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Hiroshi Kondo

Partner
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Biography

Hiroshi Kondo has held a variety of leadership positions within the firm, including heading the Firm's M&A, Venture Capital and Private Equity practice groups. In addition to his practice, Hiroshi has authored and contributed to numerous publications. He is also a member of the Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Practice Focus

Hiroshi focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, corporate/commercial and labor law. He has acted as lead counsel for several high-profile M&A transactions in Japan’s consumer industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and insurance markets. He also has extensive experience in private equity investments — particularly with MBOs and LBOs — corporate restructuring, securities regulation, anti-monopoly regulation and labor dispute resolution.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the largest domestic beer manufacturer in its acquisition of a beverage company in Australia.

  • Represented a domestic consumer goods manufacturer in its acquisition of a major company in the same trade in Australia.

  • Represented a major foreign insurance company concerning a tender offer for a Japanese insurance company.

  • Represented a European telecommunications company in the purchase and subsequent sale of its stake in one of Japan’s largest telecommunications companies and its wireless arm.

  • Counseled a major Japanese life insurance company concerning a complex demutualization merger involving the following components: establishment of a new joint venture company (i.e., K.K.) of a life insurance company with a major e-commerce and Internet conglomerate; takeover of the assets of a bankrupted life insurer; and an eventual merger of a major Japanese life insurance (mutual) company with the joint venture for the purpose of the demutualization.

  • Acted on behalf of a major domestic telecommunications company in one of the world’s largest mergers by three of Japan’s telecommunications companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Tokyo Bar Association

Admissions

  • Japan (1987)

Education

  • Harvard Law School (LL.M.) (1991)
  • Chuo University (LL.B.) (1981)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • San Francisco