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Lebrun, Kenneth J.

Kenneth J. Lebrun


Mr. Lebrun, based in the Tokyo office, is the head of Shearman & Sterling’s M&A group in Asia. Mr. Lebrun’s practice focuses primarily on public and private cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and private equity transactions. He also advises public companies on internal investigations and corporate governance issues. He has been selected as the four-time exclusive winner of the Client Choice Award for M&A in Japan (2010 – 2012 and 2015), and has been named as a leading lawyer for M&A by publications including Chambers and IFLR1000.

Selected Experience

  • Sompo Holdings, Inc. in its US$6.3 billion acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd.
  • Mizkan Holdings Co., Ltd. in its US$2.2 billion acquisition from Unilever of the Ragú and Bertolli pasta sauce business
  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in many transactions, including its acquisition of an approximately 16% ownership interest in and alliance with Matthews International Capital Management, LLC ; its US$3.2 billion acquisition of a US$36.5 billion US and Canadian loan portfolio from Royal Bank of Scotland; its investment in CITIC Pacific, Ltd.; its acquisition of Banco WestLB do Brasil S.A.; its acquisition of EurekaHedge Pte., Ltd.; its US$1.2 billion investment in Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; and its US$120 million investment in Evercore Partners Inc.
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation in its preferred stock equity financing in JX Nippon Oil Exploration Ltd. in connection with the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project and in its US$620 million convertible preferred stock investment in Gavilon Agriculture Holdings, Co. in support of Marubeni Corporation’s $2.6 billion acquisition of Gavilon’s agricultural business
  • Oki Electric in its acquisition of Itautec, a leading ATM manufacturer in Brazil, from Itausa
  • Fujifilm Holdings Corporation in its US$1 billion tender offer for SonoSite, Inc.
  • Shiseido Company Limited in its US$1.7 billion tender offer for Bare Escentuals, Inc.

Selected Publications

  • “Corporate Governance and M&A: Two Keys to Japanese Economic Growth,” MARR, February 2015 edition *No. 244)
  • “Fairness Opinions and Valuation Materials: Japanese Practice from a U.S. Perspective,” Shoji Homu (Commercial Law Review), February 15, 2012
  • “Undermining Good Work: Japanese Cash Acquisitions,” International Financial Law Review, November 2006
  • Author or co-author of “Mergers and Acquisitions: United States” in Practical Law Company’s annually published Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook since 2004


  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1997 
  • Georgetown University, M.S.F.S., 1997
  • Carleton College, B.A., 1991, magna cum laude



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