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.
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, 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