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Tomoko Nakajima

Partner, Head of Japan M&A

Energy | Fintech | Industrials | Mergers and acquisitions | Technology |

Clients laud her negotiation skills: "I think she is an M&A lawyer who does not miss any detailed points and combines precision and horsepower.“, "We like her strong leadership in negotiations. She always does her best to make the deal fair and reasonable.“

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024

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About Tomoko Nakajima

Tomoko is Freshfields' Head of Japan M&A and a M&A expert, based in our Tokyo office. She also advises on real estate and infrastructure transactions. Having qualified both in Japan and the US (California), Tomoko’s  approach to M&A is international.

With her deep knowledge of the Japanese market, Tomoko understands the challenges Japanese clients face when entering or acquiring in overseas markets and works closely with clients to execute their complex cross-border mandates.

Tomoko also helps international clients understand and penetrate the Japanese market, and assists them in acquiring and building businesses that are compatible with their home economies – primarily the US and Europe. Tomoko will be able to help navigate the complex cultural and linguistic issues involved in investing in Japan and negotiating with Japanese counterparties.

Tomoko speaks Japanese and English.

Recent work

  • Nippon Express Holdings, Inc. on the acquisition of the global logistics group cargo-partner, headquartered in Austria and consisting of 63 target companies around the world, for a total consideration of up to €1.4bn. Details of the transaction can be found here. Our news release can be found here.
  • Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of wpd offshore GmbH from wpd AG, which is active in various European and Asia-Pacific markets. With this investment, GIP further expands its renewables portfolio, noting offshore wind will be critical to net zero carbon targets and energy transition goals. Details of the transaction can be found here. Our news release can be found here.

  • The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Trelleborg Wheel Systems Holding AB, the wheel systems business of Swedish-listed Trelleborg AB, for an enterprise value of over €2bn. Trelleborg Wheel Systems manufactures and sells off-highway tires for agricultural and industrial machinery. Details of the transaction can be found here
  • Toray Industries, Inc. on entering into a joint venture with LG Chem, Ltd. (LG Chem). Under this arrangement, LG Chem will invest US$375 million (around JPY 43 billion) in Toray Industries Hungary Kft., a 100% subsidiary of Toray engaged in the manufacture and sales of battery separator film in Hungary. Toray and LG Chem will each initially hold a 50% shareholding in the JV. Details of the transaction can be found here. Our news release can be found here.
  • SSE plc on an agreement with Pacifico Energy K.K. (a Japanese renewable energy developer) to create a joint ownership company that will pursue offshore wind energy development projects in Japan with a capacity of up to 10GW. The transaction includes the $208million acquisition of an 80% ownership interest in an offshore wind development platform from Pacifico Energy for an aggregate value of $208million. Details of the transaction can be found here. Our news release can be found here.
  • ENEOS Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan, on its acquisition of JSR Corporation's global elastomers business, which includes manufactures and sale of synthetic rubber. Details of the transaction can be found here
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group on its agreement to acquire a 49 per cent stake in VPBank Finance Company Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank, for a consideration of approximately US$1.4bn. Details of the transaction can be found here.
  • Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc. and its Japanese subsidiary (Catalent Japan K.K.) on the acquisition of a carve out business and Teva Takeda's Minakuchi plant in Japan from Teva Takeda Pharma Ltd. Details of the transaction can be found here.
  • IHI Corporation on the establishment of an industrial strategic partnership with Astaldi S.p.A., aimed at enhancing the value of each company’s skills and potential through the creation of industrial synergies.
  • Toray Industries Inc. on its acquisition of Alva Sweden AB, a manufacturer of cushions for automotive airbag systems, and its two subsidiaries, Alva Confecções S.A. of Portugal and Alva Tunisia SA of Tunisia.
  • Seiyo Food – Compass Group, Inc. on the spinoff of their operations of catering and accommodation at sports and leisure facilities in order to focus its portfolio industry alignment. This involved sale of share of its subsidiary which succeeded the spun-off business.
  • Advising New Kansai International Airport Company on the concession-based privatisation of Osaka and Kansai international airports. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Carnival Corporation on the ongoing joint development plans of ports for cruise ships with the municipalities. This is a new initiative led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.



  • Master of Laws (LLM), University of Chicago, US
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), International Christian University, Japan
  • Legal Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Japan 

Professional memberships

  • Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to practise as a Japanese bengoshi
  • Admitted to the California Bar