Morrison & Foerster Further Strengthens Cross-Border Corporate Capabilities With New Tokyo Partner

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Jeremy White brings significant experience to the firm’s market-leading Japan corporate practice; further cements position as top international law firm in Japan.

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Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Jeremy White has joined its Tokyo office as a partner in the Corporate Department. Mr. White brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience in cross-border M&A, carve-outs, and joint ventures. His arrival further cements Morrison & Foerster’s position as the top international law firm in Japan.

Mr. White’s joining also follows the addition of Corporate partner Nozomi Oda less than a year ago, and further builds on the firm’s premier corporate practice in Japan, which continues to advise on industry-changing deals and win external recognition. This includes recently representing SoftBank in its $40 billion sale of Arm to NVIDIA—the largest global M&A transaction announced to date in 2020 and the largest semiconductor deal— and advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in its $550 million asset acquisition of the Canadair Regional Jet program from Bombardier Inc.

Mr. White’s practice focuses on both inbound and outbound M&A, sales of business divisions, spin-outs, and joint ventures. He has a particular emphasis on advising clients in the manufacturing and transportation industry as well as the healthcare and technology sectors.

“Jeremy is a highly regarded and well connected M&A partner in Tokyo and his practice naturally aligns with our offering in the Japanese market,” said Ken Siegel, Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. “Jeremy’s joining will help us further meet our clients’ growing cross-border needs—outbound in particular—at a time when the Japanese M&A market remains resilient.”

Mr. White’s notable matters include representing a Japanese listed tech company in connection with more than 10 separate transactions across the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe (M&A and JVs); a Japanese listed trading house with more than 15 transactions across the Americas, Asia, and Europe (M&A and JVs); a global listed pharmaceutical company with its joint venture formation, sale, and licensing matters; a Japanese beverage producer on more than 10 transactions across the globe (multiple M&A, JVs, and licensings); and a global bank with its joint venture formation and later disposal.

“Morrison & Foerster has a highly impressive offering in the Japanese market. The combination of its renowned and distinctive bengoshi practice with a strong global corporate platform provides an excellent fit for my practice,” said Mr. White. “I am excited to join this group of market-leading lawyers who place so much emphasis on collaboration. I look forward to advising the firm’s clients on their inbound and outbound transactions.”

Mr. White is recommended in the latest editions of Chambers & Partners, IFLR, and The Legal 500 for M&A in Japan. The latter recommends him as a “Tier 1 Leading Individual.”
Mr. White holds a B.A. in Modern History from Oxford University and earned his L.P.C. from the College of Law. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales and is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan.

MOFO IN JAPAN

Morrison & Foerster has the largest and most diverse practice of any international law firm in Japan, with approximately 120 attorneys in Tokyo, including 60 bengoshi. We were one of the first licensed foreign law firms, opening our offices in 1987. Today, we are the largest international law firm and one of the six largest firms in Japan, foreign or domestic. Morrison & Foerster was selected as “Japan International Law Advisers of the Year” by the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2020 for the eighth time in the nine years that the award has been presented. We were also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 in more top-tier practice and top-tier individual rankings than any other international firm in Japan.

ABOUT MOFO

We are Morrison & Foerster—a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, Fortune 100, and technology and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its lists of most innovative law firms in North America every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in the region. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment.

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