OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
 
Japan is Canada's second biggest export market, and fifth largest source of investment in Canada. Some 550 Japanese affiliates are active in Canada, generating the largest source of job creating investment from Asia and tens of thousands of Canadian jobs in the automotive, aerospace, energy and mining sectors. Over 100 Canadian firms have established a direct presence in Japan. In recognition of the importance of the trade and investment relationship between the two countries, Canada and Japan are currently working toward an economic partnership agreement. Negotiations to date have focused on market access for goods and services, investment and government procurement.
 
For decades, Blakes has been representing leading Japanese companies doing business in Canada. Whether these companies are engaging in transactions, acquiring businesses or seeking investment opportunities, Blakes provides leading representation on doing business in Canada.
 
With expertise in all areas of Canadian business, Blakes is recognized as one of the world's top-rated law firms in M&A, capital markets, competition and antitrust, foreign investment, financial services, and tax, and has advised on many of the most high-profile global M&A and financing transactions. We represent Japanese companies in their Canadian transactions, optimizing their business opportunities and limiting their risk exposure. Many Japanese companies know that they can rely on our lawyers for strategic business advice and guidance through Canada’s legislative and regulatory framework, including foreign investment regulations and disclosure requirements.  Japanese clients also seek our advice on commodity tax and customs, trade and business law issues, intellectual property, information technology, litigation and dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency matters in Canadian infrastructure, oil and gas, power, mining, agribusiness, banking, telecommunications, and information technology.
 
Working alongside prominent Japanese and Asian law firms, we advise Canadian clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions in Japan in areas such as materials, intellectual property, information technology, mergers and acquisitions, and a wide range of commercial dealings. Our strong presence in global business centres, our long-established relationships with leading international legal and accounting firms and our experience before regulatory authorities enable us to deliver comprehensive, full-service legal advice to our clients. Our international capabilities are enhanced by our charter membership in Lex Mundi, the world’s largest non-exclusive referral network of independent law firms, and TechLaw Group, Inc., an international network of law firms specializing in technology.

 


Representative Matters

  • Nabco Entrances, Inc. and Nabco Canada Inc. in relation to several share and asset transactions in Canada.
  • Mitsui & Co. on its investment of US$1.18-billion for a 60-per-cent stake in CDF Suez SA.
  • Daikin Industries on its US$3.7-billion acquisition of Goodman Global Inc. from Hellman & Friedman LLC.
  • Marubeni Corporation on its US$5.7-billion acquisition of Gavilon, LLC.
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its US$13.7-billion acquisition of Nycomed A/S.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a term credit facility for the 30 MW South Branch wind energy project in eastern Ontario.
  • Sekisui Chemical Co. on its US$265-million acquisition of Genzyme Corporation.
  • Ricoh Company on its US$2.3-billion acquisition of IKON Office Solutions.
  • TDK Corporation on its US$233-million acquisition of Lambda Far East Ltd.
  • Sanyo Electric on its US$411-million acquisition by Kyocera Corporation.
  • Quadra FNX on its joint venture with Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining and Sumitomo Corp. to develop its C$2.9-billion Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile.
  • A liquefied natural gas (LNG) group of major Japanese conglomerates on long-term LNG purchase and sale agreements from a Qatar-based LNG supplier, and related project financing and charter agreements for LNG tankers.
  • A consortium of Hunt Oil, Repsol YPF, SK Energy and Marubeni Corporation on all construction matters related to the development and construction of a US$2-billion LNG liquefaction terminal in Peru that will provide 4.4 million metric tons of LNG per year when completed.
  • A North American agriculture association on the World Trade Organization rules applicable to regulatory barriers in the EU, Japan, South Korea and Brazil to imports of various agricultural products.
  • Nippon Steel Corporation, a Japanese steel company, and POSCO, a Korean steel company, in connection with their respective minority equity investments in the Elkview Mine Limited Partnership, together with the entry into 10-year sales agreements for the purchase of 6.25-million tonnes per annum of metallurgical coal.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

 

Rankings
No. 1 Canadian firm in Japan Announced Deals by deal value (Bloomberg)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Any Japanese Involvement Announced by deal value (Thomson Reuters)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Any Japanese Involvement Completed by deal value (Thomson Reuters)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Any Japanese Involvement Announced by Target Industry (Healthcare) by deal value (Thomson Reuters)

Global
No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Announced Deals by deal value (Bloomberg)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Announced Deals by deal count (Bloomberg)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Announced Deals – Counsel to Principals by deal value (Bloomberg)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Announced Deals – Counsel to Principals by deal count (Bloomberg)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Worldwide Announced by deal value (Thomson Reuters)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Worldwide Announced by deal count (Thomson Reuters)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Worldwide Completed by deal value (Thomson Reuters)
No. 1 Canadian firm in Worldwide Completed by deal count (Thomson Reuters)

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Customs & Import Controls, International Trade, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Sanctions & Export Controls, Trade Litigation, Trade Negotiation & Compliance, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Major Projects, Transportation, Oil Sands, LNG, E&P Conventional
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4062
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Energy, Public-Private Partnerships, Project Finance, China, Japan, United States
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