Clifford Chance poaches Skadden M&A lawyer

Clifford Chance
Michihiro Nishi

Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance has appointed M&A and private equity expert Michihiro Nishi as partner in its Tokyo corporate practice from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Nishi strengthens the firm’s M&A team, having counselled on high-profile cross-border deals including Key Safety Systems in its US$1.6 billion acquisition of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corporation, and Nikkei on its acquisition of the Financial Times.

He also has experience advising private equity funds and public companies on investments, corporate governance, disclosure and stock exchange matters. Of note was his representation of WeWork on the Japan part of its US$4.4 billion investment from Softbank Group and Softbank’s Vision Fund.

Nishi was a counsel at Skadden’s Tokyo office and worked at the firm for almost 12 years. Prior to that, he was at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s corporate transaction group.