Nels Hansen

Local Partner, Tokyo



Nels Hansen is a Local Partner in our Corporate/M&A practice group, based in Tokyo. He has helped clients complete 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. 

In connection with M&A mandates and otherwise, he also has assisted numerous targets of activist shareholder situations in the U.S. and Japan. This experience, together with mandates on behalf of engagement and/or activist hedge funds themselves in the U.S. and Japan, helps our Tokyo team to guide Japanese and international clients in activist shareholder situations with a uniquely global perspective and understanding of both sides of the table.

His assistance of international clients with public and private company targeted M&A in the U.S., Japan and Europe, and private equity and venture capital investment in Asia, Europe and the U.S., form the core of his practice.  In 2018, the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards selected Nels as a 'Commended' lawyer in the 'Accessing New Capital and Markets' category for assisting a client in a combined venture capital and project financing. 

Fluent in Japanese, Nels 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."

Bars and Courts
Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
New York State Bar
California State Bar
Harvard Law School
Special Student
Keio Law School
Stanford University


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a global leader in the manufacture and sales of electric and electronic equipment used in energy and electric systems, industrial automation, information and communication systems, electronic devices and home appliances, in its investment in the Series A financing of Realtime Robotics, Inc., Boston-based developer of motion-planning technologies for industrial robots and autonomous vehicles (2019)

Fir Tree Partners, in its acquisition of a stake in Kyushu Railway Company (2018), Inc, as lead investor in Singapore-based restaurant management platform provider TabSquare's S$10 million ($7.2 million) Series B funding round (2018)

Akatsuki Inc. on its acquisition of Spain-headquartered PROFESSIONAL ESPORTS LEAGUE, S.L. (PEL) to bring PEL in as a subsidiary company (2018)

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. This matter was commended by the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2019 (2018)

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

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)

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

* Experience prior to joining White & Case