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Brandon Whittaker


Brandon has experience supporting on a range of capital markets transactions.
He has been involved in deals helping sponsors and investors in private equity transactions, including fund formation, fund investment and related portfolio acquisitions.


Representative matters

Japan Industrial Partners on its offshore fund structuring and fundraising in connection with a JIP-led consortium’s successful tender offer for Toshiba Corporation. Shortlisted for “Private Equity Deal of the Year” by Asia Legal Awards 2024; and “Domestic Deal of the Year” by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2024.

Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Corporation in a $33.2 billion tender offer for shares of common stock of NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

LINE Corporation in connection with its business integration with Z Holdings Corporation, which involved among other steps a joint tender offer by SoftBank Co., Ltd. and NAVER Corporation to acquire all of LINE’s outstanding common stock (including American Depositary Shares), stock options and convertible bonds.

Toyota Motor Corporation in a $1.5 billion SEC-registered offering of sustainability bonds.

KKR in connection with its US$4 billion acquisition of Calsonic Kansei Corporation and the subsequent refinancing relating to Calsonic’s announced US$7.1 billion acquisition of Magneti Marelli S.p.A.

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. in connection with its US$2.75 billion SEC-registered takedown offering of callable, senior, fixed-to-floating, total loss-absorbing capacity (“TLAC”)-compliant notes, listed on the Singapore Exchange Trading Limited. This is the first TLAC-compliant notes with such features to be issued by a Japanese globally systemically important bank.

World Co. Ltd. in connection with the international portion of its ¥48.4 billion initial public offering.

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. in connection with its AUS$625 million SEC-registered takedown offering of senior TLAC notes and listing on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.

The international joint lead managers in connection with the international portion of Mercari, Inc.’s ¥130.6 billion initial public offering.

KKR in connection with its US$2.2 billion acquisition of KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION (formerly part of Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.).

KKR in connection with its US$1.3 billion acquisition of Koki Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.).

Blackstone in connection with its acquisition of Tradesmen International Holdings, LLC.

Snow Phipps in connection with its acquisition of Winchester Electronics Corporation.

KKR in connection with its US$1.67 billion acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.

Brandon's experience above includes experience gained at prior law firms.



Attorney-at-Law, New York, U.S.

Not admitted in Japan.


J.D. Harvard Law School

B.A. University Of Pennsylvania


English, Japanese

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.