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Naomi Aoyama is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on international projects, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions.
Prior to joining Debevoise in 1999, Ms. Aoyama worked as an associate on various corporate transactions for Japanese and international clients at Nishimura & Asahi (f/k/a Nishimura & Partners), a leading Japanese law firm, from 1994 to 1998. From 1991 to 1992, she was a Legislative Staff Councilor of the House of Representatives of Japan.
Ms. Aoyama received her LL.B. in 1991 from the University of Tokyo, completed a two-year legal apprenticeship at the Legal Training & Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan in 1994 and received her LL.M. in 1999 from the University of Chicago Law School.
Ms. Aoyama was admitted to the bar in Japan in 1994 and in New York in 2000. She is a member of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association.
- Mitsui in its agreement with Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, to establish a new joint venture company to manufacture methanol at Celanese’s plant in Clear Lake, Texas, with a total shared project cost estimated to be approximately $800 million
- Mitsui in its joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company to produce biopolymers made from renewable, sugarcane-derived ethanol in Brazil, creating the world’s largest integrated facility for the production of biopolymers made from renewable, sugar-cane derived ethanol
- Mitsui in its joint venture with Dow Chemical to construct, own and operate a membrane chlor-alkali facility in Freeport, TX
- Sithe Global Power, LLC in a strategic partnership with subsidiaries of Chubu Electric Power Company, Inc. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation including the sale of an aggregate 50% interest in Goreway station, an 875MW combined cycle power generating facility in 2009, followed by the sale of its remaining interest in the plant to its strategic partners in 2011
- Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in connection with investments and divestitures with respect to various water and wastewater treatment facilities
- Alibaba in agreement with Yahoo! - Yahoo! will invest $1 billion and contribute its China operations in return for strategic equity stake in Alibaba
University of Chicago Law School, 1999, LL.M.
University of Tokyo, 1991, LL.B.