James Keate

Associate, Tokyo



James Keate is an associate (not admitted in Japan) in our Corporate/M&A practice group, based in Tokyo.

Prior to joining the Tokyo office, James worked in the Project Development and Finance Group in the Melbourne office.

Bars and Courts
Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
Not admitted in Japan
LLB (Hons) and BCOM
Victoria University of Wellington


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a Tokyo-based, diversified, world-leading provider of electrical and electronic systems including elevators, on its acquisition of Motum AB from Accent Equity 2012 L.P. (2022)

PayPal Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of Paidy Inc., a leading two-sided payments platform and provider of buy now, pay later solutions in Japan, for an enterprise value of ¥300 billion, or approximately US$2.7 billion (2021)

Starwood Capital Group on its tender offer for Invesco Office J-REIT, Inc., a listed J-REIT in Japan, for ¥22,500 per investment unit (total equity value of approximately ¥198 billion, publicly reported debt of ¥126 billion, for an enterprise value of approximately ¥325 billion) (2021)

INPEX in relation to disputes regarding the offshore facilities for the Ichthys LNG project off the coast of Western Australia*

ViaNova Consortium in relation to its bid to the Victorian Government to deliver the North East Link Project in Victoria*

Transurban Group in relation to its unsolicited proposal to the Victorian Government to deliver the West Gate Tunnel Project in Victoria* 

*Experience gained in White & Case Melbourne office