CNPLaw is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in cross-border transactions and we have a long history of serving Japanese clients, including listed multinational corporations, across a diverse range of industries, such as aircraft finance, asset management, banking, business process outsourcing services, capital markets, franchising, fresh food distribution, intelligent building system facilities, logistics, real estate, private equity and venture capital. In addition, CNPLaw is well connected to Japanese law firms and other professional services providers, and we are well placed to provide support to our clients accessing the Japanese market.

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    CNPLaw LLP acted for a Singapore biotechnology company in its series B funding of S$15 million from US and Japanese venture capital firms

    On 2 January 2020, CNPLaw LLP assisted a Singapore biotechnology company involved in cancer research to raise S$15 million from US and Japanese venture capital firms. This financing round represents the client’s series B funding and strategically positions the client for future market entry into the US.

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    The following are Japan related matters previously handled by our lawyers:

    • CNPLaw LLP acted as Singapore counsel to the branch of a Japanese bank in Singapore on its template documentation for equity secured lending
    • CNPLaw LLP acted as Singapore counsel to the Singapore subsidiary of a Japanese group involved in aircraft finance on the sale of an aircraft following the termination of the aircraft finance lease and provided a legal opinion to the purchaser
    • CNPLaw LLP advised a leading listed Japanese software services supplier on its acquisition of control of a Singapore target with subsidiaries in India and Europe and on the shareholders’ agreement with the founder
    • CNPLaw acted for transcosmos inc., a major Japanese business process outsourcing services group listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of 34.3% of the voting share capital of Anchanto Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based E-commerce fulfilment company with sales channels to E-Commerce retailers in ASEAN countries and India
    • CNPLaw acted for Yamato Holdings Co. Ltd,, Japan’s largest integrated logistics company famous for TA-Q-BIN doorto-door delivery service, on the acquisition of Tidiki Express (Pte.) Ltd, which operates an emergency delivery network within Singapore, by Yamato Holdings’ subsidiary in Singapore, Yamato Asia Pte. Ltd.
    • CNPLaw LLP acted for Ebara Foods Industry, Inc. (including assisting with the registration of its Singapore branch office, advising on general corporate matters and instructing local counsel in South East Asia)
    • CNPLaw LLP acted for Asia Food Culture Management in establishing an investment vehicle for the acquisition of the Tully’s Coffee franchise in Asia outside Japan
    • CNPLaw LLP acted for Pokka Sappora Food & Beverage Limited (general corporate advisory matters)

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    In Re Trade Mark Application by Tsujimoto Kenzo and Opposition thereto by Kenzo

    Brand extension is not uncommon nowadays as we see more and more popular brands branching out and going beyond the business for which they are originally known for. We have seen McDonald’s ventured into the coffee shop business with McCafe; Nescafe selling their own coffee machines, and popular chocolate bars having their ice cream versions.This is one of the issues discussed in this opposition lodged by the French conglomerate Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. (“LVMH“), the owner of the fashion brand “KENZO”, against the application to protect the mark “KENZO ESTATE” in Singapore for wines, liquors and alcoholic beverages filed by Tsujimoto Kenzo

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    Bill Jamieson is a Partner at CNPLaw LLP. Bill is an English lawyer who is also registered to practise Singapore law in the areas of corporate law, banking and finance and securities laws. He enjoys working in the diverse and dynamic Asian market and helping his clients to achieve their goals.


      Bill’s practice focuses on corporate financing transactions, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and employment law matters. His experience includes 10 years in the City of London and over 20 years in Asia. Before joining CNP, Bill was a partner in a well-known international law firm. He is recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Investment Funds and Labour and Employment in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021. Bill is one of the firm’s contacts for Interlaw, a network of independent full-service corporate law firms ranked by Chambers and Partners in its highest category, “Elite”, amongst all global law firm networks.