Author: Marie Skari

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Calbee North America, LLC (“Calbee”) on its majority investment into branded and private label snack foods manufacturer, Warnock Food Products, Inc. (“Warnock”). Takenaka Partners successfully advised Calbee through a competitive sale process that was run by BGL that included a group of private equity sponsors and global strategic buyers. Originally a Japanese snack food manufacturer, Calbee Inc. expanded to North America in 1970 with popular brands like Saya and Shrimp Chips. In 2012,...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor for Nippon Steel Trading Americas, Inc.'s (NSTA) joint venture with Pacesetter Steel Service, Inc. (dba Pacesetter). Through its Greenfield research process, Takenaka Partners identified Pacesetter as the best strategic partner for NSTA. Together, NSTA, the North American trading arm of Nippon Steel  Corporation, and Pacesetter will build a new world class Service Center facility in Houston, TX. This joint venture, named NSPS Metals, LLC, will allow both companies to tap growth in the Southwestern United...

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) is pleased to announce that LifeSeasons, Inc. has acquired ADG Concerns, Inc. [d.b.a. Health Concerns], based in Oakland, CA. Takenaka Partners worked closely to unite LifeSeasons, a leading manufacturer of natural supplements, with Health Concerns, a well-recognized brand of herbal remedies based on traditional Chinese medicine. Health Concerns began providing high quality herbal formulas to healthcare professionals more than 30 years ago. The Company has since focused on providing Chinese formulas specific to the needs of the American patient, by using...

Takenaka Partners is pleased to announce that on January 7, 2019, Noritz Corporation (TSE:5943) ("Noritz") acquired PB Heat, LLC ("PB Heat"). Takenaka Partners served as the exclusive financial advisor to Noritz on this transaction. Noritz, a global leader in HVAC, water heating, kitchen, bath and renewables, has joined forces with PB Heat, a leading provider of high-efficiency, cast iron and stainless steel boilers and indirect-fired water heaters, sold under the Peerless brand. The Peerless brand will continue to be marketed and sold independently of Noritz's branded products and PB...

On October 1, 2018, MM Group Holdings Co., Ltd. ("MM Group") concluded an acquisition of SushiStop, including six sushi stores in the Los Angeles area. Takenaka Partners acted as the financial advisor to MM Group and assisted MM Group in the financial and business due diligence, valuation analysis, and deal negotiations. About MM Group The mother company was founded in 1995 and MM Group Holdings was established in Yokohama in 2017. MM Group has more than ten group companies and is engaged in communication services (DoCoMo shop...

Takenaka Partners is pleased to announce that our client, Nagase America, a member of the NAGASE Group (NAGASE) and a leader in innovative solutions for the chemicals, plastics, electronics, life sciences, and automotive markets, has acquired Fitz Chem Corporation, a specialty chemical distributor providing technical solutions and high quality customer service to the CASE, plastics, and personal care markets in the United States. Takenaka Partners acted as Nagase's exclusive financial advisor on this transaction....

Takenaka Partners is pleased to announce that Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc., a subsidiary of Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (collectively "Yushiro") has entered into a global strategic partnership with QualiChem Inc. ("QualiChem"). The announcement brings together two of the premier metalworking fluids manufacturers in the industry. Yushiro is the largest supplier of metalworking fluids in the Asia Pacific region, and QualiChem is one of the fastest growing metalworking fluids businesses in North America. This partnership will allow Yushiro and QualiChem to leverage their respective product lines,...

Shukan New York Seikatsu features excerpts from Yukuo Takenaka's statement before his upcoming lecture at the Nippon Club. Shukan New York Seikatsu interviewed Yukuo Takenaka, a CPA based in the United States who has helped many Japanese corporations expand their American operations and brought a number of mergers and acquisition deals to a successful conclusion. See the full article here....

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