Professionals

Kazuho Nakajima primarily assists corporate clients with mergers and acquisitions, international commercial transactions, regulatory matters, litigation and disputes.

He has extensive experience with complex legal issues, such as mergers and acquisitions by a public-private investment fund in the context of a business turnaround, a dispute between a securities company and a stock exchange involving extensive damages, adoption of anti-takeover defense measures for the first time in Japan, expansion of foreign businesses into the Middle East involving geopolitical risks, and a commercial arbitration involving a significant amount of claims regarding price adjustment clauses in a merger and acquisition.

Against the background of rising concern over national security, technology competition and counterterrorism in the international community, he engages in transactions relating to U.S. economic sanctions and export control regulations for non-U.S. companies, as well as Japanese export controls and money laundering regulations.

He is based in the Tokyo office.

Recent activities

11/2022

Article: The Frontier of International Trade Law (2) - Economic security and actions that should be taken

Articles

11/2022

Article: The Frontier of International Trade Law (1) - Human Rights and the Environment

Articles

10/2022

The International Comparative Legal Guide - Sanctions 2023: Japan

Articles

Education

2009
Columbia University School of Law (LL.M.)
2001
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2016 - 2019
Representative of Dubai Representative Office
2010 - 2011
Legal Div., Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.
2009 - 2010
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York

Major Cases

2022

Daikin Industries, Ltd. - Acquisition of Duplomatic MS S.p.A

2022

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

2019

Arbitration involving significant claims and its settlement concerning a joint venture between Japanese companies relating to power plant construction projects

2019

Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. - Acquisition of Betek Boya ve Kimya Sanayi A.Ş.

2016

Sharp Corporation's receipt of capital injection from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

2015 - 2016

Acquisition of Ikyu Corporation by Yahoo Japan Corporation

2015 - 2017

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

2015 - 2016

Acquisition of Tokyo Kohtetsu by Osaka Steel

2015 - 2016

Acquisition of Tokai Steel by Godo Steel

2015

Capital injection in a company listed on JASDAQ by a listed company in Taiwan in exchange for the allocation of new shares.

2014

Subscription of third-party allocation of shares in Wuthelam Holdings Pte Ltd. and gaining corporate control over the Asian companies that are in joint ventures with the above company by Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.

2014

Establishment of a joint venture company between Toho Titanium Co., Ltd., The National Titanium Dioxide Company Ltd. (Cristal) and The National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) to manufacture titanium sponge in Saudi Arabia.

2013

Capital injection in a Taiwanese travel company by a major Japanese railway group.

2013

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