James Nepaulsingh

DT Legal Japan, Counsel*

James Nepaulsingh

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James Nepaulsingh is an English business consultant/lawyer who advises executives mainly in Japan on a broad range of international transactions, with particular emphasis on cross-border M&A transactions. He leads the Africa, Middle East and India legal services group from Japan with Corporate/M&A Partner, Ryota Sekine.

James has worked in Japan for 10 years and he works in all sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, high-tech and life sciences industries.

Examples of his recent transactions include:

  • Advising a multinational company on its US$ 4.5 billion sale of a subsidiary company to a global private equity firm
  • Advising a Japanese manufacturing company on its US$ 800 million disposal of one of its businesses
  • Advising a Japanese financial services company on its joint venture with a public company in Japan to form one of the largest financial groups in the world
  • Advising a US pharmaceutical company on its JPY 3.3 billion disposal of its Japanese manufacturing facility and related Toll Manufacturing agreement (valued at around JPY 30 billion) 
  • Advising a Japanese multinational engineering company on its metals machinery technology related joint venture with one of the largest engineering companies in the world 
  • Advising a European manufacturing company on its proposed acquisition of a global medical devices company
  • Advising a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer on its acquisition from one of the largest worldwide general trading companies of its shares in a distributor in the Middle East
  • Advising a Japanese system integration company on its acquisition of an IT staffing and workforce solutions firm with operations in Singapore and India

Professional Experience
2007 - 2009    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London and Tokyo
2009 - 2016    Hogan Lovells, Tokyo
2014 - 2016    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Global HQ, Japan), legal secondee
2016 - Present   DT Legal Japan

Professional Qualification
Solicitor (England & Wales)

1999-2002 Oxford University (MA, English Language & Literature)
2004-2006 Nottingham Law School (Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course)

English (native) and Japanese (intermediate; fluent conversational) 

Winner of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India Chairman’s Award

*Not admitted in Japan

James Nepaulsingh