Professionals

Ms. Naoko Shimura is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi specializing in the areas of Corporate/M&A. She handles various types of M&A, such as global/domestic acquisitions and alliances, joint venture transactions, and group reorganization. She also has extensive experience providing strategic advice on various legal issues commonly faced by corporate clients, including those relating to corporate governance, compliance, commercial contracts/transactions, employment, and crisis management.

Among other accolades, she has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the area of Corporate/M&A in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was recommended by the Best Lawyers in Japan (Corporate and M&A).

Recent activities

4/2019

Top attorneys in Japan: Best Lawyers - 2020 edition

Awards

2/2019

Corpus Juris M&A - Completely Revised Edition (first volume) (second volume)

Books

2/2019

Highest rankings in Chambers Global 2019

Awards

Education

2004
Stanford Law School (LL.M.)
1997
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2019 -
Outside Statutory Auditor, NIPPON SIGNAL CO., LTD.
2018 -
Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law, Business Law Department
2018 -
Outside Director, mixi, inc.
2016 -
Outside Statutory Auditor, TABIKOBO Co. Ltd.
2008 - 2015
Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS)
2004 - 2005
Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Major Cases

2019

Hitachi car navigation unit Clarion: Sale to France’s Faurecia S.E.

2017

Valeo S.A. : Acquisition of the shares of ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD. through a tender offer

2017

FWD Group: Acquisition of AIG Fuji Life Insurance Company, Limited.

2017

NIDEC-READ CORPORATION: Acquisition of SV Probe Pte. Ltd.

2013 - 2014

Merger between Hitachi Zosen Corporation and its listed subsidiary, Daiki Ataka Engineering Co., Ltd., and a share exchange with its listed subsidiary, Nichizo Tech Inc.

2013 - 2014

Merger between Hitachi Zosen Corporation and its listed subsidiary, Daiki Ataka Engineering Co., Ltd., and a share exchange with its listed subsidiary, Nichizo Tech Inc.

2013 - 2014

Acquisition of Honda Elesys Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Honda Motor Company, Ltd., by NIDEC CORPORATION.

2012 - 2013

Acquisition of Qualicaps Co., Ltd., by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.

2011 - 2012

Squeeze out of the minority shareholders of VeriSign Japan K.K., a Japanese listed subsidiary of Symantec Corp., through a cash tender offer

2011 - 2012

The sale of 51% of the shares of a wholly-owned system-related subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., to Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., and the making of the subsidiary into a joint venture company.

2010 - 2011

Acquisition of 100% of the shares of Mizuho Investors Securities Co., Ltd., conducted by Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., by means of a share exchange.

2010

Acquisition of the world-wide security and authentication business of VeriSign Inc., by Symantec Corp.

2008 - 2011

Acquisition of AIG Edison Life Insurance Company and AIG Star Life Insurance Co., Ltd., by Prudential Financial Inc.

2008 - 2010

Polyamide/polycarbonate-related business swap transaction between Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and DSM Engineering Plastics International B.V.

2007 - 2010

Demutualization, and listing of the shares of Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company on the TSE.

2006

Sale of 80% of the shares in The Kyoei Kasai Shinrai Life Insurance Co., Ltd. to Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company