Taro Nakashima


Taro specialises in cross-border M&A transactions, with significant experience advising Japanese clients on their outbound transactions as well as international clients investing in Japan. 

He has experience across a variety of deal types and structures, including public and private M&A, competitive bids and transactions involving complex structures. He advises clients across a wide range of industries, with particular experience in the manufacturing, technology, financial services, consumer and life science sectors.

Ranked as a Next Generation (Bengoshi) for Corporate M&A in Japan by Legal 500, Taro is recognised for his commercial approach and international experience advising clients on transactions in both mature and emerging markets. He has also worked in the firm's offices in Singapore and Thailand, where he advised Japanese clients on various ASEAN transactions.


Representative matters

Hitachi on its USD1.425 bn acquisition of JR Automation from Crestview Partners.

Persol Holdings on its acquisition of ASX listed maintenance services company, Programmed, by way of scheme of arrangement.

A global financial institution on its USD783 m acquisition of a 20% interest in Security Bank of the Philippines.

Pernod Ricard on its bid for a stake in  Japanese distillery.

Next Generation Partner: Bengoshi.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, (Corporate M&A) 2024



Bengoshi Japan, Daini Tokyo Bar Association, 2007


LLB, The University of Tokyo, 2004

LLM, Kings College London, 2015


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.