Nels Hansen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Nels Hansen

Local Partner, Tokyo

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Nels Hansen is a Local Partner in our Corporate/M&A practice group, based in Tokyo. He has worked on a broad range of corporate transactions, including more than US$100 billion in completed mergers and acquisitions, hostile or contested transactions, investments and joint ventures, acting primarily for technology, media and telecommunications companies, energy-related companies and private equity and venture capital funds. Fluent in Japanese, Mr. Hansen worked in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry and at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry from May 2009 to November 2010. Since 2015, Mr. Hansen has served at Keio Law School as the lecturer for the course "M&A and Strategic Alliances."

Mr. Hansen also has experience with capital markets and corporate finance transactions, including U.S. initial public offerings, U.S. and international private equity securities offerings, tracking stock issuances, venture financings on behalf of issuers, lead investors and minority investors, debt securities issuances, Hong Kong secondary listings of Japanese companies, and dual-track IPO and sale processes in the U.S. and Japan.

Bars and Courts

  • Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • New York State Bar
  • California State Bar


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • Special Student, Keio Law School
  • BS, Stanford University


  • English
  • Japanese


ValueAct Capital in its acquisition of a stake in Olympus Corporation, ValueAct's first investment in Japan (2018)

gumi Inc. in its joint venture gumi Cryptos LLC, a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-focused fund company (2018)

Canon Medical Systems Corporation in its acquisition of Fysicon B.V. (2018)

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. in its investment in MycoTechnology's US$35 million Series B financing and related strategic partnership (2017)

gumi Inc. as lead investor in inXile Entertainment's Series A financing and related strategic partnership (2017)

The Japan Atomic Power Company in its joint venture, JExel Nuclear Company, with Exelon Generation (2017)

gumi Inc. in its joint venture-startup incubator Nordic VR Startups with Nordisk Film* (2017)

Yahoo! Inc. in its US$4.83 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications Inc.* (2017)

SolarCity Corporation's special committee in SolarCity's US$2.6 billion acquisition by Tesla Motors, Inc.* (2016)

Permira in its acquisition of a majority of the shares of John Masters Organics, Inc., the owner of premium organic personal care brand John Masters Organics, and Styla Inc., the exclusive distributor of John Masters Organics in Japan and East Asia, at an enterprise value of JPY\37 billion* (2016)

* Experience prior to joining White & Case