Keiji Hatano Comments on Japanese M&A Market in The Deal Pipeline

March 30, 2012

On March 30, The Deal Pipeline published “The sun rises again over Japan,” in which Mr. Hatano commented on the recent increase in M&A activity in Japan. Among other things, the article described recent developments and trends of booming Japanese outbound M&A. Mr. Hatano was quoted in relation to the July 2011 amendment to the Act of Special Measures for Industrial Revitalization and Innovation that is intended to facilitate stock deals by Japanese companies. Mr. Hatano also shared his observation that “Japanese companies are focused on buying companies or assets that are already well managed,” and that finding and maintaining strong local management is “a somewhat unique characteristic of outbound deals coming from Japan.”