M&A advisory services in Malaysia

Advisory services

-M&A advisory services specialized in cross border M&A between Malaysia and Japan
-Legal related work partnering with local law firms
-Market research and consultation
-Support Japanese company's business expansion in Malaysia
-Turnaround management
-Crisis management

Services

Support cross border M&A as the only Japanese M&A advisory firm established in Malaysia

We support M&A from A to Z, sourcing of potential seller/buyer, deal execution until the closing of the M&A deal. We especially experienced in cross border M&A between Malaysia and Japan collaborating with local law firms and accounting firms. We have successfully brought a lot of Japanese investors to Malaysia.

1  Sourcing of M&A target
-Market research
-Listing potential targets of M&A deal
-Negotiation with potential targets

2  Commencement of the M&A project
-Arrangement of site visit and management interview
-Calculation of acquisition price and price negotiation
-Structure the deal 
-Support to draft Letter of Intent (LOI) and conclude Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

3  Execution of the M&A project
-Form a specialised team to conduct due diligence 
-Prepare final agreement
-Carry out agreement negotiation
-Signing of the agreement

4  Closing of M&A deal
-Confirm fulfilment of closing deal conditions
-Visit to financial institutions
-Closing deal procedure

5 Post Merger Integration
-Support post merger integration process

< Closed cross border M&A deals in Malaysia> 

We are proud that we have closed many cross border M&A deals between Malaysia and Japan as stated below.

-Acquisition of a recruitment agency in Malaysia by a Japanese company
-Acquisition of an engineering company in Malaysia by a listed Japanese company
-Acquisition of a Malaysian cardboard manufacturer by a listed Japanese company
-Acquisition of a Malaysian staffing agency by a Japanese company
-Acquisition of a Malaysian restaurant by a Japanese company
-Set up a Joint venture of a property development company in Malaysia 
-Dissolution of a joint venture between listed Malaysia company and listed Japanese company in Malaysia
-Business alliance between a property development company in Malaysia and a one of a largest Japanese house builders in Japan
-Business alliance between a logistics company in Malaysia and a listed Japanese company
-MOUs signed between Japanese university and 2 Malaysian universities

Coordinate and liaise between clients and local law firms.

The CEO is a qualified Japanese lawyer with extensive work experience at Japanese major law firm, also seconded to a Japanese financial institution in Malaysia and a major law firm in Malaysia.

We work with several law firms in Malaysia where we will coordinate and liaise the communication between clients and local law firms. 

The local law firms will be the ones providing the legal services.

Support business restructuring of Malaysia business

When you consider to restructure the business in Malaysia including withdrawal, please remember us. We provide full course of support of restructuring the business ranging from business and market analysis, business forecast, daily/weekly/monthly cashflow, retrenchment, choice of legal scheme to negotiation with stakeholders together with local law firms. We are supporting Japanese companies to retreat from Malaysia.

Examples
- Dissolution of Joint Venture
- Carve out unprofitable business
- Cease operation and liquidation by liquidator
- Cease operation, set up a new firm and asset transfer

Market research and consulting for new business expansion

Provide various consultation services and market research for company considering business expansion in Malaysia

-Market research
-Establishment of a corporation, visa application, acquisition of various licensees
-Search , select, and prepare joint venture contracts for joint venture business
-Arrangement of nominee, preparation of contracts
-Arrangement of company secretary 
-Arrangement of Accountant and auditor

Major recent M&A cases by Japanese companies in Malaysia

  • Industry
    Investor/Buyer
    Investee/Seller
    Structure
  • Industry: Food & Beverage Distributor
    Investor/Buyer: Kato Sangyo Co.
    Investee/Seller: Merison (M) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority -100%
  • Industry: Food & Beverage Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: J-Oil Mills Inc.
    Investee/Seller: Premium Fats Sdn Bhd, Premium Vegetable Oils Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Telecommunications
    Investor/Buyer: Sojitz Corporation
    Investee/Seller: Edotco Investments Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Healthcare
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Columbia Hospital Pte. Ltd.
    Structure: Divestment
  • Industry: Industrial Equipments
    Investor/Buyer: Kitz Corp.
    Investee/Seller: Unimech Berhad
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Packaging
    Investor/Buyer: Asahi Printing Co.
    Investee/Seller: Shin-Nippon Industries Sdn Bhd, Harleigh (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Automotive
    Investor/Buyer: Hino Motors Ltd
    Investee/Seller: Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Hino Motors Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + Increase
  • Industry: Food & Beverage
    Investor/Buyer: Zensho Holdings Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: The Chicken Rice Shop Restaurants Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Advertisement
    Investor/Buyer: AOI TYO Holdings
    Investee/Seller: K&L ISC (South East Asia) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Telecommunications & Digital Service
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Axiata Digital Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Automotive
    Investor/Buyer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries
    Investee/Seller: Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Packaging
    Investor/Buyer: Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: TS Plastics Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Entertainment
    Investor/Buyer: Yoshimoto Kogyo
    Investee/Seller: Iflix Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Managed Healthcare
    Investor/Buyer: Sumitomo Corp
    Investee/Seller: PM Care Sdn Bhd, Health Connect Holdings
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Drone
    Investor/Buyer: Chiba Drone Fund
    Investee/Seller: Aerodyne Group
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Telecommunications
    Investor/Buyer: Jtower
    Investee/Seller: Nil
    Structure: Collaboration
  • Industry: Cosmetics
    Investor/Buyer: Mandom (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Investee/Seller: ACG International Sdn bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Healthcare
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: IHH Healthcare
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Packaging
    Investor/Buyer: Dynapac Co.
    Investee/Seller: Grand Fortune Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Oil & Gas
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsubishi Corp.
    Investee/Seller: North Montney Lng Ltd. - Petronase
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Automotive Parts Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: Kasai Kogyo
    Investee/Seller: Kasai Teck See Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Real Estate
    Investor/Buyer: Isetan Singapore
    Investee/Seller: Starhill Global Reit
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Information Technology Systems
    Investor/Buyer: Japan System Techniques Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Virtual Calibre Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Cold Chain Logistics
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Telecommunication & Digital Service
    Investor/Buyer: Sumitomo Corp.
    Investee/Seller: Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Entertainment
    Investor/Buyer: Koshidaka Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Investee/Seller: Kmax Karaoke
    Structure: Majority -100%
  • Industry: Industrial Equipment
    Investor/Buyer: Komatsu Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Financial Services
    Investor/Buyer: SBI Group
    Investee/Seller: Jirnexu
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Coil Centre
    Investor/Buyer: Hanwa Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Tatt Giap Steel Centre Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Fintech
    Investor/Buyer: Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company
    Investee/Seller: Soft Space Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Information Technology Systems
    Investor/Buyer: SBI Islamic Fund
    Investee/Seller: MDT Innovation Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Oil & Gas
    Investor/Buyer: Sumitomo Corp.
    Investee/Seller: Yinson Acadia Ltd.
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Cold Chain Logistics
    Investor/Buyer: Nichirei Corp
    Investee/Seller: Cold Chain Network (M) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Engineering Firm
    Investor/Buyer: Fuji Furukawa E&C Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: JMP Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Advertisement
    Investor/Buyer: AOI TYO Holdings
    Investee/Seller: DTT Group
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Retailer
    Investor/Buyer: Harrisons Holdings Berhad
    Investee/Seller: Komonoya
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Advertisement
    Investor/Buyer: Vector Inc.
    Investee/Seller: Microad Sdn bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Coil Centre
    Investor/Buyer: Sumitomo Corp.
    Investee/Seller: Sumiputeh Steel Centre Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + Increase
  • Industry: Packaging
    Investor/Buyer: Rengo Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Rengo Packaging Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Real Estate
    Investor/Buyer: Daito Trust Construction Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Tada-linked Daisho Asia Development (M) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Food & Beverage Distributor
    Investor/Buyer: Kokubu Group Headquarters Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Focal Marketing Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: Nittoseiko Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Malaysian Precision Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Financial Services
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
    Investee/Seller: CIMB Group Holdings Berhad
    Structure: Disposal
  • Industry: Steel Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: Hanwa Kogyo Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Bahru Stainless Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Food & Beverage Distributor
    Investor/Buyer: Kato Sangyo Co.
    Investee/Seller: Lein Hing Holdings Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Steel Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: Yodogawa Steel Works Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: PCM Steel Processing Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Disposal
  • Industry: Printing
    Investor/Buyer: Sanko Sangyo Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Sanko Sangyo Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100% Increase
  • Industry: Marine Equipment Manufacturing
    Investor/Buyer: Nakashima Propeller Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Mentrade Marine Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Packaging
    Investor/Buyer: Oji Holdings Corporation
    Investee/Seller: Tele-paper (M) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority
  • Industry: Food & Beverage
    Investor/Buyer: Chikaranomoto Holdings Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Ippudo Catering Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Disposal
  • Industry: Fintech
    Investor/Buyer: Transcosmos Inc.
    Investee/Seller: Sot Space Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: E-Commerce
    Investor/Buyer: Istyle Inc.
    Investee/Seller: Hermo Creative (M) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Electronics
    Investor/Buyer: Sharp Corporation
    Investee/Seller: S&O Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority + Increase
  • Industry: Auction Services
    Investor/Buyer: Shinwa Art Auction Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Shinwa Apec Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%
  • Industry: Cold Chain Logistics
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Real Estate
    Investor/Buyer: Mitsubishi Jisho Residence Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: Pine Properties Sdn Bhd (IOI Properties)
    Structure: Joint Venture
  • Industry: Education
    Investor/Buyer: Autobacs Seven Co. Ltd.
    Investee/Seller: TOC International Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Minority
  • Industry: Cold Chain Logistics
    Investor/Buyer: Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd
    Investee/Seller: Gold Cold Transport Sdn Bhd, MILS Cold Chain Logistics Sdn Bhd
    Structure: Majority + 100%

Members

  • Yoshiyuki Kambayashi
    Yoshiyuki Kambayashi
    Founder and CEO of LIKEARISINGSUN. Engaged in numbers of cross-border M&A deals, corporate restructuring deals and crisis management deals as a legal advisor at a law firm (Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai, Mimura Aizawa, currently named Anderson Mori & Tomotsune) in Tokyo. Seconded to Bank of Mitsubishi Tokyo (M) in 2015 as a Special Officer to CEO until June 2017 as well as local law firm in Malaysia. Incorporated LIKEARISINGSUN in 2017 and got independent from Anderson Mori. Served as Committee member and Consultant of JACTIM (The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia). University of Tokyo (Bachelor of Law), Chuo University (Juris Doctor), Duke University (LL.M., Master of Law, Graduation Speaker). Before being a lawyer, experienced in working for the Cabinet Office in Japan. 
    Case Study in Japan
    -    Engaged in numerous M&A cases as a bankruptcy trustee assigned by the Court and a rehabilitation debtor agent
    -    Represented one of the largest Japanese chemical manufacturers in M&A deal in bankrupt company
    -    Represented a Japanese semiconductor trading company in cross-border M&A deal by a US company 
    -    Represented a listed car parts manufacturer in a cross-border antitrust case
    -    Represented a top Japanese medical related electronics company for crisis management case
    -    Represented one of the largest Japanese trading companies in the litigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case
    -    Pro-bono works as official defense counsel, representative of refugee application case and legal aid consultant
    Publications and Articles
    - Weekly article regarding Covid-19 related issues (NNA, March 2020 - Present)
    - Serial biweekly article regarding M&A in Malaysia (NNA, July 2018 - present)
    - Serial biweekly article regarding legal topics in Malaysia (NNA, September 2016 - June 2018)
    - Cross-border Business Revitalization – Case Studies and the Latest Legal Practice Overseas (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2015)
    - Essential Points of Japan M&A Practice (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2015)
    - Casebook of Trust Act for law practitioners (Yuhikaku, Co-author, 2014)
    - Casebook of business revitalization for law practitioners (Yuhikaku, Co-author, 2014)
    - Labor Practice Guide for Company-Dismissal and Retirement (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2014)
    - Overview of Recent Chapter 15 Cases (Jigyosaisei to Saiken Kanri, Japanese translation, 2010)
    Lectures and Seminars
    -    “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, June 2016)
    -    “New Companies Act in Malaysia“ (Ichika-Kai Association, October 2016)
    -    “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, November 2016)
    -    “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (Bangi MD Association, November 2016)
    -    “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (JACTIM Perah branch, January 2017)
    -    “New Companies Act and M&A in Malaysia” (Nikin-Kai Association at Johor, April 2017)
    -    “New Companies Act and  M&A in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, May 2017)
    -    “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (JAC Recruitment, May 2017)
    -    “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (Sansui-Kai Association at Penang, July 2017)
    -    “M&A in Malaysia” (Ichika-Kai Association, March 2019)
    -    “Legal Basics for Startups and Entrepreneurs”(Sunway University workshop, December 2019)
    -    “M&A by Japanese companies in SEA” (CLSA Securities Japan Co., Ltd., February 2020)
    -    “Legal issues related to management of subsidiary in Malaysia” (JACTIM, March 2020)
    -    “Business launch support and cross border M&A in Malaysia” (Seminar for legal trainees in Japan, May 2020)
    -  “Newly emerging management risk under New Normal” (Seminar for Berjaya Sompo Insurance, May 2020)
    -  “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)
    -  “M&A opportunity under Covid-19” (Aleevar Consulting, June 2020)
    -  “Special considerations for M&A in a pandemic world: the South East Asian perspective”
    (Joint Webinar by Dentons Rodyk and LIKEARISINGSUN, July 2020)
  • Elvyna Cheong
    Elvyna Cheong
    She serves as the CCO. After graduating from Multimedia University with Bachelor of Accounting (Hons), Elvyna worked at Citigroup for over 10 years specializing in anti-money laundering operations and risk management, where it is the Regional Hub that supports the Asia Pacific and Canada countries. She has various backgrounds and experiences, including supporting companies to move their business from Singapore to Malaysia. She joined LIKEARISINGSUN in May 2018 and has been involved in all aspects of M&A from project sourcing, managing due diligence process to closing.  
    Lectures and Seminars
    - “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)
    - “M&A opportunity under Covid-19” (Aleevar Consulting, June 2020)
    -  “Special considerations for M&A in a pandemic world: the South East Asian perspective”
    (Joint Webinar by Dentons Rodyk and LIKEARISINGSUN, July 2020)
  • Chika Nishimoto
    Chika Nishimoto
    Ms Nishimoto has earned Bachelor of business from La Trobe university (Australia). She has working experience in various fields in Australia, Malaysia and Japan such as tourism & hotel industry, restaurant and services industry, business implementation manager in manufacturing industry. She is fluent in Japanese and English as well as Malay (Intermediate level). She joined LIKEARISINGSUN in August 2019 and widely involved in consulting and advisory services. Also acts as GM in manpower supply company.
    Lectures and Seminars
    - “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)
    -  “Special considerations for M&A in a pandemic world: the South East Asian perspective”
    (Joint Webinar by Dentons Rodyk and LIKEARISINGSUN, July 2020)
  • Junka Nishizawa
    Junka Nishizawa
    After Ritsumeikan University (Faculty of Law) and Kyoto University of the Arts (Clinical arts program), worked for an engineering company (general affairs, internal education section, power plant CAD drawing section), Children's painting class, a general hospital and Children's English Lesson Materials Company as an adviser.  Participated in LIKEARISINGSUN in 2019, engaged in incorporation support, visa applications, setup support for expats, documentation and sales support. She decided to migrate to Malaysia with her family because she was impressed with Malaysia's multiculturalism.
    Lectures and Seminars
    - “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)
  • Razif Ramzan
    Razif Ramzan
    Mr. Razif specializes in private equity and corporate finance. He was previously with a private equity firm based in Singapore, where he was involved in research and carrying out investments into late stage tech unicorns. Prior to that, he held the position Chief Executive Officer for an education company in Kuantan, Malaysia. Having started his career at Investment Bank under the corporate finance department, he has executed several M&As, IPO, RTOs and capital raising exercises. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University, USA.
    Lectures and Seminars
    - “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)

Company

Company name LIKEARISINGSUN SDN BHD
Registered No. 1221304-H
Founded Mar-2017
Capital RM 350,000
Representative Yoshiyuki Kambayashi
Representative Profile University of Tokyo (Bachelor of Law), Chuo University (Juris Doctor), Duke University (LL.M., Master of Law, Graduation Speaker), Attorney at law certified in Japan
Address Unit 32-01, Level 32, Vertical Corporate Tower B, Avenue 10, The Vertical Bangsar South City, No 8 Jalan Kerinchi 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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