex cross-border M&A, and he has a proven track record and notable experience with carveout deals, joint ventures and advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Clients rely on Mr. Inohara for his ability to provide expert advice in a prompt and efficient manner and to bridge differences in culture, experience, and expectations. He is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Japan: Corporate M&A. Mr. Inohara is fluent in Japanese and English.

Mr. Inohara’s transactions include the representation of:

  • Tsubaki Nakashima, a Japan-based maker of steel balls for bearings, in its $375 million acquisition of US-based NN, Inc.’s precision bearing components business.

  • Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances in their formation of a global air conditioning joint venture with Johnson Controls, integrating the companies’ market leading HVAC businesses. Johnson Controls obtained a 60 percent ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’ more than $2.6 billion global air conditioning business.

  • TDK in the sale of its recording media business (including branded tape, DVD, CD and similar products) to Imation for $260 million in Imation shares and cash.

  • Hitachi in the sale of its hard disk drive subsidiary, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), to Western Digital for $4.8 billion in cash and stock.

  • Fujitsu and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fujitsu Semiconductor, in its sale of a 10% interest in Fujitsu Semiconductor’s 8-inch wafer foundry business to a wholly-owned subsidiary of ON Semiconductor.

  • Fuji Electric in its joint venture with Schneider Electric to combine the parties’ businesses for the development, manufacture and sale of electrical distribution and industrial control equipment in Japan, including more than 3,000 employees and annual revenues of over 70 billion yen.

  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) in the $5 billion combination of its securities business, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co, Ltd. (MUS), with Morgan Stanley Japan. The combined entity, on formation, was one of Japan’s 4 largest investment banks.

  • ON Semiconductor in its $600 million acquisition of Sanyo Semiconductor, the first ever acquisition of a major Japanese semiconductor company by a US company (and one of the largest inbound investments into Japan to date).   Recipient of “M&A Deal of the Year” by The M&A Advisor's International M&A Awards.

Mr. Inohara is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Japan: Corporate M&A.

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