Press Release: Mergermarket Japan M&A Awards 2019 Recognises Top Financial and Legal Advisers

27 June 2019 - 12:00 am UTC


Tokyo, 27 June 2019 – Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, announced the winners of its Japan M&A awards 2019 at a black-tie gala dinner on the evening of the 27 June at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo. The Japan M&A Awards recognise the Financial and Legal Advisers’ excellence in M&A Advisory of Japan-related deals and are based on the Mergermarket league tables with input from an independent judging panel of nine industry experts and three professionals from Mergermarket.
 
Of the Japan M&A Financial Adviser nominations, Mergermarket named Nomura as the Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, as well as the Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. Morgan Stanley won the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in both Financial Services and Technology, Media & Telecom sectors while JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs won in Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech and Industrials & Chemicals sectors respectively.
 
Of the legal Adviser nominations, Nishimura & Asahi was awarded the Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto was named the Domestic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Morrison & Foerster LLP won the Legal Adviser of the Year in Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech and Technology, Media & Telecom sectors respectively.
 
For private equity sector, the Private Equity Deal of the Year Large Cap and Mid Cap were awarded to Godiva Japan, Inc. (MBK Partners) and Orion Breweries Ltd. (Nomura Capital Partners Co. Ltd & The Carlyle Group) respectively, while Mori Hamada & Matsumoto won the Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited was named the M&A Deal of the Year.
 
“Mergermarket is delighted to partner with Merrill to host the Japan M&A awards. Deal-making has been evolving and growing year on year in Japan and brought more opportunities to the community. The awards recognized outstanding dealmakers and M&A excellence in the industry and we are thrilled to celebrate with the best in the business.” – Simon Anam, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Acuris
 
 
The complete list of the Japan M&A Awards are as follows:
Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura
Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura
Domestic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura
Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
International M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Boutique M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - GCA Corporation
M&A Deal of the Year - Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
M&A Innovation of the Year - GCA Corporation
Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Nomura
Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Consumer M&A Deal of the Year - ITOCHU Corporation
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech Financial Adviser of the Year - JP Morgan
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech Legal Adviser of the Year - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Deal of the Year - Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Goldman Sachs
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Nishimura & Asahi
Industrials and Chemicals M&A Deal of the Year - Hitachi, Ltd.
Financial Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Financial Services M&A Deal of the Year - Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc.
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
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Deal of the Year - Renesas Electronics Corporation
Private Equity Deal of the Year Large Cap in conjunction with AVCJ - Godiva Japan, Inc. (MBK Partners)
Private Equity Deal of the Year Mid Cap in conjunction with AVCJ - Orion Breweries Ltd. (Nomura Capital Partners Co. Ltd & The Carlyle Group)
Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year in conjunction with AVCJ - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
 
 
The panel of judges included:
Naomichi Haraguchi, President and COO, PCI Holdings
Shogo Ikeuchi, Senior Managing Corporate Executive Officer and Board Director, Recruit Holdings
Hiroaki Ishigaki, Managing Director, Nera Economic Consulting
Gakunori Koh, Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Japan Tobacco
Hideya Sadanaga, Managing Director, Head of Private Equity, Japan Post Bank
Nobuo Sayama, Founding Partner, Integral
Yoshihide Watanabe, Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer, Kagome
Gary Brookes, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan, Merrill Corporation
Nicholas Fawcett, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, ORIX Corporation
Mai Mizuta, Asia-Pacific Editor, Mergermarket & Japan Bureau Chief, Acuris
Norie Hata, Chief Correspondent – Dealreporter, Acuris
Nozomi Toyama, Japan Private Equity Editor, Mergermarket, an Acuris company
 
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