Aug 19, 2015

SoftBank beefs up Sprint stake with second purchase this month

SoftBank Group increased its stake in Sprint Corp. a second time this month, acquiring ¥7.51 billion($73 million) of stock in the unprofitable U.S. wireless operator. The Japanese carrier paid for 16.8 million shares, according to Bloomberg calculations based on a SoftBank filing with the ...

Jul 24, 2015

Long history of money-losers for Japan Inc.

Here we go again? Nikkei Inc.’s purchase of Pearson’s FT Group raises once more the question of whether Japanese companies pay too much for overseas acquisitions. Since the 1990s, Japanese acquirers have purchased a series of assets — from the Pebble Beach golf course ...

May 19, 2015

Nippon Life to buy insurance agencies operator

Nippon Life Insurance Co. plans to acquire an operator of independent insurance agencies to expand sales channels and better respond to customer demands, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. Nippon Life, one of the biggest Japanese life insurers, will buy a more than ...

Mar 26, 2015

Rakuten to buy Japan unit of U.S. currency trader FXCM

FXCM Inc., a major U.S. provider of online foreign exchange trading services announced Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Japanese unit, FXCM Japan Securities Co., to Rakuten Securities Inc. for $62 million. The transaction is expected to close on Wednesday. It comes ...

Mar 6, 2015

Sompo Japan to purchase 15% stake in French re-insurer Scor

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc. will buy a 15 percent stake in French re-insurer Scor SE in potentially its biggest-ever overseas investment. The insurer will initially buy 7.8 percent from Swiss fund Patinex AG and eventually increase ownership to at least 15 percent, including ...

Aug 26, 2014

Boeing lands $8.8 billion BOC Aviation order on Asian demand

Boeing Co. won an order for $8.8 billion in jets from BOC Aviation Pte. as the aircraft lessor made its biggest-ever purchase to help meet surging travel demand in Asia. Most of the 82 planes are from Boeing’s top-selling 737 family, split between 50 ...

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals

Jul 9, 2014

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals

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When a 210-year-old vinegar company bought Unilever’s Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce business last month, it showed that Japanese firms are becoming more adventurous in their search for growth, said Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s national head of mergers and acquisitions. “Japan M&A is breaking ...