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    Mitsui Matsushima Holdings Co., Ltd. - Acquisition of Saunders & Associates, LLC through Sansei Denshi Co., Ltd.

Nishimura & Asahi advised Mitsui Matsushima Holdings Co., Ltd. [TSE: 1518], a Japan-based company primarily engaged in the coal and energy business, on its acquisition and subsidiary incorporation of Saunders & Associates, LLC, a US-based manufacturer of industrial measuring devices, through Sansei Denshi Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsui Matsushima Holdings. This included legal due diligence on the Chinese subsidiary of the target company.

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising Mitsui Matsushima Holdings was led by partners Takashi Nomura and Yuri Sugano, supported by Marie Tanaka and Takahiro Kato.


野村 高志

He has handled mainly China's legal affairs for more than 20 years, and has a wealth of experience advising numerous Japanese companies investing in China, Chinese-related M&As, corporate restructuring and withdrawal, crisis management, intellectual property rights, labor, litigation and disputes, and Chinese companies' investment projects in Japan. Having spent more than 10 years in Shanghai, China he has earned the trust of his clients thanks to his ability to solve problems in the field. He has written numerous books, papers, and lectures in the fields of Chinese legal affairs and intellectual property.

菅野 百合

Yuri is specialized in Restructuring and Insolvency and also Labor Law. Especially, she is well-known in the restructuring market given her outstanding expertise and experience in cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases. She has plenty of experience providing foreign clients with restructuring and business closure of their Japanese subsidiaries. She also supports foreign clients on a wide range of labor issues, including labor disputes, personnel restructuring and general labor law matters on a daily basis. She is actively engaged in diversity and inclusion promotion activities. Utilizing her expertise as a labor-law specialist, as well as her experience as a member of the DE&I Promotion Committee at Nishimura & Asahi and as a director of LLAN (lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network), she has supported clients’ D&I initiatives.

田中 麻理恵


  • Counsel
  • Tokyo

She mainly practices in insolvency and restructuring, as well as M&A and a wide range of general corporate matters. She has extensive experience in both cross-border (especially, the United States, Europe and Asia) and domestic cases. She has had a distinguished career advising a variety of clients such as debtors, creditors, sponsors, parent companies, and subsidiaries with regard to complex cross-border M&A cases and restructuring cases (including cases where Japanese companies were involved in US Chapter 11 cases). Even in complex or unprecedented cases, she has sought to achieve client objectives by establishing a creative structure or coordinating complex interests between parties. She has also advised clients concerning company dissolutions or liquidations, and dissolving cross-border JV businesses.

加藤 貴裕

Takahiro has been engaged in a wide variety of restructuring cases from out-of-court workouts to judicial bankruptcy proceedings. He has also handled disputes and litigations in relation to both bankruptcy cases and general corporate matters. In each case, his focus is on leading clients in the right direction and ultimately securing optimal solutions for them.

With two years of experience as a secondee to the credit division of one of Japan’s largest banks, he understands how creditors think and act when borrowers face insolvency situations.

He also spent three years in the U.S., attending law school for a year and working as a trainee at a U.S. law firm handling both litigation and M&A cases for two years. Utilizing this experience, he has advised clients in international M&A and other transactions.