NEC to acquire Denmark’s largest IT company KMD Holding ApS for about 8 billion Danish Kroner (approx. US$ 1.2 billion)

NEC Corporation announced on December 27, 2018 the acquisition of Denmark’s largest IT company, KMD Holding ApS, the holding company of KMD A/S for about 8 billion Danish Kroner (approx. US$ 1.2 billion) from the private equity group Advent International. This acquisition is in line with NEC‘s “Mid-term Management Plan 2020” to shift NEC towards […]

Daikin acquires AHT for €881m (approx. 114.5 billion YEN)

Daikin Industries Ltd acquires Austria’s AHT Cooling Systems for €881m (approx. 114.5 billion YEN) World’s largest air-conditioning equipment maker expands to Europe On Monday 26 November 2018 Daikin Industries Ltd announced the planned acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems for €881m (approx. 100 billion YEN). Daikin Industries Ltd [TYO:6367], slogan: “The Future in Your Hand” Daikin […]

Irish wind energy €300m investment by Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Japanese consortium of trading company Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric invest in five Irish wind farms Irish wind energy €300m investment Irish wind energy investments were announced by trading company Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power Corporation. Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power […]

Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures via Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge

Dentsu uses London based Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge to acquire representation of about 40 YouTube stars Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures: invests to acquire 90% ownership Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures, who “develop, monetize & protect” digital-first talent, ie mainly YouTube focused stars. Japanese companies have a dramatically different culture than Western, European or […]

Roche acquires Chugai Pharmaceutical controlling stake, expanding in Japan, the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market

Japan’s pharmaceutical market is approx. US$ 80 billion – US$ 120 billion, approx. 10% of the global pharmaceutical market Roche acquires Chugai: Roche KK merges into Chugai in a carefully structured process, with Chugai the surviving company Roche acquires Chugai in a series of carefully crafted transactions, to expand in the world’s second largest pharmaceutical […]

ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical from private equity fund HQ Equita and others

Private equity fund HQ Equita had acquired ISOLITE in 2010, now sells to Hitachi Chemical ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical to build global speciality insulation materials group ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical from private equity fund HQ Equita, as announced on 27 and 28 April 2017. Isolite – High Temperature Solutions Isolite produces and sells […]

Sanofi acquires SSP (エスエス製薬株式会社) from Boehringer Ingelheim in a global asset swap

Japan’s pharmaceutical market is approx. US$ 80 billion – US$ 120 billion, approx. 10% of the global pharmaceutical market Sanofi acquires SSP (エスエス製薬株式会社), a Japanese OTC pharmaceutical company, founded as a pharmacy in Tokyo in 1765 Boehringer Ingelheim had acquired SSP (エスエス製薬株式会社), a Japanese OTC pharma company founded originally in 1765 as a pharmacy in […]

Asahi Group Holdings acquire five east European beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev

Asahi Group Holdings agreed to acquire five European beer brands for €7.3 billion: Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic) Dreher Brewery (Hungary) Ursus Breweries (Romania) Tyskie Breweries (Poland) Lech (Poland) Asahi Group Holdings (アサヒグループホールディングス株式会社) founded in 1889 in Osaka as the Osaka Beer Company (大阪麦酒会社) listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE2502) with about 38% market share, the […]

Asahi Group Holdings acquires Peroni Nastro Azurro, Grolsch and Meantime

Asahi Group Holdings agreed to acquire Miller Brands UK for an acquisition price of €2550 million (approx. US$ 2.5 billion) to become Asahi UK, as part of Asahi Group’s Europe strategy: Peroni Nastro Azzurro: Birra Peroni Srl Royal Grolsch NV Meantime Brewing Company Ltd Asahi Group Holdings (アサヒグループホールディングス株式会社) founded in 1889 in Osaka as the […]

Nippon Electric Glass acquires PPG’s European fibre glass operations

Nippon Electric Glass acquires PPG glass fibre manufacturing and R&D in Hoogezand (Netherlands) and Wigan (UK) Reinforcement materials for transportation, energy, infrastructure and consumer markets On June 20, 2016 PPG and Nippon Electric Glass (NEG, TYO:5214) announced that Nippon Electric Glass will acquire PPG’s European fibre glass operations, subject to employee consultations, regulatory and other […]

SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings plc driven by paradigm shift to Internet of Things (IoT)

On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced to acquire ARM Holdings plc for £17 per share, corresponding to £24.0 billion (US$ 31.4 billion) SoftBank acquires ARM: acquisition completed on 5 September 2016, following 10 years of “unreciprocated love” for ARM On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced a “Strategic Agreement”, that SoftBank plans to acquire ARM Holdings […]

Toray acquires Delta-Tech SpA to expand carbon fiber business in Europe

Toray acquires Delta-Tech: 55% of Italian fiber manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including Delta-Preg SpA Toray management program Project AP-G 2016: “thorough implementation of growth strategy through innovation and aggressive management” Toray acquires Delta-Tech: acquires 55% of outstanding shares of the Italian prepreg manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including the fully owned subsidiary Delta-Preg SpA. Delta-Tech SpA and Delta-Preg […]

Suzuki Volkswagen “Wagen-san” divorce: a teachable moment

“Mr. Suzuki didn’t want to be a VW employee, and that’s understandable” (Prof. Dudenhoeffer via Bloomberg) Suzuki Volkswagen divorce: Volkswagen makes approx US$ 1.3 billion profit, Suzuki comes out more or less even by Gerhard Fasol, All Rights Reserved. 18 September 2015, updated: 27 September 2015 A smiling Martin Winterkorn and Osamu Suzuki (79 years […]

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd opens £82 million train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK

Hitachi received orders for 866 Intercity Express Program (IEP) carriages and for 234 carriages for Abellio’s ScotRail program, following 174 “Javelin” carriages Hitachi Rail putting competitive pressure on Europe’s rail established rail manufacturers: Hitachi Rail has “on time delivery” at the top of the list of commitments to customers Winning a series of train contracts, […]

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company to acquire UK insurance company Amlin

Amlin is an insurer operating the second largest syndicate in London’s Lloyd’s insurance market Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company acquires Amlin for 2.5 billion pounds (approx. US$ 3.85 billion or ¥642 billion) On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company announced the planned acquisition of London based insurer Amlin plc for 2.5 billion pounds (approx. […]

Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

Nikkei won the race. Axel Springer withdrew. £ 94 million made the difference. On July 23, 2015 at 15:13 (3:13 pm) British Summer Time, Pearson and Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation announced the sale of the Financial Times Newspaper to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation for £ 844 million (approx. US$ 1.3 billion) – sending shock waves […]

TOSHIBA sells KONE holding for approx. US$ 0.95 billion

Toshiba sells its 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE TOSHIBA sells KONE holding – fall-out from Toshiba’s accounting issues TOSHIBA sells KONE holding: In the wake of Toshiba’s accounting issues, Toshiba announced the sale of its 24,186,720 shares, corresponding to a 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE for EURO 864.7 million (YEN 118 […]

Fits.me acquired by Rakuten

Rakuten continues worldwide acquisitions to globalize acquired London based virtual fitting room mannequin venture Fits.me Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce + e-finance group, is acquiring many companies around the world both to acquire technology, and to acquire e-commerce capabilities outside Japan in order to globalize. Find some of Rakuten’s recent acquisitions in Europe listed here: http://eu-japan.com/?s=rakuten […]

Quipper acquired by Japanese media giant Recruit for US$ 39 million

EdTech venture Quipper was founded 2010 by DeNA veteran Masayuki Watanabe (渡辺雅之) in London Recruit expands from classified-type magazine sites into education On April 1, 2015, Japanese media giant Recruit acquired London based but largely Japanese managed EdTech venture Quipper for US$ 39 million, providing good returns for three investors, Atomico, Benesse and Globis Capital […]

Nidec acquires automotive pump company Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt

Electrical water pumps (EWP), electrical oil pumps (EOP) “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquires German pump manufacturer Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt via the subsidiary Nidec Motors & Actuators (Germany) GmbH (“NMA(G)”) on February 2, 2015. Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt and subsidiaries have been renamed: Germany: NIDEC GPM […]

Nidec acquires power generators manufacturer Motortecnica s.r.l.

Nidec continues acquisitions in Europe in the motor and electrical equipment sector Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquired the Italian electrical machinery construction and repair company Motortecnica s.r.l. on May 15, 2015 via its Italian subsidiary Nidec ASI S.p.A. (formerly, Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A), which Nidec had acquired in May 2012. Motortecnica […]

LIXIL announces losses of YEN 33.2 billion (US$ 265 million) due to Joyou AG’s insolvency filing

LIXIL (“Link to good living”) acquired approx. 70% of German listed Chinese subsidiary Joyou AG via the GROHE acquisition Joyou AG files for bankruptcy On January 21, 2014, LIXIL had acquired 87.5% of the German bath fixtures company GROHE Group (“Pure Freude am Wasser”). The GROHE Group owns 72.3% of Joyou AG, thus Joyou AG […]

Supercell: Softbank increases ownership to 73.2%

Supercell valued at US$ 5.3 billion Softbank and GungHo jointly acquired 51% in October 2013 for US$ 1.5 billion On June 1, 2015, SoftBank announced an investment to increase the ownership of Supercell stock from 50.5% to 73.2% on a fully diluted basis. This transaction had closed on May 29, 2015. While Softbank did not […]

Yanmar to acquire 70% of Himoinsa

Diesel engine maker Yanmar to partner with generator manufacturer Himoinsa Yanmar and Himoinsa to provide solutions for energy markets including cogeneration On April 27, 2015, diesel engine maker Yanmar and electricity generator maker Himoinsa announced a partnership, including Yanmar to acquire 70% of Himoinsa, to strengthen their solution business for energy markets including cogeneration. Both […]

Domino Printing Sciences plc to be acquired by Brother Industries

Transition from analog printing to digital printing drove coding and marking printer Domino to partner with a stronger company Domino valued at 1.03 billion pounds (US$ 1.5 billion) 97% of today’s printing is analog, however there is a transition now to digital printing. Domino Printing Sciences is specialized on analog printing and now transitioning to […]

abaGada, Israeli digital performance agency, acquired by Dentsu and to be rebranded as iProspect

Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe and Israel To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network On April 20, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile and digital: Dentsu […]

Nippon Life Insurance partners with AXA Life Insurance

Nippon Life Insurance (日本生命保険相互会社) acquires 1% of stock of AXA Life Insurance Nippon Life Insurance and AXA to jointly offer health insurance product Medi-AxN Nippon Life Insurance (日本生命保険相互会社) and AXA Life Insurance announced a partnership, and Nippon Life intends to acquire 1% of outstanding shares of AXA Life Insurance to develop a long-term partnership. Currently […]

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc to acquire 15% of French reinsurer Scor SE

Sompo continues globalization Sompo to acquire 15% of Scor SE for approx. US$ 915 million On March 6, 2015, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc (損保ジャパン日本興亜ホールディングス株式会社) announced the investment in the French reinsurer Scor SE, as follows: 7.8% (8.1% of voting rights) from largest shareholder, Patinex AG. Patient is a Swiss holding company, owned by Martin […]

Sir Stephen Gomersall on UK-Japan relations & globalization

Sir Stephen Gomersall on corporate governance: Board Meetings should be like sparkling water – not like tea Globalization and the art of tea Hitachi – Japan’s most iconic corporation – under the leadership of Chairman & CEO, Hiroaki Nakanishi embarked on the “Smart Transformation Project” to globalize, to face a world where value creation has […]

MixRadio: from Nokia to Microsoft to LINE

Messaging giant LINE continuous globalization MixRadio will complement LINE’s local Japanese LINE Music service In December 2014, LINE and Microsoft announced that LINE will acquire the streaming music service MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE already operates a Japan-only streaming music service “LINE Music”. Since music licensing is largely country or region specific, with this acquisition, LINE […]

Mindworks – “the fastest growing digital agency in Greece” – to be acquired by Dentsu

Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network On March 11, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile and digital: Dentsu acquires 80% […]

Nikon enters medical sector with offer for acquisition of Optos plc – “The retina company”

Nikon diversifies from digital cameras to medical imaging Retinal imaging market estimated to grow to US$ 530 million in 2019 Currently 70% of Nikon’s business are digital camera, a rapidly shrinking market due to the popularity of smartphone cameras. Inspired by SONY‘s investment in medical imaging company Olympus, Nikon diversifies from digital cameras into medical […]

NTT Communications reportedly in talks to acquire German data center operator e-shelter facility services GmbH

NTT Communications to continue global expansion e-shelter offers about 90,000 square meters of data center space in 9 locations NTT Communications is reported by Nikkei to be in negotiations to acquire Frankfurt based e-shelter facility services GmbH for approximately YEN 100 billion (US$ 840 million). NTT Communications acquisition is driven by the need to grow […]

Hitachi agrees with Finmeccanica S.p.A. to acquire rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and 40% of rail signaling company Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

AnsaldoBreda rail business to help Hitachi to compete globally with Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom Finmeccanica accelerates restructuring, reduces debt and focuses on aerospace, defense and security Hitachi Ltd (株式会社 日立製作所) and Finmeccanica S.p.A. announced on February 24, 2015, that their Boards of Directors have agreed for Hitachi to: acquire the rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. […]

Sosei Group acquires Cambridge/UK based Heptares Therapeutics Ltd for up to US$ 400 million

Sosei Group acquires candidate drugs to compensate for expected loss of patent protection for the Seebri inhaler in 2026 Heptares Therapeutics Ltd emerged from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge Sosei Group Corporation (そーせいグループ株式会社) is a Japanese pharmaceutical group which mainly in-licenses pharmaceutica in Europe and North America, then brings […]

Wuaki.tv acquired by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten

Wuaki.tv: Your online video service Rakuten’s first entry into Spain’s markets On June 13, 2012, Rakuten acquired Spanish online streaming video-on-demand (VOD) provider Wuaki.tv. Wuaki.tv – slogan: Your online video service Wuaki.tv was founded 2009 in Barcelona by current CEO Jacinto Roca. Wuaki.tv is funded by Bonsai Capital, Axon Capital, and Marc Ingla, former Vice-President […]

Canon offers SEK 23.6 Billion for CCTV leader Axis AB

Canon aims for leadership in the US$ 15 billion global video surveillance market Canon offers 50% premium on Axis Aktiebolag share price of Monday Feb 9, 2015 Canon is one of Japan’s most successful electronics groups, with imaging as one of Canon‘s core business areas. On February 10, 2015, Canon launched a public offer with […]

itelligence AG acquired by NTT Data

NTT DATA Business Solutions Largest global SAP reseller and one of the largest SAP solution providers On 23 October 2007, NTT DATA, NTT DATA Europe and itelligence AG announced a partnership, and NTT DATA announced to intention of an offer to acquire the shares at € 6.20 per share, about 37.2% higher than the closing […]

Integralis acquired by NTT Communications creating NTT Com Security AG

NTT Communications acquired 78.4% of Integralis AG which is renamed NTT Com Security AG Managed Security Services (MSS): Greschitz IT Security and Secode AB join NTT Com Security AG On June 30, 2009, NTT Communications announced a public tender offer for the shares of Integralis AG offering € 6.75 in cash per share. Integralis at […]

net mobile AG majority stake acquired by NTT Docomo

globalizing Docomo’s mobile payment and content services bringing German mobile know-how to Japan On September 11, 2009, NTT Docomo announced a voluntary public tender offer for shares of net mobile AG. The tender offer was closed on November 27, 2009, and Docomo Deutschland GmbH acquired 6,126,567 shares at € 6.35 per share corresponding to 79.59% […]

Idemitsu Kosan may acquire Showa Shell Sekiyu KK for YEN 500 billion (US$ 4.1 billion)

SHELL may exit Japan after 138 years here Idemitsu Kosan (出光興産株式会社) aims for market leadership On December 20, 2014, both Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell separately announced that they had entered into discussions of possible business reorganization, indicating that Idemitsu Kosan may acquire Showa Shell next year. Because Showa Shell Sekiyu KK is a Japanese […]

Toray acquires Saati SpA’s European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business

Toray acquires Saati’s European fabric business: Toray builds integrated supply chain in Europe Toray management program Project AP-G 2016: “thorough implementation of growth strategy through innovation and aggressive management” Toray acquires Saati’s European fabric business: Toray announced on 10 December 2014 the agreement to acquire the European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business of Saati […]

EU investment in Japan could be 50% higher had Vodafone succeeded in Japan

EU investment in Japan is about € 85 billion – it could be 50% higher! Vodafone-Japan: what could the value be today? Had Vodafone succeeded in Japan, Vodafone-Japan could be worth about US$ 50 billion today, about 1/2 of Vodafone’s total global market-cap today, and combined investment in Japan by European (EU) companies could be […]

Colt to acquire KVH – the Tokyo based cloud and data center service provider

Colt to acquire KVH for YEN 18.595 billion (€ 130.3 million = US$ 160 million) The acquisition Both Colt and KVH were founded with investments by Fidelity Investments and associated companies, Colt in London in 1992, and KVH in 1999 in Tokyo, as telecommunications service providers for the financial industry and other industrial customers. While […]

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG acquires Energy-from-Waste (EfW) EPC Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng)

Waste is our Energy! – Energy-from-Waste (EfW) Hitachi Zosen Inova AG acquires Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG AXPO agreed on October 24, 2014 to sell its subsidiary Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG to Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (ZHI AG). Closing is in mid December 2014. Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng) Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng) is an […]

JFE Engineering acquires boiler maker Standardkessel Power Systems Holding GmbH

JFE Engineering globalizes and strengthens biomass and waste electricity generation systems business Standardkessel-Baumgarte: from a classic boiler maker to biomass and waste-to-energy power plants JFE Engineering acquires all outstanding shares of Standardkessel Power Systems Holding GmbH, for approximately YEN 10 billion (US$ 87 million), from current shareholders. Standardkessel (founded 1925) and Baumgarte (founded 1935) started […]

Heraeus Kulzer acquires EGS Srl (Enhanced Geometry Solutions)

Japanese companies’ strategy to overcome cultural post-merger problems: European subsidiaries acquire Heraeus Kulzer acquires EGS, expanding both Mitsui Chemicals’ foot print in Europe and global market penetration for Mitsui Chemicals’ dental supplies business Japanese companies are well known to have substantial difficulties with post merger integration as a consequence of massive cultural differences which need […]

Panasonic self-driving car technology: Ficosa investment

Panasonic restructures away from TVs and other commodities to automotive parts Panasonic self-driving car technology As part of the restructuring efforts, Panasonic invests in Spanish car parts maker Ficosa in order to jointly develop Panasonic self-driving car technology. We have documented in our blogs and reports on Japan’s electronics industry how Japan’s electronics giants lost […]

Nokia to buy Panasonic’s mobile phone base station division

Nokia to acquire Panasonic System Networks Nokia to expand market share in Japan, Panasonic to focus on core business Panasonic, after years of weak financial performance, is focusing on core business. Nikkei reports that Panasonic is planning to sell the base station division, Panasonic System Networks, to Nokia. Nokia expands No. 1 position in Japan […]

Yaskawa acquires The Switch Engineering Oy, manufacturer of generators for wind power

The Switch Engineering Oy was valued US$ 265 million in 2011 Trend: Japanese companies acquire European renewable energy technology companies On July 2, 2014 Yaskawa Electric Corporation acquired all shares of The Switch Engineering Oy, which are not owned by the Switch. The acquisition price was not announced, however, AMSC in 2011 had agreed and […]

Toshiba acquires 60% of NuGeneration Ltd

Toshiba acquiring an additional 10% of NuGeneration NuGeneration becomes a joint-venture between Toshiba (60%) and GDF Suez (40%) In December 2013, Toshiba purchased 50% of NuGeneration Ltd from Iberdrola (of Spain) for UKL 85 million (US$ 146 million). On June 30, 2014, Toshiba announced to purchase an additional 10% of NuGeneration Ltd from GDF Suez. […]

CSC Media Group (of UK) acquired by SONY for 107 million pounds

CSC Media Group of UK (formerly Chart Show Channels) owns 19 cable and satellite channels acquired by SONY CSC Media Group acquisition for UKL 107 million On June 26, 2014 SONY announced the acquisition of the CSC Media Group of UK for a total of 107 million pounds from the major shareholder Veronis Suhler Stevenson. […]

Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd. acquires Fisia Babcock Environment GmbH

Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co Ltd (Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Tokyo Stock Exchange Code 5401) on May 7, 2004 acquired 100% of the shares of Fisia Babcock Environment GmbH (located in Gummersbach, Germany) from Impregilo International Infrastructure N. V. (which is wholly owned by Salini Impregilo S.p.A., Milano, Italy), for EURO 139.3 […]

Video surveillance specialist Milestone Systems A/S acquired by Canon

Canon acquires video surveillance specialist Milestone Systems A/S in June 2014 Milestone Systems A/S is a leading IP based video management software (VMS) and network video recorder (NVR) provider for video surveillance Milestone System was founded in 1998 to apply IP technology from the financial sector to the surveillance video sector, which had previously been […]

DC Storm acquired by Rakuten Marketing to strengthen marketing analytics and attribution

Rakuten acquires marketing attribution specialist Following acquisition of Adometry by Google and of Convertro by AOL On May 28, 2014, Rakuten Marketing announced the acquisition of the Brighton (UK) based marketing attribution specialist DC Storm. Although terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Google on May 6, 2014 acquired Adometry for about US$ 150 million, […]

Horizon2020 Japan conference at the EU Delegation in Tokyo

Horizon 2020 Japan conference encourages Japan participation in this R&D and innovation program of the EU Horizon 2020 Japan: Ambassador Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, welcome Horizon 2020 Japan – Yoichiro Matsumoto: Japan’s research needs to go global (Professor Yoichiro Matsumoto, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo) Recent situation in Japanese Universities Japan has shown a […]

Hitachi Engineering Europe formed by acquisition of Valcom S.r.l.

Hitachi acquires Valcom, electrical and instrumentation engineering for oil and gas plant systems Hitachi Engineering Europe: the new name for Valcom Hitachi acquired all outstanding shares of Valcom S.r.l. and will rename the company “Hitachi Engineering Europe S.r.l.” Valcom S.r.l. is an Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) company, headquartered in Milano (Italy), in the following fields: […]

Lesmobilizers SAS acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Isobar

Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers Lesmobilizers SAS to be integrated into Dentsu’s Isobar On March 4, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers SAS. Lesmobilizers SAS – Mobile Applications Creators Lesmobilizers SAS are a dedicated agency in design and […]

Tokyo AIM became the Tokyo PRO market, and London Stock Exchange quits Japan. Here is why!

Tokyo AIM: LSE sells its share in the Tokyo AIM joint venture to Tokyo Stock Exchange and leaves Japan Initially, London Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange created Tokyo AIM as a joint-venture company in order to create a jointly owned and jointly managed Tokyo AIM, modeled according to the very successful London AIM model. […]

explido acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Dentsu’s iProspect brand

Dentsu acquires German performance and search agency explido explido to be integrated by Dentsu into iProspect brand On February 28, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires German performance and search agency explido and integrates explido into Dentsu’s iProspect business and brand. explido GmbH & Co […]

LIXIL and Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) together acquire 87.5% of GROHE Group

LIXIL (“Link to Good Living”) pursues strategy to become global leader in building materials and housing equipment industry LIXIL acquires 87.5% of German GROHE Group (“Pure Freude an Wasser”), valuing GROHE at € 3.06 billion Lixil Corporation follows the strategy to become the global leader in building materials and housing equipment, and on January 21, […]

Socializer acquired in Poland by Dentsu, joins Isobar

Dentsu acquires Socializer acquired in Poland Socializer joins Isobar On January 20, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires Poland’s social media agency Socializer Socializer SA Socializer SA was founded in Warsaw, Poland, in March 2011, earned gross profits of UKL 1.7 million in the financial […]

Toshiba acquires 50% of nuclear power generator NuGeneration

Toshiba acquires 50% of NuGeneration for UKL 85 million NuGeneration acquires 50% stake in NuGeneration from Spain’s Iberdola In December 2013, Toshiba purchased 50% of NuGeneration Ltd from Iberdrola (of Spain) for UKL 85 million (US$ 146 million), making NuGeneration a 50%/50% joint venture between Toshiba and GDF Suez. NuGeneration Ltd (NuGen) NuGeneration Ltd. (NuGen) […]

Japanese insurance SOMPO acquires UK reinsurer Canopius Group Ltd

Japanese insurance SOMPO part of NKSJ Holdings acquires UK reinsurer Canopius Group from Bregal Capital In order to globalize, Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan (株式会社損害保険ジャパン), part of the insurance group NKSJ Holdings (NKSJホールディングス株式会社, TSE / JPX: No. 8630) announced yesterday the acquisition of 100% of the UK re-insurer Canopius Group Limited, operating on Lloyd’s for […]

Closing the gap: trade between EU and Japan is now balanced

Combining the amounts of trade for merchandise and commercial services, EU exports to Japan and Japanese exports to EU have reached equal levels, so that the trade between EU and Japan is now balanced around EURO 80 billion in each direction, i.e. a combined trade of EURO 160 billion. Japan is traditionally stronger in the […]

Japan’s direct investments in EU flourish, while EU investments in Japan stagnate

Investment flow between EU and Japan shows strong impact from the Lehmann shock economic downturn. Investment flow from EU to Japan remains at relatively low levels around EURO 1 billion annually, while investments by Japanese companies in the EU are on the order of EURO 10 billion per year currently. M&A and direct investment (FDI) […]

EU Japan investment stock

EU Japan investment stock EU Japan investment: EU to Japan EU to Japan investment register EU investments in Japan have been relatively constant around EURO 80 billion. There has been a marked reduction in EU investment in Japan in 2006 due to the withdrawal of Vodafone from Japan with the sale of Vodafone KK to […]

Supercell: SoftBank and GungHo acquire 51% for US$ 1.5 billion

Supercell valued at approx. US$ 3 billion Supercell investment leverages paradigm shift, time shift and market disconnects Smartphones and the “freemium” business models are bringing a dual paradigm shift to games and create a new truly global market. To take advantage of this global paradigm shift, its necessary to overcome the cultural disconnects between markets. […]

Otsuka buys Astex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ASTX) for US$ 886 million

Astex Pharmaceuticals is an oncology drug discovery company based on the Pyramid drug discovery platform in Cambridge (UK) Otsuka buys Astex in a tender offer for US$ 886 million Otsuka buys Astex Pharmaceuticals (formally Astex Therapeutics, UK). Astex Therapeutics is a oncology drug discovery company based in Cambridge, England, and at the time of acquisition […]

Ymedia SL and Wink TTD SL investments by Dentsu in Spain

Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Spain On September 20, 2013 Dentsu announced further European investments this year in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: acquisition of 51% of Ymedia SL via Aegis Media Iberia, full 100% acquisition expected by 2019 acquisition of 31.8% of Wink TTD SL via Aegis Media Iberia, full […]

fine trade gmbh acquired by NTT Docomo

NTT Docomo expands e-commerce trading solutions platform On August 27, 2013 NTT Docomo announced the planned acquisition of the Austrian company fine trade gmbh, which offers payment solutions to e-commerce and m-commerce companies. The acquisition price has been reported to be “several tens of millions of EUROs”. Docomo acquired 75% of shares in fine trade […]

Arkadin’s [enjoy sharing] 91.2% AXA stake to be sold to NTT Communications

Arkadin International SAS valued at approx. US$ 463 million Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS) On August 5, 2013, NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced that it will acquire 91.2% of the shares of the French conference and collaboration specialist Arkadin International SAS from current investors AXA Private Equity (now: Ardian Investment) and other investors. The valuation is estimated at […]

Simple Agency srl investment by Japan’s advertising giant Dentsu

Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Social, content and digital marketing empowerment based in Italy On July 30, 2013 Dentsu announced another European investment this year in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of a 70% majority share in the Italian Simple Agency via Aegis Media Italia, a of subsidiary […]

More FTTH broadband in Japan than in all of EU + Norway + Switzerland + Iceland

Japan alone currently has about 30% more FTTH optical fiber broadband subscriptions than all EU countries + Switzerland + Norway + Iceland added together. How much broadband (ADSL, xDSL and FTTH) is installed in Japan? Find the answer and detailed statistics and market shares in our report on Japan’s telecom industry. Similarly, Japan was far […]

Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Content & community management, brand engagement, social media, SNS advertising based in The Netherlands On May 23, 2013 Dentsu announced another European acquisition within the single month of May 2013 in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of the leading Dutch social media agency […]

Kinecto, Romania’s leading digital advertising agency acquired by Dentsu

Renamed Kinecto Isobar On May 14, 2013 Dentsu announced the acquisition of the Romanian digital advertising agency Kinecto via its subsidiary Dentsu-Aegis, based in London. Following the acquisition, the company was renamed Kinecto Isobar. Kinecto Kinecto International SRL is one of the most important digital advertising agencies in Romania, and was founded in 2002 by […]

Panasonic Automotive acquires AUPEO! – streaming music into internet connected cars

Panasonic continues to restructure away from commodities Panasonic Automotive acquires AUPEO! to stream music into internet connected cars Japan’s electronics giants are under immense pressure to refocus away from commodities. Panasonic Automotive now acquires the German company AUPEO!, specialized on streaming music into internet connected cars. Aupeo was founded in Berlin’s startup scene in 2008 […]

Mitsui Chemicals acquires Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, dental materials for € 450 million

Heraeus divests Heraeus Kulzer GmbH because the use of precious materials for dental restoration is declining Mitsui Chemicals [4183] acquires Heraeus Kulzer GmbH to combine with Sun Medical Co Ltd to form a global dental materials business At the Board Meeting of April 4, 2013 Mitsui Chemicals Inc decided to acquire the dental business of […]

Japan energy market: How can an EU company succeed in Japan’s energy landscape? (EU-Japan Gateway keynote)

Japan energy market entry for EU companies EU-Japan Gateway program keynote I was invited to give a keynote talk to about 50 European participants in the EU-Japan Gateway program, which assists small and medium sized European companies to enter the Japanese market. Japan energy market: “How can a European company succeed in Japan’s energy landscape?” […]

Hitachi Consulting acquires operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting at a value of about US$ 145 million

Hitachi Consulting growth is in line with Hitachi’s Smart Transformation Hitachi Consulting aims to grow to US$ 1.5 billion annual revenues by FY2015 Hitachi Consulting announced on January 2, 2013 the acquisition of the UK based operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting. Caledonia Investments announced the sale of its 47.3% ownership in Celerant Consulting for […]

Hitachi Europe acquires The Railway Engineering Company (TRE)

TRE supplies simulators and automatic routing systems Hitachi Europe expands European Traffic Managment Railways (TMS) sector Hitachi Europe, on December 20, 2012 announced the acquisition of The Railway Engineering Company (TRE) from James Fisher and Sons plc for UKL 25.5 million. The Railway Engineering Company (TRE) products include: Automatic Routing Systems Signalling and Interlocking Simulation […]

Alpha Direct Services (ADS) acquired by Rakuten to build European logistics

Rakuten builds European logistics infrastructure Rakuten’s 6th acquisition in Europe Rakuten is aggressively globalizing in the face of intense competition by Amazon.com, and more recently Alibaba. As part of global growth, Rakuten is acquiring a string of e-commerce, e-book, online media, and software and service companies in Europe. Now Rakuten has started to build fulfillment […]

Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

Hitachi to build 6 GigaWatt of nuclear power in UK E.ON and RWE to withdraw, Chinese consortium lost bid In tune with Germany’s “Energiewende”, E.ON and RWE npower decided to sell Horizon Nuclear Power. On October 29, 2012 Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所) announced the agreement to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power for £696 million (approx. US$ 1 […]

Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

Kobo acquires French digital publishing tool company Aquafadas Rakuten acquired e-reader manufacturer Kobo Rakuten acquired 100% of e-reader manufacturer Kobo for US$ 315 million in cash in January 2012. Kobo announced the acquisition of French digital publishing company Aquafadas on October 10, 2012. Aquafadas http://www.aquafadas.com was founded in Montpeller in 2004 by Matthieu Kopp (CTO) […]

Hitachi “inspire the next” Europe opens Rail Research Centre (ERRC)

European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) to focus on rolling stock design, manufacturing, maintenance and traffic management systems ERCC will be part of Hitachi Europe’s Transportation Energy & Environment Research Laboratory Hitachi “inspire the next” announced on October 10, 2012 the opening of the new European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) in London, to support Hitachi’s many […]

Buongiorno SpA acquired by NTT Docomo for € 209 million (US$ 260 million)

NTT Docomo acquired Italian mobile content, apps and service provider in a public tender offer Buongiorno SpA becomes fully owned subsidiary of NTT Docomo NTT Docomo acquired mobile content provider Buongiorno SpA in August 2012 following a public tender offer via Docomo’s German subsidiary DOCOMO Deutschland GmbH. The shares were delisted from the Italian Stock […]

Mobile payment in EU vs Japan: 10 years to reinvent the wheel?

Mobile payments for transport first introduced commercially in Tokyo January 28, 2006 Tokyo (mobile SUICA, FeliCa) vs. London (OYSTER, Mifare) Mobile payments are big: Reuters estimates that the mobile payment market will be about US$ 1000 Billion by 2016, and in Japan just a single railway line achieves already now several US$ billion in mobile […]

Dentsu acquires Aegis

Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots Dentsu’s challenge to grow global footprint while managing cultural differences On Thursday, July 5th, 2012, Dentsu announced the acquisition of Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots, centered on media advertising media buying. Dentsu’s need to globalize Driving this acquisition was Dentsu’s need to […]

Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A

Reorganized as Nidec ASI Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A. from HVEASI Holding BV, affiliated with Patriarch Partners LLC. The acquisition was completed in May 2012. Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A (ASI) renamed: “Nidec ASI S.p.A.” and set up a Japan subsidiary Nidec ASI Japan Corporation to develop Nidec […]

Tokyo AIM stock market rebirth under Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) alone?

Tokyo AIM – will it go the same way as NASDAQ-Japan? Nikkei: “Tokyo Stock Exchange has learnt enough from the London Stock Exchange to set up a similar market on its own” Tokyo AIM (the stock market joint venture between Tokyo Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange) seems to be heading along a similar road […]

Murata “innovator in electronics” acquires world’s largest independent MEMS manufacturer VTI Technologies Oy

VTI Technologies Oy acquired by Murata for € 195 million from EQT III Capacitive MEMS sensor maker VTI Technologies Oy is a perfect fit for miniature ceramic capacitor specialist Murata Electronics Oy Murata and private equity group EQT on October 11, 2011, announced the sale of VTI Technologies Oy to Murata for € 195 million. […]

Rakuten acquires UK e-commerce portal Play.com

Play.com: third European company acquired by Rakuten.com Rakuten continues global battle with Amazon.com On September 21, 2011, Rakuten announced acquisition of 100% of the UK e-commerce portal site Play.com for UKL 25 million (approx. US$ 40 million). Rakuten’s acquisition of Play.com (UK) follows the acquisitions of PriceMinister (France) and Tradoria (Germany). Play.com Play.com sells music, […]

Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

Landis+Gyr to become “independent growth platform” within the Toshiba Group for smart meters and smart grid Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba (60%) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (40%) for US$ 2.3 billion Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan: this acquisition was finalized with a shareholder’s and share purchase agreement between […]

Rakuten acquires 80% of German e-commerce platform Tradoria

Rakuten continues global expansion Competing with Amazon.com…. On July 28, 2011, Rakuten announced the acquisition of 80% of Germany’s e-commerce site Tradoria for a “double-digit million” amount. Tradoria has been rebranded as Rakuten.de and has become part of Rakuten Deutschland GmbH. Tradoria Tradoria was founded in 2007, and today has more than 4400 online stores […]

Value Team SpA acquired by NTT Data

NTT Data’s a bridgehead to Brazil and South America Value Team SpA serves about 300 clients with about 3000 professionals On April 25, 2011, NTT Data announced the acquisition of 100% of shares of Value Team SpA via the subsidiary NTT Data Europe GmbH & Co KG for about € 250 million. Value Team SpA […]