The “awesome” Gaku Ishiwata wins high praise for his first-rate practice, which encompasses advising clients on high-profile transactions.
Gaku Ishiwata is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. His main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other corporate matters. He was involved in formulating the Fair M&A Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, as a member of the Fair M&A Study Group. He was also involved in amending the tender offer regulations as a member of the financial systems committee.
Recent examples of major M&A transactions on which he advised include: KKR’s acquisition of Calsonic Kansei (¥500 billion); Mizkan's acquisition of Ragu and Bertolli Brands from Unilever (US$2.15 billion); the merger between Nikko Cordial and Citigroup’s subsidiary (US$16 billion); and AB Volvo’s acquisition of Nissan Diesel (US$2.873 billion).
Mr Ishiwata is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (LLB, 1995) and the University of Chicago (LLM, 2001). He has worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell (2001–2002) and is admitted in both Japan and New York. He is a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.