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Mergers & Acquisitions – Reshaping the Industrial Landscape in Japan and Germany



 Mergers and acquisitions of enterprises and business units play an increasingly important role in Japan and Germany. However, it is still a fact that the merger intensity (measured as the transactions’ overall volume in relation to the a country’s gross national product) is lower than in a lot of other developed countries, for instance the Netherlands, Great Britain and the U.S. The reasons for this can be seen in their different inter-firm relations and management structures. Nevertheless, the Japanese and the German economies are in a phase of drastic changes that is influencing mergers and acquisitions.

This is the starting point for our conference. It deals with the question of to how the latest developments in the legal system, in the capital markets and in bank-firm relationships influence mergers and acquisitions.  In pursuing these issues consistent reference will be made to Japan and Germany. The conference is a joint venture between research and business, and aims to

  • point out the latest development in the framework for M&A,
  • identify the specific characteristics of mergers and acquisition in Japan and Germany
  • increase the understanding of these transactions by presenting real cases, and
  • contribute to the intensification of German-Japanese exchange.

Target Group
Decision makers from business and politics, business schools and management science faculty researchers, practitioners from the industryand the mass media.


(The program is subject to change)


We gratefully acknowledge the support of


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10:00 - 10:15 Greetings
  Florian Coulmas

  Mr. FUJIMATSU Takeshi (President, J-IRIS, Inc.)

10:15 - 11:30 Part 1: Key Notes
  Changes in Germany’s Legislation
Prof. Dr. Christian Kirchner, Humboldt University, Berlin

  Restructuring Germany Inc.
Dr. Martin Schulz, Senior Economist, Fujitsu Research Institute


11:30 - 12:45 Part 2: Case Studies of M&A in Germany and Japan
  Meiji Dresdner’s Strategy
James Miney, Chief Investment Officer, Meiji Dresdner Asset Management

  Mergers and Acquisitions of Deutsche Post in Europe
MS. Margret Suckale, Vorstand, Deutsche Bahn AG


12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:45 Part 3: Panel Discussion
Andreas Moerke

  Mr. Martin ARNOLD (PricewaterhouseCoopers): “The New Japanese Corporate Law and Tax Laws: Impact on Cross-Border M&A”

  Dr. Jochen LEGEWIE (President, CNC Japan KK) “Post-Merger Integration Communication: The Case of DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi Fuso”

  Questioning Livedoor
Mr. OSAWA Yoshio (Advisor, J-IRIS)

  Dr. Marcel TYRELL (Visiting Professor, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania): “Is the German Financial System in Favor of M&A?”

  Mr. YANO Tomomi, Executive Managing Director, Pension Fund Association, Japan

  Prof. Dr. YOSHIMORI Masaru (Prof. Emeritus, Yokohama National University): “Why Japan Should Not Imitate the Anglosaxon System”

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:15 Part 4: Panel Discussion (cont’d) + Q&A
  Panelists as above

17:15 - 17:20 Closing Remarks


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