Ippei Takushima is a co-founder of Kimura Takushima & Yamaguchi. Ippei specializes in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and commercial transactions, such as technology and brand licensing, distributorship, services and investments, with a strong focus on cross-border transactions. He also frequently provides advice and representation for dispute resolution matters relating to such cross-border transactions. During 2009 and 2010, he taught civil law (including contract and tort laws) as a lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law.
Before co-founding the firm in 2011, he was a partner at TMI Associates, one of the leading law firms in Japan.
Represented New Horizon Capital in its investment in ReachLocal Japan, a subsidiary of ReachLocal Inc.
Represented the sellers in the sale of shares of Itty, Inc. to J-STAR
Represented Ascot Corp., a listed company, in the sale of its shares to Ping An Insurance Group
Represented the sellers in the sale of shares of John Masters Organics Inc. to Permira
Represented Moritex Corp. in the sale of its shares to CITIC
Advised the board of directors of Macromill as independent committee member in the sale of its shares to Bain Capital
Represented the sellers in the sale of Styla Inc. to Rising Japan Equity
Represented Styla International Inc. (n/k/a John Masters Organics Group, Inc.) in its acquisition of John Masters Organics Inc.
Advised the board of directors of Goodman Japan as independent committee member in the sale of its shares to Macquarie Goodman Japan
Advised the board of directors of Sanjo Machine Works, Ltd. as independent committee member in a management buyout and delisting
Other domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisition transactions
Venture capital investments (domestic and cross-border)
Dissolution of joint ventures
Cross-border brand licensing; technology licensing
Represented a Chinese company in an international commercial mediation in the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
Represented a Japanese company in an international commercial arbitration in the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
Represented a Japanese company in an international commercial mediation in the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP)
Provided legal support to a major Japanese manufacturer in connection with litigation before the courts of California
Advising foreign start-ups and early stage firms starting and expanding business in Japan (including incorporation, day-to-day contracts, and employment matters)
"Report on Foreign Laws and Statistical and Economic Analysis Related to Mergers and Acquisitions", Nippon Research Institute, 2006 (co-author; authored the United States section)
Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M. with honors - 2005
Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management, Certificate of Business Administration - 2005
Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan - 2000
University of Tokyo, LL.B. - 1998