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    EQT - Acquisition of shares in HRBrain, Inc.

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised EQT, a global investment firm, on its acquisition of shares in HRBrain, Inc., a fast-growing HR software provider in Japan.
The Nishimura & Asahi team advising EQT was led by partners Ryokichi Chigira and Akira Iizuka.


千明 諒吉

Ryokichi CHIGIRA

  • Partner
  • Tokyo

He has over 15 years’ experiences in a variety of M&A and finance transactions, particularly in distressed and turnaround situations, including sales of entire businesses, carve-outs, formation of JVs, debt/equity financing, restructuring of loans/bonds, providing financial support, sponsor investments, negotiations with customers/suppliers, and handling of disputes, which enables him to provide comprehensive supports for our clients. He also handles business succession and litigation cases. In terms of industries, he has significant insights in the IT and manufacturing businesses.

飯塚 啓

Since joining Nishimura & Asahi, Akira has been involved in numerous corporate and M&A deals, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, capital and business alliances, joint ventures, and take-private transactions by PE funds. In particular, Akira has advised on many cross-border transactions. While seconded to ITOCHU Corporation in 2019-2020, Akira was involved in energy- and infrastructure-related transactions, and he has continued to advise on these transactions since his return.