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About Noah Carr

Noah Carr is an M&A partner in our Tokyo office. He has been based in Tokyo for more than 10 years and is qualified in the US (New York). Noah works with clients on their strategic planning and is noted for his ability to bridge technical and cultural differences in Japanese and international deal processes.

He specialises in complex public and private acquisitions, carve-outs, private equity and growth capital investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, serving a variety of Japanese corporates and investors as well as international financial sponsors.

Recent work

  • Advised an education systems and services provider on its US$286 million reorganisation, auction and sale to a leading global PE sponsor.*
  • Advised a Japanese pharmaceutical company on its strategic collaboration with, and Series A-1 preferred share investment in, an Israeli medical device start-up.*
  • Advised a Japanese online retailer on its e-commerce joint venture with a leading Asia web services company.*
  • Advised an asset management company on its US$1.3 billion joint buyout with a Japanese bank of a leading Japanese fund manager.*
  • Advised a global private equity firm on establishing a US$350 million Asia digital insurance platform.*
  • Advised an Asian EV manufacturer in its overUS$20 billion merger with a US-listed special purpose acquisition company.*
  • Advised a US private equity fund on its minority investment in a TSE-listed digital entertainment business.*
  • Advised an Asia financial sponsor on its pre-TSE listing investment in a founder-controlled human resources business.*
  • Advised on the reorganisation and refinancing of a leading Japanese fintech platform by a global financial investor.*

* representation occurred prior to joining Freshfields



  • Columbia University (JD)
  • New York University (BA)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • Japanese registered foreign lawyer