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Gaku Ishiwata

Gaku Ishiwata

Mori Hamada & MatsumotoMarunouchi Park Building2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-kuTokyoJapan100-8222

Global Leader

Corporate Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gaku Ishiwata is applauded for his impressive track record advising on corporate governance matters, including shareholder relations.

Biography

Gaku Ishiwata is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. His main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate governance. He was involved in formulating the Fair M&A Guidelines and the Takeover Defence Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. 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 (US$5 billion); the merger between Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell (US$10 billion); Mizkan's acquisition of Ragu and Bertolli Brands from Unilever (US$2.15 billion); and the merger between Nikko Cordial and Citigroup’s subsidiary (US$16 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 Graduate School for Law and Politics.

M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gaku Ishiwata is internationally renowned as a leading M&A lawyer in the Japanese market.

Biography

Gaku Ishiwata is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. His main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate governance. He was involved in formulating the Fair M&A Guidelines and the Takeover Defence Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. 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 (US$5 billion); the merger between Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell (US$10 billion); Mizkan's acquisition of Ragu and Bertolli Brands from Unilever (US$2.15 billion); and the merger between Nikko Cordial and Citigroup’s subsidiary (US$16 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 Graduate School for Law and Politics.

National Leader

Japan - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gaku Ishiwata is held in high esteem as one of the most eminent M&A and corporate governance lawyers in the Japanese market.

Biography

Gaku Ishiwata is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. His main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate governance. He was involved in formulating the Fair M&A Guidelines and the Takeover Defence Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. 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 (US$5 billion); the merger between Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell (US$10 billion); Mizkan's acquisition of Ragu and Bertolli Brands from Unilever (US$2.15 billion); and the merger between Nikko Cordial and Citigroup’s subsidiary (US$16 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 Graduate School for Law and Politics.

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