Frank Aquila Talks to Asia Law Portal About 2019 Challenges and Opportunities for Japanese Investors in the United States

December 19, 2018
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Frank Aquila, a senior partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's Mergers & Acquisitions Group, spoke to Asia Law Portal about the uptick in Japanese companies seeking acquisitions in the United States—and what opportunities and challenges Japanese investors could face in 2019—in a December 19 article titled “The 2019 US landscape for Japan's corporate investors: An interview with Frank Aquila, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell.” Frank spoke about factors that inbound investors in the United States will need to consider, such as the newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018, or FIRRMA, which expands CFIUS's jurisdiction over foreign investment in U.S. business. “Like any potential investor, doing extensive and thorough due diligence from the outset is essential,” Frank said of Japanese investors considering U.S. M&A targets. “The most important step is selecting financial and legal advisors with substantial cross-border acquisition experience and a knowledge of the sector in which the potential buyer operates.”
 
Frank Aquila has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been engaged in many high profile matters that include activism, cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests and unsolicited bids as an adviser to global leaders such as Amgen, Andeavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Avon, Cheniere Energy, Diageo, Diebold Nixdorf, International Airline Group, Kraft, Navistar International and United Rentals. Frank also regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance, crisis management and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. Learn more about Frank, and connect with him on LinkedIn.
 
S&C represents major international corporations in the world's largest and most noteworthy transactions. Learn more about S&C's Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
 
S&C is one of the leading legal advisers in matters related to U.S. international trade and investment, backed by many years of experience and a record of client success. Learn more about S&C's International Trade & Investment/CFIUS practice.
 
S&C has maintained a presence in Asia for nearly a century. Through high-quality legal service, S&C has established a distinguished legal practice across the continent. Learn more about S&C's practice in Asia.