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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....

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....

“Samurai Accountant.” It is our great pleasure to announce that “Samurai Accountant” has recently been published. The book, subtitled “Yukuo Takenaka, the John Manjiro of the Showa Era,” tells the life story of Mr. Yukuo Takenaka, President and CEO of Takenaka Partners LLC. Written by Mr. Shunjiro Naka and published by Eiko Shuppan, “Samurai Accountant” describes Mr. Takenaka’s long history of successful cross-border M&A transactions for Japanese companies, beginning with his employment as the first Japanese CPA in the US at at KPMG, one of the major international CPA firms to this day....

Business Alliance between Shizuoka Bank and Takenaka Partners. Shizuoka Bank (“Shizuoka BK”) has entered into a strategic alliance with Takenaka Partners LLC in Los Angeles, CA, in order to assist its clients who want to consider strategic transactions, including M&As and alliances, particularly in North America and Latin America, so that they can expand their businesses globally. This is the first time that Shizuoka BK has entered into a strategic alliance. Under this arrangement, Shizuoka BK will introduce clients who are considering M&A or strategic alliance opportunities...

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 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 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 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 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...

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,...

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