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Acquiring Your competitor: ins and outs of domestic M&A

Financial experts generally agree on two fundamental principles concerning Japan's economy: domestic investment is necessary to drive growth, and urgent reforms are needed for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where nearly 50% of listed prime TSE firms are trading at PBRs below 1.0x. What does the current M&A market in Japan look like? What do experts anticipate for the coming years, especially considering the possibility that interest rates will rise? If you are considering solidifying your position in the Japanese market by acquiring your competitors, make sure to book early for this event.

Dress code: Business attire

This event is exclusively for senior-level executives and is by invitation only. Attendance is restricted to two representatives per company. If you are not currently a member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network but are interested in attending our events, please feel free to contact us for further information.


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Ballroom 2, 3
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
General cross-border M&A, transaction structuring, taxes, due diligence, antitrust and FDI

Location: Ballroom 1
6:30 PM - 6:40 PM
6:40 PM - 7:40 PM
New trends and drivers in in-bound M&A: Increase in PE-driven deals, TSE upswing and policy reform

Location: Ballroom 1
7:40 PM - 9:00 PM
Networking and cocktails
Location: ballroom 2,3


  • Eric Johnson (Representative Director and CEO of JSR Corporation)

    Eric Johnson

    Representative Director and CEO of JSR Corporation

    Eric R. Johnson became Representative Director and CEO of JSR Corporation in 2019 and took on the roles of Representative Director, CEO and President in 2023, where he now sets the company’s global vision and strategy, with a special focus on growth, globalization and sustainability.

    Prior to becoming CEO, Eric was president of both JSR Micro, Inc. and JSR Life Sciences. In the life sciences business, he set and oversaw global strategy including spearheading the vision and establishment of JSR Life Sciences in 2014.

    He also shaped the division’s manufacturing and merger and acquisition strategy, growing JSR Life Sciences to a global group of companies with nearly 2000 employees. From 2005 to 2019, Eric served as president of JSR Micro, Inc. where he was responsible for the day-to-day US operations and development and integration of global strategies. Prior to becoming president, he was chief operating officer and senior vice president of technology. In 2009 he became the first non Japanese corporate officer of JSR Corporation.

    Prior to joining JSR, Eric spent more than 13 years at Nikon Precision Inc., most recently as Vice President of Technology. During his time at Nikon, he spent more than a year in Nishi Ooi and Kumagaya, Japan assisting in the development and manufacture of Nikon’s first scanner systems.

    Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University and completed executive training at Harvard University. He holds 2 patents and is the author of several technical publications.

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  • Nozomi Oda (Partner, Co-Head of Asia Private Equity Practice at Morrison & Foerster, LLP Tokyo Office)

    Nozomi Oda

    Partner, Co-Head of Asia Private Equity Practice at Morrison & Foerster, LLP Tokyo Office

    Nozomi Oda is a partner in Morrison Foerster Law Offices. Her practice focuses on cross-border public and private M&A, joint ventures, strategic investments, and capital markets transactions. She has a particular emphasis on advising private equity and life sciences clients. Nozomi serves as co–head of Morrison Foerster’s Asia Private Equity practice.

    In addition to her work in private practice, Nozomi previously spent two years with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) as a deputy director of the corporate disclosure department, where she participated in the drafting of the FSA’s regulations on disclosures regarding tender offers, private placement offerings and director compensation.

    Nozomi is a bengoshi admitted to practice in Japan and New York, and is a member of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association. She graduated from University of Tokyo with Bachelor of Laws and Harvard Law School with Master of Laws.

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  • Stephen Bohrer (Partner at Nishimura & Asahi)

    Stephen Bohrer

    Partner at Nishimura & Asahi

    Stephen is a leader of our Cross-Border Transactions Group. Stephen was previously associated with top-tier U.S. international law firms for 12 years, and has experience running cross-border transactions on the ground in the United States, Japan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. Stephen has represented U.S. and non-U.S. buyers and sellers in cross-border corporate transactions in various industries and deal structures, including stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

    Since joining Nishimura & Asahi in 2004, Stephen has represented numerous multi-national clients in connection with their investments into Japan and their ongoing general commercial transactions (including franchising, licensing, employment, corporate governance and commercial real estate leasing matters). Stephen also has extensive experience leading and documenting Japanese and cross-border due diligence exercises with respect to various industries, and representing Japanese clients in connection with their multi-jurisdiction corporate acquisitions. Stephen is frequently praised by clients for providing cutting edge practical solutions.

    Stephen also has represented U.S. issuers in the United States, foreign private issuers from numerous jurisdictions in Asia and global investment banks in connection with their capital markets transactions, including registered initial and follow-on public offerings in the United States, Rule 144A/Regulation S equity and debt offerings, block trades, dual listings and privatizations, and also assessing whether exemptions exist to the application of U.S. securities laws to overseas business transactions.

    Stephen writes and lectures widely on his legal practice specialties.

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  • Tomoaki Nakanishi (Director of Corporate System Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))

    Tomoaki Nakanishi

    Director of Corporate System Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

    Tomoaki Nakanishi is a director of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau of METI.
    Since joining METI in 2000, Tomoaki held posts in the List of Officials of Minister's
    Secretariat, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Manufacturing Industries Bureau,
    Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, etc. In addition, Tomoaki was transferred to
    the Cabinet Secretariat, where he was a director responsible for government's growth
    stategy. After serving as Executive Director of JETRO San Francisco Office, Tomoaki was
    appointed as Director of Corporate System Division in July 2023.

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  • Chihiro Kato (Partner at McKinsey & Company)

    Chihiro Kato

    Partner at McKinsey & Company

    Chihiro is a leader in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in Japan. He works primarily with industrials, electronics and broader manufacturing companies on strategy and M&A topics. His experience in M&A stretches across the entire process, from strategy to outreach, due diligence, and post-merger management for both domestic and cross-border transactions.

    Chihiro worked in McKinsey’s Silicon Valley office from 2013 to 2017, supporting semiconductor and other technology clients on strategy and M&A, including large-scale M&A and post-merger integration.

    He joined McKinsey & Company in 2007. He graduated from Kyoto University with Master of Science. He earned his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His latest published work includes “ M&A for Value Creation (価値をつくるM&A)”(Japanese only).

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  • Rodrigo González (Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Dr. Rodrigo González is a respected corporate advisor to some of Japan’s most prominent business leaders. He specialises in briefing corporate boards on economic and geopolitical conditions within the APAC region, offering invaluable insights into their potential impact across industries.

    With over a decade of experience residing and working in Japan, Rodrigo collaborates closely with C-suite executives of multinational firms, facilitating their comprehension of intricate market dynamics and the implications of public and economic policy. Beyond the boardroom, Rodrigo is a seasoned presenter, recognised for delivering impactful speeches and insights at numerous corporate engagements and on televised platforms.

    He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Japanese.

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Bulgari Hotel Tokyo -ballroom 1, 40th floor-

2-2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0028
Chuo City, Tokyo, Japan

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