Simpson Thacher Represents the International Managers in IPO of AEON REIT

The Firm recently represented the international managers in connection with the initial public offering of AEON REIT Investment Corporation on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which included an international offering pursuant to Regulation S.  The offering raised ¥91.3 billion (approximately $900 million) for the issuer, which was used together with bank financing to acquire an initial portfolio of large-scale retail facilities from the Aeon Group.  Nomura, Mizuho and J.P. Morgan acted as international joint lead managers for the offering.

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Davis Polk Advises Hitachi, Ltd. on a $810 Million Secondary Offering of Western Digital Corporation Common Stock

Davis Polk advised Hitachi, Ltd. as the selling stockholder in connection with an SEC-registered secondary offering of 12,500,000 shares of Western Digital Corporation common stock. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and BofA Merrill Lynch acted as lead book-running managers and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as joint book-running manager for the offering. The total net proceeds to Hitachi from the offering were approximately $810 million.

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Hogan Lovells Advises Kokuyo on Its Strategic Acquisition in India

Hogan Lovells in conjunction with Indian firm Phoenix Legal has advised Japan’s largest stationery maker KOKUYO Co., Ltd., (Kokuyo) on its acquisition of Riddhi Enterprises (Riddhi), a Mumbai-based notebook manufacturer. The acquisition is anticipated to be made through Kokuyo’s subsidiary KOKUYO S&T Co., Ltd. (Kokuyo S&T) and will result in the creation of KOKUYO Riddhi Paper Products Limited, a new wholly-owned entity based in Mumbai. The transaction was announced on 6 September 2013 and is expected to close in October 2013.

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