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    Star Asia Management Japan Ltd. - Acquisition of Minacia Co. Ltd.

Nishimura & Asahi advised Star Asia Management Japan Ltd., a property investor, on Star Asia Group’s acquisition of Minacia Co. Ltd, a Japan-based hotel operator, from multiple counterparties, including Unison Capital IV LPS and Unison Capital Partners IV (F), L.P. 

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising Star Asia Management Japan was led by partners Yoshihiko Kawakami, Tadaaki Yato, Tatsuya Nakayama, Junya Kokaji and Junko Wakabayashi. 


川上 嘉彦

Among other things, Yoshihiko is recognized as an authority on real-estate finance and a pioneer in structured finance. He has advised on various types of real property and its related finance, as well as investment funds, including J-REITs and private real-estate funds. He has been involved in numerous significant transactions employing various structures; these transactions have included a variety of underlying assets, including those that are not monetary claims or real property, such as movable property, whole businesses, and intellectual property. His expertise extends to other international and domestic finance areas, such as banking, trust, and securities regulation, and equity and mezzanine finance including BIS finance, project finance, public sector finance, Islamic finance, and finance in the renewable energy sector, including mega solar project bonds. He also heads the firm’s Middle East Practice Team, and has advised on various matters in relation to that region, as well as Asian countries.

谷戸 糾明

He has extensive experience in structuring, documenting, and negotiating various types of financing transactions with financial institutions, investment funds, and real estate companies, etc. Based on his extensive experience, he is able to efficiently and flexibly respond to client intentions. In addition to finance transactions, he also has experience in corporate matters, particularly M&A and corporate reorganizations.

中山 達也

Tatsuya Nakayama is a partner in our M&A and corporate practice and was previously seconded to a top-tier U.S. international law firm. He has represented Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers in numerous domestic and cross-border M&A and other commercial transactions, including financial institutions M&A, strategic alliances, private equity, equity finance, startups and venture capital investments. He also has considerable expertise in strategy planning at all stages from early stage to PMI and advises on a broad range of legal issues in the field of general corporate matters, including corporate governance, and banking and insurance. Leveraging such significant expertise and experience, he provides attentive expert advice in an effective, practical and timely manner. He also has experience serving as an outside officer for private companies and as a lecturer at a prestigious university and law school in Japan.

古梶 順也

Junya handles every kind of M&A deal, whether listed or closed companies, domestic or cross-border, as well as general corporate matters such as shareholders’ meetings and corporate governance. He always provides accurate advice to clients at any time and earns their trust with flexible and dedicated support. In light of his strengths and experience, in recent years, he has been involved in large-scale and complex M&A deals and management integration projects of listed companies. He is also involved in a lot of investment projects by domestic and overseas PE funds. Additionally, with his experience working for law firms in Brazil and Argentina, he supports Japanese companies expanding their businesses to Latin American countries as a member of the Latin American Practice Team. He also has a rich network of law firms in Latin American countries.

若林 順子

Junko Wakabayashi specializes in antitrust and competition law. She has extensive experience with various antitrust matters and issues, including merger filings, cartels, transactional matters, and compliance, in both domestic and cross-border cases. She regularly engages with global clients and negotiates with competition authorities on their behalf. Due to her prior experience at the Ministry Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, where she engaged in policy and rule making, as well as operations, and built a network of connections in government offices, Junko has a deep knowledge and understanding of regulations and government affairs, particularly those that impact transportation industries (e.g., aviation, automotive). She was seconded to a major energy company, where she acquired familiarity with the energy industry. Her wide range of experience enables her to provide precise, tailored advice that accurately addresses and responds to each client’s needs and business operations.