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Sullivan & Cromwell has represented Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) on its $8 billion sale of MUFG Union Bank (MUB) to U.S. Bancorp, which was counselled by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
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The Japanese are widely believed to be averse to conflict, preferring to avoid formal dispute resolution processes and resolve disputes through negotiation.
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Latham & Watkins has hired M&A specialist Hiroaki (Hiro) Takagi as a partner in Tokyo from Nishimura & Asahi, where he spent more than 15 years.
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Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm, has invested in Reynen Court, a curated “app store” allowing access to numerous legal-tech software applications via a secure platform.
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Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm, has named Adrian Joyce as its foreign law head of project and asset finance. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo, where he was a partner.
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have represented Blackstone in its 242 billion yen ($2.3 billion) acquisition of Takeda Consumer Healthcare, which turned to Nishimura & Asahi for advice.
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Nishimura & Asahi has advised Japanese insurance company Sompo Holdings, which was represented by Cooley, on its $500 million investment in Silicon Valley data analytics company Palantir Technologies.
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Japan‘s Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) has continued its expansion in Southeast Asia after entering into a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singapore firm DOP Law Corporation.
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Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi has broken ground as the first of the country’s Big Four to open a branch in Europe.
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SoftBank Corp has announced plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with Korean messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to compete more effectively with local rival Rakuten and U.S. tech powerhouses.