Author: Marie Skari

Asahi Intecc USA, Inc. (“Asahi”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asahi Intecc Co., Ltd. (“Asahi Group”), has acquired Pathways Medical Corporation (“Pathways”), a company with unique technology related to electrical wiring that can be formed on the surface of guide wires, etc. Asahi Group acquired the company with the aim of applying this technology to the stroke smart guide wire that it has been developing jointly with SENSOME in France. Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the financial advisor to Asahi, providing due diligence...

Asahi Intecc USA, Inc. (“Asahi”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asahi Intecc Co., Ltd. (“Asahi Group”), has acquired Rev. 1 Engineering, Inc. (“Rev. 1”), a leading provider of outsourced medical device design and engineering services with an emphasis on “First in Kind” design for inventors, start-ups, and top tier original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) with particular focus on coronary, vascular, and other related markets. Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the financial advisor to Asahi, providing valuation, due diligence, and business advisory services. Asahi Group, based...

KDDI Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) and Station Digital Media, Inc. (Long Beach, CA) (“SDM”) have entered into a capital and business alliance in order to provide one-stop services ranging from communications to service platforms and applications for connected cars and IoT devices. KDDI Corporation, together with KDDI America, Inc. (Staten Island, NY), (collectively “KDDI”) acquired a part of the shares issued by SDM, making it an equity affiliate of KDDI. Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the financial advisor to SDM, providing valuation and...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (TSE:4967) (“Kobayashi”) on its acquisition of Alva-Amco Pharmacal Companies, Inc. (“Alva-Amco”), in cooperation with Yamada Consulting Group Co., Ltd. Kobayashi, founded in 1886 and based in Osaka, Japan, produces well-branded products, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, oral hygiene products, and household products like deodorizing air fresheners, in Japan and internationally. Alva-Amco, founded in 1904 and based in Niles, Illinois, is a leading provider of branded OTC consumer health products across a...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Daiho USA Corp., a subsidiary of Daiho Industrial Co., Ltd. (collectively “Daiho”) on its acquisition of Polyfab Corp., which is being renamed Polyfab, LLC (“Polyfab”). Stout Investment Banking served as the exclusive financial advisor to Polyfab. Daiho is a leader in the plastics processing industry in Japan, South East Asia, and Europe where its products are used for various end markets, including home electronics, automotive, office automation equipment, and housing goods. Polyfab, founded in...

In early 2020, Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Izawa Towel Co., Ltd. ("Izawa") on forming a business alliance with a world-leading towel manufacturer, WestPoint Home LLC (New York) and its subsidiary, Vision Support Services Group Limited (Lancashire, UK) (collectively "WestPoint Group"). Takenaka Partners successfully advised Izawa through the entire process, including partner identification. Izawa is the leading towel manufacturer in Japan, with 50 years of operation history. It engages in OEM production for many brands, including the largest...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Nagase Holdings America on its successful acquisition of Interfacial Consultants, LLC (“Interfacial”) on March 19, 2020. Nagase Holdings America is a part of Nagase & Co., Ltd. (“Nagase Group”), a leading chemical trading firm in Japan. Nagase Group owns more than 100 group companies around the globe focused in the manufacturing and distribution of various products such as resins, functional polymers, plastic products, electronic materials, functional food, pharmaceutical ingredients, and intermediates. Nagase Group...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor for Somi Foods, Inc.’s (“Somi’s”) acquisition of Cauldron Broths, a manufacturer of made-from-scratch certified organic broths. Through its Greenfield Research process, Takenaka Partners identified Cauldron Broths as the best strategic fit for Somi. The transaction closed in August 2019. Somi, based in Japan with US offices in Los Angeles, CA and Fort Lee, NJ, manufactures high quality soups and seasonings for the food service industry. Somi was searching for a US manufacturer of soups,...

The Japanese newspaper, Shukan New York Seikatsu, recently interviewed Yukuo Takenaka regarding the current state of business practices in Japan and America. In 1989, Mr. Takenaka founded Takenaka Partners, a successful investment banking and consulting firm that specializes in cross-border M&A transactions. His firm has helped countless Japanese corporations expand their American operations and has brought numerous merger and acquisition deals to a successful closing. During the interview, Mr. Takenaka reaffirmed the strengths of Japanese companies and discussed how opportunities can still be found during these...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor for Yamada Bee Farm Inc.’s minority investment into AHNP Precision Health, LLC (AHNP), a healthcare technology company focused on preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Takenaka Partners worked closely with Yamada Bee to identify, conduct due diligence on, and negotiate the investment with AHNP. AHNP, in partnership with one of the industry’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Dr. Dale Bredesen, aims to help people prevent, track, and even improve their Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms. AHNP...

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