Japan Group ジャパン・グループ








MinterEllison's Japan group offers a broad range of legal services in relation to in bound Japanese investment into Australia and to support the local Australian operations of Japanese-based companies.

Our integrated office network enables us to provide seamless legal support on cross-border transactions. With 15 offices throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom, MinterEllison offers experience and expertise informed by an international perspective. We understand the dynamics of conducting global business.

We work cooperatively with our Japanese clients’ financial and corporate advisers, and other stakeholders in complex transactions, and our experience and outcome-driven approach enable us to devise and execute solutions that help clients achieve their objectives in better, more cost-effective and time-efficient ways.

Our lawyers have advised Japanese clients across a variety of industries including utilities, food and agribusiness, oil and gas, manufacturing and telecommunications and have relationships with a number of local law firms in Japan.

We also have a number of Japanese speakers amongst the group.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited recommended takeover bid for Bradken

Currently advising Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited on its recommended A$976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken. Bradken's complex capital and debt structure required that the offer terms be carefully constructed. Particular attention was focused on the treatment of redeemable convertible preference shares Bradken issued in July 2015, the complex share performance rights Bradken has on issue and Bradken's multiple layers of significant debt, the repayment of which is accelerated on a change in control. In addition, as Bradken has substantial business operations outside Australia, the legal due diligence was extensive and meant that the nature and scope of foreign regulatory conditions to the offer had to be carefully considered.

Acquisition of 80% stake in the Beddison Group

Acted for Outsourcing Inc, a Japanese listed entity, on the acquisition of a majority stake (80%) in the Beddison Group, one of Australia's largest privately owned workforce and labour hire specialists in Australia.

Debt financing via convertible note for Kajima Corporation

Advised Kajima Corporation on its debt financing (by way of convertible note) of Australian property and construction group, Atelier Construction.

Kajima Corporation acquisition of Icon Group

Advised Kajima Corporation on its majority acquisition of Australian property and construction group, Icon Construction.

Maruha Nichiro Seafoods investment in Austral Fisheries

Acted for global seafood company Maruha Nichiro Seafoods Inc in its purchase of 50% of West Australian company Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, one of Australia's leading commercial fishing companies. Our role involved advising Maruha throughout the life cycle of the transaction, including conducting due diligence on the legal particulars of Australia's fishing industry and achieving completion with parties across various time zones in Japan, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.