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Joe is a Partner within the Herbert Smith Freehills' Corporate team in Tokyo. 

Joe has worked on a wide range of corporate matters for a number of major Japanese companies with a particular focus on M&A, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial transactions. He regularly advises on transactions in both developed and emerging markets and has worked on deals across numerous jurisdictions in the firm's London and Tokyo offices. Joe also has experience across a wide range of sectors including consumer products, manufacturing and industrials, TMT and energy.

Joe is ranked as a "Band 4" lawyer for Corporate / M&A in Japan by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2024 and as a "Next Generation Partner" for Corporate / M&A in Japan by Legal 500's Asia Pacific 2024 rankings.



Joe holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington. He is admitted to practice in New Zealand and in England and Wales and is a licensed Registered Foreign Lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) in Japan.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • SoftBank Corp. on its largest investment to date, taking a majority stake in Cubic Telecom, a leading global provider of software-defined connected vehicle solutions headquartered in Dublin
  • Sumitomo Corporation on its investment in DABCO Limited, a digital platform provider that enables autonomous identification and communication between connected devices
  • Tokio Marine on the increase of its shareholding in PT Asuransi Tokio Marine Indonesia
  • International Data Corporation (IDC) on its acquisition of ETBS, an IT benchmarking and assessment firm based in Australia
  • SoftBank Corp. on acquiring an equity stake in IoT mobile provider 1NCE GmbH
  • a leading international infrastructure and property focused alternative asset manager in relation to its proposed majority acquisition from a leading telecommunication company of its global network connection and NaaS business
  • Sumitomo Corporation on its further investment in M-KOPA Holdings Limited, a pay-as-you-go service provider in Africa
  • Monotype Imaging Inc. on its proposed acquisition of Fontworks, a Japan-based font business