Panasonic’s Equity Investment in Blue Yonder


White & Case LLP has advised Panasonic Corporation on its equity investment in Blue Yonder.

The investment via a secondary sale of shares values Blue Yonder at an enterprise value of US$5.5 billion. Panasonic will have a 20 percent minority ownership stake and one seat on Blue Yonder’s board of directors.

The equity investment builds on the strong existing strategic relationship between Panasonic and Blue Yonder, including a joint venture in Japan announced in April 2019.

Blue Yonder is the leading end-to-end supply chain software provider. Blue Yonder (formerly JDA Software) provides seamless, friction-free commerce, empowering every organization and person on the planet to fulfill their potential.

Panasonic Corporation is a global leader developing innovative technologies and solutions for wide-ranging applications in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B sectors. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, operates 528 subsidiaries and 72 associated companies worldwide and reported consolidated net sales of 7.49 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2020.

The White & Case team which advised Panasonic on the transaction was led by partners Jun Usami (Picture) and Nels Hansen (both Tokyo) and counsel Shino Asayama (Tokyo), and included partners Gregory Pryor, Sang I. Ji, Arlene Arin Hahn, Henrik Patel, Steven Gee, Tal Marnin (all New York), Farhad Jalinous, Daniel Levin, Rebecca Farrington, Cristina Brayton-Lewis (all Washington, DC), Tilman Kuhn (Dusseldorf) and Nicholas Greenacre (London), local partners David Albagli and William Moran (both Tokyo), counsel Takako Onoki (Tokyo), Keith Schomig and F. Paul Pittman (both Washington DC), and associates Aoi Koyanagi, Lorraine Yip, Yuki Hattori, Christian Orton, Shintaro Kitayama, Kevin Lee, Zoey Zhu, Mizuki Hyuga (all Tokyo), Xiaofeng Gong (Beijing), Justin Terada (Frankfurt & Tokyo), David Smith, Agmal Bahrami (both Frankfurt), Benita Tibb (London), Neeraj Shah (Los Angeles), Roman Gonzalez Melo, German Macias Salas (both Mexico City), Ksenia Tyunik (Moscow), Arian Mossanenzadeh, Hiroyuki Koda, Jaymon Ballew, Jerry Lee, Peter Shelburne (all New York), Trishala Naidu (Singapore), Andrew Mann, Yi Ying, Jan Jeram, Ashley Williams, Mark Williams and Ata Akiner (all Washington, DC).

Involved fees earner: Ata Akiner – White & Case; David Albagli – White & Case; Shino Asayama – White & Case; Agmal Bahrami – White & Case; Jaymon Ballew – White & Case; Cristina Brayton-Lewis – White & Case; Rebecca Farrington – White & Case; Steven Gee – White & Case; Román González Melo – White & Case; Nicholas Greenacre – White & Case; Arlene Arin Hahn – White & Case; Nels Hansen – White & Case; Yuki Hattori – White & Case; Mizuki Hyuga – White & Case; Farhad Jalinous – White & Case; Jan Jeram – White & Case; Sang Ji – White & Case; Shintaro Kitayama – White & Case; Hiroyuki Koda – White & Case; Aoi Koyanagi – White & Case; Tilman Kuhn – White & Case; Kevin Lee – White & Case; Jerry Lee – White & Case; Daniel Levin – White & Case; Germán Ricardo Macías – White & Case; Andrew Mann – White & Case; Tal Marnin – White & Case; William Moran – White & Case; Arian Mossanenzadeh – White & Case; Trishala Naidu – White & Case; Takako Onoki – White & Case; Christian Orton – White & Case; Henrik Patel – White & Case; Paul Pittman – White & Case; Gregory Pryor – White & Case; Keith Schomig – White & Case; Neeraj Shah – White & Case; Peter Shelburne – White & Case; David Smith – White & Case; Justin Terada – White & Case; Benita Tibb – White & Case; Ksenia Tyunik – White & Case; Jun Usami – White & Case; Mark Williams – White & Case; Ashley Williams – White & Case; Yi Ying – White & Case; Lorraine Yip – White & Case; Yilin Zhu – White & Case;

Law Firms: White & Case;

Clients: Panasonic;

Author: Michael Patrini