With more than 15 years of experience in Japan and Singapore, Greg Salathé is one of the leading private equity lawyers in Asia. His transactional practice includes private equity investments, public M&A, and hedge fund representations. Greg has advised clients on numerous multibillion dollar public and private M&A transactions in Japan. He has advised clients on structuring cross-border joint ventures throughout the world, including JVs in the automotive, insurance, and life science industries. Greg also has developed a unique focus on mergers and acquisitions between, and investments in, investment management companies.
Greg's recent experience includes representing Hong Kong-based PAG in its investment in Joyson Safety Systems to finance the acquisition of substantially all the global assets of Takata Corporation from bankruptcy and representing MassMutual in its sale of 85 percent of MassMutual Japan to Nippon Life for approximately $1 billion.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented John Masters Organics (JMO) and its shareholders in its US$336 million sale of a majority stake in JMO and Styla Inc. to Permira.
Represented Pacific Alliance Group (PAG) in multiple investments, including: the sale of 51 percent of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) by a consortium of investors to Comcast for US$1.5 billion, as well as in its US$250 million investment in USJ in 2013; multiple investments in independent solar generation projects in Japan; multiple real estate investments in Japan and across Asia; its tender offer for Secured Capital Japan, which was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and in related debt and equity financings.
Represented Maquarie Capital in the acquisition and development of a portfolio of mega solar facilities in Japan.
Represented former GIC executives in connection with the establishment of a new investment fund and in raising US$3.85 billion of seed funding provided by an affiliate of Temasek and other institutional investors.
Represented an unsuccessful bidder in a proposed acquisition of Saizan REIT, a SGX-listed REIT.
Represented One Animation Limited in its US$7.5 million Series B financing round led by venture capital firm Jungle Ventures. The investment was brokered by Ascent Capital Advisors.
Represented Dymon Asia Capital in the investment of US$500 million by an affiliate of Temasek in a new hedge fund multi-strategy platform managed by Dymon, together with a minority investment by Temasek in Dymon.
Represented Alam Sehat Lestari Foundation in financing and constructing a community-based and environmentally friendly hospital in a rural Indonesian community.
Represented Equis Funds Group in the establishment of a US$720 million Japan Solar investment platform operated by Nippon Renewable Energy. This is one of Japan’s largest platforms for the development and management of independent solar generation projects.
Represented MetLife in the sale of a 50 percent interest in Mitsui Sumitomo MetLife Insurance Co. to MS&AD for approximately US$275 million.
Represented Styla Inc. (a Japanese corporation) in connection with acquisition of John Masters Organics (a U.S. corporation) and the sale of a controlling stake in Styla to Rising Japan Equity.
Represented One Equity Partners, the global private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, in its acquisition of an 18.5 percent stake in Nippon Gas Co., a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, for approximately US$140 million.
Represented Sun Capital Partners in its purchase of Tarami KK (a Japanese corporation) through civil rehabilitation and the subsequent sale of Tarami KK to MUFJ Leasing through an auction. This transaction was named Buyout's "Cross-Border Turn-Around Deal of the Year" in 2010.
Represented Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Bank as transfer agent in the acquisition of Nikko cordial by Citigroup, which was the first cross-border triangular merger in Japan.
Represented Och-Ziff Capital Management in its purchase of a significant minority stake in Arysta Life Sciences (a Japanese corporation) and in the subsequent resale of those shares to Permira Capital.
Represented Mitsubishi Motors in the sale of a 39 percent equity stake to Daimler, in the spin-off of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Co. to Daimler and various Mitsubishi group companies, and in the termination of the Mitsubishi-Daimler relationship, including the settlement of various claims between the parties.
- University of Virginia (J.D. 1993); Haverford College (B.A. 1988)
- Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association) and New York