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    Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. – Sale of Diamond Asset Finance Co., Ltd. to Keystone Partners Co., Ltd

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised Japanese financial services company Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. [TSE: 8593] on the transfer of all shares in its consolidated subsidiary Diamond Asset Finance Co., Ltd. to Japan-based private equity firm Keystone Partners Co., Ltd., an affiliate of SBI Holdings, Inc. [TSE: 8473].

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising Mitsubishi HC Capital was led by partners Norio Maeda, Megumi Shimizu, Tadaaki Yato and Yasunori Ishizaki supported by Fumihiko Sawada.


前田 憲生

Norio Maeda is a partner with expertise in transactions involving the acquisition and development of, the financing of, and investment in, Japanese renewable energy projects. He has represented domestic and foreign investors, developers, and lenders, including infrastructure funds, energy companies, and financial institutions from the U.S., Europe, and Asia in numerous green-field and brown-field projects. Norio’s practice also covers transactions involving acquisition and development, investment, and financing with respect to Japanese real estate assets. He is highly skilled at developing innovative investment and financing structures. He has represented domestic and foreign investors, including investment funds, financial institutions, investment managers, and developers from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in numerous investment and development projects involving sophisticated structures. He also has represented lenders in numerous structured finance transactions involving real estate assets. Norio’s transactional experience includes establishment of Japanese investment platforms into Japanese real estate assets using the TMK and GK-TK schemes, as well as the restructuring of Japanese real estate asset investments. In addition, Norio has extensive experience in inbound cross-border financing transactions for the operation of multi-national corporations in Japan. He has worked on inbound financing transactions under global debt facilities for multi-national corporations headquartered in Asia and other parts of the world. These transactions have involved collateral consisting of various types of assets and have employed a wide variety of credit support structures.

清水 恵

Megumi has broad experience in M&A transactions (public and private deals), joint ventures, strategic alliances, going private, intra-group reorganizations, investment in startups, and other commercial transactions in various business sectors, including fashion, finance, healthcare, food and beverage, renewable energy, and auto parts. She also advises clients in general corporate matters, including corporate governance and various compliance matters. She is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences/Healthcare Practice Group, and she advises clients in connection with licensing, distribution, collaboration and other contractual arrangements based on her knowledge and experience in legal matters related to the pharmaceutical industry.

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.

石﨑 泰哲

Since joining Nishimura & Asahi in 2006, Yasunori has dealt with various M&A transactions in Japan and overseas. In particular, with respect to transactions involving listed companies, he excels at strategizing flexibly based on the complex circumstances and needs of the parties concerned, and seeing such projects to completion. When handling M&A transactions, he places an emphasis on maximizing the benefit to his clients while giving due consideration to the overall benefit to all of those involved. In addition to the above, Yasunori has advised on defenses against hostile takeovers and responses to shareholder activism for companies such as Toshiba Machine (currently Shibaura Machine) and Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho. In recent years, he has also provided advice for the acquisition side of hostile takeovers, with industrial companies as his clients.