Gregory R.Salathé (Greg)


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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 (JVs) throughout the world, including JVs in the automotive, insurance, and life science industries.

Greg has particular experience in corporate transactions in the financial services sector, including insurance companies and investment managers.

Greg has also been actively involved in representing one of the largest developers and operators of integrated resorts in connection with its potential development of an integrated resort in Japan, including regulatory and commercial issues as well as possible joint venture arrangements.


  • MassMutual sells remaining shares of Nippon Wealth Life Insurance to Nippon LifeJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and MassMutual International LLC in the sale of MassMutual International's 14.9% interest in Nippon Wealth Life Insurance Company (Nippon Wealth) to Nippon Life Insurance Company.
  • 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.
  • STERIS acquires Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day advised STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • Maxeon Solar Technologies completes public offering of $125 million of Ordinary Shares and concurrent private placement of $33.7 million of Ordinary SharesJones Day represented Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd., one of the world’s leading global manufacturers and marketers of premium solar power technology, in connection with its concurrent SEC registered public offering of $125 million of its Ordinary Shares and private placement of $33.7 million of its Ordinary Shares to an affiliate of Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, one of Maxeon’s existing largest shareholders.
  • 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.
  • JERA acquires minority stake in Formosa 2 offshore wind power projectJones Day advised JERA in the acquisition of a minority stake in the Formosa 2 offshore wind power project, located near Miaoli County off the west coast of Taiwan.
  • 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).
  • PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata CorporationJones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.