Kenji Taneda is the head of Skadden’s corporate and U.S. law practices in Japan. He regularly advises clients on complex cross-border matters, with a particular focus on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions involving Japanese entities.

Bio

Mr. Taneda has significant experience advising on a wide variety of corporate matters in Japan and abroad, including equity and debt offerings by Japanese corporations, financial institutions and sovereign entities, as well both public and private cross-border M&A transactions.

He repeatedly has been recognized in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer for capital markets in Japan. He also is named a Notable Practitioner for Japan M&A and capital markets by IFLR1000 2019.

Mr. Taneda’s representations in capital markets matters (including his prior experience) included advising:

  • Mercari Inc. in its ¥130.7 billion global IPO, which was named one of Asian-MENA Counsel magazine’s Deals of the Year for 2018;
  • ARTERIA Networks Corporation in its ¥21.9 billion global IPO;
  • the underwriters in the ¥48.4 billion global IPO of WORLD Co., Ltd;
  • the underwriters in the ¥37.1 billion global equity offering of OUTSOURCING Inc.;
  • Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company in its US$2 billion and US$1 billion overseas hybrid debt offerings;
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited in its US$910 million overseas hybrid debt offering;
  • Toyota Industries Corporation in its US$1 billion and US$600 million senior notes offerings;
  • Invesco Office J-REIT, Inc. in its ¥22.7 billion global equity offering;
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited on its US$500 million senior notes offering;
  • the underwriters on the ¥41.6 billion global IPO of LIXIL VIVA CORPORATION;
  • the underwriters on multiple overseas hybrid debt offerings by Nippon Life Insurance Company;
  • the underwriters on hybrid debt offerings by Sumitomo Life Insurance Company in 2013 and 2017;
  • the ¥44.0 billion, ¥56.8 billion and ¥36.3 billion global equity offerings by Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation;
  • LaSalle Logiport REIT on its ¥105 billion global IPO;
  • Mixi, Inc. on its ¥32.1 billion overseas offering of common stock;
  • the underwriters on a ¥113 billion overseas offering of common stock by Olympus Corporation;
  • SoftBank Group Corp. on a US$2.485 billion and a €625 million high-yield bond offering; and as major shareholder in Alibaba Group’s US$168 billion IPO;
  • Hulic Reit, Inc. on its ¥70.2 billion global IPO and ¥18.4 billion follow-on global equity offering;
  • selling shareholder in a ¥155 billion global IPO of Seibu Holdings, Inc.;
  • selling shareholder in a ¥81.6 billion global IPO of Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.;
  • the underwriters, as sole U.S. counsel, on the last 12 SEC-registered bond offerings of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (guaranteed by the Japanese government) since 2013;
  • the underwriters on the US$500 million SEC-registered bond offerings of Japan International Cooperation Agency (guaranteed by the Japanese government) in 2016 and 2017;
  • Invincible Investment Corporation on five global equity offerings in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018;
  • Mori Hills REIT Corporation on two global equity offerings in 2014 and 2016;
  • NIPPON REIT Investment Corporation on its ¥24.8 billion global equity offering;
  • Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc. on its ¥40.6 billion global equity offering;
  • Japan Airlines on its US$8.5 billion global IPO;
  • Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc. on its US$1.08 billion IPO;
  • the underwriters on a US$2.25 billion global IPO of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.; and
  • INPEX Corporation on a US$6 billion global equity offering.

Mr. Taneda’s representative M&A (including his prior experience) matters included advising:

  • FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation on its acquisition of Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. by a U.S. public tender offer;
  • GungHo Online Entertainment Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell;
  • M3, Inc. in U.S. law aspects of its acquisition of Mediscience Plannings, Inc.;
  • SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., as financial advisor to Panasonic Information Systems Co., Ltd., in its acquisition of outstanding minority investments by Panasonic Corporation;
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on its acquisition of the outstanding minority interests of UnionBanCal Corporation through a “going private” U.S. public tender offer;
  • Suzuki Metal Industry Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Haldex AB;
  • Nippon Steel Corporation on various joint venture matters in the U.S. and Brazil;
  • Panasonic Corporation on its acquisition of the outstanding minority interests in its subsidiaries SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. and Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.; and
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on certain aspects of its Japanese securities business joint ventures with Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Taneda was a partner at the Tokyo office of a large international law firm prior to joining Skadden.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University (Kent Scholar), 2004
  • D.E.S.S., Institut d’Études Politiques and Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Admissions

  • New York
  • Registered Gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi

Languages

  • Japanese
  • English

Kenji Taneda

Gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi Partner, Corporate
kenji.taneda@skadden.com