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Orrick Announces New Partner in Tokyo

orrickLawFuel.com – The Best Law Firm Newswire – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Edward “Ted” S. Johnson has joined the firm as a partner in its M&A and Private Equity Practice Group based in the firm’s Tokyo office. A leading corporate and M&A lawyer in Japan, Mr. Johnson was formerly a partner with Paul Hastings where he previously served as Managing Partner of the Tokyo office.

Mr. Johnson counsels multinational companies and private equity funds in structuring and negotiating cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and other strategic transactions. He also represents clients in dispute resolution and compliance matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption, regulatory and competition law issues.

Started in 1997, Orrick’s Tokyo office has been particularly focused on cross-border transactions for Japanese companies, including:

§ Represented U-Shin, a leading Japanese manufacturer of automotive components, on its €203 million acquisition of Paris-based Valeo S.A.’s access mechanisms business – making U-Shin into a global leader in the industry.

§ Advised Sanei International a leading Japan-based clothing and accessories retailer, on its approximately JPY3.3 billion sale of its interest in Kate Spade Japan Co., Ltd., a joint venture business between Sanei and Kate Spade, LLC. Orrick also advised Sanei on the joint venture’s inception in 2010. (Mark Weeks, 2012)

§ Represented Green Power Investment (GPI) in a joint venture with a major consumer financing company (General Electric). The arrangement involves all of GPI’s pipeline solar and wind projects for the next three years, including the largest wind project in Japan. (Yoichi Katayama, March 2013)

§ Advised Nippon Soda in its acquisition of Alkaline SAS, a French holding company of MSSA SAS, which produces metallic sodium and other chemical products in France for sale around the world.

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