Professionals

Ryutaro Nakayama is the Managing Partner of Nishimura & Asahi.

 

He specializes in General Corporate and M&A, and has rendered a broad-range of M&A-related advice to clients, including on Japanese corporate law, securities law, merger control, tax law and on regulations specific to various industries.

 

He is also a leading competition law lawyer. He has established a unique practice with interconnections between his abundant experience in M&A and corporate practice and his merger regulation expertise. He has successfully obtained clearance from the relevant competition authority even where the resulting combined market share exceeded 50% in the relevant markets.

 

He has also handled cross border cartel cases for Japanese clients by coordinating with law firms in various jurisdictions.

 

He has been selected as a leading lawyer in the Corporate/M&A and/or competition law fields by various publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and The Nikkei’s “Most Successful Lawyers” annual rankings.

Recent activities

2/2022

Chambers Global 2022: Top rankings for Nishimura & Asahi

Awards

12/2021

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022: Top rankings for Nishimura & Asahi

Awards

10/2021

asialaw Awards 2021

Awards

Education

2006
New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
1997
University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics (LL.M.)
1995
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2021 -
Managing Partner
2020 -
Professor from Practice, The Business Law Department of Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Law
2008 - 2009
Lecturer, Seikei University Law School
2007 - 2019
Lecturer, Chuo Law School
2004 - 2005
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York

Major Cases

2022

Sponsors led by J-Will Partners Co., Ltd. - Investment in Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

2022

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. - Acquisition of TOA Oil Co., Ltd. through a tender offer

2022

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - Joint venture with LG Energy Solution for EV battery production in the U.S.

2022

Medipal Holdings Corporation: Agreement to acquire Toshichi Inc.

2022

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. - Acquisition of shares in Seibu Oil Co., Ltd.

2022

Kawasaki Kisen, Ltd. - Share exchange with its listed subsidiary, Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen, Ltd.

2022

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - Strategic Alliance with Sony Group Corporation

2021

Advantage Partners Inc. and Tokyo Century Corporation: Acquisition of Showa Denko Materials Co., Ltd.’s energy storage devices and systems business

2021

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. - Purchase of manufacturing plant and equipment from ENEOS Corporation

2021

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. - Agreement to fully acquire SDS Biotech K.K.

2019

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - Partnership with MONET Technologies Inc.

2018

Honda Motor Co.: Agreement to establish a joint venture company in Indonesia with Panasonic Corporation

2018

Idemitsu Kosan: Business integration with Showa Shell Sekiyu

2018

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. - Establishment of a holding company and share transfer

2017 - 2019

Acquisition of Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd. and Ovako AB by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

2017

Acquisition of Japan Automobile Auction Inc. by USS Co,. Ltd.

2017 - 2018

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.- Integration of container ship businesses of Japanese 3 shipping carriers to establish Ocean Network Express Holdings, Ltd.

2017 -

Toyota Motor Corporation: Successful lawsuit in Nigeria regarding trademark infringement

2015 -

Business integration between Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell Sekiyu

2015 - 2017

Acquisition of Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

2015 - 2016

Acquisition of Tokyo Kohtetsu by Osaka Steel

2013 - 2015

Attempted Merger between Tokyo Electron Limited and Applied Materials, Inc.

2013 - 2014

Business Integration between Sumikin Bussan and Nippon Steel Trading

2013

Business integration between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. on thermal power generation systems.

2012 -

International cartel investigation into the auto shipping service sector

2011 - 2013

Merger between Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal

2011 - 2012

Acquisition of a railway car manufacturing company by East Japan Railway Company

2011 - 2012

Business integration with Tokyo Stock Exchange Co., Ltd. and Osaka Stock Exchange Co., Ltd.

2010 -

International cartel investigation in connection with various auto parts

2010

Merger between Shinwa Kaiun and Nippon Steel Shipping (creation of NS United Kaiun Kaisha)