Jun Usami is co-head of White & Case's Corporate/M&A practice in Tokyo.
A recognised leader in the Japanese market, his work spans all areas of corporate practice, including M&A, private equity, management buyouts (MBOs), leveraged buyouts (LBOs), strategic alliances and joint ventures.
He has developed a strong track record in cross-border work, from mid-market to large, complex deals, and has also helped domestic clients to implement global compliance and incentive plans.
He has represented clients in a number of industries including industrial, automotive, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), finance, retail and food and beverage business.
Jun is widely regarded as one of the very top M&A lawyers in the Japan legal market and listed as a leading lawyer for M&A in Japan in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal, IFLR 1000 and The Best Lawyers in Japan. Chambers reports that "the client endorses his 'excellent legal analytical skill set,' adding that "he provides solution-oriented services and is very client service-focused."' He was selected for Japan's top 100 lawyers in 2020 by Asia Business Law Journal.
Educated in Tokyo and Washington, Jun is fluent in both English and his native language of Japanese.
Jun is a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Representation of Special committee of LINE Corporation (LINE) in the sale process of LINE in its pending take-private by Naver Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., to be followed by a merger between LINE with internet portal Yahoo Japan Corp., in a transaction valuing LINE at approximately US$12 billion. This transaction was awarded "M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia" at the Asia Legal Awards 2020 and "M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)" at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2020
Representation of Panasonic Corporation in its 20 percent strategic equity investment in Blue Yonder, a leading US end-to-end supply chain software provider with an estimated enterprise value of US$5.5 billion. Panasonic Corporation is a global corporation developing innovative technologies and solutions for wide-ranging applications in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive and B2B sectors
Representation of DIC Corp., a Japanese fine chemicals company, and its US subsidiary Sun Chemical Corp., in DIC's €1.15 billion acquisition of BASF's global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects (BCE)
Representation of Mizuho Leasing Company, Limited in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Aircastle Ltd., a Bermuda aircraft leasing company, together with consortium partner Marubeni Corporation
Representation of ValueAct Capital in its acquisition of a stake in Olympus Corporation, ValueAct's first investment in Japan
Representation of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., a Japanese trading company, as the founder of and lead investor in Venchi Japan K.K., a joint venture company with Venchi S.P.A., an Italian gourmet chocolate manufacturer
Representation of ND Software Co., Ltd., a Japanese company engaged in the development of software for the nursing and hospital sector, its privatization via a recommended management buyout/tender offer
Representation of Mizuho Securities Co. Ltd., as financial advisor to SoftBank Group Corp. on its landmark acquisition for approximately £24.3 billion of ARM Holdings plc
Representation of Fir Tree Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Kyushu Railway Company
Representation of Canon Medical Systems Corp., a Japanese medical equipment company, in its agreement with leading Russian healthcare provider R-Pharm Holding, LLC to establish a diagnostic imaging equipment joint venture that covers nine members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Russia
Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global 2021,
Corporate/M&A - Japan
Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2014 – 2021
Japan: Corporate and M&A
Leading Lawyer, The IFLR1000, 2014 – 2020
M&A - Japan