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Ropes & Gray Advises Bain Capital on Three Recent Deals in Japan

Practices: Private Equity, Finance, Tax

A cross-office Ropes & Gray team advised long-term client Bain Capital on three deals in Japan worth a total of more than $4.5 billion over the last two months.

In a deal that was announced Oct. 21, Ropes & Gray advised Bain Capital in its approximately $2.1 billion (not including assumed debt) proposed acquisition of restaurant chain Skylark from sellers including affiliates of Nomura Holdings. Skylark operates over 3,600 stores in Japan.

The Ropes & Gray deal team was led by partner Tsuyoshi Imai in Tokyo, and included Boston-based partners David Saltzman and Rom Watson; Tokyo associates Masa Yamamoto and Todd Wolfe; Boston associates TC Lardner and Dan Rolde; and New York based-associate Isabel Dische.

The Japanese firm of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto provided Japanese law advice for this transaction.

Ropes & Gray also advised Bain Capital earlier this fall in two financing transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion. Ropes & Gray previously represented Bain Capital, among others, in the approximately $1.1 billion acquisition of Bellsystem24 in December 2009 — a deal that received ALB Japan’s “TMT Deal of the Year” award in 2010.
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