Michael O. Braun

Michael O. Braun

Senior Counsel

New York, (212) 468-8119

Education

Columbia University (B.A., 1970)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 1973)

Bar Admissions

New York

Michael Braun is a member of the New York corporate group which he headed for 10 years through 2011. He is also the co-chair of the Japan Practice Group. Mr. Braun is a transactional attorney whose practice focuses on U.S.-based transactional and advisory work, mostly on behalf of Asian and European companies, including many Japanese companies.

Mr. Braun represents some of Japan's largest companies in their U.S. transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures,collaboration and other strategic alliances and corporate investments. He also works with other foreign-based and U.S. companies interested in securing strategic investments and alliances around the world.  Mr. Braun's clients include global aerospace, retail, real estate, printing, food and beverages, and pharmaceutical/biotechnology businesses.

In the last five years, Mr. Braun assisted numerous Japanese companies in the pharmaceutical, life science and technology sectors in connection with their acquisitions in the U.S. of both private and public companies.  He also has counseled them regarding numerous venture capital and private investments in emerging companies, focusing on drug delivery, medical devices, and medical diagnostic products as well as new pharmaceutical products.

Mr. Braun is named “Dealmaker of the Week, May 20, 2010” in connection with representing Astellas Pharma in the tender offer for OSI, the first successful unsolicited tender offer by a Japanese company for a U.S. company. Legal 500 2011 cites a client saying Mr. Braun is “one of the best business lawyers we have worked with. He really knows our company, what is important to us and is a passionate advocate.

Mr. Braun was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and speaks fluent Japanese.

Wellnext’s acquisition of Natural Dynamics assets
Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm backed by Latin American investors that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Natural Dynamics, LLC, a Texas-based nutraceutical company that holds leading nutraceutical brands including Natural Calm and Organic Life Vitamins, as well as the educational site Organic Connections.
Wellnext’s acquisition of Stop Aging Now
Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm backed by Latin American investors that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of all of the membership interest in Stop Aging Now, LLC, a Maryland-based nutraceutical company. In addition to Stop Aging Now, Wellnext also holds a number of nutritional supplement brands including Nature's Products, True Health, Blessed Herbs, and Nutri-Health Supplements.
Dai Nippon Printing's Acquisition of Foto Fantasy
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., a major Japanese printing firm, in the acquisition of Foto Fantasy, Inc. (d/b/a Innovative Foto), a leading designer, manufacturer, operator and distributor of digital imaging photo kiosks in the United States, from an affiliate of Sankaty Advisors, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital.
Olympus Divestiture
Represented Olympus Corporation in the divestiture of its biotech business.
Nihon Kohden’s acquisition of Defibtech
Represented Nihon Kohden Corporation in its acquisition of Defibtech, LLC, a US medical instruments company developing and manufacturing, among other things, state-of-the art defibrillators.
Wacoal's Acquisition of Eveden
Represented Wacoal Corp., one of the largest women's intimate apparel makers globally, in the acquisition of Eveden Group, a UK company with subsidiaries and operations in more than 10 countries, for approximately $250 million.
Astellas Pharma's Acquisition of OSI Pharmaceuticals
Represented Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan's second largest pharmaceutical company, in its $4 billion acquisition of OSI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OSIP), the first successful unsolicited tender offer by a Japanese company in the U.S.
Olympus Acquisition
Represented Olympus Corporation in its acquisition of Stryker's interest in the OP-1 product family for use in orthopaedic bone applications.
Rohm’s acquisition of Kionix
Represented Rohm Co., Ltd., a Japanese maker of electronic and semi-conductor products in the acquisition of Kionix, Inc., a privately held company and one of the world’s leading suppliers of MEMS inertial sensors for over $233 million.
Astellas Pharma’s joint venture with Maxygen to form Perseid Therapeutics
Represented Astellas Pharma in the formation of a joint venture, Perseid Therapeutics, with Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAXY) that will assume all of the discovery, research and development of Maxygen’s existing protein therapeutics.
Astellas Pharma’s unsolicited proposal to acquire CV Therapeutics
Represented Astellas Pharma in its offer to purchase all of the stock of CV Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CVTX) for over $1 billion.
Astellas Pharma’s acquisition of Agensys
Represented Astellas Pharma in its acquisition of Agensys, Inc., an oncology focused biotechnology company, for $537 million (cash $387 million, milestones $150 million).
Astellas Pharma’s acquisition of a North Carolina research facility
Represented Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc., Astellas Pharma’s US subsidiary, in the acquisition of Dynogen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s North Carolina research facility specializing in genitourinary disorders.
Dai Nippon Printing’s acquisition of Sony Chemical’s thermal ribbon business
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., in the acquisition of Sony Chemicals & Information Services Corporation’s global assets constituting the thermal ribbon business.
Astellas Pharma’s $20 million Series D financing of Comentis
Represented Astellas Pharma in the purchase of Comentis Inc.’s Series D Preferred Stock for $20 million in connection with a Collaboration Agreement with Comentis with a reported value of $780 million.
Hantro Products Oy’s exchange offer with O2 Technologies
Represented Hantro Products Oy, a Finnish company in connection with an exchange offer valued at about $60 million with ON2 Technologies (AMEX: ONT), a leader in video compression software and solutions resulting in Hantro owing 12% of On2 Technologies.
Dai Nippon Printing’s acquisition of Pixel Magic Imaging
Represented Dai Nippon Printing in the initial purchase of a majority interest, and subsequent purchase pursuant to a consent solicitation of the balance of the stock of Pixel Magic Imaging, a leader in digital imaging solutions and photo kiosks.
Astellas’ acquisition of AMEVIVE® from Biogen Idec
Represented Astellas US LLC in the acquisition of the worldwide rights to AMEVIVE® from Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB).
Daiwa America’s stake purchase in Sagent Advisors
Represented Daiwa America Corporation in a business alliance agreement with, and its $52 million purchase of common stock of Sagent Advisors, Inc., a private M&A investment banking boutique firm.
Merger of Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co. and Sankyo Pharmaceutical
Represented Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Sankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in connection with their merger creating Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
$7.6 billion merger of Fujisawa Pharmaceutical and Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical to form Astellas Pharma Inc.
Represented Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. And Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. With respect to U.S. and international issues in connection with their $7.6 billion merger creating Astellas Pharma Inc. and the Astellas group of companies.
Dai Nippon Printing’s numerous investments
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.’s investments in Palo Alto Research Center; Panacea Pharma; Cangen Biotechnologies; Acucela Inc. and Molecular Imprints.
Wellnext’s acquisition of Natural Dynamics assets
Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm backed by Latin American investors that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Natural Dynamics, LLC, a Texas-based nutraceutical company that holds leading nutraceutical brands including Natural Calm and Organic Life Vitamins, as well as the educational site Organic Connections.
Wellnext’s acquisition of Stop Aging Now
Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm backed by Latin American investors that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of all of the membership interest in Stop Aging Now, LLC, a Maryland-based nutraceutical company. In addition to Stop Aging Now, Wellnext also holds a number of nutritional supplement brands including Nature's Products, True Health, Blessed Herbs, and Nutri-Health Supplements.
Dai Nippon Printing's Acquisition of Foto Fantasy
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., a major Japanese printing firm, in the acquisition of Foto Fantasy, Inc. (d/b/a Innovative Foto), a leading designer, manufacturer, operator and distributor of digital imaging photo kiosks in the United States, from an affiliate of Sankaty Advisors, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital.
Olympus Divestiture
Represented Olympus Corporation in the divestiture of its biotech business.
Nihon Kohden’s acquisition of Defibtech
Represented Nihon Kohden Corporation in its acquisition of Defibtech, LLC, a US medical instruments company developing and manufacturing, among other things, state-of-the art defibrillators.
Wacoal's Acquisition of Eveden
Represented Wacoal Corp., one of the largest women's intimate apparel makers globally, in the acquisition of Eveden Group, a UK company with subsidiaries and operations in more than 10 countries, for approximately $250 million.
Astellas Pharma's Acquisition of OSI Pharmaceuticals
Represented Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan's second largest pharmaceutical company, in its $4 billion acquisition of OSI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OSIP), the first successful unsolicited tender offer by a Japanese company in the U.S.
Olympus Acquisition
Represented Olympus Corporation in its acquisition of Stryker's interest in the OP-1 product family for use in orthopaedic bone applications.
Rohm’s acquisition of Kionix
Represented Rohm Co., Ltd., a Japanese maker of electronic and semi-conductor products in the acquisition of Kionix, Inc., a privately held company and one of the world’s leading suppliers of MEMS inertial sensors for over $233 million.
Astellas Pharma’s joint venture with Maxygen to form Perseid Therapeutics
Represented Astellas Pharma in the formation of a joint venture, Perseid Therapeutics, with Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAXY) that will assume all of the discovery, research and development of Maxygen’s existing protein therapeutics.
Astellas Pharma’s unsolicited proposal to acquire CV Therapeutics
Represented Astellas Pharma in its offer to purchase all of the stock of CV Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CVTX) for over $1 billion.
Astellas Pharma’s acquisition of Agensys
Represented Astellas Pharma in its acquisition of Agensys, Inc., an oncology focused biotechnology company, for $537 million (cash $387 million, milestones $150 million).
Astellas Pharma’s acquisition of a North Carolina research facility
Represented Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc., Astellas Pharma’s US subsidiary, in the acquisition of Dynogen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s North Carolina research facility specializing in genitourinary disorders.
Dai Nippon Printing’s acquisition of Sony Chemical’s thermal ribbon business
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., in the acquisition of Sony Chemicals & Information Services Corporation’s global assets constituting the thermal ribbon business.
Astellas Pharma’s $20 million Series D financing of Comentis
Represented Astellas Pharma in the purchase of Comentis Inc.’s Series D Preferred Stock for $20 million in connection with a Collaboration Agreement with Comentis with a reported value of $780 million.
Hantro Products Oy’s exchange offer with O2 Technologies
Represented Hantro Products Oy, a Finnish company in connection with an exchange offer valued at about $60 million with ON2 Technologies (AMEX: ONT), a leader in video compression software and solutions resulting in Hantro owing 12% of On2 Technologies.
Dai Nippon Printing’s acquisition of Pixel Magic Imaging
Represented Dai Nippon Printing in the initial purchase of a majority interest, and subsequent purchase pursuant to a consent solicitation of the balance of the stock of Pixel Magic Imaging, a leader in digital imaging solutions and photo kiosks.
Astellas’ acquisition of AMEVIVE® from Biogen Idec
Represented Astellas US LLC in the acquisition of the worldwide rights to AMEVIVE® from Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB).
Daiwa America’s stake purchase in Sagent Advisors
Represented Daiwa America Corporation in a business alliance agreement with, and its $52 million purchase of common stock of Sagent Advisors, Inc., a private M&A investment banking boutique firm.
Merger of Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co. and Sankyo Pharmaceutical
Represented Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Sankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in connection with their merger creating Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
$7.6 billion merger of Fujisawa Pharmaceutical and Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical to form Astellas Pharma Inc.
Represented Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. And Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. With respect to U.S. and international issues in connection with their $7.6 billion merger creating Astellas Pharma Inc. and the Astellas group of companies.
Dai Nippon Printing’s numerous investments
Represented Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.’s investments in Palo Alto Research Center; Panacea Pharma; Cangen Biotechnologies; Acucela Inc. and Molecular Imprints.

Michael Braun is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 2012.

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