Jeremy White is a member of the Corporate/M&A Group in Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office. He focuses on outbound and inbound Japan transactions and is recognized as a key individual by legal journals where clients have noted his business-focused advice and experience working across cultures.
In several legal journal assessments, clients state that he is "exceptional for cross-border transactions… and an absolute pleasure to work with" (Chambers 2020), "Jeremy White 'is the single best lawyer I have worked with in 30 years of M&A experience,' enthuses one client, elaborating that 'he is courteous, ruthless on behalf of the client in negotiations, very smart, a creative solution finder, and has pragmatic common sense.'" (Chambers 2019), "The best cross border transaction lawyer in Tokyo and all of my clients I introduced love him…" (IFLR 2018), "…famed as a practitioner with a 'client-first attitude' and a 'really good critical thinker who understands the complexities of working across cultures...'" (Chambers 2017) and '"one of the top M&A lawyers in Tokyo' for global projects…" (Legal 500 2016).
Representative Legal Matters
Acted for a listed Japanese manufacturer in its 2018 acquisition of a robotics manufacturer in the US.
Acted for a listed Japanese pharmaceuticals producer in its 2017 acquisitions in Canada and the US (auction sale).
Acted for a listed Japanese corporation in its 2017 acquisition of a large fiberglass business in the US.
Acted for a listed Japanese corporation in over 10 transactions across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. All were share purchases in the tech sector with consequent joint venture arrangements.
Acted for a Japanese trading house in a divestment, acquisition and two joint ventures across the Americas and Europe. All were transactions in the retail and manufacturing sectors.
Acted for a Japanese trading house in its 2016 auction acquisition of a US coatings multinational. Private equity seller counterparty.
Acted for a Japanese trading house in two staggered acquisitions and joint ventures exceeding USD 1 billion. Both were transactions in the aluminium sector.
Acted for a listed Japanese printing manufacturer in its 2015 acquisition of a pan-European manufacturer and its 2016 acquisition of a US multinational. Both deals were competitive auctions with private equity sellers.
Acted for a foreign investment fund in three inbound acquisitions in multiple sectors.
Acted for one of Japan's biggest brewers in multiple transactions across the alcohol and nonalcohol sectors. These include the sale by auction of a major European subsidiary, the acquisition and buyout of a Japan-based joint venture, and collaborations with US soft drink and beer manufacturers.
- Japan (Attorney at Foreign Law)~Japan (2009)
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2001)
- College of Law (1999)
- Oxford University (1997)
Quoted, "Outbound M&A Trends," Reuters, March 2012
Quoted, "Analysis: Japan M&A," Reuters, February 2011
Co-Author, "Mechanisms to Rescue UK Financial Institutions," New Business Law (Japan), October 2008
Co-Presenter, "Forum on M&A and Post Merger Integration," Aoyama Diamond Hall, Toyo Keizai magazine, October 2012