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Nick Wall



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Nick Wall



Nick is widely recognised in Tokyo among clients and peers for his legal skills, business acumen, and fully bilingual English and Japanese ability. Nick has over 15 years’ experience advising on Japanese inbound and outbound corporate M&A and joint ventures with significant experience in a number of sectors including automotive, consumer and retail, financial services, manufacturing and technology.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • NTT Communications Corporation on its acquisition of a majority stake in the e-shelter group, a European market leader in the construction and management of data centres.
  • Alpha Corporation on the acquisition of the automotive locks business of Assa Abloy in Europe.
  • Daidoh Limited on its acquisition of a controlling stake (65%) in Pontetorto S.p.A, from Victoria S.p.A, Enrico Banci and Luigi Banci. Pontetorto is an Italian fabrics and textile producer, recognised as a leader in the design and production of top-quality technical fabrics for fashion and sportswear.
  • Fast Retailing (Owner of Uniqlo brand of clothing) on the acquisition of Nelson Finance SAS (French company which owns the Comptoir des Cotonniers brand of women’s casual wear), and Princesse tam.tam brand-maker Petit Véhicule.
  • Mitsubishi Corporation on the sale of Flexitech Holdings SAS, the world’s leading designer and supplier of hydraulic brake hoses to the automotive industry with facilities across France, Romania, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
  • MUFG Bank, Ltd. and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation in relation to the global integration of their corporate lending business.
  • MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc., on its acquisition of a minority stake (GBP 800 million) in ReAssure Jersey One Limited, a closed-book life insurer and a subsidiary of Swiss Re group.
  • Neopharma LLC in its acquisition of a factory manufacturing pharmaceutical products from an affiliate of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings.
  • Morgan Stanley on the formation of a joint venture combining Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd
  • NKSJ Holdings on its acquisition of Lloyd’s insurer, Canopius Group.

Experience highlights

News & insights

Publications: 23 JANUARY 2020

Equity capital markets: navigating the challenges of 2020

2019 was a challenging year for equity capital markets. Proceeds from IPOs fell by over 25% in the UK, and by more than 30% across Europe. A number of political and economic factors, which contributed to pricing uncertainty and market volatility, undoubtedly led to this reduction in activity. 

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Publications: 14 JANUARY 2020

Podcast: G&R launches ‘G&R Airtime’ – a fintech focused podcast

The number of Fintech and tech based start-ups coming out of Indonesia in recent times has been significant. Global investors seeking the next big thing have taken notice of the Indonesia macro-economic story, which sees a young, growing, tech-savvy, middle-class consumer looking to achieve their dreams and, in the process, leapfrog old technologies. Investors are fighting over which start-ups to invest in. 

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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News: 18 DECEMBER 2019

A&O advising MS&AD on GBP3.2 billion acquisition of ReAssure by Phoenix

Allen & Overy is advising MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. (MS&AD) in relation to the acquisition by Phoenix Group Holdings PLC (Phoenix) of 100% of the share capital of ReAssure Group PLC (ReAssure), a leading life insurance closed book consolidator in the United Kingdom. 

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Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales), Japan, 2012

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2004


LLM, London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, 2000

LLB, Hitotsubashi University, 1997