Jun Usami

Partner, Tokyo

Biography

“Jun Usami ‘has a wealth of experience in M&A matters and deep knowledge in the field.’”
Chambers Global 2020

Overview

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 listed as a leading individual for M&A in Japan in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal and IFLR 1000. Chambers commends him for his "business-minded approach and client focus." He was selected for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan in the practice areas of Corporate and M&A Law and International Business Transactions.

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.

Bars and Courts
Japan Bar
Education
LLM
University of Washington School of Law
LLB
University of Tokyo
Languages
Japanese
English

Experience

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

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific, 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