Kenji Taneda
Kenji Taneda represents both issuers and underwriters in capital markets matters, including equity and debt offerings by Japanese corporations, financial institutions and sovereign entities.

Bio

Mr. Taneda has significant experience advising on both public and private M&A transactions.

He has advised on a number of notable transactions in Japan and abroad. His representations in capital markets matters (including his prior experience) included advising:

  • LaSalle Logiport REIT, as U.S. counsel, on its ¥105 billion global IPO;
  • Mixi, Inc., as U.S. counsel, on its ¥32.1 billion overseas offering of common stock;
  • the underwriters, as U.S. counsel, on multiple overseas hybrid debt offerings by Nippon Life Insurance Company;
  • the underwriters, as U.S. counsel, on a ¥113 billion overseas offering of common stock by Olympus Corporation;
  • SoftBank Group Corp., as U.S. counsel, on a US$2.485 billion and a €625 million high-yield bond offering;
  • SoftBank Group Corp. as major shareholder in Alibaba Group’s US$168 billion IPO;
  • Hulic Reit, Inc., as U.S. counsel, on its ¥70.2 billion global IPO and ¥18.4 billion follow-on global equity offering;
  • selling shareholder, as U.S. counsel, in a ¥155 billion global IPO of Seibu Holdings, Inc.;
  • selling shareholder, as U.S. counsel, in a ¥81.6 billion global IPO of Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.;
  • Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, as U.S. counsel, on its US$2 billion overseas hybrid debt offering;
  • the underwriters, as U.S. counsel, on a US$1 billion overseas hybrid debt offering by Sumitomo Life Insurance Company;
  • the underwriters, as sole U.S. counsel, on the last eight SEC-registered bond offerings of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (guaranteed by the Japanese government) since 2013;
  • the underwriters, as U.S. counsel, on the US$500 million SEC-registered bond offering of Japan International Cooperation Agency (guaranteed by the Japanese government);
  • Invincible Investment Corporation, as U.S. counsel, on three global equity offerings in 2014, 2015 and 2016;
  • Mori Hills REIT Corporation, as U.S. counsel, on two global equity offerings in 2014 and 2016;
  • NIPPON REIT Investment Corporation, as U.S. counsel, on its ¥24.8 billion global equity offering;
  • Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc., as U.S. counsel, on its ¥40.6 billion global equity offering;
  • Japan Airlines, as U.S. counsel, on its US$8.5 billion global IPO;
  • Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc., as U.S. counsel, on its US$1.08 billion IPO;
  • the underwriters, as U.S. counsel, on a US$2.25 billion global IPO of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.; and
  • INPEX Corporation, as U.S. counsel, 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. He was chosen as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Awards for Capital Markets in Japan in 2015 and 2016. He also was recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer for capital markets in Japan.

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