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    Social Investment Partners: Investment in STANDBY App, a bullying prevention initiative

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi provided pro bono advice to Social Investment Partners (“SIP”), a Japanese venture philanthropy organization, on its investment in STANDBY, an anti-bullying initiative.

STANDBY is a reporting and consultation platform consisting of the "STANDBY App" for reporters of bullying and counsellors and "STANDBY Admin" for counsellors and administrators. Users can anonymously report and consult with specialized consultants and administrators set up by their local governments and companies through the STANDBY app on their smartphones and tablets. The system can be used not only for early detection and early response to bullying and harassment, but also to help create more open schools and workplaces.

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising SIP was led by Takahiko Date, supported by Takeshi Nemoto and Takunori Kono.


伊達 隆彦

Takahiko handles a wide range of domestic and international M&A transactions, general corporate matters, and labor matters. In particular, he has extensive experience in private equity fund investments, cross-border transactions (mainly in Europe and the U.S.), as well as TMT and pharmaceutical industry-related M&A transactions. Regardless of the difficulty or complexity of a case, his policy is to respond in a flexible, appropriate, and timely manner in accordance with his clients’ needs and expectations. He is also actively involved in D&I activities and pro bono work.

根本 剛史

Takeshi has handled many complex M&A transactions and provides sincere advice to his clients. He has extensive experience in M&A-related disputes, and is well versed in the various issues facing companies with founding family shareholders. In recent years, he has been involved in many cases involving business and human rights, impact investing, and advises companies from the perspective of sustainability. He is also actively involved in pro bono work and is one of the most experienced in Japan.