Michihiro Nishi focuses on international corporate transactions involving corporate law and securities law.


Mr. Nishi has advised private equity funds and public companies in their investments, corporate governance and disclosure matters and stock exchange issues. He also advises on data privacy, antitrust law, employment law and dispute resolutions.

Some of the significant engagements Mr. Nishi has been involved in include the representation of:

  • Key Safety Systems in its acquisition of substantially all of Takata Corporation’s global assets and operations;
  • WeWork Companies, Inc. in relation to the Japan part of its $4.4 billion investment from SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund;
  • Nikkei Inc. in its acquisition of the Financial Times Group for a total consideration of £844 million;
  • EMC Corporation in connection with its Japanese merger control clearance relating to its $67 billion sale to Denali Holding Inc., the parent company of Dell Inc.;
  • Nokia Corp in connection with its Japanese merger control clearance relating to its US$16.6 billion combination with Alcatel-Lucent in the wireless telecommunications infrastructure industry;
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in its acquisition of Eureka, Inc., a mobile application developer best known for its “Pairs” and “Couples” apps;
  • Nokia Networks in its acquisition of the wireless networks business of Panasonic System Networks Company Limited;
  • MBK Partners, as a member of a consortium, in the consortium’s US$1.2 billion going-private management buyout of USJ Co., Ltd. (Universal Studios Japan) and in the subsequent sale to NBCUniversal;
  • NeoPhotonics Corporation in its acquisition of the semiconductor optical components business unit of LAPIS Semiconductor Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of ROHM Co., Ltd.;
  • Marubeni Corporation in its US$2.7 billion acquisition of Gavilon Group LLC, a distributor of agricultural and energy commodities;
  • The Carlyle Group in its US$380 million acquisition of Diversey Japan from Sealed Air Corporation; and
  • Aioi Insurance Company, Limited in its business combination with Nissay Dowa General Insurance Company, Limited and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Nishi joined Skadden in 2008 and has worked at the firm’s Tokyo and Palo Alto offices. Since April 2016, he has been lecturing year-round at Keio University Faculty of Law on corporation law practice (advanced). Prior to joining Skadden, he was working at a leading domestic law firm in Japan.



  • LL.M., Stanford Law School, 2011
  • Diploma of Completion, Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan, 2005
  • LL.B., Keio University, 2003


  • Japan (Bengoshi)
  • New York


  • Japanese
  • English

Michihiro Nishi

Bengoshi Counsel, Skadden Arps Law Office, registered associated office of Skadden Arps Foreign Law Office, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate