22 January, 2018
The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo was delighted to welcome three legal practitioners from Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong Asia-Pacific presence, who presented on the trends and opportunities in mergers and acquisitions in Australia and Japan. The event speakers included:
- ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci
- Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper
- Ashurst Melbourne, Partner, Natsuko Ogawa
- Ashurst Tokyo, Partner Tracy Whiriskey
- Ashurst Melbourne, Counsel Arabella Dove
The seminar opened with insights from ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci, who recognised the apparent trend of 2017, with a rise in investment deals between Australian and Japanese companies. Reflecting specifically on the strong and optimistic developments in the real estate sector, he concluded that organisations including ANZCCJ and Austrade will be instrumental in harnessing the Japanese desire to go offshore.
Following this, Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner Brett Cooper reflected on Australia’s economic outlook, highlighting his prediction that Australia-Japan investment will continue to increase. Although investment will remain strong in the resources and energy sectors, he predicted that Japanese investment into Australia will continue to diversify into different sectors, particularly with Japanese businesses investing offshore. Specifically, Mr Cooper outlined the education and defence markets as key areas of growth.
The third session featured a panel discussion with Natsuko Ogawa, Tracy Whiriskey, and Arabella Dove. Discussing key lessons learnt from deals conducted in 2017, the panellists further reflected on recent trends in Japanese investment into Australia. Particularly, the speakers noted increased transactions related to public companies, an adoption of more complex structures between Japan-Australia businesses, greater investment into personnel, company base and ideas, and the evolution of technology in the situation of acquisition transaction. Reinforcing some of the points Brett Cooper made, the panellists also agreed that investment will be diversified into other industry sectors.
The seminar concluded with a Q&A session, accompanied by drinks to welcome the coming year.
A big thank you to Ashurst for holding this event, to the Australian Embassy for hosting it, and to the speakers for their insights.