Professionals

Asa Shinkawa has been a partner in the M&A/corporate group at Nishimura & Asahi since 2000. As counsel for major Japanese and international corporations and financial institutions, Ms. Shinkawa has advised on mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, cross border transactions, domestic acquisitions and divestitures and going private transactions, restructurings and spin offs, joint ventures, and numerous other kinds of transactions and commercial arrangements. Ms. Shinkawa has been recognized as one of the world's leading lawyers in the field of Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions in Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, since 2009, and is ranked as one of the top practitioners in Japan in the field of Corporate/M&A, and has received many other accolades.

In addition, she has advised on M&A transactions and integrations/business combinations between public corporations in which merger control considerations were a critical prerequisite for the consummation of the transactions. Ms. Shinkawa has also advised extensively on the application of antitrust law in relation to joint ventures, business alliances and other types of cooperative arrangements between competitors, sole-distributorship arrangements, distribution agreements, dealer agreements and license arrangements.

She has also been engaged in the reform of the electricity system in Japan, as an expert member of governmental committees under the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission, and a subcommittee of the Electricity and Gas Industry Committee.

Recent activities

7/2019

Getting the Deal Through - Private Equity 2019: Japan (Transactions)

Articles

5/2019

Most innovative Japanese law firm: Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards 2019

Awards

4/2019

Top attorneys in Japan: Best Lawyers - 2020 edition

Awards

Education

1997
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
1989
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2019 -
Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
2019 -
Member of the Subcommittee on Electricity Resilience towards a Decarbonized Society, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2018 -
Member of the Study Group for matters related to the New Power Platform utilizing the Next Generation Technologies, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2017 -
Member of the Subcommittee on Large-volume Introduction of Renewable Energy and Next-Generation Electricity Network, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2015 -
Member of the Expert Committee for System Design under the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
 
Member of the Expert Committee on Tendering Systems of Thermal Power Supply under the Electricity Market Surveillance Commission, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2012 - 2015
Member of the Working Group on Tendering Systems of Thermal Power Supply, Electricity and Gas Industry Committee of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2004 - 2016
Lecturer, Waseda Law School (Corporate reorganization and M&A)
1997 - 1998
Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.

Major Cases

2019

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Sale of Kokusai Electric Corporation to Applied Materials, Inc.

2018

Goldman Sachs: Joint acquisition with ORIX Corporation of ILS Inc. from Otsuka Chemical Co., Ltd.

2018

ITOCHU Corporation: Acquisition of shares of FamilyMart UNY Holdings Co., Ltd. through a tender offer

2018

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Acquisition of Hitachi Kokusai Electric

2017 - 2018

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation: Integration of Mitsubishi Electric’s particle therapy system business into Hitachi, Ltd.

2017

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Acquisition of Hitachi Koki

2017 - 2018

ITOCHU Corporation: Joint tender offer for shares of Pocket Card Co., Ltd., followed by delisting of Pocket Card

2016

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Sale of part of Panasonic Healthcare Holdings to Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

2015

Asahi Tec - Amtek

2014

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Acquisition of Pioneer Corporation's DJ business

2013

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: Acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare

2012 - 2015

Comprehensive recapitalization and repayment of governmental funds by Aozora Bank

2012 - 2014

Product Liability Litigation for a Major Japanese Vehicle Manufacturer

2012

HOYA - Seiko Epson / Seiko Optical Products

2011

HOYA - Ricoh

2011

Fuji Fire and Marine Insurance - Chartis

2011

Tomy - RC2 Corporation

2011

Acquisition through tender offer of RC2 Corporation by Tomy Corporation

2010

Daiwa Capital Markets - KBC Group

2010

Boehringer Ingelheim - SSP CO., LTD.

2010

Renesas Technology - NEC Electronics

2008

Goldman Sachs Group - Fujita Corp

2007 - 2009

Tomy - TPG, Marunouchi Capital

2007 - 2009

Polo Ralph Lauren - Impact 21

2007

Hoya - Pentax

2007

Daimaru - Matsuzakaya

2006

Goldman Sachs - Sanyo Electric

2006

Toyota - GM

2006

Tomy - Takara

2006

Seven & i Holdings - Nomura Principal Finance

2004

SSP - Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical

2002 - 2005

DaimlerChrysler - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus

2000 - 2005

DaimlerChrysler