Event summary by George Onishi
7 January 2017
The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo were pleased to welcome three legal practitioners from Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong presence in Asia-Pacific, to present a seminar on trends and opportunities in the Japan-Australia M&A market. The presenters were:
- Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo)
- Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne)
- Geread Dooley (Senior Associate, Sydney)
The seminar was opened with introductions by ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci and Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper.
In the first session, Ms Whiriskey and Ms Ogawa reflected on overall trends in Japan-Australia M&A activity from 2016. Ms Whiriskey outlined Japan’s cross-border M&A activity from last year, identifying growth sectors and key Japan-Australia deals. Ms Ogawa looked at key trends from 2016 and gave suggestions for Japanese investors based on these trends.
In the second session, Ms Ogawa outlined the foreign investment regulatory landscape in Australia, highlighting key developments relevant to investors.
Mr Dooley presented the third session with predictions and deal opportunities in cross-border M&A looking ahead to 2017. He noted that economic trends, both globally and within Australia, presented opportunities for Japan-Australia M&A in various key sectors.
The seminar was concluded with a Q&A session followed by drinks to welcome the new year.
The ANZCCJ would like to thank all speakers for their insightful observations on what is a key aspect of the commercial relationship between Japan and Australia.