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Keiji Hatano

Partner

Keiji Hatano

Partner
Tokyo +81 3 3213 6171 +81 3 3213 6171 +81-3-3213-6470 +81-3-3213-6470
[email protected]

Keiji Hatano is the managing partner of the Firm’s Tokyo office. Mr. Hatano has spent several years in the Firm’s New York office and has been a partner since 2011. His practice focuses on capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic corporate transactions. In addition, he is the only Financial Institutions Group partner in the Asia-Pacific region with extensive experience in providing U.S. regulatory advice.


He is recognized in Best LawyersChambersIFLR1000, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He has ranked in the top 10 several times in the Nikkei’s annual rankings (international law) and was named as Japan's top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal in 2022.

He is fluent in English and Japanese.

* Mr. Hatano is registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi in Japan. He practices New York state and U.S. federal law in Japan but not Japanese law.



SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Capital Markets

Mr. Hatano’s issuer-side representations include:

  • Daiwa Securities Group in its $1 billion global notes offering in 2017
  • Honda Motor in its $2.75 billion global green notes offering in 2022
  • Industrial & Infrastructure Fund in its $123 million global equity offering in 2019, $124 million global equity offering in 2018 and $194 million global equity offering in 2017
  • Japan Post Holdings in its $7.4 billion global equity offering in 2021 and $11.6 billion global equity offering in 2017
  • Japan Post Insurance in its $2.9 billion global equity offering in 2019
  • Japan Retail Fund in its $217 million global equity offering in 2017
  • Nippon Prologis REIT in its $298.4 million global equity offering in 2020, $325.6 million global equity offering in 2019, $258.3 million global equity offering in 2018, $295.3 million global equity offering in 2017 and $116 million and $215.41 million global equity offerings in 2016
  • Nippon Steel Corporation in its ¥300.0 billion zero coupon convertible bonds offering in 2021
  • Nomura Holdings in its $1.9 billion global TLAC notes offering in 2023, $1.9 billion global TLAC notes offering and $2.5 billion global TLAC notes offering in 2022, $3.25 billion global TLAC notes offering in 2021 and $2.5 billion global TLAC notes offering and $3.0 billion global TLAC notes offering in 2020
  • ​Rakuten Group in its $450 million “tap” senior notes offering in 2023 and $500 million senior notes offering in 2022 
  • SG Holdings in its $1.02 billion global IPO in 2017
  • Softbank Corp in its $11.8 billion global equity offering in 2020 and $23.55 billion global IPO in 2018
  • Softbank Group in its multi-tranche perpetual subordinated hybrid notes offering in 2017 and $6 billion multi-tranche senior notes offering in 2017
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical in its €3.6 billion global notes offering and $7.0 billion global notes offering in 2020 and €7.5 billion global notes offering and $5.5 billion global notes offering in 2018
  • Yakult Honsha in its $1.31 billion global equity offering in 2018

Mr. Hatano has represented the underwriters in:
  • Activia Properties’ $212.5 million global equity offering in 2021, $287.1 million global equity offering in 2018, $135.3 million global equity offering in 2017 and $265.9 million global equity offering in 2016
  • ARUHI’s $240.2 million global equity offering in 2019 and $207.9 million global IPO in 2017
  • Dai-ichi Life Insurance’s $2.5 billion hybrid notes offering in 2016
  • GLP J-REIT’s $534 million global equity offering and $199 million global equity offering in 2020, $416 million global equity offering and $563 million global equity offering in 2018 and $299 million global equity offering in 2016
  • Idemitsu Kosan’s $1.115 billion global equity offering in 2017
  • Kyushu Railway’s $ 4 billion global IPO in 2016
  • Mitsui Fudosan’s $300 million senior unsecured notes offering in 2022, $300 million senior notes offering in 2019, $300 million senior notes offering in 2018 and $500 million senior notes offering in 2017
  • Nomura Real Estate Master Fund’s $303.7 million global equity offering in 2019
  • Rakuten’s €1 billion undated subordinated hybrid notes offering and $1.75 billion multi-tranche undated subordinated hybrid notes offering in 2021 and $800 million senior notes offering in 2019
  • Renesas Electronics’ $2.6 billion global equity offering in 2018 and $2.9 billion global equity offering in 2017
  • Recruit Holdings’ $3.3 billion global equity offering in 2019 and $2.2 billion global equity offering in 2016
  • Sekisui House REIT’s $371.3 million global equity offering in 2019
  • Skylark Holdings’ $369.2 million global equity offering in 2021
  • SUMCO’s $1.1 billion global equity offering in 2021 and $1.2 billion global equity offering in 2015
  • TechnoPro Holdings’ $117 million equity offering in 2018
  • Tokyu Fudosan Holding’s $475.6 million global equity offering in 2018
  • Toshiba’s $5.33 billion equity private placement in 2017 (in which Goldman Sachs acted as placement agent and financial adviser)
  • Tsubaki Nakashima’s $375.8 million global equity offering in 2017
  • WingArc1st’s $154.8 million global IPO in 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Hatano’s M&A representations include:
  • Amgen in its divestiture of a Japanese subsidiary to Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • Archipelago in its merger with the New York Stock Exchange
  • Diageo in its acquisition of The Chalone Wine Group
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in its partial divestiture of processing business to establish a joint venture with Advent International
  • General Electric in its divestiture of its leasing business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing
  • Goldman Sachs Group in its
    • acquisition of Allmerica Financial Life Insurance and Annuity
    • capacity as financial advisor to eAccess in its share exchange and business alliance with Softbank and to Daiichi Sankyo in its divestiture of Ranbaxy Laboratories
  • Groupe Bolloré in its divestiture of interest in Aegis Group to Dentsu
  • Hitachi High-Technologies in its acquisition by Hitachi
  • Honda Motor in its acquisitions of Keihin, Showa and Nissin Kogyo and their combination with Hitachi Automotive Systems to establish a joint venture with Hitachi
  • Hoya in its acquisition of Pentax
  • Itochu in its acquisition of additional shares in Descente
  • J. Front Retailing in its acquisition of Parco
  • Kyocera in its acquisition of Nihon Inter Electronics
  • Lazard in its capacity as financial advisor to Showa Shell in its business combination with Idemitsu Kosan and to Sumitomo Pharma in its acquisition of Tolero Pharmaceuticals
  • The Longreach Group in its acquisition of Japan Systems
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in its
    • divestiture of MUFG Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp
    • investment in, and strategic alliance with, Morgan Stanley, including securities joint ventures in Japan
    • “going private” acquisition of UnionBanCal
    • business integration with UFJ Holdings
  • Mitsui & Company in its acquisition of Mitsui Knowledge Industry
  • Mitsui Chemicals in its acquisition of Arrk
  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in its acquisition of DAIBIRU CORPORATION and in its acquisition of Utoc Corporation
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance in its establishment of a holding company
  • Mitsukoshi in its business combination with Isetan
  • Nippon Express in its establishment of a holding company
  • Nippon Paint in its review of Wuthelam Group’s proposal to acquire additional shares
  • Nippon Steel in its
    • pending acquisition of Nippon Steel Trading
    • acquisition of Nisshin Steel
    • joint acquisition with ArcelorMittal of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA
    • acquisitions of Tokyo Kohtetsu, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Texeng and Suzuki Metal Industry
    • acquisition of additional shares in Usiminas and shareholders agreement regarding Usiminas with Ternium and Caixa dos Empregados da Usiminas
    • business combination with Sumitomo Metals
  • Nippon Steel Trading in its merger with Sumikin Bussan
  • Nomura International in its capacity as financial advisor to Yue Xiu Enterprises in its acquisition of Chong Hing Bank
  • Obayashi in its acquisition of Obayashi Road
  • ORIX in its indirect sale of Houlihan Lokey shares in Houlihan Lokey’s initial public offering
  • Panasonic in its acquisition of PanaHome
  • PGM Holdings in its proposed acquisition of Accordia Golf
  • Polaris Capital Group in its acquisition of Space Value Holdings
  • Restar Holdings in its acquisition of Paltek Corporation
  • Sompo Japan Insurance and NipponKoa Insurance in their business combination
  • Sompo Holdings in its acquisition of Message and in its intended investment in Scor
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings in its share repurchase from shareholders including the Resolution and Collection Corporation
  • Sumitomo Pharma and Sumitovant Biopharma in their pending “going-private” acquisition of Myovant Sciences
  • Sumitomo Trust & Banking in its business combination with Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings and in its merger with Chuo Mitsui Trust & Banking and Chuo Mitsui Asset Trust & Banking
  • Takara Leben in its establishment of a holding company
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical in its acquisition of Shire
  • Terumo in its acquisition of certain vascular closure product lines and access technologies from Abbott Laboratories and St. Jude Medical
  • Tokio Marine Holdings in its
    • divestiture of Tokio Millennium Re AG and Tokio Millennium Re (UK) Limited to RenaissanceRe Holdings
    • acquisition of HCC Insurance Holdings
    • acquisition of Delphi Financial Group
    • acquisition of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding
  • UnionBanCal in its acquisition of Pacific Capital Bancorp
  • Uny in its acquisition of Circle K Sunkus
Financial Institutions

Mr. Hatano provides U.S. regulatory advice to various financial institutions including Goldman Sachs Group, Japan Post Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, The Norinchukin Bank and Nomura Holdings. His transactional regulatory representations include:
  • Goldman Sachs Group in its divestiture of Fujita Corporation to Daiwa House
  • Krungsri Finnovate in its investment in Ricult
  • Marubeni in its alliance with IBJ Leasing
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in its
    • investment in Mitsubishi HC Capital
    • creation of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley PB Securities through reorganization involving Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities
    • integration of business units in the Americas
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking in its
    • acquisition of First State Investments
    • alliance with Shareworks
    • investment in, and business alliance with, AMP Capital Holdings
    • ​investment in, and business alliance with, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • MUFG Bank in its
    • investment in EQT X
    • investment in Qualgro Fund
    • investment in Orizuru Therapeutics
    • investment in VLP Therapeutics
    • investment in Monozukuri Mirai Investment
    • investment in and alliance with Liquidity Capital
    • acquisition of Bank of Ayudhya
    • investment in Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade
  • MUFG Innovation Partners in investments by funds managed by it in
    • Super Studio
    • Gotrade
    • Moove
    • Zoomo
    • LEX Markets
    • Grab
    • Obligo
    • Ripcord
    • Lendbuzz
    • ChargeAfter
    • Investree
    • Figure
    • Bluevine Capital
    • Carsome
    • Liquidity Capital
    • Fundbux
    • Securitize