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Kyosuke Katahira's practice focuses on international tax advice for multinational enterprises (MNEs) based primarily in Japan and the United States. For more than 10 years, Kyosuke has attained extensive experience in different types of cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, and distribution and licensing agreements.

Kyosuke provides counsel on a wide variety of tax issues arising from both outbound and inbound transactions. In the context of inbound transactions, he advises U.S. or other foreign clients on domestic tax issues in connection with business establishment or restructuring in Japan, as well as various treaty issues arising from cross-border transactions. He also advises Japanese corporations in outbound transactions in terms of Japanese CFC (controlled foreign company) rules and corporate reorganization taxation. Kyosuke's experience extends to representation of clients in tax administrative proceedings and preparing position papers on complicated tax issues.

He also has experience in U.S. tax matters having worked in the Firm's Washington and New York offices, where he acquired deep knowledge in such areas as corporate inversion, reporting under FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts), foreign tax credit "splitter" arrangements, and tax exemption under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

In addition to advising on tax issues, Kyosuke provides counsel on corporate legal matters, including cross-border M&A transactions (both inbound and outbound), joint ventures, real estate transactions, and distribution contracts. He also has experience conducting investigations into alleged fraud.

Recently Kyosuke advised an offshore PE fund on the sale of its interest in a Japanese enterprise company.

Kyosuke is named in Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Best Lawyers in Japan for tax.


  • Sempra Energy sells PXiSE Energy SolutionsJones Day advised Sempra Energy in the sale of membership interests in PXiSE Energy Solutions to Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
  • Materion acquires H.C. Starck's electronic materials portfolio for $380 millionJones Day advised Materion Corporation, a world leader in high performing advanced materials, in connection with the acquisition and financing of H.C. Starck Solutions' industry-leading, electronic materials business, located in Newton, Massachusetts ("HCS-Electronic Materials") for $380 million.
  • Riverside sells Y InternationalJones Day advised The Riverside Company in the sale of Y International, Inc., a Japanese bicycle retailer, to Daiwa PI Partners Co., Ltd.
  • ETS acquires TOEFL® assets of Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)-JapanJones Day advised ETS in the acquisition of the TOEFL® assets of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)-Japan.
  • Sumitovant Biopharma acquires remaining stake in Urovant SciencesJones Day advised Sumitovant Biopharma in its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Urovant Sciences Ltd. not already owned by Sumitovant at a price of $16.25 per share in cash.
  • GCA Altium acquires Stella EOCJones Day advised GCA Altium in the acquisition of Stella EOC, a technology and media investment banking boutique with coverage in the UK and Europe.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • PAG Holdings sells minority interest to Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings FundJones Day represented PAG Holdings Ltd., one of Asia’s largest independent alternative asset managers, in connection with its sale of a minority interest in PAG to the Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings Fund.
  • Calgon Carbon acquired by Kuraray for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) in its $1.3 billion all-cash acquisition by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TSE:3405).
  • Norinchukin and MUFG strengthen and expand retail business allianceJones Day advised The Norinchukin Bank, the national-level financial institution for agricultural, fishery, and forestry cooperatives in Japan, in reaching an agreement with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ("MUFG") on an initiative to enhance the business and capital alliance transaction including the consumer finance business.
  • GE Digital acquires IQP CorporationJones Day advised GE Digital in its acquisition of IQP Corporation, a start-up operating in Israel, Japan, and the U.S. that provides a no-code or low-code IoT app builder, with a visual interface available on mobile, tablet, and PC, includes data apps, and is installable on public cloud, private cloud, and on premise.
  • OMRON acquires SentechJones Day advised OMRON Corporation in connection with the ex-Japan aspects of its acquisition of Sentech Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial cameras.
  • PAG Asia Capital sells remaining stake in Universal Studios Japan to Comcast NBCUniversalJones Day acted as lead counsel to PAG Asia Capital Ltd. in the sale of its remaining stake in Universal Studios Japan as part of the ¥254.8 billion (US$2.3 billion) sale of Universal Studios Japan to Comcast NBCUniversal, an owner and operator of world-renowned theme parks.
  • HNA EcoTech Pioneer Acquisition acquires majority stake in Advanced Card Systems Holdings LimitedJones Day advised HNA EcoTech Pioneer Acquisition, an indirect subsidiary of HNA EcoTech Group Co., Ltd., in its acquisition of a 61.39 percent stake in Advanced Card System Holdings Limited ("ACS") for HK$521.8 million (US$67.3 million) and a subsequent mandatory unconditional cash offer of HK$328.2 million (US$42.3 million) to acquire all remaining shares.
  • Altium completes merger with GCA Savvian to create leading global investment bank GCAJones Day advised Altium, a leading international mid-market financial advisory group, in a merger with GCA Savvian Corporation, a premier global investment bank listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, to form GCA, a leading independent international investment bank focused on growth companies with an extensive global network, cross-border capability, and track record of industry-shaping transactions.
  • Atlas Holdings completes first phase of purchase of NCR Corporation's Interactive Printer Solutions DivisionJones Day represented affiliates of Atlas Holdings, LLC in its acquisition of the Interactive Printer Solutions ("IPS") division of NCR Corporation.
  • Athersys licenses regenerative medicine therapy to Healios for treatment of stroke in JapanJones Day acted as intellectual property and tax counsel in the collaboration of Athersys, Inc. and Healios for the development and commercialization of novel stem cell therapy treatments, using Athersys' MultiStem cell.
  • The Asahi Shimbun and Takenaka Corporation reach agreement with Hilton for "Conrad Osaka" brand at high-rise hotel in Nakanoshima, OsakaJones Day provided legal advice to The Asahi Shimbun and Takenaka Corporation in reaching an agreement with Hilton Worldwide for operation of a hotel under luxury brand "Conrad Osaka" at a high-rise building under construction in Nakanoshima, Osaka, Japan.
  • Athersys licenses stem cell therapy to ChugaiJones Day advised Athersys, Inc. as licensor, in connection with its collaboration with Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. to further develop and commercialize Athersys' proprietary MULTISTEM stem cell therapy in Japan for the treatment of ischemic stroke.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 2022
    • November 2021
      IFA (International Fiscal Association): OECD Pillar 2 - Minimum tax