Jeff Schrepfer

Jeff Schrepfer


Northern Kentucky University (B.A., 1990)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 2001)

Bar Admissions

Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Jeff Schrepfer is a partner in the Corporate Department of the Tokyo office. His practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling for publicly and privately held companies. In addition to his core M&A experience, Mr. Schrepfer has also handled several cross-border oil and gas transactions.

Mr. Schrepfer practiced with the Corporate Finance Practice Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office prior to joining the Tokyo office in 2004.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Schrepfer spent three years working as an analyst at the Tokyo headquarters of a major Japanese manufacturing firm and four years at the Tokyo office of a major French bank working as a financial derivatives broker/analyst serving mostly Japanese clients.

In the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Schrepfer is described as “a complete professional with unbelievable Japanese language capability” for the Japan: Corporate and M&A category.

Mr. Schrepfer received a B.A. degree in International Studies from Northern Kentucky University in 1990 and was awarded a one-year Monbushō (Japanese Ministry of Education) Scholarship to study the Japanese language at Nagoya University in 1989. In 2001, he received a J.D. degree and certificate in law and technology from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was the Electronic Resources Editor of the California Law Review.

Mr. Schrepfer’s recent significant experience includes the representation of:

  • Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in the sale of its minority joint venture stake in Hemlock Semiconductor, a Michigan-based semiconductor and solar cell polycrystalline silicon maker to the majority joint venture partner, Dow Corning, for $240 million.
  • ROHM Co., Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary, LAPIS Semiconductor Co., Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of wireless communication LSIs, in connection with the sale of LAPIS's semiconductor optical components business unit to NeoPhotonics Corporation.
  • Fujikura Ltd. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Nistica Inc., a global supplier of agile optical modules used in high bandwidth applications, and the subsequent sale of a portion of such stake to Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.
  • Krosaki Harima Corporation in its INR 5.761 billion (approximately US$133 million) acquisition of a 51% stake in Tata Refractories Limited (later renamed TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited), a leading Indian refractories manufacturer, from Tata Steel Limited ("TSL"), with TSL retaining a 26% stake.
  • Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in its US$256 million acquisition of Hoepharma Holdings Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatological products.
  • Harima Chemicals, Inc. in its US$377 million acquisition of the ink and adhesive resins business of Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in its acquisition from BNP Paribas Asset Management SAS (“BNP”) of its 33% interest in SYWG BNP Paribas Asset Management Co., Ltd. (renamed SWS MU Fund Management Co., Ltd.), a Chinese fund management company that was jointly owned by BNP and Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in connection with the combination of its securities business, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co, Ltd. (MUS), with Morgan Stanley Japan.
  • ROHM Co., Ltd. in its acquisition by merger of Kionix, Inc., a leading manufacturer of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) inertial sensors, which are used in game controllers, hard disk drive protection systems, mobile handsets and personal navigation devices.

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