Matthew’s practice focuses on the tax structuring of cross–border M&A transactions and corporate reorganizations, particularly involving the United States, China, Japan, and the rest of the Asia–Pacific region. He also regularly advises U.S. and Asia–based fund sponsors and institutional investors on tax issues related to the formation of, and investments in, private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, and other co–investment vehicles and alternative investment products.
Matthew also has extensive experience advising leading insurers on warranty and indemnity policies for M&A transactions in Asia and the United States. He has represented multinational corporations and funds in transactions across more than 30 jurisdictions. Matthew advises clients from a wide range of industries, including consumer, energy, health care, media, natural resources, real estate, technology, and telecommunications.
While at Columbia Law School, Matthew was a three–year Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
SoftBank Vision Fund
Multiple representations, including:
GLP Pte. Ltd.
Multiple representations of this leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology–led solutions, including:
Asahi Kasei Corporation
In its approximately $1 billion acquisition of U.S.–based Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., from Clearlake Capital Group.
In its acquisition of a 33% stake of Ant Financial, operator of China’s biggest online payment platform by market share.
Tate & Lyle PLC
Represented this FTSE–listed UK–headquartered global provider of food ingredients and solutions on its agreement to acquire a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, a U.S.‑headquartered stevia company with Chinese operations.
In its US$1.245 billion acquisition of the Sullair brand air compressor and sale business from Accudyne Industries.
On the formation of IndoSpace Core, its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board that will focus on acquiring and developing modern logistics facilities in India.
Represented this Tokyo–based semiconductor supplier on its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil Corporation, a leading U.S. chipmaker.
In its $1.5 billion strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e–commerce company by revenue.
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% ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’ more than $2.6 billion global air conditioning business.
SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment
On their joint purchase of a majority interest in Finnish mobile game company Supercell for $1.5 billion.
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