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    Major Japanese manufacturing company: Sale of automotive parts-related businesses in the United States and Europe

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised a major listed Japanese manufacturing company on the sale of its automotive parts-related businesses in the United States and Europe.
The Nishimura & Asahi team advising the company was led by partners Yoshinobu Fujimoto, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Yusuke Nakagawa, Yusuke Urano, Yoshiyuki Kizu and James Campbell.


藤本 欣伸

Yoshinobu was promoted to partner in 1999. He has experience in NP loans, real estate transactions, and equity investment cases dealing with foreign capital funds and companies. In addition to domestic M&A and business integration cases, he has recently been engaged in many M&A and JV cases by Japanese corporations in the USA, Europe, and Asian countries. He has advised Japanese corporations on lawsuits in the USA and other overseas countries, and has extensive experience in the dispute settlement and risk management fields. He has won many awards in the Corporate/M&A, Private Wealth and Healthcare fields from business law reviews, such as Chambers Global and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

菊地 浩之

Hiroyuki KIKUCHI

  • Partner
  • Tokyo

Hiroyuki has extensive experience working on various aspects of IP-related matters, including licensing, transfers, due diligence and IP arrangements in M&A transactions, joint development, and contentious matters. The majority of his work in the IP field involves cross-border transactions, in which he has considerable experience negotiating complex IP deals. He also has extensive experience working on ICT matters, such as software development arrangements and disputes, as well as analysis of new online businesses, utilizing the knowledge of software development and the Internet he acquired when working for a software development company prior to becoming an attorney and subsequent learning of the same. Furthermore, he provides Japanese subsidiaries of software companies headquartered outside of Japan with advice on general corporate matters. Last but not least, he has been regularly advising companies outside of Japan on Japanese data protection regulations ever since the full implementation of the Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan in 2004.

中川 裕介

Yusuke’s practice focuses on Corporate and M&A, including cross-border/domestic acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, investment in startup companies, and numerous other kinds of transactions and commercial arrangements, including strategic alliance transactions between Japanese companies and foreign companies. He also regularly provides domestic and foreign clients with regulatory, labor, intellectual property and other general corporate advice.

浦野 祐介

Yusuke URANO

  • NY LLP Partner
  • New York

Based in New York, Yusuke has advised on numerous M&A transactions, such as domestic/cross-border acquisitions and alliances, TOB transactions, going private/MBO transactions, joint venture transactions, venture capital investments, and group reorganizations, with a focus on Japan-U.S. cross-border M&A transactions. He has also handled various cross border cartel cases for domestic and foreign clients. He also regularly provides U.S. and global clients doing business in Japan with corporate governance, compliance, risk management, labor, intellectual property, and other general corporate advice.

木津 嘉之

Yoshi’s practice covers various M&A transactions, cross border deals, and day-to-day commercial businesses, with a focus on Europe-related matters. He lived in Europe approx. 8 years including studying at the master of law at UCL in London, working approx. 3 years in leading firms in Frankfurt, Paris and Italy, a short secondment in Barcelona/Madrid and having regular business trips all across Europe including the Netherlands, Nordic countries and Eastern Europe. As a leading partner of Europe practice and cross-border team, Yoshi provides a tailored legal services in a timely and flexible manner.


James has significant experience being the lead negotiator in complex cross-border transactions and coordinating teams of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions with respect to all aspects of such transactions, including with respect to multi-jurisdictional legal due diligence processes, antitrust and other regulatory filings and other local law issues. James has represented private equity and hedge funds, public and private companies and other clients in a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions and other matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, venture capital investments, public-private partnerships, private and public securities offerings, tender offers, proxy contests and corporate restructurings. Prior to joining Nishimura & Asahi, James was a corporate associate at firms in New York and Canada.