Deal Makers of Japan, Volume 1

Locust Walk has been active in Asia, in particular, Japan for nearly half of the firm’s history and we are deeply rooted in the market. We have advised on more than a dozen transactions during our history in Japan and have successfully helped deal making between US/EU...

The Asia Factor Whitepaper

How Does a Smart Deal Maker “Play” This Region and Optimize the Capital Raising and Strategic Deal Making Opportunities? Authors: Hayato Watanabe, SVP, Head of Asia Koji Hirabata, Associate Stefanie Gan, Analyst Although their biopharma ecosystem dynamics...

Japan & China: So close yet so different

Having lived in Japan for more than 20 years, I have admittedly become perhaps a little too accustomed to the Japanese lifestyle. This is probably why after a few days in the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, I find myself looking forward to returning to the peace and...

Key trends impacting Japan partnering

Over the past years, I have had the fortune of participating in negotiations and ultimate deals between Western and Japanese biopharmaceutical companies. Doing deals is never easy, no matter the geography. However, it does seem that negotiating with Japanese companies...

Helping to Ensure Success After the Deal

One of my favorite places to hang out in Tokyo is the Apple Store in the Ginza area.  It is a beautiful four-story venue, complete with a theater (where one can sit and receive non-stop sessions on all of Apple’s products) and, of course, the Genius Bar.  One of the...