Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised Panasonic Corporation on its equity investment in Blue Yonder, the leading end-to-end supply chain software provider.
"We have advised Panasonic on a strategically significant transaction," said White & Case partner Jun Usami, who co-led the Firm's deal team. "Our cross-border and cross-practice deal team demonstrated the global mergers and acquisitions capabilities for which White & Case is renowned, providing Panasonic with sophisticated advice and guidance to help them successfully expand the strategic partnership with Blue Yonder."
The investment via a secondary sale of shares values Blue Yonder at an enterprise value of US$5.5 billion. Panasonic will have a 20 percent minority ownership stake and one seat on Blue Yonder's board of directors. The equity investment builds on the strong existing strategic relationship between Panasonic and Blue Yonder, including a joint venture in Japan announced in April 2019.
The White & Case team which advised on the transaction was led by partners Jun Usami and Nels Hansen (both Tokyo) and counsel Shino Asayama (Tokyo), and included partners Gregory Pryor, Sang I. Ji, Arlene Arin Hahn, Henrik Patel, Steven Gee, Tal Marnin (all New York), Farhad Jalinous, Daniel Levin, Rebecca Farrington, Cristina Brayton-Lewis (all Washington, DC), Tilman Kuhn (Dusseldorf) and Nicholas Greenacre (London), local partners David Albagli and William Moran (both Tokyo), counsel Takako Onoki (Tokyo), Keith Schomig and F. Paul Pittman (both Washington DC), and associates Aoi Koyanagi, Lorraine Yip, Yuki Hattori, Christian Orton, Shintaro Kitayama, Kevin Lee, Zoey Zhu, Mizuki Hyuga (all Tokyo), Xiaofeng Gong (Beijing), Justin Terada (Frankfurt & Tokyo), David Smith, Agmal Bahrami (both Frankfurt), Benita Tibb (London), Neeraj Shah (Los Angeles), Roman Gonzalez Melo, German Macias Salas (both Mexico City), Ksenia Tyunik (Moscow), Arian Mossanenzadeh, Hiroyuki Koda, Jaymon Ballew, Jerry Lee, Peter Shelburne (all New York), Trishala Naidu (Singapore), Andrew Mann, Yi Ying, Jan Jeram, Ashley Williams, Mark Williams and Ata Akiner (all Washington, DC).
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