Japanese M&A for Foreign Investors

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ABSTRACT

For foreign investors wishing to invest in Japan, share acquisition presents one of the simplest and most common means of doing so. There are, however, many sub-categories of M&A to consider, including mergers, corporate splits, statutory share exchanges, statutory share transfers, business transfers and share acquisitions by way of third party allotment. Each of these investment structures can be used independently or in combination with other structures, depending on the objectives of the parties to the transaction. This article sets forth a basic outline of the various M&A structures available to foreign investors wishing to invest in Japan, as well as the key points to consider in developing an efficient investment strategy.

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