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Greenhill has considerable advisory experience in Japan.  Our managing directors and professionals have advised clients on transactions involving many of the leading companies in the region and have access to a network of corporate relationships throughout Japan. 

Greenhill established its presence in Japan in 2008 with the opening of a Tokyo office.

For more information on Greenhill’s advisory practice in Japan and our capabilities in the region, please contact Managing Director Kensuke Hotta in our Tokyo office.

Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this region:

DATE $   COMPANY/ASSET ACQUIRED   ACQUIROR
04-Dec-2013
$850 million Megapolis Distribution
Advised Japan Tobacco Inc in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Megapolis Distribution B.V., Russia’s leading tobacco distributor
Japan Tobacco Inc
09-Sep-2013
$2.1 billion Lucozade & Ribena brands (owned by GSK)
Advised GlaxoSmithKline, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer company, on the sale of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd
Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd
21-Dec-2012
NA Sanyo DI Solution
Advised Advantage Partners, a leading private equity fund in Japan, on the acquisition of 100% stake in Sanyo DI Solution, the digital still camera OEM business in SANYO Electric, a group company of Panasonic
Advantage Partners
12-Jul-2012
$5.0 billion Aegis Group plc
Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia
Dentsu Inc.
18-Jun-2012
$386 million Little World Beverages
Advised Lion on the acquisition of Little World Beverages, Australia’s largest listed brewer and one of the country’s leading players in the Craft beer segment
Lion / Kirin
30-Dec-2011
$410 million Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. & Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V.
Advised Recruit Co. Ltd, a leading staffing and publishing company in Japan, on the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. & Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V, wholly owned by investment vehicles affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management L.P.
Recruit Co. Ltd
26-Oct-2011
$2.2 billion PGM Holdings K.K. (majority owned by Lone Star Funds)
Advised Heiwa Corporation, a leading provider of pachinko amusement machines, on the tender offer to acquire 80.5% of PGM Holdings K.K., one of the largest golf club owners and operators in Japan, including 64.2% Lone Star Funds’ holding
Heiwa Corporation
08-Aug-2011
$11.0 billion Coal and Allied Industries Limited
Advised Coal and Allied Industries Limited, an Australian based coal mining company, in relation to an acquisition proposal from Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to acquire all the outstanding shares in the company not already held by Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi
Rio Tinto Limited / Mitsubishi Corporation
30-Jun-2011
$609 million Diabetes-related patent estate and royalty stream of Astellas Pharma subsidiary, Prosidion
Advised Royalty Pharma, a leading acquiror of biopharmaceutical royalty interests, on the acquisition of the DPP-IV patent estate and associated royalty stream of Astellas Pharma subsidiary, Prosidion
Royalty Pharma
01-Mar-2011
$128 million Tyndall Investments
Advised Suncorp, on the sale of its investment management business, Tyndall Investments, in Australia and New Zealand to Nikko Asset Management, a leading Asian mutual funds management company
Nikko Asset Management
29-Dec-2010
$1.8 billion TOWER Australia Group Limited
Advised TOWER Australia Group Limited, the largest mono-line life insurance company in Australia, in relation to the offer from The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited to acquire all of the shares in TOWER that it does not already own by way of a scheme of arrangement
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited
01-Dec-2010
NA Planar Solutions, LLC
Advised Wacker Chemie AG on the sale of Wacker Chemical Corporation’s 50% equity stake in Planar Solutions LLC, a dedicated CMP slurry manufacturer, to its JV partner, FUJIFILM Corporation
FUJIFILM Corporation
18-Jun-2010
$ 361.1 million USEN Corporation
Advised USEN Corporation, a diversified media company, on the sale of Intelligence Ltd., its 100% owned human resources staffing subsidiary
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.
01-Jun-2010
$109 million AT&T Japan (an AT&T Inc. company)
Advised AT&T Inc., a premier communications holding company, on its sale of the domestic network outsourcing business of AT&T Japan, its Japanese enterprise unit, to Internet Initiative Japan, one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers
Internet Initiative Japan
31-Mar-2010
$3.3 billion EMOBILE Ltd.
Advised the Independent Committee of eAccess Ltd., Japan's largest DSL wholesaler, on its business combination through a share exchange with EMOBILE, Ltd., the leading mobile data communications provider in Japan
eAccess Ltd.
18-May-2009
$114 million Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.
Advised Close Brothers Group plc, an independent financial services group, on the sale of its corporate finance subsidiary to Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.
Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd.
02-Oct-2007
$4.6 billion Nikko Cordial Corporation
Advised Nikko Cordial, one of Japan’s largest securities firms, on its share exchange with Citigroup Inc., which resulted in Citigroup’s acquisition of the remaining 32% of Nikko Cordial that it did not already own
Citigroup, Inc.
15-Dec-2006
$19.1 billion Gallaher Group plc
Advised Gallaher Group plc, the world’s fifth largest tobacco company, on a recommended cash offer from Japan Tobacco Inc
Japan Tobacco Inc.
09-Sep-2005
$1.0 billion 7-Eleven, Inc.
Advised the special committee of 7-Eleven, Inc. in connection with its evaluation of an unsolicited tender offer commenced by Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd
Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd
04-Feb-1998
$75 million The Ritz-Carlton, Boston (Sumitomo Bank)
Advised Sumitomo Bank on the public sale to the Blackstone Group of its promissory note secured by the first mortgage on The Ritz-Carlton, Boston.
Blackstone Capital Partners
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