BCCJ Luncheon on Joint Ventures

Thursday March 29th, 2018

Successful Joint Ventures

In recent years, as corporations have begun to look beyond traditional growth models, joint ventures (JVs) have become key drivers of business development.

Ideal for entering new markets, sharing the cost of an investment, and injecting start-up spirit into a maturing business, JVs can bring newfound rewards to stakeholders and shareholders alike.

On the otherhand, conflicting strategies, incompatible partners, inequitable deals, and management quibbles can spell doom for the parties and projects involved. Add into this already complex mix cultural differences and language barriers, and an international joint venture could seem like more trouble than its worth.

So what happens when two brand names join forces across borders? Must JV due diligence include a cultural assessment as well as financial considerations? How can teams jointly develop and then sign off on a business model? And, can such complex alliances really stand a chance of achieving returns that outweigh the cost of capital?

Join us for a BCCJ lunch event on March 8 when our panels of experts will discuss these questions and more – reviewing the strategic, financial, operational, and legal implications of creating and setting up a successful joint venture in Japan.


Leading the session: Jacky Scanlan Dyas – Hogan Lovells

Jacky is a Corporate partner at the Hogan Lovells Tokyo office. Her areas of expertise include mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and complex commercial agreements with a particular focus on the automotive industry and diversified industrials. Jacky also advises on general commercial matters in connection with all aspects of the company lifecycle. In 2016 she was awarded the “Person of the Year” at the British Business Awards held by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Dan Hamilton – Diageo Japan K.K.

Dan is a General Director at Diageo Japan K.K. He received his education from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in accounting and international business. He has an extensive experience working as Director of Development Strategy and Planning at Intercontinental Hotels Groups (IHG) in China, as well as auditing experience at IHG as a corporate auditor and auditor at KPMG Assurance (London and Sydney) Information. Dan has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) since 2002.

Diageo and Kirin agree to form Joint Venture in Japan

Aki Ito – Nissan

Akihiro “Aki” Itoh is Assistant General Counsel at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., with primary responsibility for the Japan market, currently Nissan’s third largest. After graduation from law school in Boston, Aki served in the U.S. Navy’s JAG Corps before joining a large San Francisco based international law firm, working in their Tokyo office.  Thereafter he served as Deputy General Counsel at SBI Holdings, Co., Ltd. (originally the investment arm of Softbank Corporation), where much of his work focused on overseas joint venture projects mostly in the financial space.

Joint Venture – Nissan-Renault Alliance




Date: Thursday, 29 March 2018

Time: 1200-1400

Venue: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, B1F Aurora Room

Member Cost: ¥6,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥10,000

(3-course lunch included)



When signing up through the online booking form, BLCCJ members should sign up as non-member and then mention they are BLCCJ member in the “Notes”. The BCCJ will then adjust the price accordingly.

Advance booking necessary.

Availability is based on a first-come-first-served basis and places are limited so early booking is advised.