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Dale M. Araki

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Dale Araki is a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office. He is a member of the corporate/M&A practice group.

Professional Background

Mr. Araki represents Japanese, United States, and other overseas companies in a variety of cross border business transactions. His experience features the representation of buyers and sellers across the globe in mergers, corporate acquisitions and investments, manufacturing and technology joint ventures, and restructuring transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Araki’s experience included acting as the managing partner of the Tokyo Office of another major international law firm.

Mr. Araki also has substantial experience with corporate transactions involving intellectual property, having represented clients in connection with rights acquisitions, joint development projects, complex licensing arrangements and other deals involving software, trademarks, and motion picture, television and other valuable intellectual property. His clients operate across a broad spectrum of industries in which managing and protecting intellectual property rights are critical. Such clients include prominent companies in the technology, medical products, film, television, publishing and software consulting industries, among others.

Mr. Araki has consistently been cited as a leading foreign Corporate/M&A attorney in Japan by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000.

Some of Mr. Araki’s recent work includes:
  • Recently represented one of the world’s largest chemical companies , in a series of investment transactions in the United States and Europe designed to diversify the company’s global product.base
  • Recently represented a Japanese trading company in restructuring transactions in the medical products industry, including the renegotiation of a minority investment in a US manufacturer and the bankruptcy of one of their US business partners in Delaware.
  • Representing a Japanese technology company. in the design and implementation of a whistle-blower system for global affiliates.
  • Recently represented a Massachusetts based manufacturer in connection with internal investigation involving Japanese subsidiary.
  • Recently represented a prominent US online media company in the complete restructuring of its Japanese operations.
  • Recently represented a California based medical products manufacturer in overseeing a Tokyo District Court case involving disputes with its Labor Union.
  • Recently represented a major US media company in connection with various legal matters involving its Japanese subsidiary, including securities law, and data protection matters.
  • Recently represented an Australian food products company in establishing a joint venture with a Japanese manufacturer to and export soy mild products.
  • Recently represented a Japanese retailer in connection with contract with US based design firm.
  • Recently represented a Japanese technology company in a series of overseas acquisitions executed as part of its global expansion strategy.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Araki has represented clients in a number of landmark international corporate transactions involving Japanese companies. Such representations include the following:
  • Represented Elpida Memory, then one of the world’s largest manufacturers of memory products, in its multi-billion dollar cross-border acquisition out of corporate reorganization proceedings by Micron Technology.
  • Represented Time Warner in Japanese antitrust work in connection with the merger with AT&T.
  • Represented Honda Motors in a series of transactions, including its joint venture with GE to manufacture aircraft engines, involved in designing and manufacturing the groundbreaking HondaJet in the United States.
  • Represented Mizuho Securities in the establishment of its initial proprietary private equity fund targeting investment opportunities in China and other non-Japan Asian countries, and in a series of initial investment transactions by the fund.
  • Represented Warner Bros. in the bankruptcy of Mycal Corporation, and in the subsequent sale of its interest in the Warner-Mycal chain of cinema complexes, to Aeon.
  • Represented Disney in its landmark acquisition of rights to nine prominent animated film properties; the first major acquisition of a Japanese film library by a Hollywood studio.
  • Represented Baxter Ltd. a major medical products manufacturer, in the disposition of a major business division, in one of the first transactions structured and closed under Japan's Corporate Spin-off Law.
  • Represented H&Q Asia Pacific, a US investment fund, in the acquisition of a cable channel from Pioneer and its conversion to MTV Japan, the first acquisition of control of a Japanese television broadcaster by a foreign entity.