Press Release: Mergermarket Japan M&A Awards 2020 Recognises Top Financial and Legal Advisers

Tokyo, 12 June 2020 – Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, announced the winners of its Japan M&A awards 2020 on 11 June 2020.
 
The Japan M&A Awards recognise financial and legal advisory excellence in Japan-related deals and are based on analysis of Mergermarket’s league table data, with input from an independent judging panel of eight industry experts and three professionals from Acuris.
 
From the financial adviser nominations, Mergermarket named Morgan Stanley the International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, and the Financial Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. They also won M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in the Technology, Media & Telecom and Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech categories. Additionally, Nomura Holdings, Inc. was awarded Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, as well as the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in the Industrials & Chemicals and Consumer categories.
 
Other notable mentions include Daiwa Securities Group / DC Advisory which won the Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. GCA Corporation was awarded the Boutique M&A Financial Adviser of the Year as well as M&A Innovation of the Year.
 
From the legal adviser nominations, Nishimura & Asahi won the most awards including Domestic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in the Industrials & Chemicals, Consumer and Financial Services categories. Also, Morrison & Foerster LLP was named International M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in the Technology, Media & Telecom category.
 
In the private equity sector, the Private Equity Deal of the Year Large Cap and Mid Cap were awarded to Polaris Capital for its acquisition of Sogo Medical Holdings and Integral Corporation for its acquisition of Mamezou Holdings respectively, while Ropes & Gray won the Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year. Showa Denko K.K. for Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd. for its acquisition of Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd. was named the M&A Deal of the Year (Corporate Winner).
 
“The calibre of the shortlisted deals has been extremely high, and despite challenging global market conditions in 2020, Japanese M&A remains a cornerstone of activity in the region. Though circumstances have prevented us from hosting a physical awards ceremony in Tokyo in June, Mergermarket would like to acknowledge the winners of the Japan M&A Awards 2020 for their impressive advisory work over the past 12 months.” - Simon Anam, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Acuris
 
The complete list of the Japan M&A Awards are as follows:
 
International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
International M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Domestic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Boutique M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - GCA Corporation
Private Equity Deal of the Year Large Cap (Private Equity firm) in conjunction with AVCJ (USD 500m and above) - Polaris Capital for its acquisition of Sogo Medical Holdings
Private Equity Deal of the Year Mid Cap (Private Equity firm) in conjunction with AVCJ - Integral Corporation for its acquisition of Mamezou Holdings
Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year in conjunction with AVCJ - Ropes & Gray
Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD - Daiwa Securities Group/ DC Advisory
Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD - Nishimura & Asahi
Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Allen & Overy LLP
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Financial Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Pharmaceuticals,  Medical and Biotech Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Pharmaceuticals,  Medical and Biotech Legal Adviser of the Year - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
M&A Innovation of the Year - GCA Corporation
Consumer M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. for its acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries Pty Ltd.
Financial Services M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - (Tokio Marine) HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. for acquisition for Privilege Underwriters, Inc.
Industrials and Chemicals M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - Showa Denko K.K. for its acquisition of Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd.
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - Astellas Pharma Inc. for its acquisition of Audentes Therapeutics, Inc.
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - Z Holdings Corporation for its acquisition of ZOZO, Inc. (50.1% stake)
M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) - Showa Denko K.K. for its acquisition of Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd.
 
The panel of judges included:
Ryoichi Kitagawa, Managing Corporate Officer, Asahi Group Holdings Europe Office
Yuji Kato, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Cool Japan Fund
Motoya Kitamura, Managing Director, HQ Capital
Toshikazu Saito, General Manager, Corporate Strategy Department, Corporate Strategy Planning Division, KDDI Corporation
Stephen Givens, Corporate Lawyer, Adjunct Professor, Keio Law School
Takaaki Hoda, Associate Professor, Corporate Finance and Venture Business, Kobe University, Graduate School of Business
Toshiko Oka, CEO of Oka & Company Ltd., an independent director at Mitsubishi Corp., Hitachi Metals and Sony
Kentaro Suzuki, Partner, Shibata, Suzuki & Nakada
Mai Mizuta, Asia-Pacific Editor, Mergermarket & Japan Bureau Chief, Acuris
Norie Hata, Chief Correspondent – Dealreporter, Acuris
Nozomi Toyama, Japan Private Equity Editor, Mergermarket, Acuris

 
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