Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. - Sale of machine tool business to Nidec Corporation
Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (“MHI”) [TSE: 7011] on the sale of its entire machine tool business to Nidec Corporation [TSE: 6594]. The sale includes MHI’s 100%-owned subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd.; all shares in three overseas subsidiaries specializing in the machine tool industry; and the machine tool business of nine overseas MHI subsidiaries.
The Nishimura & Asahi team advising MHI was led by partners Yo Ota, Hiroko Shibata and Keitaro Hamada from our corporate/M&A practice, Naoya Ariyoshi from our finance practice, Hiroyuki Kikuchi from our IP practice, Taeko Suzuki from our India practice and Jirapong Sriwat from our Thai practice.
Mr. Ota has a breadth of practical international and domestic legal experience, focusing on the areas of hostile takeovers, shareholder activism, M&A transactions (including cross-border deals), corporate governance and other corporate matters, domestic / international Tax, personal information / data protection, and works on a wide range of corporate legal affairs. He was selected as the NIKKEI "Most Successful Lawyers in 2022" in the corporate law category (1st), the NIKKEI "Most Successful Lawyers in 2021" in the corporate law (excl. M&A) category (2nd), and also the NIKKEI "Most Successful Lawyers in 2020" in the M&A category (1st) and the corporate law category (3rd). In addition, he dedicates himself to research and writing activities that bridge academia and practice on cutting-edge issues related to the Companies Act, the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, tax law, the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, etc. He has edited and authored many books and papers, such as “Schemes and Tax Issues of M&A and Corporate Restructuring, 4th Ed.”, “Corpus Juris M&A - Completely Revised Edition (first volume) (second volume)”, “Handbook on Share Options (Fifth Edition)”, “Corpus Juris Series - Personal Information Protection Legislation (Global)”, “Handbook on Class Shares”, “Nuts and Shell of the 2019 Amendment of the Companies Act and Practical Response”, “Legal Issues and Practices of Virtual Shareholders’ Meeting”, etc.
Hiroko Shibata has extensive experience advising a broad range of Japanese and international clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. She has excels at handling M&A transactions involving multiple jurisdictions, and those requiring complex, detailed structuring and implementation. She also handles numerous matters involving corporate governance, as well as employment issues, and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the areas of executive compensation, employment benefit plans, and related laws and regulations, including taxation.
His extensive experience includes securitization transactions regarding a wide variety of receivables and other asset classes as a legal counsel for originators, arrangers, and trustees, and he has worked on structured finance transactions involving various schemes, including those achieved for the first time ever in Japan. He has a great deal of experience engaging in the development of new trust products and complicated trust schemes. As he has worked at the Corporate Accounting and Disclosure Division, the Planning and Coordination Bureau, the Financial Services Agency of Japan, and also has experience engaging in the planning of the financial regulations there, he has provided advice to many financial institutions, including banks, trust banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and nonbanks, as well as business companies and start-ups which enter the financial businesses. He also has a great deal of experience advising companies with respect to the application of the financial regulations on novel transactions or products, including FinTech areas. He has a wealth of experience participating as a member of various study groups and working groups, including government and academia conferences, and has frequently written and spoken on a wide range of topics involving legal systems and finance practice; thus, he is recognized as an opinion leader in the field of finance law.
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.
He advises on a wide range of merger-and-acquisition transactions, joint ventures, foreign direct investments, general corporate, international corporate finance, and restructurings. His expertise is advising, structuring and leading complex transactions both within and outside of Thailand. He regularly represents, among others, Japanese, Thai and international investors, international investment banks, international private equity investors, hedge funds and international corporations and financial institutions. His main areas of practice include public and private mergers and acquisitions (takeover rules), legal due diligence, joint ventures, fund raising, listings, block trades, stock exchange and securities exchange related laws, restructuring of shareholdings and general corporate advice. His additional areas of practice also cover banking and finance, renewable energy in Japan and Thailand, exchange control law, labor law, and debt restructurings. Before setting up the Bangkok office of Nishimura & Asahi in 2013, he worked with Linklaters for almost a decade. He is also a registered arbitrator of the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) with the areas of expertise in corporate M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, capital markets, debt restructurings and energy.
Taeko heads the firm’s India practice, and advises Japanese corporations investing and doing business in India, with a special focus on dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), and regulatory work (criminal and competition related matters). She also handles jurisdictions such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and other countries in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Keitaro deals with various cross-border M&A transactions, both inbound and outbound, backed by his experience working in U.S. and Australian law firms. He has an extensive track record of success in handling private equity deals, not only on acquisitions but also on exits. Further, his practice includes M&A generally, such as business integrations, carve-outs, and JV formation. Clients value his outstanding analysis, communication, and presentation skills beyond just language (both Japanese and English), which he leverages for successful discussions and negotiations with clients, advisors, and counterparties.