Yohei Nakagawa brings significant experience advising Japanese and international companies on complex outbound and inbound transactions.

TOKYO, April 22, 2024 -- Latham & Watkins¹ is pleased to announce that Yohei Nakagawa has joined the firm's Tokyo office as a partner in the M&A and Private Equity Practice. Highly regarded in his field, Nakagawa's practice focuses on advising Japanese and international companies, investors, and financial institutions on a variety of domestic and cross-border M&A, strategic investments, divestments, and joint ventures.

Yohei Nakagawa, Latham & Watkins

"Japan is a key global finance and innovation hub and an important pillar of our Asia strategy," said Posit Laohaphan, Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins' Asia offices. "Yohei's broad experience is highly complementary to our existing capabilities in the region, and he will be a terrific addition to our market-leading transactional practice."

Nakagawa regularly advises on both outbound and inbound transactions across a range of key growth sectors, with a particular focus on the technology, life sciences, media and entertainment industries. Bilingual in Japanese and English, he brings unique multicultural perspectives to complex cross-border transactions.

"Latham has a preeminent reputation advising Japanese and international clients on their most significant cross-border transactions," added Charles Ruck, Global Chair of Latham's Corporate Department. "Japan continues to be a highly attractive destination for international companies and investors and the market for domestic and cross-border M&A is strong and expected to grow. No firm is better placed to provide top-notch counsel to international buyers looking to invest in Japan, or Japanese buyers looking to expand internationally."

Ji Liu, Regional Chair of Latham's Corporate Department in Asia, added: "Yohei's long-standing stature within the M&A community and his breadth of expertise in the Japanese market supports the firm's diverse and successful mergers and acquisitions practice. His mix of experience will help build our M&A franchise among large public companies and private equity sponsors, who are looking for law firms that understand their complex business and legal needs."

Nakagawa joins Latham from Morrison & Foerster. He received his JD from UCLA School of Law and his BS from New York University. He is a member of the New York Bar and a registered foreign lawyer in Japan.


Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world's largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

¹ Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company, in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office, and in Saudi Arabia through a limited liability company.

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