As a member of our Tokyo Corporate Department, Jeremy’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, spin-outs, and joint ventures. His practice covers alliances between multinationals to greenfield corporate and venture investments.

Jeremy is recommended as a leading lawyer in Japan by independent guides to the legal profession, including Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, and IFLR. Clients comment that he is “exceptional for cross-border transactions…and an absolute pleasure to work with” (Chambers 2020), “the single best lawyer I have worked with in 30 years of M&A experience…courteous, ruthless on behalf of the client in negotiations, very smart, a creative solution finder, and has pragmatic common sense” (Chambers 2019), and “The best cross border transaction lawyer in Tokyo and all of my clients I introduced love him…” (IFLR 2018).

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Experience

  • Represented an international data center developer as majority partner in a Japanese joint venture to establish Asia’s largest data center (2020).

  • Represented Japan’s leading e-commerce and online retail platform in multiple transactions, including the simultaneous acquisition of telecom service providers in India and the United States (2020), a joint venture project (2020), an advertising joint venture (2019), a UAV traffic control joint venture (2018), and 10+ venture capital investments (2014-2018).

  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company (one of the top 5 by size globally) in multiple transactions, including several separate licensing and manufacturing collaborations (2017-2020), a share and asset sale/disposal (2018), and a joint venture formation (2012).

  • Represented Europe’s largest natural cosmetics brand in the acquisition of an own-brand Japan business (involving 100+ individual retail locations in Japan) (2020).

  • Represented a listed Japanese beverage producer (one of Japan’s biggest brewers (listed)) in 10+ transactions, including the successful auction sale of a major subsidiary, the acquisition and buyout of a Japan-based joint venture, the acquisition of a U.S. company, collaborations with U.S. soft drink manufacturers and U.S. beer manufacturers, and others (2012-2020).

  • Represented a listed Japanese trading house in 15+ separate M&A and joint venture transactions across Asia, Europe, and the Americas (industries include renewable energy, power, retail, and natural resources) (2012-2020).

  • Represented another listed Japanese trading house in several separate acquisitions and joint ventures in the metals industry (2011, 2013, 2014, 2020).

  • Represented a listed Japanese food producer in its successful acquisition of a U.S./Canadian B2B chocolate business (#1 in the Americas, #3 in the world) in a competitive auction (2019).

  • Represented a listed Japanese pharmaceutical and foods producer in its acquisition of one of the world’s largest cheese alternative food manufacturers (United States and Canada) (2017) in a competitive auction.

  • Represented a listed Japanese pharmaceutical and foods producer in its acquisition of one of the world’s largest cheese alternative food manufacturers (United States and Canada) (2017) in a competitive auction.

  • Represented a European bank (second largest in the UK) in the sale and unwinding of its Japanese joint venture (being Japan’s largest private wealth business) (2017). Acted for the same bank on the establishment of that same joint venture (2010).

  • Represented a listed Japanese printing company in its successful auction acquisition of a pan-European manufacturer (2016). Acted for the same client in its subsequent and unrelated acquisition of a U.S. multinational (2017). Both deals were competitive auctions by private equity sellers (2016-2017).

  • Represented a U.S. home shopping retail platform in three matters in Japan, including the reorganization of its joint venture business (EBITDA of US$1 billion+).

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