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Taro Nakashima



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Taro Nakashima



Taro specialises in cross-border M&A transactions, with significant experience advising Japanese clients on their outbound transactions as well as international clients investing in Japan.

He has experience across a variety of deal types and structures, including public and private M&A, competitive bids and transactions involving complex structures. He advises clients across a wide range of industries, with particular experience in the manufacturing, technology, financial services, consumer and life science sectors.

Ranked as a Rising Star (Bengoshi) for Corporate M&A in Japan by Legal 500, Taro is recognised for his commercial approach and international experience advising clients on transactions in both mature and emerging markets. He has also worked in Allen & Overy's offices in Singapore and Thailand, where he advised Japanese clients on various ASEAN transactions.

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Experience highlights



Corporate and M&A



JP Tower 22F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

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Admitted as a Bengoshi, Japan, 2007 (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)


LLB, The University of Tokyo, 2004

LLM, Kings College London, 2015

Other noteworthy experience


  • MAIF (an affiliate of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)) on its sale of Japanese chemical storage tank operator Central Tank Terminal to KKR.
  • Kirin Holdings on its minority investment and strategic partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. into Nightingale Health, Ltd. a Finnish medtech company.
  • Persol Holdings on the combination of its S.W Asia business (including Thailand) with Kelly Services.
  • Hitachi on its acquisition of Horizon power and its UK nuclear sites from E.ON and RWE.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in connection with the establishment of its Thai subsidiary, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (Thai) PCL.
  • A global healthcare company on its joint venture with Daiichi-Sankyo for a vaccine business in Japan.
  • A multinational conglomerate on its acquisition of a Japanese leasing company, Kumamoto Koyo.
  • Sekisui House on its acquisition of home building business from ASX-liseted AV Jennings Limited.
  • Kishu Paper on its consolidation with another Japanese listed company, Hokuestsu Paper Mills Ltd.
  • Kirin Holdings on its divestment of agriculature business.