Shino Asayama

Partner, Tokyo



Shino Asayama is a partner in our Corporate/M&A practice group. Shino advises on a wide range of corporate matters with an emphasis on cross-border and domestic M&A and general corporate matters including antitrust matters, data protection and employment.

Shino worked at Competition Enhancement Office of Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a secondee government official and worked on policies in relation to the Japanese Antimonopoly Act (in particular, compliance of competition laws and merger review procedure) for two years from February 2009.

From September 2014 to October 2015 she managed the Japan Desk in our London office, supporting Japanese companies seeking investment opportunities in the EMEA region.

Shino Asayama is a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association.

Bars and Courts
New York
The University of Chicago
Hitotsubashi University


Panasonic Corporation on 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

Mizuho Leasing Company, Limited, a Japanese leasing company, in its take-private acquisition of Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR), a Bermuda aircraft leasing company, together with consortium partner Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate as well as the largest shareholder of Aircastle pre-acquisition

Mizuho Leasing Company, Limited, in the US$160 million acquisition of 50 percent of the membership interest of PLM Fleet LLC, a US refrigerated truck leasing and rental company

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

Fir Tree Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Kyushu Railway Company

Mizuho Securities Co. Ltd., financial advisor to SoftBank Group Corp. on its landmark acquisition for approximately £24.3 billion of ARM Holdings plc. 

IHI Corporation, a Japanese industrial group listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and its wholly-owned subsidiary IHI Agri-Tech Corporation (IAT) in the sale of IAT's small-block diesel engine business to Caterpillar Inc. and its subsidiary Perkins Engines Company Limited

Toyo Kohan Co Ltd., a Japan-listed company primarily engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel sheet products in its acquisition of entire shares of Fuji Technica & Miyazu Inc. by offer takeover bids

J.M. Huber Corporation on its acquisition of the specialty chemicals producer Martinswerk GmbH, from Albemarle Corporation. The transaction also includes a 50 percent stake in Austrian-based company MAGNIFIN Magnesiaprodukte GmbH, as well as the acquisition of assets in the US, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan

Haier Group on the acquisition of Sanyo Electric's washing machine business, consumer refrigerator business and white goods sales businesses in seven countries in Asia


Data Protection in Japan: Overview, Data Protection Multi-Jurisdictional Guide, Practical Law (Thomson Reuters), November 2014, (co-author)

Kyōsōhō konpuraiansu taisei ni kansuru kenkyūkai houkokusho no gaiyō [Overview of a report by a study group regarding competition law compliance], NBL No.925, March 15, 2010 (Shōjihomu Co., Ltd.)

EU Kyōsōtōkyoku niyoru jōhōteikyōseikyū nitaisuru wagakunikigyō no taiō [Japanese corporation’s response to Information Request by the European Comission], NBL No. 911, August 15, 2009 (Shōjihoumu Co., Ltd.)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer: Corporate/M&A: Domestic—Japan, Chambers Global 2024 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024

Next Generation Partner: Bengoshi: Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures—Japan, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024