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 was named as a "Rising Star" in 2020 and 2021 for Corporate and M&A in Japan by Legal 500's Asia Pacific rankings.
Joe's recent experience includes advising:
- FamilyMart Co., Ltd on the sale of 49% shareholding in Central FamilyMart, its joint venture in Thailand with Central Food Retail Co., Ltd.
- Bridgestone Corporation on the acquisition of the iTrack Solutions Business, a hi-tech UK tyre monitoring business, from AIM-listed Transense Technologies Plc.
- SoftBank Group Corp on its Indian solar energy joint venture
- Lupin on its US$600 million disposal of Kyowa Pharmaceutical to Unison
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.