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    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and MUFG Bank, Ltd. - Sale of shares in the Chukyo Bank, Ltd.

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised MUFG Bank, Ltd., and its parent company Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group [TSE: 8306] (together “MUFG”), on the sale of MUFG Bank’s shares in the Chukyo Bank, Ltd. [TSE: 8530] through a tender offer in connection with the Chukyo Bank, Ltd.’s business integration with the Aichi Bank, Ltd. [TSE: 8527].

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising MUFG was led by partners Yuji Shiga, Susumu Tanizawa, Kazumaro KobayashiYoshiyuki Asaoka and counsel Masatsugu Sakamoto, supported by Akihisa Yamamoto.


志賀 裕二

Yuji’s practice includes a wide range of M&A, investment, and joint venture transaction, etc. involving a Japanese company and a foreign company / investment fund; in that transaction, he represented both parties through successful completion of the transaction. With his seasoned experience of acquisition matters by foreign investment funds, he advises numerous Japanese listed and unlisted companies on activism matters. He has received accolades from his clients that (i) he is very pragmatic and proactive (ii) he always gives a good, commercial view of the bigger picture around a situation with deep understanding of his client and (iii) he has an ability to ‘put himself in his clients’ shoes. He is also active in the Firm’s Asia practice such as India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.

谷澤 進

After earning his LL.M. at Vanderbilt University Law School in the U.S., he worked as a secondee at a NY office of a leading Japanese bank and the Tokyo office of an international investment bank. Upon returning to N&A, he developed an extensive track record in a broad range of finance matters, including financial regulations, capital markets (especially REIT), ship finance, M&A in the financial sector, compliance, and communication with financial authorities. He is one of the main members of our FinTech practice team and has extensive experience with respect to FinTech-related matters, and has advised a wide variety of clients, ranging from traditional financial institutions to start-ups. He also has particular expertise in regard to the payment space. In addition, he advises clients on financial regulations in M&A transactions involving financial institutions, and has experience in a broad range of cross-border matters, including inbound and outbound transactions.

小林 和真呂

Kazumaro’s antitrust practice spans various industries, including automotive, energy, telecommunication, medical/healthcare and finance. Kazumaro regularly represents clients in high-profile matters, including merger and acquisitions that require approval in multiple jurisdictions, and global and domestic cartel investigations.

坂元 正嗣

Masatsugu advises domestic and overseas corporate clients on large and small sized M&A transactions and general corporate matters. He has also expanded his practice into M&A transactions involving medical corporations. Prior to joining Nishimura & Asahi, he worked for over three years at a small law firm on a broad range of civil cases, including loans and debt collections, real property transactions, traffic accidents, labor issues, bankruptcies and rehabilitations, litigation and mediation, and criminal cases. He studied at a U.S. law school and trained at a law firm in the U.S. before being seconded to the M&A promotion office of a Japanese company for two years, supporting its M&A activities as part of a principal team. Backed by his diversified work experience, he advises clients in Japanese and English, covering a wide range of inquiries and requests closely meeting the client’s needs.