• 08:40

      Registration

    • 09:10

      Chair’s welcome by Mergermarket

    • 09:15

      Keynote Address: Leading innovation in the age of DX (Digital Transformation) and DE (Data Economy)

      Kazuo Ichijo
      Kazuo Ichijo
      Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
    • 09:40

      Panel discussion - A global force: Japanese cross-border M&A trends

      Japanese corporations are realizing that being global means more than simply having operations in multiple jurisdictions. This panel will discuss recent trends and the changing mentality that is sweeping boardrooms of Japan’s most successful cross-border corporations.

      • What are the top deal drivers and target geographies for Japanese M&A?
      • How are corporate governance reforms contributing to the current cross-border buying trend?
      • How can Japanese corporations become global brands, not just global companies?
      • Will the regulatory climate remain favorable and what is the general outlook for corporate
        Japanese activity in the year ahead?
      Yukiko Sawa
      Yukiko Sawa
      Head of M&A, General Manager Business Strategy and Development Dept, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
      Atsushi Akaike
      Atsushi Akaike
      Partner, CVC Capital Partners
      Kensaku Bessho
      Kensaku Bessho
      Managing Director, Investment Banking Business Unit, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.
      Kenneth Lebrun
      Kenneth Lebrun
      Partner and Head of Asia Mergers & Acquisitions, Shearman & Sterling (moderator)
    • 10:40

      Presentation by Shearman & Sterling: Alternative Structures for Acquisitions of US Public Companies

      Japanese acquisitions of US public companies are almost always structured as acquisitions of 100% of the target company for a 100% cash purchase price. But a few high-profile exceptions exist — such as Fujifilm’s recently announced acquisition of Xerox and MUFG’s investment in Morgan Stanley. When can these structures be used? What are the pitfalls?

      Kenneth Lebrun
      Kenneth Lebrun
      Partner and Head of Asia Mergers & Acquisitions, Shearman & Sterling
    • 11:00

      Networking coffee

    • 11:15

      Presentation by Intralinks: Abandoned Acquisitions - Why do some deals fail to complete? 

      7.2% of worldwide M&A deals announced in 2016 failed to complete – the highest rate of deal failures since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008. Based on a thorough analysis by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City, University of London and Intralinks on 78,565 transactions announced over the past 25 years, this presentation will reveal the mysteries behind why some deals are more likely than others to fail and what factors are significantly predictive of deal failure.

      • What are the five significant predictors of public M&A deal failure and the four significant predictors of private M&A deal failure?
      • What strategies can acquirers and targets use to avoid the deal failure trap
      • How do rates of abandoned acquisitions differ by region, country and industry
      • How unexpected outside events affect deal completions?
      Satoshi Muraoka
      Satoshi Muraoka
      Japan Country Manager, Intralinks
    • 11:35

      Panel discussion - Investing in India: Beyond bullet trains

      Japan is betting big on India’s growth story, led most recently by the multi-billion dollar Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail link and other mega projects. Significant other opportunities can be found outside the infrastructure space, and this panel will explore the sectors and states with the highest M&A potential, as well as the steps and strategies Japanese corporations must take to yield the most from their India investments.

      • Which sectors, both inside and outside the Indian infrastructure space, are ripe for M&A, and which are most challenging?
      • How does the dealmaking process in India differ from other Asian countries and how can Japanese investors increase their odds of a successful transaction?
      • What makes India an attractive market for M&A compared to other high-growth, regional markets such as China or those in the ASEAN?
      Kentaro Konishi
      Kentaro Konishi
      President & CEO, Daiwa Capital Markets India
      Raj Kumar Srivastava
      Raj Kumar Srivastava
      Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Tokyo
      Riki Kojima
      Riki Kojima
      Chief of Staff, Industrial Finance, Logistics & Development Group, Mitsubishi Corporation
      Sridhar Gorthi
      Sridhar Gorthi
      Partner, Trilegal
      Sanjeev Sinha
      Sanjeev Sinha
      President, India Japan Partnership Fund (moderator)
    • 12:35

      Networking lunch

    • 13:45

      Presentation by AlixPartners - Post-merger integration: A discussion on best practices

      A significant amount of value continues to be lost during the post-deal processes when Japanese corporations buy abroad. This panel will analyze best practices in maximizing integrations and preserving a target’s value through talent, brand and corporate culture.

      • What are the key components of an effective post-merger integration plan
      • How can Japanese corporations prevent a loss of talent at acquired companies?
      Koichi Kawaguchi
      Koichi Kawaguchi
      Managing Director, AlixPartners
    • 14:30

      Panel discussion - Digital transformation: Taking the leap

      This panel will discuss how corporations can transition from traditional to digital enterprises, using M&A and other innovative methods, as well as the latest technologies that are driving the future.

      • How can AI, big data and other tech solutions put Japanese companies back on the cutting edge as leaders in their industries? 
      • Is M&A, organic growth, or a combination of the two the best course to take in executing a digital transformation strategy?
      • How can Japanese corporations create a digital culture within their organizations?
      • Is Japan keeping pace with regional and international rival firms in the tech M&A space?
      • What steps can be taken to bridge the cultural divide between Japanese bidders and Western targets?
      Shingo Kagawa
      Shingo Kagawa
      SEVP, CTO & Head of Digital Services Business, Fujitsu Ltd.
      Shingo Niori
      Shingo Niori
      Chief of Value-Business Planning, KDDI Corporation
      Hideaki Takeda
      Hideaki Takeda
      Professor, Principles of Informatics Research Division, National Institute of Informatics
      Yoshikazu Hayashi
      Yoshikazu Hayashi
      Head of Corporate M&A and Alliances Department, Renesas Electronics Corporation
      Takashi Yokotaki
      Takashi Yokotaki
      Managing Director – Mergers & Acquisitions, Accenture Strategy (moderator)
    • 15:30

      Networking coffee

    • 15:45

      Panel discussion - Private equity: Deal or no deal

      With Bain Capital’s victory in securing Toshiba’s prized memory chip business, the doors to Japan may finally be opening for foreign private equity firms. This panel will discuss the playbook being used by the most active foreign PE firms to successfully navigate the Japan market as resistance to foreign buyout groups begins to thaw.

      • How is the image of the foreign PE firm changing and what can PE buyers do to add credibility as prospective acquirers?
      • Mega deal or mid-market: Where are the deals and how does the deal process vary between deal sizes?
      • What obstacles still exist that could prevent foreign PE firms from closing more deals in 2018 and beyond?
      Taisuke Sasanuma
      Taisuke Sasanuma
      Representative Partner, Advantage Partners
      Ryosuke Iinuma
      Ryosuke Iinuma
      Representative Director & Managing Partner, Ant Capital Partners Co., Ltd.
      Tomoya Sugimoto
      Tomoya Sugimoto
      Partner, The Longreach Group
      Tatsuo Kawasaki
      Tatsuo Kawasaki
      Partner & Co-Founder, Unison Capital
      Shuhei Uchida
      Shuhei Uchida
      Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (moderator)
    • 16:45

      Closing speech by Mergermarket

    • 17:00

      Networking cocktail reception


*Agenda and speakers are subject to change

*Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be provided