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Wataru Nakajima focuses his practice on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, strategic investments, and foreign direct investments.

Wataru has advised a variety of Japanese and international clients in a broad range of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, financial services, technology, telecommunications, life science and health care, sports and entertainment, education, e-commerce, retail and consumer goods, and energy. In particular, Wataru has extensive experience and insight in various aspects of automotive law, including regulations, product recall, autonomous driving technology, and distribution laws.

In addition to his transactional practice, Wataru frequently advises public and private companies on antitrust and competition matters, trade laws including foreign direct investment and export controls, government regulations, investigations, and general corporate matters.

Wataru is an active member of the International Exchange Committee of Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association and frequently hosts visiting delegates of bar associations from a variety of jurisdictions.


  • IMCD acquires Kuni ChemicalJones Day advised IMCD N.V. in the acquisition by subsidiary IMCD Japan of 100% of the shares of the speciality distribution company, Kuni Chemical Co., Ltd. from Japan Private Equity Co., Ltd.
  • Avient acquires DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day advised Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in the $1.485 billion acquisition and financing of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • CTC takes additional stake in MegazoneJones Day advised Itochu Corporation subsidiary, ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation ("CTC"), in the additional acquisition of a 30% stake in Megazone Corporation for the purpose of strongly promoting the joint venture business.
  • PTTGC acquires allnex from AdventJones Day advised PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited in the €4 billion acquisition of allnex Holding GmbH from Advent International.
  • B-ex takes stake in O'RightJones Day advised b-ex Inc. in its acquisition of a minority stake in Hair O'Right International Corporation.
  • Bally's acquires Gamesys for $2.7 billionJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in connection with the $2.7 billion acquisition and financing of Gamesys Ltd., an LSE-listed online gaming company.
  • Skyworks Solutions acquires Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories for $2.75 billionJones Day advised Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high-performance analog semiconductors, in connection with its acquisition of the Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of silicon, software, and solutions, in an all-cash asset transaction valued at $2.75 billion.
  • 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.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 5, 2019
      The 32nd LAWASIA Conference