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Akiko Mikumo

Akiko Mikumo

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Central, Hong Kong, HKG

Akiko Mikumo is the Asia Managing Partner, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  She has over 30 years of experience advising on mergers and acquisitions matters in New York, London and Asia. Her diverse M&A and securities law practice includes the representation of strategic and financial sellers and buyers of public and private companies, strategic joint venture partners and other minority investors and financial advisors in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.  She regularly advises on takeovers, mergers, proxy fights, spin-offs and strategic alliances.

Ms. Mikumo has been recognized as a leader in her field by numerous legal directories. She is recognized as a leading M&A and private equity practitioner by Chambers and Partners, and a leading M&A practitioner by IFLR1000 and The Legal500 Asia Pacific.  She was also named as one of the top lawyers in the ALB Hot 100 compiled by Asian Legal Business magazine.  In addition, Ms. Mikumo was named “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2004. She speaks frequently on M&A, private equity and related topics, and has been quoted by publications such as PE Asia and American Lawyer Media.

Recent representations include:

  • Baring Private Equity Asia, together with the chairman of Giant Interactive Group, in the $3 billion take-private of NYSE-listed Giant Interactive, one of China’s leading online game developers and operators
  • Baring Private Equity Asia, as a member of a consortium that included KKR, HOPU Investments and Boyu Capital, in its investment in COFCO Meat Investment Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of COFCO Group, a PRC state owned enterprise), a company primarily engaged in hog production, processing, distribution, and meat imports and exports
  • Suez Environnement, who, with its joint venture partner, is selling their indirect 42% stake in Companhia de Electricidade de Macau - CEM, S.A., Macau’s power provider, for $612 million to Nam Kwong Development, a China state-owned enterprise
  • NewQuest Capital Partners in the going private transaction of China Hydro Electric Corporation, a NYSE-listed Chinese hydroelectric power company
  • A consortium of investors, which include the chairwoman, CEO and Sequoia Capital, in the take private bid of Le Gaga Holdings, a NASDAQ-listed and one of the largest greenhouse vegetable producers in China
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd., a leading interactive entertainment media company in China, in its $2.3 billion going private transaction
  • Abax Global Capital, a leading Asia-based alternative investment manager, together with the company’s Chairman and TPG, in its $364 million going-private acquisition of Fushi Copperweld, a Nasdaq-listed leading Chinese manufacturer
  • Citigroup Global Markets Asia Ltd., the financial advisor to a consortium group in its $443 million acquisition of Funtalk China Holdings Ltd. in a going-private transaction
  • MGM Resorts on the $1.5 billion IPO and listing of MGM China on the Hong Stock Exchange including the shareholder arrangements that resulted in MGM Resorts acquiring a 51% stake in MGM China
  • Baring Private Equity and Tianfu Yang, chairman and chief executive officer of Harbin Electric, in the take-private proposal for Harbin Electric, a China-based, US-listed developer and manufacturer of electric motors
  • Suez Environnement in its acquisition of Swire Sita Waste Management from Swire Pacific in HK
  • MassMutual in connection with its strategic joint venture with State Grid Corporation
  • WL Ross in the sale of its stake in SpiceJet Limited, India’s second largest budget airline and in its bid to purchase a majority interest in Satyam Computer Services, the Indian outsourcing company
  • Coatue Management, shareholder of eAccess Ltd., in eAccess' proposed $1.6 billion share exchange with eMobile Ltd.
  • Nomura International as financial adviser to Hurray! Holding Co. in connection with a partial tender offer by Shanda Interactive Entertainment for 51% of Hurray!’s outstanding shares
  • Providence Equity Partners in its approximately $263 million acquisition, with Ayala Corporation, by tender offer of dual-listed eTelecare Global Solutions, a Philippine outsourcing company
  • Avaya Inc. in its $8.2 billion acquisition by Silver Lake and TPG
  • Vivendi in the $1.154 billion acquisition of Panasonic’s 7.7% stake in Universal Studios, the $3.4 billion purchase of InterActiveCorp’s interest in Vivendi Universal Entertainment, the $14 billion sale of Vivendi Universal Entertainment to NBC and the $1.66 billion sale of Houghton Mifflin

Ms. Mikumo speaks frequently on M&A, private equity, and related topics, and has been quoted by publications such as PE Asia and American Lawyer Media.


New York University, JD

UC Berkeley, BA


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