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Jeremy White

Partner
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Biography

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 "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).

Practice Focus

Jeremy focuses on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, spin-outs and joint ventures. His practice also covers alliances between multinationals as well as greenfield corporate and venture investments.

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.

Admissions

  • Japan (Attorney at Foreign Law)~Japan (2009)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2001)

Education

  • College of Law (1999)
  • Oxford University (1997)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Publications

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

Presentations

Co-Presenter, "Forum on M&A and Post Merger Integration," Aoyama Diamond Hall, Toyo Keizai magazine, October 2012