Of Counsel

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Makiko Ushijima has more than 20 years of experience advising on investment funds, cross-border finance, and M&A transactions at major international law firms. Her representations include investment managers/broker-dealers, insurance firms, and fintech firms with their acquisitions/sales of local operations and joint ventures with local partners. She provides regulatory advice on disclosure, local license/registrations, and securities trading compliance as well as anti-money laundering (AML). She also advises on ESG (environmental, social and governance) investment and corporate governance. She has extensive experience in capital markets, including global equity and debt securities offerings. In addition, she has assisted multiple corporate and professional firm clients on governmental investigations and cross-border commercial disputes.

Makiko currently serves as an independent director of a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. She is also qualified as a CPA in Illinois.


  • Nordson to sell screws and barrels product line to Altair InvestmentsJones Day is advising Nordson Corporation in the sale of its screws and barrels product line from its polymer processing systems division to Altair Investments.
  • Orocobre raises A$156 million by way of placement and share purchase planJones Day advised Orocobre Limited, a dual ASX and TSX-listed lithium chemicals producer, on a A$156 million capital raising by way of a fully underwritten placement to institutional investors of A$126 million and non-underwritten share purchase plan to shareholders in Australia and New Zealand of up to A$30 million.
  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Macquarie Capital participates in additional pre-IPO investment in Singapore-based technology companyJones Day advised Macquarie Capital in connection with an additional pre-IPO investment in a Singapore-based technology company.
  • MassMutual International sells 85.1 percent of MassMutual Japan to Nippon LifeJones Day advised MassMutual International LLC in its sale of 85.1 percent of the shares of MassMutual Japan, MassMutual's wholly-owned life insurance and wealth affiliate, to Nippon Life for JPY104.2 billion (approximately US$955 million).
  • Asian alternative investment management firm makes significant real estate investment in TokyoJones Day represented an Asian alternative investment management firm in connection with an investment in real estate located in central Tokyo.
  • 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.
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