Partner Norihiro Sekiguchi

Tokyo Bar Association; Japan Federation of Bar Associations (1997)
American Bar Association (2004)

Location : Tokyo Office

Professional Summary

Norihiro Sekiguchi is a partner at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, with a broad experience in the area of M&A. He has handled domestic and cross-border M&As representing non-Japanese acquirers in various jurisdictions. The types of transactions in which he has been involved cover tender offers, mergers, stock swaps, asset or business acquisitions, management buyouts and various types of private equity investments. He has extensive experiences in corporate governance and disputes including corporate lawsuits, exercising shareholders rights, and disputes regarding corporate control. He is also familiar with securities regulations and corporate compliance. He has experiences in forensic investigation of listed companies as a chairman or leading investigator of independent committees. He has advised on litigations and dispute resolution matters regarding corporate or labor law issues, M&As, and commercial transactions for both domestic and international cases.

Mr. Sekiguchi was formerly a partner at the Tokyo office of Baker & McKenzie from 2006 to 2014. He worked at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office from 2003 to 2004. He received the “Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Deal of the Year” award at the 2010 ALB Japan Law Awards. He has authored various publications, including the best-selling TOB Handbook and has given lectures on a variety of topics related to corporate and securities law. He has also been teaching M&A law and practice since 2008 as a lecturer at the Chuo University Business School.

Major Cases Handled

- Advised the Sankei Shimbun in relation to a defamation lawsuit filed by ex-military comfort women before the United States District Court
- Acted as Secretary General of the Executive Liability Investigation Committee of Toshiba Corporation, to lead and organize all investigations.
- Advised CTBC Financial Holding Company Ltd. in relation to its acquisition of Tokyo Star Bank (this matter was the first-ever acquisition of a Japanese local commercial bank by a non-Japanese commercial bank).
- Advised Sharp Corporation in relation to its strategic global partnership with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.
- Advised SPARX Capital Partners in relation to the exercise of its shareholder's rights against PENTAX Corporation with respect to PENTAX's decision regarding a potential merger with HOYA.
- Forensic investigation of circular transactions by Geo Corp. and its subsidiaries.

Education & Professional Experience

2014-present
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Partner

2006-2014
Baker & McKenzie (Tokyo), Partner

2004-2005
Baker & McKenzie (Tokyo), Senior Associate

2003-2004
Baker & McKenzie LLP (Chicago), Associate

2003
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)

1999-2003
Baker & McKenzie (Tokyo), Associate

1997-1999
Inami, Ohta & Shibasaki, Associate

1994
Waseda University (LL.B.)

Activities

2016-present
Activity of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations to support small and medium enterprises to expand their businesses overseas

2011-present
Member of the International Committee, the Tokyo Bar Association

2010-2011
Representative of the Tokyo Bar Association

2009-2010
Lecturer at the Chuo University Business School

1997-present
Member of the Corporation Law Committee, the Tokyo Bar Association

Languages

Japanese and English

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