State visit and M&A

It is heartening to see how well the recent state visit by the Emperor and Empress of Japan has been receiving in the UK. The Emperor himself has made a number of heartfelt and personal comments of gratitude for and appreciation of the warm welcome that they have been given. … Read more


Use of Japanese company shares as acquisition currency

Japan is taking steps to broaden companies’ options for using their own shares in acquisitions, aiming to facilitate more global deals, as reported by Nikkei. Changes proposed for 2025 to the Companies Act would enable “share delivery” to acquire stakes in foreign companies. This method allows buyers to offer their … Read more

Japanese Water and Building

Welcome to Crimson Phoenix’s news posts in 2024

It has been reported that M&A transactions involving Japanese companies in 2023 numbered 4,015, down by 6.7% in volume from 2022, the first decline in three years. It would appear that the increase in interest rates in major markets (excluding Japan) had reduced clarity on valuation and discouraged corporate investments. … Read more

What is the Japanese word for Unicorn?

Unicorns, privately held start-up companies valued at US$1 billion or more, are so called owing to their statistical rarity (though in real life of course they only exist in legends). What does the presence of unicorns, the corporate kind, signify to a country? Is it a reflection or product of … Read more


Harvard Business Review podcasts on Carlos Ghosn

Listen to Yuuichiro Nakajima’s thoughts on the Nissan ex-CEO’s dramatic escape from detention Yuuichiro Nakajima is featured in a podcast series by Harvard Business Review on Carlos Ghosn and the impact that he has had on Nissan and more broadly on Japanese business. When Japan’s most famous CEO is suddenly … Read more

Crimson Phoenix webinar on Japanese M&A

Join us at Crimson Phoenix for a webinar on Japan-related cross-border M&A transactions, on Friday, 16th April at 10am BST/11am CET/6pm JT. Designed to address concerns and frustrations sometimes felt by Western European M&A principals and their advisors, it will draw on our extensive transaction experience. We will share with … Read more

Yuuichiro Nakajima delivers lecture at MESGO

Yuuichiro spoke to participants in the Executive Master’s Course in European Sports Governance on the subject of finance and governance in Asian football in Tokyo on 8th March, 2018

Yuuichiro Nakajima interviewed on BBC World Service Radio

Yuuichiro provides his views on Japan’s 14th consecutive month of the growth in the country’s export, in an interview for the World Business Report, 18th February, 2018.