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    KDDI Corporation: Tender offer for Lawson, Inc. and capital and business alliance with Lawson and Mitsubishi Corporation

Nishimura & Asahi advised KDDI Corporation [TSE: 9433], a major Japan-based telecommunications provider, on its tender offer for a 50 percent stake in Lawson, Inc. [TSE: 2651], a Japan-based convenience store chain, and on its capital and business alliance with Lawson and Mitsubishi Corporation [TSE: 8058], a major shareholder in Lawson, for the joint operation of the chain.

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising KDDI was led by partners Tatsuya Tanigawa, Yoshito Wakabayashi, Cuiping Zhang, Susumu Tanizawa, Junko Wakabayashi, and Satoru Yoshikawa.


谷川 達也

Tatsuya Tanigawa is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi, and has represented Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers in numerous cross-border transactions in various industries, including stock and asset acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He has handled both inbound and outbound transactions, including many public company transactions. He is committed to finding solutions for his clients in any transaction.

張 翠萍

Having worked as a partner in a prestigious law firm in China for about 3 years, in September 2010, Cuiping decided to come to Japan and work as one of the leaders of our China Practice Team, so as to take a step closer to her clients willing to expand their business globally and to help resolve their foreign legal issues more timely and actively. As an international lawyer specialized in the legal and business practice of both China and Japan, she has participated in plenty of investment and M&A projects between China and Japan using her fluent Chinese and Japanese. She also helps her clients to expand their business both domestically and globally using her strong social network established via numerous cross-border projects. Besides general corporate practice and corporate governance, she also devotes herself to cutting-edge legal issues such as the protection of data or personal information, presents creative resolutions to her clients, and provides them with continuous support on their overseas business. She also brings the latest legal news regarding China and Japan to her clients proactively not only by publishing articles, but also by attending multiple business seminars as a speaker.

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.

若林 順子

Junko Wakabayashi specializes in antitrust and competition law. She has extensive experience with various antitrust matters and issues, including merger filings, cartels, transactional matters, and compliance, in both domestic and cross-border cases. She regularly engages with global clients and negotiates with competition authorities on their behalf. Due to her prior experience at the Ministry Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, where she engaged in policy and rule making, as well as operations, and built a network of connections in government offices, Junko has a deep knowledge and understanding of regulations and government affairs, particularly those that impact transportation industries (e.g., aviation, automotive). She was seconded to a major energy company, where she acquired familiarity with the energy industry. Her wide range of experience enables her to provide precise, tailored advice that accurately addresses and responds to each client’s needs and business operations.

吉川 悟

Satoru has been engaged in M&A transactions, business alliance/collaboration deals including cross-border transactions since 2010. Also, Satoru was seconded to a legal department and a new business office of listed companies in Japan for 4 years in total, and he dealt with many transactions, such as investment and business alliance/collaboration from the sourcing of the transactions through to the negotiation of the agreement, implementation of the necessary procedures and PMI, and assessing the alliance effect after the closing. Based on this experience, Satoru provides multifaceted legal advice in a timely and flexible manner in accordance with the size and nature of the individual transaction.