JX Nippon Mining & Metals’ Acquisition of Tantalum & Niobium Division from H.C. Starck


ARQIS, Held Jaguttis and RCAA advised JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation on the deal

JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation – through its German Subsidiary JX Metals Deutschland GmbH – finalized the acquisition of all shares in H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH from H.C. Starck GmbH. The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval by the regulatory authorities.

JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation engages in the development, mining, smelting, refining, and marketing of non-ferrous metals that include copper, gold, and silver. The company, led by Shigeru Oi and Yasuji Yamao, is based in Tokyo.

The company has been actively expanding its electronic materials business products towards the upcoming Internet of Things society which foresees a drastic increase in use of electronic components and devices. Through the transaction, JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation will establish and strengthen the revenue base of its group and contribute to the development of IoT society through the stable supply of raw materials.

The H.C. Starck Group is part of the portfolio of the private equity investors Advent International and The Carlyle Group. H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH has its seat in Germany and conducts business in the area of development, production and distribution of Tantalum and Niobium products (high-purity metal powder) together with its subsidiaries in Japan and Thailand.


ARQIS advised JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation with Shigeo Yamaguchi (Picture), Meiko Dillmann, Eberhard Hafermalz (all Corporate/M&A), Andrea Panzer-Heemeier (Labour Law), Ulrich Lienhard (Real Estate), Marcus Nothhelfer (IP & Commercial; Munich), Mirjam Boche (W&I Insurance); Yohei Nagata, Florian Kotman (both Corporate/M&A), Markus Schwipper (Munich), Eva Trost, Carina Engelhard (all Labour Law), Jennifer Danisch (Real Estate) and Philipp Maier (IP & Commercial; Munich).

Held Jaguttis advised JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation with Simeon Held, Malte Jaguttis and Bernard Altpeter (all Public & Environmental Law/Regulatory).

RCAA advised JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation with Evelyn Niitväli (Antitrust).

Involved fees earner: Simeon Held – Held Jaguttis; Malte Jaguttis – Held Jaguttis; Bernard Altpeter – Held Jaguttis; Evelyn Niitväli – RCAA; Shigeo Yamaguchi – Arqis; Meiko Dillmann – Arqis; Eberhard Hafermalz – Arqis; Yohei Thomas Nagata – Arqis; Florian Kotman – Arqis; Andrea Panzer-Heemeier – Arqis; Markus Schwipper – Arqis; Eva Trost – Arqis; Carina Engelhard – Arqis; Ulrich Lienhard – Arqis; Jennifer Danisch – Arqis; Marcus Nothhelfer – Arqis; Philipp Maier – Arqis; Mirjam Boche – Arqis;

Law Firms: Held Jaguttis; RCAA; Arqis;

Clients: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation;